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I'm taking a step back from the electronics and reliving my earlier years with an instructable on match rockets. I did not create these, i'm just sharing the idea. These provided hours of fun for me and my friends. Best of all, they are simple, and practically free to build. But as is obvious from the title, these use matches and are rockets, so they do deal in fire. Because of this, a precautionary statement is needed:

WARNING: Match rockets involve fire, and because of that, adult superviosion is required when young children are using the rockets. Always use common sense, and be safe when playing with fire. Always assemble and lauch the match rockets outdoors.


 
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Step 1: Materials

With that out of the way, lets get to it. The first step is to obtain the materials. You will need:
Sheet of aluminum foil (Any size will do)
Box of kitcen matches (Large matches with the wooden sticks work the best)
Piece of wire (about 3 inches in length. You want something thin but rigid. A straightened paperclip works)
Scissors
Optional: Gas grill lighter

Step 2: Build the Launch Stand

First, bend the wire into a shape as shown. A wide, steady base is needed, and when place on the ground, a stright peice a little more than 1/4 inch long has to be pointed at about a 45 degree angle. This is going to be the launch stand. 

Step 4: Cut the Aluminum Foil

This step isnt very critical. You want a peice about 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch, roughly square. But the exact demensions and size aren't very important. 
tbell16236 months ago
I copied me
pcanywii8 months ago
That's awesome. I use lighters at my house but i don't know where to buy matches.?
this looks boss i have to make one of them i cant wate thnx
bayame1 year ago
can you make them bigger?
gemoney1 year ago
does it only work if u use tin foil could u use paper
iestrada21 year ago
I did this but I put tons if Match heads in on foil it didn't end well my eye still hurts
Nice Flame Picture.
JoeBeau (author)  blinkyblinky3 years ago
That was pure luck that it came out that well. It was actually a little breezy, and my camer kinda crappy with a very slow shutter (It was from when 5 megapixels was a LOT for a digital camera) The stars aligned for that photo