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REV 2.4 - Sun Nov 28 00:03:32 2010

Quest
Tomahawk SLCM
PO Box 2409
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147-2409
(970) 264-4050
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SPECS: 22" x 1.576'" - 2.75 oz
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SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: B6-4, C6-3, C6-5

Rating
(Contributed - by Kris Henderson - 01/01/05) Quest SLCM Tomahawk

Brief:
Single stage, 18mm mount, parachute recovery, scale model of NAVY SLCM Tomahawk cruise missile. Water transfer decals included.

Construction:
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 with Kevlar 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.

Finishing:
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 piece.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Quest SLCM Tomahawk

Flight:
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 lawn dart 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.

Quest SLCM Tomahawk

Recovery:
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.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
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.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


(Extracted from R.M.R. - by Yitah Wu) 

[Rocket Pic]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 MIA)

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 polystyrene, 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 engine.

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.  

Pluses:  
      Scale model 
      Nice Decals 
      Engine mount shock cord attachment 

Minuses:
      Nose cone fit 
      Die cut quality 
      Soft balsa 
      Engine hook interference with boattail 

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.  


[NAR][Sport Rocketry]

The following excerpt is from "Sport Rocketry". The intention is to allow guests to get a basic feeling about a kit. We strongly suggest that you get a copy of the referenced Sport Rocketry and read the entire article. Inside you will find many helpful hints in construction as well as other useful information. For more information, use the two links above.



(Sport Rocketry - Jan/Feb 1999 - page 27 - by Joe Talento)

"The 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 to build."
"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 illustrations."
"The kit provides a nice build that looks impressive and flies very well."

The entire article gives the impression is that this kit for an intermediate to expert modeler.

[Submit your Opinion]

GUEST's OPINION:
07/08 - "Accurate reviews for this rocket. This is one of my all time favorites. Tougher than most to build and fly. This rocket inspired me to upscale the Quest design. It is stable flying G80 motors and has even gone up on an I once." (J.H.)

GUEST's OPINION:
10/04 - "This is by far the coolest rocket I own. Quest sure does have you build it right, they give you a Kevlar shock cord and have you anchor it to the engine mount - definitely the right way to do it. It looks great sitting on a shelf or standing on the launch pad - and it flies real good. I have only put B engines in it so far because of the size of the field I was in but I cannot wait to send it higher. I'm even thinking about buying another one and painting it camo - never hurts to have 2 Tomahawks in your fleet !!" (K.G.D.)

GUEST's OPINION:
04/01 - "I, also, really enjoy this kit. It is the kind of kit where you can either build it factory stock, research and build to absolute scale, or somewhere in the middle. We basically built it stock, painted it bright yellow, and enjoy it. Were I to get a bit more serious with it, I'd go to D power, scratch build the belly scoop for more realism and scratch build the fins as the ones supplied were not cut very well. The rocket flies well and has done more than 20 flights to date. It [the review] was very accurate. A lot can be done with a $10 rocket here, depending upon how fanatical one wants to get with it." (C.R.)

GUEST's OPINION:
04/00 - "Just a note to scale modelers: This kit is NOT scale. It's semi-scale at best, bit it's a good enough start that you can successfully kit-bash this thing to decent results. The rear fins and shroud are pretty close, from what I can tell, which is good. Some other help is needed, though. Here's what I did: Using the dimensions from www.fas.org, I realized that the rocket needed to be shorter, by about 2.5". The wings also had to be MUCH larger. However, if you do this, add a LOT of nose weight. String test the stability before flying. Also, the intake shroud is also a little small, but for drag and stability reasons, I used it stock." (K.H.)

GUEST's OPINION:
04/00 - "I really liked this rocket. I modified to take "D" motors I cut the stock shroud to fit the 24mm motor mount.I cut a slit in the shroud for the engine hook. The belly scoop was also modified by using a hole punch at the end right before were it joins the tube. I did this to reduce drag I added weight to the nose cone.The fins and shrouds we coated with CA glue. All construction is epoxied. I do recommend filling in around were the shroud meets the body tube with finishing epoxy. Great performer on the "D" motor." (J.B.)

[Enter Rocket Specific Tip]

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
06/08 - "I made a few, very minor, diversions from the instructions. Instead of overlapping the boat tail shroud, I cut off the tab and used it underneath to splice the paper so the seam was flush and less visible. I run my Kevlar to the outside of the centering rings, not the inside. Keeps the Kevlar out of the direct line of fire, prolonging the life of the thread. I might also recommend using a slightly heavier piece of cardstock and tracing the shroud pattern to that. Regardless, it's probably a good idea to coat any paper shroud with thin CA to help stiffen it. Sand smooth." (C.Z )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
10/03 - "While I like Quest's Kevlar string mount for the shock cord, I didn't enjoy installing it. Do yourself a favor and tie the unmounted end of the Kevlar to something thin and heavy (I used a ruler) before attempting to put it through the body tube. Otherwise, static cling will ensure that your Kevlar will stick to the tube wall and end up a gluey mess." (J.F. )

[Enter Flight Log]
Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
10-27-2008 John Bergsmith Est SU C6-3 Just Before 0-5 mph winds - First flight - Weathercocked slightly, but produced a good flight. Recovered with one of the mid-body wings ripped almost totally off. A nose cone strike caused the damage. Easy fix, will try C6-5 next.
11-11-2008 John Bergsmith Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Down Calm - Second flight on the Tomahawk. Nice boost,and ejection was better on the C6-5. The Tomahawk looks great in the air, very scale looking. Recovered with no damage.
04-24-2006 Richie Brunjes Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - First flight.
06-18-2006 Richie Brunjes Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - 18 'chute too big for this rocket , nice flight but long walk
06-27-2006 Richie Brunjes Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds Event: NERRF2
- Nice first flight
04-30-2006 Richie Brunjes Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Down Gusty RIPEvent: METRA
- Caught a gust of wind and got stuck up high in a tree Status: Tree/Roof
04-22-2006 Dave Brunsting Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Down 10+ mph winds Event: Team-1, Three Oaks, Michigan
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09-01-2001 Tim Burger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds - Good first flight.
10-02-2004 Ken Davis Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Event: country launch
- Maiden voyage - this is one GREAT looking rocket ! Climbed to apogee, tilted, then it popped the parachute perfectly. Replacing parachute with 18'' and putting on swing-hook really helps recovery. Ready to fly again!!
03-25-2007 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-3 Very Early 5-10 mph winds Event: VOA Park Sport Launch
- Nice flight but the 3sec delay was pretty early. I think I will try a 5sec delay next time although that might be a tad late. The parachute tangled and failed to open but it landed without damage.
03-25-2007 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-3 Very Early 5-10 mph winds Event: VOA Park Sport Launch
- Nice flight but the 3sec delay was pretty early. I think I will try a 5sec delay next time although that might be a tad late. The parachute tangled and failed to open but it landed without damage.
04-22-2007 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds Event: VOA Park Sport Launch
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04-22-2007 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds Event: VOA
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04-05-2008 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-5 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds Event: Capricorn V Regional
- Parachute tangled but landed without damage.
10-12-2008 Tim Dicke Est SU C6-3 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds Flight PictureEvent: VOA Park Sport Launch
- Weather-cocked quite a lot. Stripped the chute. Came down safely in a flat spin.
06-05-2009 Michael Emerick Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds -
09-25-1999 Robert Geer Est SU C5-3 Just Before Calm - First flight and I wanted to save the B motors for the kids. A 4 second delay would have been better. Recovered in the tall grass behind us.
02-26-2000 Robert Geer Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Down Calm - Nice straight boost, with a gentle deploy at apogee. soft landing 40 feet from the pad. A really good flight.
12-16-2004 Kris Henderson Est SU C6-7 Very Late 5-10 mph winds Event: NARTREK Silver
- Excellent ascent, very cool looking. The delay was waaaay too long. Would suggest at most a C6-5, preferably a shorter delay. Still flew close to 800 ft.
08-03-2002 Casey Kruse Est SU B4-4 Very Late 0-5 mph winds -
03-24-2007 Alec Santos Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect Calm - vary good preformer!!lasted vary long 45sec from ejection (apogee) til touchdownlooks vary nice
03-24-2007 Alec Santos Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect Calm - beter to use C6-5 still good preformance but again beter on C6-5no other comment
11-03-2007 Alec Santos Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Event: Balls farm (no joke)
- great flight went staright up and came down just as good! :)
01-01-2000 Dan Schneider Est SU C6-3 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Nice flight. Not real high, but fun.
05-12-2000 Casey Smith Est SU C5-3 Just Before 0-5 mph winds - Loaded it down with baby powder to track it. Too much, maybe went 100 feet. Easy to track though! HA!
05-12-2000 Casey Smith Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) Calm - Great boost, way up there, nice short recovery
05-12-2000 Casey Smith Est SU C6-7 Very Late 0-5 mph winds - Straight boost, a little spin, long wait for deployment.
03-30-2001 Casey Smith Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) Calm - Nice straight boost after repair. I broke one of the wings on the last flight.
04-02-2001 Casey Smith Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) Calm - Nice flight, high humidity. Rocket performed fairly well.
10-29-2000 Ron Tribull Est SU B6-2 Didn't See 0-5 mph winds - First time flight. Takeoff perfect. Chute deployed but did not open. Minor damage to one fin. Wasn't real pleased with the chute that came with the kit.
07-14-2001 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Great flight
07-22-2001 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B4-2 Just Before 10+ mph winds - wrong motor, early chute no damage.
08-11-2001 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Great flight, This is turning into a very reliable rocket.
10-13-2001 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds - good flight
11-10-2001 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - AGF
04-23-2002 Larry Zeilmann Est SU B6-4 None - Pabachute Fail 5-10 mph winds - AGF but need toremember to install a chute next time. One broken fin
   

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