(Contributed - by Kris Henderson - 01/01/05)
Single stage, 18mm mount, parachute recovery, scale model of NAVY SLCM Tomahawk
. Water transfer decals included.
Kit includes 1 body tube, 6 die-cut balsa fins, paper shrouds around tail and
for the belly scoop, typical Quest recovery system that connects to motor mount
and elastic lines, plastic nose cone, and water transfer decals.
The instructions in this kit are pretty basic and straightforward. The big
CON in this kit in my opinion is the paper shroud that wraps around the tail of
the body tube. You have to cut out this paper shroud and try to glue it
perfectly along the dotted lines. Then you have to glue the edge of paper to
the edge of the body tube. Not exactly an easy task to perform. My shroud was
just a little bit off the dotted line but it really showed when I glued it to
the body. You could tell I wasn't getting paid to build it. Other than that the
kit was pretty basic. On the belly scoop I folded the paper tabs into the scoop
vice flattening them outward from the scoop. This helped the scoop look more
flush with the body.
Since my tail shroud wasn't placed exactly edge to edge the water transfer
decals didn't end up lining up with my paint job. Even with that slip up
though, this is still a cool looking rocket. Cool color scheme with the paint
and decals and the two forward wings really stand out in flight. I'm giving the
construction a 4 because of the good challenge the paper pieces present, but it
could have been a 5 if there was a better way to configure the tail shroud
out of 5
Very cool first flight. I flew it on an Estes C6-7. The ascent was beautiful.
Straight up with almost zero corkscrew and the chute popped clean, however the
7 second delay was about half a year too long. It wanted to for about
100 feet but it finally popped and landed with zero damage. I don't think I'd
even want a 5 second delay for this rocket on a C motor. I would probably
recommend a B6-4 and a C6-3 for good flights. B4 motors would be good for small
fields but you're really missing out on this kit's potential.
Zero cons for recovery. Perfect size chute for this kit. Don't even think of
using a streamer if you plan to fly it again.
out of 5
Big PROs are that it's a really cool rocket that you can change the paint
scheme a lot and keep it looking scale, and the two forward wings make it look
really neat flying. CONs, again, are the paper shrouds. Maybe thicker paper
could be used.
out of 5
(Extracted from R.M.R. - by Yitah Wu)
I've been looking forward to this one for months and months,
ever since the 1998 line of kits was announced by Quest. As far as I know,
no-one has made a scale kit of this missile until now (Centuri apparently had
one in their MAGNUM series some years back, but I have yet to confirm existence
of this kit, much in the same way the Estes Cygnus probe and Cylon Warrior are
After calling around, I finally located some at
Countdown Hobbies. A quick call
to Kevin Nolan and $12. 99 later and they were on their way. The kit had a date
stamp on the header card of January 1998, which makes me wonder why they're so
scarce when they've been making them for 7 months.
First impressions: Slightly sub-typical quality, as the die cut balsa is not
the sturdy balsa I like to see in rockets - more of the soft contest grade
which dings so easily. The NC does not appear to be , and although
the seam is less apparent than the typical Estes effort, the fit is not as
good. The shoulder appears to be designed for a thicker BT with a slightly
smaller internal diameter. On the plus side, I am impressed by the HUGE color
water transfer decal!
Within 24 hours, I have assembled the engine mount and sanded the fins. The
soft balsa is a pain to sand, and the die cut fins/wings are more crunched than
cut. They're also not very identical. In retrospect I should have traced the
pattern onto some better balsa and redone the fins. One plus is the Quest
engine mount/shock cord attachment method, which I like. The boat tail goes
together reasonable well, though I end up putting some putty on the seam and BT
joint to improve the appearance. After I put on the fins and harden the shroud
with CA, I notice that the engine hook is now "trapped" by the
shroud. Looks like I may have to cut off the clip and use friction fitting for
The belly scoop goes on ok, but I wish they had given better directions for
how the scoop is aligned, as I end up shifting it around to be symmetrical.
After I'm done, I fill in the joint with spackling and CA harden the shroud.
It's still too flimsy for my taste, but the finished product looks great!
In assembling the parachute, I see that Quest is still using the heat
resistant plastic. This prevents scorches, but doesn't deploy very well.
They've deleted the gripper tabs in favor of a tyvek reinforcement to tie the
shroud line to.
Engine mount shock cord attachment
Nose cone fit
Die cut quality
Engine hook interference with
Overall impression: Despite some shortcomings, it's a great looking model
and a must for any scale fan. It's a good candidate for scale up to BT80. Not
for beginners, due to the belly scoop and boattail shroud.
Tomahawk is a sport scale replica of the US Navy's premier unmanned guided
missile built by Hughs Missile Systems Company."
"Quest's Tomahawk is an advanced level kit that is a s great deal of fun
"Construction begins with the assembly of the motor mount and its
associated boat tail."
"Pay special attention to the forming of the boat tail since its thin
cardstock can be easily bent or torn."
"The next steps relate to the preparation and attachment of four fins and
two stub wings."
"The aft body section of the missile includes an air scoop attached to the
underside just forward of the boat tail."
"Finally fill the nose cone with clay ballast."
"Several of the major decals did not quite fit along the body tube and had
to be modified slightly with a hobby knife to match the accompanying
"The kit provides a nice build that looks impressive and flies very