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REV 2.4 - Tue Aug 24 00:08:06 2010

Quest
Spin Fin
PO Box 2409
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2409
(970) 264-4050
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SPECS: 12" x .987" - .85 oz
ROCKSIM FILE: Right Click to Download
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: A6-4, B6-4, C6-5

Rating
(Contributed - by Mike Goss [Who's Who Page] - 05/10/02)

Rocket PicRocket PicIntro
The Spin Fin is a 3 fin sport rocket from Quest with a unique twist.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

As this was my first model rocket from Quest I was curious to see how Quest compares to the other rocket manufactures that are on the sport rocketry market. I was favorably impressed with the kit, it’s instructions and the materials. And since Quest rockets are less expensive than the other more well known rocket company, this quest kit is a good bargain for the rocketeer. I purchased this kit at Hobby Lobby for $6.78, which compares well with the Internet bargain stores. Quest sells their kits in the now common clear plastic bag. All of the parts in the kit were there and in good shape. The kit consists of a sheet of pre-cut balsa fins, a body tube, a motor mount, a plastic nose cone and a plastic 12" parachute

The instructions come printed double sided on three sheets of paper. the first two sheets are the basic instructions to build the rocket, and the last sheet contains the preparation and launch instructions. The NAR safety code is also printed on the backside of the display card. The instructions are profusely illustrated and should be easily followed by the novice rocketeer. The instructions are in a logical order for the construction of the rocket. The only Issue that I have with the instructions is that in step number nine they call for you to thread the shock cord, which is attached to the motor mount, through the body tube, and then glue the motor mount into the body tube. This leaves the possibility of getting glue on the shock cord, which could potentially weaken it. Instead of threading the shock cord through the body tube, one should thread it through the center of the motor mount, and out the bottom of the rocket. In this way there is no chance of getting glue on the shock cord. There is the usual body tube marking template in the instructions.

Rocket PicThe model goes together well. It shows that the instructions are well thought out and the components of the kit are of good quality. Your standard compliment of hobby tools, knife, pencil, glue and sandpaper, is sufficient for building this rocket. This gives the modeler a good solid rocket for a very reasonable price. The gluing of the spin tabs on the fins is a little tricky, but the alignment of the tabs is not extremely critical since the fins themselves are of sufficient size for stability. The spin tabs provide the spin that is the gimmick for this rocket.

The rocket is finished in basic white paint. The decals or more properly, a sheet of self-adhesive stickers have a good color saturation for applying to a white rocket. If you are painting this rocket another color, they are not opaque enough to keep something other than white from bleeding through, a common problem that I have found with this type of decals. There are two decals, one is a ring that is applied near the nose cone of the rocket, and the other is a large graphic that spans two fins and half of the body tube. The latter decal is difficult to apply and seat, where a waterslide decal here would be much easier to apply. I ended up cutting the decal into two pieces to apply it and I still was not happy with the results. With the exception of the difficulty with the large decal, the model is easily finished and looks very close to the picture supplied with the kit.

Flight Recovery Rating: 5 out of 5

Quest Recommends the A6-4, B6-4, C6-5 and C6-7 motors for this model. The motor is held in place in a quick release engine mount by a metal clip, making changing the motors quick and easy. The recovery system consists of a combination Kevlar and elastic shock cord, and a 12" parachute. The Kevlar cord is attached to the front centering ring of the motor mount and the elastic as attached to it and runs up to the nose cone. The resultant shock cord is at least twice as long as the model. The 12" parachute is assembled following instructions printed on the periphery of the parachute that are removed in the building process. The material seems light and flimsy, but held up well in the launch. The shroud line attachment is made to self-adhesive rectangles that are put on each corner. These are stiff and do not bend easily, and as a result make the parachute difficult to pack into the rocket. However they are very sturdy and should last for many flights. Preparation is typical for any small model rocket. I used 4 squares of Estes wadding in the rocket and there was absolutely no scorching of the recovery system. One will need to ensure that only the Kevlar portion of the shock cord is below the wadding. Rocket Pic

The first and only flight of Spin Fin was using an Estes A8-3 motor. The launch was straight and the ejection charge blew about 1 second after the rocket reached apogee, close to perfect. The parachute opened quickly and the descent was at a good rate, not too fast as to cause damage to the rocket, and not too slow as to drift a long distance away from the launch sight. The rocket was returned undamaged and ready to prep for another flight. On the second attempt, the batteries were dead in the launch controller (should have charged them after the winter) so I reluctantly packed up and went home.

Overall Rating: 4½ out of 5

All things considered this is a nice sport rocket that has unique spin stabilization. The kit is solidly built, has a good recovery system with the Kevlar shock cord. The low price of the Quest rocket line makes them in my opinion to be an excellent value for the rocket-loving public. The only negatives are the shroud line mounts and step nine in the instructions that needs to be improved. The positives are an inexpensive sturdy model with unique stabilization that will be fun to watch spin on it’s flights.

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GUEST's OPINION:
11/03 - "I've built this one. Not a bad kit and not a bad flier. The suggested paint scheme isn't the best for observing on a cloudy day, but makes it a little easier to find after long drifts. Has anyone else noticed that the package states that the rocket is 30.75" long?" (C.B.G.)

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Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
06-26-2003 Zappacky Anonymous Est SU A8-3 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Spinner - Incredible Rocket. Launched at BSA Camp. Instructor complimented on launch. Intructor predicted it would go 100 feet, while it went about 200. First Rocket I built, very enjoyable, Highly Reccommend!!!
04-16-2006 Donald Besaw Est SU B6-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Nice first flight, heard a loud whirring noise, fast spin. Nice streamer recovery, landed close by. No damage.
05-02-2006 Donald Besaw Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Very nice flight, very high boost, reached maybe 1,100-1,200 feet. Great recovery, landed very close to pad. No damage.
03-30-2003 Bob Cox Est SU B6-4 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds - High straight flight. Lost sight near apogee, but chute deployed perfectly. Great flight.
03-30-2003 Bob Cox Qst SU A6-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Weathercocked a little, but ejected just right. Had the chute packed too tight so it didn't unfurl completely, but landed with no damage. Nice flight.
05-18-2003 Bob Cox Est SU A8-3 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds - Fast straight launch. My zig-zag folded 2x20 foil ribbon streamer deployed right away. Landed fairly fast and hard on turf, but no damage.
06-15-2003 Bob Cox Est SU C6-7 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - High straight boost angled into wind. Delay of 7 sec is a bit too long - almost zippered. The 12in parachute with 3in spill hole got tangled in the shock cord, but still got 80 sec hang time.
08-10-2003 Bob Cox Est SU B4-2 Just Before 0-5 mph winds - Angled into wind. Deployed 12 mylar chute clean. Almost caught it in midair on landing. No damage. Nice.
01-01-2004 Bob Cox Est SU A8-3 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Fast straight boost, with perfect ejection. Streamer deployed perfectly, but I should have used a parachute instead. Landed hard, cracking one fin and snapping off part of another. Rocket paratroopers recovered safely.
04-04-2004 Bob Cox Est SU A8-3 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds - Straight boost, with nice spinning evident near apogee. Mylar chute ejected but remained crumpled in a wad, so descent was very fast. Landed on soft grass so no damage.
05-22-2004 Bob Cox Est SU B6-4 Didn't See 10+ mph winds - Nice straight boost and coast. Mylar parachute opened cleanly. Landed safely near edge of football field.
08-08-2004 Bob Cox Est SU A8-3 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Nice boost. Seemed to hang perfectly horizontal at apogee, with spinning very obvious. Mylar chute ejected fine. Safe landing.
11-26-2004 Bob Cox Est SU B4-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Arrow-straight boost angled into wind. Good coast. Nice deployment. Gentle landing about 150' downwind, just past drainage ditch. Great.
01-02-2005 Bob Cox Est SU B4-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Fast straight boost with nice tight spiral. Clean deployment. Drifted length of two soccer fields. Safe landing.
04-26-2002 Mike Goss Est SU A8-3 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - nice straight boost, full chute and good recovery. Rocket was launched at dusk and I wasn't able to see if it spun. However the flame from the motor was visible for the entire flight.
01-31-2004 Chris Guidry Est SU B4-4 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds - Nice flight with a streamer recovery
10-29-2005 Chris Guidry Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Nice flight
05-27-2006 Chris Guidry Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Event: May Launch
- Nice pretty flight
06-24-2006 Chris Guidry Est SU C6-5 Didn't See Calm Event: June Launch
- Nice high flight
07-29-2006 Chris Guidry Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds Event: July Sport Launch
- Another great flight for this rocket
05-05-2002 Ron McFerren Est SU A8-3 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Launched at C.R.A.S.H. club launch and had a perfect first flight. It landed about 50' from the launch area. No damage.
05-26-2002 Ron McFerren Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Weather-cocked a little into the wind. Other then that, a great flight.
05-27-2002 Ron McFerren Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Went straight up, almost out of sight. Unfortunately, the wind picked up on chute deployment and the rocket drifted about 1/4 mile over a fence into an industrial complex. Hopefully they can find it and get it back to me.
12-02-2006 Mark Muir Est SU A8-3 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds -
08-21-2010 Thayne Runyon Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up Calm Event: Driveway
- Spun rapidly on the thrust phase, came down very well on the 14 inch parachute.
03-24-2007 Alec Santos Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect Calm - didnt really spin did get pretty high thoughCHEAP AND FUN
03-24-2007 Alec Santos Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect Calm - same as beforesame as before USE A C ENGINE MUCH BETER!!same as before
04-06-2003 Christopher Short Est SU E9-8 Didn't See 10+ mph winds - I pulled the motor mount and added some glue to the fin joints and it busted 3000 feet. We knew because af cloud ceiling. I also used a streamer instead of the parachute. It was an awesome flight. It was recovered safely.
02-12-2005 Christopher Short AT EconoJet F21-8 Very Early Calm RIPEvent: SEARS 572 launch
- Nose cone came off at motor burn out. It was moving very, very fast and zippered the airframe. Balsa fins survived. Will not be repaired. AM getting another and will try again. Very Cool Rocket Status: Zippered
05-25-2003 Chan Stevens Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds -
   

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