Introduction: How to Make a Awsome Match Rocket

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here I will show you how to make a great match rocket-this is my first instructable

Step 1: Equipment

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you will need
clippers (I used games workshop clippers)
a lighter or match to light the rocket with
PVA glue
tin foil
some paper
a pencil
a bowl
a battery
your hands!

Step 2: Match Crushing

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now to get about fifty matches
to crush them grasp one with your clippers
right on the match head
and use the clipper to crush the match head
then the match powder should fall into the bowl
do this to all of your match heads

Step 3: Finishing Off With the Powder

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ta da!
now get your battery
and use it as a roller to crush the powder up
your done for now

Step 4: Making the Rocket

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now get the foil and the battery
and put the battery like this
then start to roll the foil up
about 8 rolls should do it
chop the rest off
chop off the exess on the top and bottom
then twist the top
then twist to keep it nice and tight
then pull the battery out
until it is fully out
the rocket will still be hollow inside

Step 5: Pouring

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get the excess foil and fold it in half to get a crease
next pour the powder into it
there we go!
now pour the powder into the rocket
there we go!

Step 6: Making the Nozzle

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get the pencil
then push it to the match powder so it just touches it
then twist the foil around the pencil
finally pull the pencil out
the rocket is still hollow and you can still see the match powder

Step 7: Making the Fuse

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next you will need to crush about 15 match heads the same way you did before
get some paper
cut a small strip of paper
get the PVA glue
and smear it on the paper
sprinkle the match powder on wait for it to dry
you can always use some visco instead

Step 8: Finishing Off

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get the fuse and push it into the nozzle
push it right in there until it touches the match powder
there will only be a little fuse sticking out the back
you are done!


mykiscool (author)2012-04-02

The commenter below me is right. I would recommend using a chap-stick case, a small wooden dowel, or a pencil instead. If you must use the battery put electrical tape over the positive terminal.

skelly7447 (author)2010-06-10

if you touch both terminals of the battery to the foil, it will short out and heat up. It can overheat and explode!

Jupitane (author)2009-04-12

This instructable makes match rockets so complicated... and dangerous. I think ill just stick to my match rockets

ROCKETMAN (author)2008-04-17

This is an extreamly dangerous process because one of the matches could spark and ignite the contents in the bowl which will flash and burn almost instantly. The more material in the bowl the bigger the flash and the greater the chanch you WILL GET BURNED!!! If you attempt to do this please do it in a free standing structure at least ten feet away from any other structure. Also make sure they structure is made of fire resistant material(metal or concrete) also avoid having combustable material in or near the structure where you do this.

mitchell931993 (author)ROCKETMAN2008-07-29

how the hell would the matches spark?

friction makes heat and that lights the matches

friction isnt enough for a saftey match. he uses saftey matches in this.

not enough friction in the process to produce that amount of heat. and matches can't "spark". a spark is from electricity. no electricity involved.

it happened to me. i was getting the stuff off by using sand paper... oh... that's probably why

well would saftey matches work with this?

its a chemical reaction with the side of the box and the match

its not the heat its the spark. watch when u light a match it sparks.

chi chi chippy (author)ROCKETMAN2008-12-28

just dont use strike anywhere and ull b fine! if it goes off its in a fire resistant bowl isn't it? ive had match powder go off all the time its not that big of a flash. lol but stay safe and use adult supervision

theosullis (author)2008-04-21

OMG the battery would just blow the fridging thing up!

ethanman101 (author)theosullis2008-07-19

The battery is just used as a mould to make the hollow shape You don't keep it in there

i m legend (author)2008-07-11

hey do u know how to make an explosive out of thinner of synthetic enamle th111.

hahahahahahahaha (author)2008-05-23


freakboy (author)2008-01-07

hey do you know how to make a rocket with out a fuse.

ethanman101 (author)freakboy2008-01-18

yeah I'll put one up if I have the time

flamiano (author)2008-01-18

thats good

pyro13 (author)2007-12-22

I want to see a launching before i waste this may matches.

ethanman101 (author)pyro132007-12-31

everyone my youtube name is also ethanman101 and I got a camcorder 4 christmas so over the next few days I will post a video on there

killerjackalope (author)2007-12-22

this would have to be pretty amazing to justify that much effort, also with that much match powder there's probably a good chance of bursting the tin foil body... I do really like the idea of going completely overboard on these things though, over complicated extravagant things for a little giggle are amazing. It might be able to move a small toy car along now...

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-21

looks like a lot of work..

ethanman101 (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-22

you could use a visco fuse instead

PetervG (author)2007-12-21

That would take so long to make for just one launch!

ethanman101 (author)PetervG2007-12-22

It's a good launch though

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