Introduction: New Rocket Powered Matchbox Cars! - Extreme!

First of all my inspiration for this project came from zjharva. This is a new version of Rocket Powered Matchbox cars with video! Now you see what they really do on rocket power! I used Hot Wheels cars but I felt they really needed to be called Matchbox because of what were about to do to them!


Step 1: What You Need!

First of all you will need a package of Estes A10-PT model rocket engines. You can find these at most Walmart store, hobby shops or other stores that carry model rockets.

Step 2: You Also Need...

Something to attach the 'engines' to the cars. I used 32 gauge wire that you can wrap around the vehicle and secure the 'engine' safely during ignition.

Step 3: And...

you need something to guide the car on it's track. Without this, the rocket shoots the car and rolls it, flipping and tumbling across the 'track'. I used a coffee stirrer and after cutting a small groove in the bottom of the car, cut it to size & glued it in place. This is the perfect diameter for the string that the car rides on.

Step 4: The Controller...

I picked up an Estes Race Controller that runs on 4 "AA" batteries and has a long enough wire with alligator clips at the end. These will attach to the rocket igniters and fire the rocket!

Step 5: And Now the Final Test Results!

This was wicked fun!! We brought them to a tennis court which was the perfect really flat surface and tested them out...here is the video!! Enjoy!


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sethcim made it!(author)2011-03-19

Can you add information about the track / guidance system please?

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EthanR2 made it!(author)2014-12-16

it string man!

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teknohawk made it!(author)2013-04-26

You cannot build the igniter. It is a Estes rocket igniter. For $5.00 you can find them at almost any hobby shop. To make your own, you can (safely) build a fuse to go into the engine, or salvage some Nichrome wire and hook that up to a battery-It gets HOT because of it's great resistance applied to the batterys voltage.

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comodore made it!(author)2008-03-05

How did you ignite the rocket? How did you make the electric igniter?

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cj8675 made it!(author)2013-01-28

I get 2 20 foot pieces of wire with alligator clips on one end clip the clips to the fuse and touch the other ends of the wore to a 12 volt cordless tool battery

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estab made it!(author)2008-03-05

you don't make it you buy it

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apologun made it!(author)2012-03-17

can i use A3-3T or A10-3T instead of A10-PT?

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comodore made it!(author)2008-03-05

Where can I find it? Thank you!

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estab made it!(author)2008-03-08

hoby store that sells rocket cars

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hunter1125 made it!(author)2010-06-16

do you mean a hoby store that sells estes rockets or a website that sells estes rockets? i have never seen a hoby store that sells official rocket cars.

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estab made it!(author)2010-06-16

yea that one

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comodore made it!(author)2008-03-09

OK, Thank you!

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cowmanpoke made it!(author)2011-07-31

I opened one up once and I'm pretty sure it's just 4 AA batteries in series. No circuitry.

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SgtJellyfish made it!(author)2011-10-14

are model rocket engines allowed in australia?

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Ralphieman made it!(author)2012-09-30

Yes, but you need to get them from hobby shops and they are quite expensive.

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yapoyo made it!(author)2012-06-06

I did this with a C6-5 a few years ago and the car almost flew away! I los the car, but a few hours later, i found it about half a mile away from the launch site!!!

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Lucifeba made it!(author)2012-02-14

Its so COOL!!!!is so fast I love it :D

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build52 made it!(author)2011-10-26

we did that but we did't do the string and we also lost it

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asarris made it!(author)2011-06-14

Awesome, modded your design with 500 yards string and 3 stage rockets, (used bigger car of course) for the stages i used a simple stopwatch that had (2nd stage .4 seconds and stage 3 which had 2 rockets on side at .8 seconds) clocked speed at 210 miles per hour :D destroyed the car afterwards and forgot to video it :c but it was fun. (for the stopwatches, when the initial current comes i sautered a wire so that it activates start and then another wire so that instead of beeping it activates the stage, sorry for long comment.

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pufferfish9108 made it!(author)2011-04-01

well about the rocket car, you could put 3 engines on top of eachother and then use 3 stages. Stage 1 would be connected to stage 2 with a piece of fuse string, and the same would work with stage 3. Or you could get a big ballon of hairspray or butane and have another fuse connected to that.

TO THE PYROS OF THE WORLD

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bjb98 made it!(author)2011-06-02

That would be very scary

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bjb98 made it!(author)2011-06-01

just get anogther rocket engine duh =)

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physics95 made it!(author)2011-06-02

well thanks I found one I totally forgot that I wrote it it was long time ago
thanks any way:P

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bjb98 made it!(author)2011-06-02

Ur welcome :)

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meat+grinder made it!(author)2008-10-10

all the cool people use masking tape.

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Mongo+Of+Fire made it!(author)2009-05-17

No, Duct Tape is cooler. Mongo has spoken. (AGAIN!)

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meat+grinder made it!(author)2009-06-10

masking tape is lighter but ducktape is better. dont say mongo has spoken it sounds stupid

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Mongo+Of+Fire made it!(author)2009-06-10

I will say "Mongo has spoken" Whenever I please, thank you very much. Besides that, did you really have to reply to mine as opposed to your own to make it so that you didn't make yourself look like a complete jerk? I mean, you don't really have to point that sort of thing out unless it isn't on the internet. On the internet, I can be as much of a nerd as I want and you can't really do anything about it. I can even post something like this up if I want to. I guess I want to, because I beleive that I just posted this. Wouldn't you agree? (And to think that all of this started by you saying that all of the cool people use masking tape...)

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bjb98 made it!(author)2011-06-01

MONGO HAS SPOKEN!!!!!!!

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XWXAXDXEX made it!(author)2010-03-03

Rofl hes obviously like 10 to drag something on that long but yeh, Mongo saying "Mongo has spoken" makes it look like you think too much of yourself...

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awesomekitteh made it!(author)2011-03-11

ah, ah, ah. temper, temper. Yay eminem! (concience)

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christpher made it!(author)2011-02-23

i agrey duct tape is cooler

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Gamer917 made it!(author)2009-08-19

i agree, but i cant find my roll of duct tape T_T

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dla888 made it!(author)2010-02-14

Whenever I lose my duct tape I feel like my life has collapsed!

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noah279878582 made it!(author)2011-03-07

i've seen all of kipkay's video's on youtube :P

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doodleninja made it!(author)2010-12-22

HOLY COW DOODLE NINJA LIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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phobos_001 made it!(author)2010-09-30

nice

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phobos_001 made it!(author)2010-09-30

te la bañaste jaja qe chido

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Friscky made it!(author)2010-06-29

Could you just strap a bottle rocket on to it? Just wondering.

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hunter1125 made it!(author)2010-06-16

interesting. did you ever try adding a bigger rocket "engine" to a bigger car like a pinewood derby car? that might work pretty well.

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knektek made it!(author)2010-04-26

Put the car facing a ramp!

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bobmcbob_345 made it!(author)2010-04-05

Ha this is awsome!. i did a similar thing but with a g 52 rocket moter on a rc car.

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nbagf made it!(author)2010-03-21

 hi

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zascecs made it!(author)2009-12-02

Be sure not to aim it at someone....


...especially not at the face.....


....and not me... 

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CaseBoy made it!(author)2009-12-02

 if u angle the rockets on a diagonal slant........who nows what would happen. 

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baronnd made it!(author)2007-08-29

lol.. kind of funny about the different types of engines.. and i would not be hard to make the car explode at the end.. if you wanted. but I shall not post that here. Used to do this kind of stuff all the time. model rockets where a lot of fun. espically when they explode about 300 ft in the air.. space shuttle columbia anyone?

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wildstar made it!(author)2009-09-02

Oh, yes. I remember building my "Challenger" rocket: One space shuttle model, one first stage C or D engine and one M80. I found out later that adding baby powder, one can make the explosion much more dramatic. Gasoline has an even better effect, but is much more dangerous.

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Derin made it!(author)2008-02-02

yea just fill a small can with breath spray and put some string to act as a fuse.

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koolkid12 made it!(author)2009-08-02

i used a e-6-8 measred at 15.26 foot pounds of thrust

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qwertyboy made it!(author)2009-09-01

unless that wasnt an estes rocket, there is no such thing as an E6-8

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