I picked up a Quest X-30 at the newest Hobby Lobby here ($14.95) and I was wondering if anyone here in rmr land has built and flown it. Upon inspection of the package, I find it will be a different kind of build from the usual kit. I'm not real impressed with the instructions but I don't really need them. You know... "we don't need no stinkin' instructions."
I do intend to cluster it if possible, which will automatically change the way the chutes are supposed to deploy. Anyone care to share their flying / building experiences of the X-30?
I read the reports on EMRR from the link Doug and Mike provied, thanks guys. It does sound like it's a little tricky but then I like that. I'm glad to hear a positive report.
I figured I'd just measue the weight of the clay Quest provided on my postal scale and then add the weight of the additional engine/engines, mounts,etc. and maybe converting to lead or or washers, depending on the room available. That's all we did when we built the 5 engine Saturn V. On that one, there wasn't enough room for as much clay as it would have taken, so I used a combination of lead and filled the gaps with clay. The X-30 may turn out that there isn't enough room and I'll go with the clay and a single engine.
I figured if it noses in, it's all over and it may be that the weight required to cluster, could exceed the strength of the paper to support it. I'll play with it some before anything is permanent and if that seems to be the case, I'll build it stock. It's just my nature to tinker with things just a bit. I've been thinking of ways to beef up the paper but that's a little tricky too, since it's hard to tell what will cause shrinkage. After building several SR-71's and several Saturns, I know the paer can be a pain.
From reading the EMRR reports there seems to be a common problem with this kit ejecting the motor mount. This is my first Quest kit and the thing that seems the weirdest to me is tying the shock cord to the thrust ring. What's up with that? I think I'll do the normal Estes mount.