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How to build a cardboard Rocket ship

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My son asked Santa for a "real rocket ship" this Christmas to take the family to the moon. Santa has trouble getting rocket fuel this time of year so this is how I built a cardboard rocket.
 
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Step 2: The build

Begin by cutting and laying flat the box. My dimensions were based on the size of my box so you may have to make adjustments.

Using a straight edge, mark and cut out the top angles and tabs. Each panel is 2 feet wide because my box was 12 feet total.

The tabs are 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. The receiving side is 2 inches wide. I made the receiving slot cuts by just eyeing up the tab locations when I stood it up. Widen the slots a little bit to make it easier to insert the tabs.

Run a blunt tool down the cardboard to help make the folds where you want them to be.

Using any circular object you like, trace and cut out any windows you would like.

The fins are about 2 feet high with one tab the same as above. (Sorry no picture)
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KerbalSpaceProgram made it!2 months ago

Im building a card board Saturn V...

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si2 years ago
Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration Stryker! I was given a very large cardboard box (held an IBM server rack) and we converted it to a space ship cubby house for my Son's birthday party. Fortunately the ship survived despite multiple module separation and many excited kids running amok :)

Here are some photos.



The black gaffa on the edges helped with the structural integrity, especially where the rectangular boxes were cut into a hexagonal shape. Painting was a pain, it took several coats of kid-friendly white paint to make it look OK. I really liked how the cheap (but thick and wide) aluminium foil turned out, just a light coat of craft glue and then I placed it on and trimmed the edges with a knife.

All up about $100 including paint, gaffa (cloth tape) and LED lights. All the gear inside (except lights) was old hardware I had lying around. Some of the lights will be re-used for extra visibility when bike riding in winter.

SASA (South Australian Space Agency) is a little homage to NASA, and we also used the last space shuttle mission patch as birthday badges :)
Stryker (author)  si2 years ago
That turned out great and it looked like an awesome party. Since you liked my rocket you might like this for your next project.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Indoor-Wooden-Castle/

si Stryker2 years ago
Sweet! That looks so cool.

I would like to build my Son a pirate ship when he's a year or two older, but for now I have many other jobs around the house and garden that need to be finished :)
Jdle12033 years ago
This is Awesome!
What were the measurements of the flaps? With the tabs?
cool instructable, thats exactly was i was looking for!
peter577335 years ago
Well if you have trouble getting that silly song out of your heads might I suggest the theme song to Hogans Hero's that usually does it.
Hogans heroes giligans island and disneys recess are the best shows in the world
ElvenChild3 years ago
when your son takes you guys to the moon could I come pretty pretty please with a subscription on top
sorry, just had to...

BEST VIDEO EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
did you make this?
No I did not make that video.
That was AWESOME!! LOL.
Einsteins cir.  that was such a fun video-I wonder how the kids did the special effects?
OMG. I'm not sure what's worse...the fact that I watched this all the way to the end or that now I have that stupid song stuck in my head. At least it will be fun to see the look on my kid's faces when I'm singing it all day tomorrow.
going to the moon in a cardboard box, yes im going to the moon in a cardboard box,going to the moon in a cardboard box im going to the moon in a cardboard box, going to the moon in a cardboard box yeha i love this song going to the moon in a cardboard box, yes im going to the moon in a cardboard box,going to the moon in a cardboard box im going to the moon in a cardboard box, going to the moon in a cardboard box.... going to the moon in a cardboard box, yes im going to the moon in a cardboard box,going to the moon in a cardboard box im going to the moon in a cardboard box, going to the moon in a cardboard box yay it has aousomnes ps im going to the moon in my cardboard box
Stryker (author)  opiesan5 years ago
I made it about half way through.
...not mars...
you know your cool when...
THATS AMAZINGGGG!!!!

i wish i had one of those...


Well done!  Lots of fun-my grand children will really love this.  Thanks!
bkkmom5 years ago
You are such a cool dad! That look very fun to play with !
Stryker (author)  bkkmom5 years ago
Thanks. The door is about ripped off from going in and out so much.
Awesome
Neat
Cooooooooooooooooooooooooool
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I think that dis projest is okay
Teach me more
MDmom5 years ago
Fantastic! How high did you measure the angles?
Stryker (author)  MDmom5 years ago
i was making the door a good height for my boys and what ever was left over became the angle. It turned out to be 30 inches long.
alkacojo5 years ago
Very creative. It is a great way to do something fun for your kids that only takes your time not much money. It would be cool to dress the kids as astronauts and take the space ship to a halloween parade. This would win first prize for sure.
bobhill1255 years ago
i wish i had one of these when i was little
gnomedriver5 years ago
Massive! So many toys today have the personality already attached to it. Press a button and the toy makes all the noise. Little room is left for the child's imagination to take over. From Mars to Planet Zaggar all in one day and sound effects are all self made.
eantelman5 years ago
We didn't follow any plans, just bits of stuff around the house. We took the rocket out into the driveway for the "launch". It was a beautiful moment of imagination and we (parents + grandmother) were more than a bit curious about how the lack of liftoff would be processed by a mind that clearly was believing....

We recorded some of the experience here
scafool5 years ago
...3,2,1 Blast off! I expect you guys will be maling frequent trips to the moon in it. Great instructable.
vram6665 years ago
This is great. I can't wait to build one for my kid. He loves rockets and this will be something we can work on together.
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