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A "Matchstick Rocket" is a simple matchstick that its head is covered with light, thin paper.
When the matchstick gets hot the gunpowder will explode and flow of hot gas from the bottom of the paper makes the matchstick flying.


 
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Step 2: Cutting paper

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Cut a rectangle from the paper.
The size of the rectangle must be about 3 times more than matchstick head perimeter and height.

Step 3: Making the rocket

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Roll the paper on the matchstick head firmly with your fingers and make its tip sharp.

Step 4: Ready to launch

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Find a safe place outdoors far from flammable things. Place the base somewhere and lean the rocket to the base.

Step 5: LAUNCH!!!

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Put on safety goggles, stand on the back of the rocket and fire the matchstick wood with another matchstick and watch your rocket launching.
i love this instructable.
will little match sticks work or flat match sticks please reple asap
vahid_you2004 (author)  nabhancreate2 years ago
I did not tried little or flat matchsticks, but if there were enough power to overcome the weight it will be possible.
will litle matches work
jackle132 years ago
sweet i just tried it and it almost flew but i suggest putting some thing in the rap and making a little gap.
vahid_you2004 (author)  jackle132 years ago
Yes, You're right. If there were a narrow long opening it makes it work better, by this way you can control the direction of fly. But note that in order to produce sufficient power to fly, the opening must be very narrow.
jackle132 years ago
do u have any tips for this
amagri13 years ago
I make alot of match rockets but they never fly what should I do?
vahid_you2004 (author)  amagri13 years ago
It is very important how to roll the paper on the matchstick, the gases must be able to come out from the bottom easily, if they could't come out of the bottom the paper will be explode, so roll the bottom not too firm, but If the bottom is too loose the head of the rocket will jump instead of all of the machstick.
Try making diffrent rockets to find the how firm roll the paper.
Win Guy3 years ago
I'm trying this with aluminum foil and a fuse - I'll post my results in, say, half a day.
Win Guy
amirreza6193 years ago
salam irani hasti?
vahid_you2004 (author)  amirreza6193 years ago
Yes
amirreza6193 years ago
سلام دادا ایرونی هستی؟
Pankake4 years ago
I saw a project like this in a book called Backyard Ballistics. you wrap tin foil around a match and two pins that create ports for the gases to expand. cheap and easy fun
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