Introduction: New Rocket Powered Matchbox Cars! - Extreme!

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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!

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!

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


sethcim (author)2011-03-19

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

EthanR2 (author)sethcim2014-12-16

it string man!

teknohawk (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.

comodore (author)2008-03-05

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

cj8675 (author)comodore2013-01-28

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

estab (author)comodore2008-03-05

you don't make it you buy it

apologun (author)estab2012-03-17

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

comodore (author)estab2008-03-05

Where can I find it? Thank you!

estab (author)comodore2008-03-08

hoby store that sells rocket cars

hunter1125 (author)estab2010-06-16

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.

estab (author)hunter11252010-06-16

yea that one

comodore (author)estab2008-03-09

OK, Thank you!

cowmanpoke (author)comodore2011-07-31

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

SgtJellyfish (author)2011-10-14

are model rocket engines allowed in australia?

Ralphieman (author)SgtJellyfish2012-09-30

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

yapoyo (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!!!

Lucifeba (author)2012-02-14

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

build52 (author)2011-10-26

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

asarris (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.

pufferfish9108 (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.


bjb98 (author)pufferfish91082011-06-02

That would be very scary

bjb98 (author)2011-06-01

just get anogther rocket engine duh =)

physics95 (author)bjb982011-06-02

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

bjb98 (author)physics952011-06-02

Ur welcome :)

meat grinder (author)2008-10-10

all the cool people use masking tape.

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

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

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...)

bjb98 (author)Mongo Of Fire2011-06-01


XWXAXDXEX (author)Mongo Of Fire2010-03-03

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...

awesomekitteh (author)XWXAXDXEX2011-03-11

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

christpher (author)Mongo Of Fire2011-02-23

i agrey duct tape is cooler

Gamer917 (author)Mongo Of Fire2009-08-19

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

dla888 (author)Gamer9172010-02-14

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

noah279878582 (author)2011-03-07

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

doodleninja (author)2010-12-22

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

phobos_001 (author)2010-09-30


phobos_001 (author)2010-09-30

te la bañaste jaja qe chido

Friscky (author)2010-06-29

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

hunter1125 (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.

knektek (author)2010-04-26

Put the car facing a ramp!

bobmcbob_345 (author)2010-04-05

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

nbagf (author)2010-03-21


zascecs (author)2009-12-02

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

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

....and not me... 

CaseBoy (author)2009-12-02

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

baronnd (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?

wildstar (author)baronnd2009-09-02

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.

Derin (author)baronnd2008-02-02

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

koolkid12 (author)2009-08-02

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

qwertyboy (author)koolkid122009-09-01

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

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