Introduction: G.I. Joe ICBM

A small simple rocket made of aluminium foil, a match, and 2 needles all in about 45 seconds if you are fast

Step 1: Gather Materials

Materials:
Scissiors
Aluminium Foil
2 needles
Matches (preferibly the paper ones, they have a larger head and weigh less, bud wooden ones kinda work too)
Lighter

Step 2: Lay It Out

Take the match and place the needles along the match so that the tip of the needle is about at the middle of the match head Place the needels ontop of an approximately 1 x 1/2 inch sheet of aluminum foil


Like this(I know, bad pictures, sorry)


Step 3: Wrap It Up

Wrap it up very tight, and take care to make shure the needles dont move any, As all of the gas expands these will channel the gas out to propell the rocket, so this should be the only way the gas can get out, no gaps.

Then gentely remoove the pins, check to be shure they left openings against the stickfor the gas to leave.

Step 4: Launch It!

Just hold a lighter up to it and watch, on a good day these puppys can go about 10 feet.

DOND PICK IT UP, IT IS HOT! you wouldnt want to get a boo boo.

Now make a bizillion of them and shoot stuff.

Your first rocket probally work so well, EXPERIMENT!, change foil size, twist needles to give it a spin... make it work

Comments

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jjjjake made it!(author)2009-01-03

for some reason mine dont fly they just shoot flames out the back

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jjjjake made it!(author)2008-12-31

cooooool

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Noodly0ne made it!(author)2008-08-22

These are great! They didn't go as far as i had hoped, but they were still pretty awesome! I used a half book of matches on this.

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Arbitror made it!(author)2008-05-02

"DOND PICK IT UP, IT IS HOT! you wouldnt want to get a boo boo. " Boo Boo! LOL!

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fingers made it!(author)2008-01-13

why cant begginners get COMPLETE instructions or am i that dumb.. after your little foil rocket is ready to go.is it attached to something else like a launch pad or another solid device that goes up with it?? just dont get it..how about some help

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microman171 made it!(author)2008-01-15

What you do is once the foil is on then you put it on somehting to hold it horizontal or at say 45 degrees. It doesnt work to well for me if it is vertical. I dont think the match goes up too. Im sure just the foil and burnt head goes up. I could be wrong

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antirem made it!(author)2006-07-26

:D ill have to play with this and see if i can add a fuse and set em all off!

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freakboy made it!(author)2008-01-08

do you have license to buy a fuse.

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laxrulz16 made it!(author)2007-08-20

hey i got mine to go about ten, twelve feet so nice job 10/10 stars ~laxrulz

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jakee117 made it!(author)2007-08-14

kool

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street104 made it!(author)2007-02-18

omg ive been makin different versions of the match rocket and none of them had worked till this one (and the one on the link that mrbob1000 gave) and it was awesome. Thanks for makin my dream of makin rockets that work come true :)

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pmac93 made it!(author)2007-05-19

the only one i've been able to launch are the ones I posted here

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Whaleman made it!(author)2007-03-08

i think i need to fine tune my skills of making thees, they went anywere from -1/2 inch to 2 ft

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Beelzebub made it!(author)2006-07-27

Yea, go ahead. I have been doing this scince i was a kid, i think my dad taught me or something, i think it is pretty cool to see that it has already been done.

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sparklerbomb made it!(author)2007-01-02

so far iive tryed this design and another one but neiter of them work ive followed the design exactly and they just go up in a puff of smoke please help me cause itll be soo spectactular if it works lol.....

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Beelzebub made it!(author)2006-07-27

wow that is almost wierd how close that link there is to my instructible.

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sparklerbomb made it!(author)2007-01-02

so far iive tryed this design and another one but neiter of them work ive followed the design exactly and they just go up in a puff of smoke please help me cause itll be soo spectactular if it works lol.....

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E398 made it!(author)2006-08-27

Thats cool is it possible to make it even bigger ones??

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tjsdaname made it!(author)2006-11-16

ya it is just add more match heads

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tjsdaname made it!(author)2006-11-16

ya ive made thim with 35 match heads

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leonthestmasta made it!(author)2006-10-26

What can we use for a launch pad?

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mustang made it!(author)2006-09-25

DUDE this kicks ass

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Beelzebub made it!(author)2006-08-27

Just hold a lighter up to the foil where the match head is and wait

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E398 made it!(author)2006-08-27

how do u light it??

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E398 made it!(author)2006-08-27

Thats cool is it possible to make it even bigger ones??

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joshuajahr made it!(author)2006-08-04

ohhh fun me likey!

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Beelzebub made it!(author)2006-08-03

front half

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lucapaooka made it!(author)2006-08-03

so exactally where do u light it at the front or at the back *improving the world 1 pedal rotation at a time

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PetervG made it!(author)2006-07-27

Ok, i've taken all the pictures.

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PetervG made it!(author)2006-07-27

I'm going to go make this instructable right now!

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gigman made it!(author)2006-07-27

One day i went thorugh like an entire roll of foil trying to make one of these fly. I made like 50 and got like 5 of them to fly more then 1'

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PetervG made it!(author)2006-07-27

Do you mind if I make a revision of this? Not because it's not good, just because I made about 100 wooden match rockets in the past year. I perfected it with wooden matches.

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trebuchet03 made it!(author)2006-07-26

I first saw this in NASA's website.... these are really fun and I admit, I have gotten into match rocket wars with my friends (by the time they hit you, they are quite cool and did not burn at all). The only bad thing that came of it was a few charcoal stains on someone white T-shirt :P

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mrbob1000 made it!(author)2006-07-27

there are several veriations to this

http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/thermo/thermo.html#rockets

but yours seems really cool because you can get some spin out of them

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