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Step 1: Materials You Will Need

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Small copper pipe, scissors, lighter, tea candle, hot glue gun, pipe cutters, a drill and the bottom of a ice cream container

Step 2: The Boat

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Cut of the bottom of an ice cream container about 1 to 2 inches from the bottom.

Step 3: The Engine

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Cut about 2 feet (24inches) of copper pipe with the pipe cutters and bend it .. I use a wooden dowel to get perfect rings.

Step 4: Assembly

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Drill to holes in the back of the boat for the ends of the pipe to go through.

Step 5: Assembly

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Insert the ends of the engine through the holes and glue in place

Step 6: How To Get It Going

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Run water into on pipe until it comes out the other then plug both pipes with two fingers and put the boat in the water.

Step 7: Starting The Engine

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Light the candle and put it under the coil and wait ... It should take a couple of minutes before it starts moving

Step 8:

stubbsonic1 year ago
How does this work?
Come on, it's not exactly rocket science ... oh wait, actually, it is rocket science! :)

It's a type of monotube boiler, when the water gets hot enough, steam (and water, no doubt) will be pushed out of the copper pipe below the water line. Putt putt putt ...


gi_joe77yo (author) 1 year ago
Hi kiteman I used one quarter inch tubing and it's not important to flatten the ends of the pipe.
tim_n1 year ago
you can use sand/salt/sugar to fill the pipe and get a smaller bend on it without crushing the pipe.
Kiteman1 year ago
I see you've flattened the ends of your pipe - is that important?

(and, what size pipe is it?)
Im so doing this with my son! I love old toys. No flashy screen can beat the interest that physics can put to the table!
aloomis11 year ago
Very cool!