Introduction: Bic Rocket Launcher

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Today: a rocket launcher made out of a bic mechanical pencil.
Tomorrow: mini warheads

Step 1: Gather Materials

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you'll need;
a bic mecanical pencil,
some scotch tape,
thread or other fuse,
propellent(I used match heads,
and a vice grip or
other means of breaking off the cap

Step 2: Crack It Open

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Break off the cap and anything in it (after removing the grip)then pull out the led cartridge.

Step 3: Final Assembly

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Tape the cap to the part where the eraser used to be and put the grip in the clip as a sight or grip.(optional)it should look like the second image

Step 4: Final Prep

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insert a 4 or so in. long piece of thread in the hole in the back of the ammo then put in your propellent of choice.Matcheads work fine especially if you crush them into a powder.

Step 5: Troubleshooting

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you can't figure out how to fire it:the cat is smarter than you
you want to sue me:for what you did all on your own?
you are bored:get lost


sharlston (author)2009-03-09

this is so cool if you have any more cool ideas please email them to

Dantex (author)2007-04-15

Did you heard for focus ?

paper warrior (author)Dantex2007-04-17

Of, and yes. I have found that the photo is perfectly clear. I do not know about you. Sarcasm is not very appreciated, you don't seem to know that,do you?

Dantex (author)paper warrior2007-04-23

Not photo whit cat. Other photos.

Colonel88 (author)Dantex2008-12-25

Sarcasm is the worst sense of humor. This does not apply to me.

I recommend the "macro" setting on your camera. It will be represented with a little flower icon and is most helpful in focusing on close-up objects.

wasabibomb414 (author)2008-11-13

wtf dantex? "did you heard for"??

X_D_3_M_1 (author)2007-10-19

stupid and confusing

paper warrior (author)X_D_3_M_12007-10-19

Why do you find it "stupid and confusing", would you care to explain so I can improve it?

X_D_3_M_1 (author)paper warrior2007-10-21

how the hell do u fire iwthout buring ur face off/and or having to pick plastic shrapnel from your body. and whats the projectile? the head?

QwertyuioLP (author)X_D_3_M_12008-05-14

I like using copper pipe with one end flattened down and a hole drilled in it it works fine.

paper warrior (author)X_D_3_M_12007-10-22

Try keeping your face away from the exaust. The rocket will not explode...

X_D_3_M_1 (author)paper warrior2007-10-22

any other possible prjectiles asides from cap? how to load it?

paper warrior (author)X_D_3_M_12007-10-22

Yeah, as long as you keep it a little bit nose heavy. You can use a piece of wax on the end for practice rounds. This has the benefit of being formable to an ogive.

PyroManiac96 (author)2008-04-12

How do you shoot it... lol

ultrauber (author)2008-01-24

try using macro for some of your pics

Yellow84 (author)2007-12-29

haha i have the same computer tower.

heavy.metal.nguyen (author)2007-12-22

The kitty is cute.

jlkinetics (author)2007-12-04

It was bad.

bug 8 (author)2007-10-17

you need to make a movie clip of you making it and launching it. I tried to make one but the match head powder did not ignite

funwithfire325 (author)2007-07-29

dont shoot the kitty!!! )-=

scorp (author)2007-07-15

you lite the fuse...duh

soccer9270 (author)2007-05-25

the fuse went out as soon as it went in the tube, and the pencil melted so I had to saw it off. I tried a copper tube but it still didn't work. Have you actually done made this work?

thingygoboom (author)soccer92702007-07-02

I have... really well... i used some solid rocket fuel also to make it work... match heads works tho

sliza23 (author)2007-02-14

anyone know how to get my pics as my little icon thing???

thingygoboom (author)sliza232007-03-17

go to you and go to settings under you're pic. then hit change pic

dezire (author)thingygoboom2007-06-21

How do you get images from your reg. library to your Instructable library..?

thingygoboom (author)dezire2007-07-02

Just when making an instructable hit UPLOAD PICS and search and upload

Unforgiven_God (author)2006-10-09

well i made it all and i thought i was just supposed to crush up tons of matches and shove them in the pencil, so i did and lit it and all it did was make a big flame, melting half of my pencil

here, just melt some potassium nitrate and some sugar and you got a rocket engine! get the right amounts of each on google.

paper warrior (author)rocket man2006-12-03

isn't that how smoke bombs are made?

zepman (author)paper warrior2007-06-23

yes it is...

usuck (author)2007-02-27

the thread wont burn it loses oxygen once it goes into the tube do i do it wrong? And are matchheads really the ends of matches?

paper warrior (author)usuck2007-02-28

Amybe covering the thread in gunpowder would help. And yes, thats what matchheads are. Better yet use gunpowder for the propellant. 545 rounds of .22cal costs 14 bucks, lots o' powder.

woohooo! do you want us killed?

You just put a pair of pliers on the slug and the case, and pull em' apart. Thats what I do. Btw, this IS in the not liable category. lol.

zumaeta (author)2007-05-18

cover the string in nail polish and posibly use a thicker string

ich bin ein pyro (author)2007-05-16

does thread actually burn like a wick?

ninjaman (author)2007-05-13

I am having a lot of trouble with firing this thing. First, the thread wilts if you try to ignite it. Then, the flame goes out as soon as it goes in the tube(like usuck said). Then, I have almost sucesful launche without a fuse. Could you give me some advice?

Icepick (author)2007-03-27

I dont understand the last picture. ???

thingygoboom (author)2007-03-17

you guys are insane... I read all the comments and the instructable closely AND I MADE ONE THAT WORKS... in fact i made one that hit a plane at a park from a kid i hated. served him right....

manmelvin (author)2007-03-16

i made one of these its pretty sweet

usuck (author)2007-02-28

were can u get gun powder

usuck (author)2007-02-27
The cat is smarter than some people i know
silentdeath (author)2007-02-26

maby you can make a glove to put on so you wont burn yourself?

spacessj (author)2006-11-15

so the cap is the projectile?

paper warrior (author)spacessj2006-11-15

pretty much

spacessj (author)paper warrior2006-11-16

what if you filled that up with some explosive/flammable substance. you would have a mini RPG-launcher

paper warrior (author)spacessj2006-11-16

You could pack gunpowder and iron-shavings in the cap and use the rocket as a fuse for a flak type thing to use against rc planes.

spacessj (author)paper warrior2006-11-18

If you then mount that on a rc truck and a planeyou have an nice cocept for war gaming with rc's

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