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video Party Popper Rocket Launcher
How to make a fun toy rocket launcher using a party popper.
This is a surprisingly powerful launcher with the projectile penetrating thin cardboard so please use responsibly and be careful when using the razor blade or craft-knife.
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49519313 years ago
would a shorter barrel go further?
it depends how short. the ideal barrel size would be one that is the same internal volume as the amount of hot, pressurized gas created by the popper, so that just when there is no more pressure behind it, it leaves the barrel.i think that if you actually made the barrel slightly longer, it would have pressure behind it for longer, and go faster. however, it all depends on the volume of gas put out by the popper.
sirodim903 years ago
nice, i used airsoft bbs
NatNoBrains3 years ago
The finished thing. Took me a while to find the right sized barrel. Shot OK.
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Pat_Maroney6 years ago
where can I find bluetak?
Use anything to block up the holes, maybe even gkue, chewing gum...
crockman14 years ago
just put a bunch of airsoft bbs into the pen and a wad of paper presto airsoft back up weapon.
Fizzxwizz6 years ago
Doesn't it seem like a little too much effort for a 1 use thing? Even though, pretty ingenious and a nice little ballistics toy.
If it's a spring-loaded popper it can be reused:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-cheap-airsoft-Madbull-grenade/
No, not too much because it is One use and after using it you ccan just throw it away. Instead of tube just use straw and instead of BLU-TAC use some cheap play-doh or something. One use, sorta like a derringer :D
Colonel885 years ago
Can you say... THUMBTACK TIP???
dakkenly5 years ago
Just got 72 at party city for $9
pyro_125 years ago
of the party popper things
dude u can buy them at almost any grocery store in the toy section
some states ban any pyrotechnic D: D: D:
Like massachusetts. At least, they require you to get a special liscence to sell them. So most stores dont =(. But the ice cream man does =D
Do you have to use the bluetak/gum? If so, are there any replacements for it?
DUCT TAPE!!!!!! I think that would work pretty well, need to go buy some poppers though- for scientific purposes, of course.
i bet hot-glue would work
knaven (author)  Tehevilfluff6 years ago
You could try plasticine or even clay - essentially something that will seal and hold the parts together. If you were happy to have the launcher perform just one shot you could even use glue.
Hey dude, that kinda looks like you faked the part where it goes through the cardboard. You showed the clip of it firing, then you showed the clip of it going through. And those things have like no power at all. I have airsoft guns that won't go through cardboard.
pyro_125 years ago
can u post a link to the order on ebay please
Neat Idea, I never knew those little things had so much power, now, if only you could find out how to load them in one after another, maybe like just cut out the confetti and stick the pen all the way in and then use it, less work to change the poppers
Blo0dZsTa5 years ago
lool i did it an used a bb an i didnt think it would hav much power i put the barrel on my hand an shot it biig purple swelling
Simple, single use... Kind of reminds me of a tiny panzerfaust! Very good work ;)
how could you be cruel to a lolipop?
Anton19956 years ago
Great.Love it.4.0
jboppx226 years ago
i'v seen ppl make airsoft guns, but this is different, must hurt
Mattrox6 years ago
Looks cool I wonder if it would shoot bb bullets?
jakee1176 years ago
cool i just got some party poppers so i could make something...
now i know what ill make! + 1 = D
nerfer1926 years ago
that was pretty cool! and has power too!
PKM6 years ago
You can see the flash through your fingers in the slow-motion! Sweet :) I'm not normally one for this sort of pyro hack but I love the ingenuity and simplicity.
knaven (author)  PKM6 years ago
The flashes were a surprise when I saw them on screen. Initially when I went through frame by frame in Adobe Premiere there was no flash but when I slowed the footage down suddenly the flashes appeared. I don't quite understand why that should be but it was a nice surprise when I saw it.
Kevvixx6 years ago
Thats the coolest launcher i have ever seen!
Great Video and Clear Instructions = one awesome instructable!
Great video, I love it. Looks easy, I might try it out.
knaven (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks for your comments. If you do have a go don't bother emptying out the confetti, just cut off the barrel with the confetti in it and that will same you a little time.
thejrb6 years ago
I love the mcgyver theme song. A well put together instructable. Although I might put in steps for printing off and building. Plus one for you.
knaven (author)  thejrb6 years ago
Thank you. Your comments are appreciated.
ker-boom1016 years ago
nice i like it but where can i get party poppers here in canada because i was thinking of adding matchead to the popper to burst out burning match heads.....
knaven (author)  ker-boom1016 years ago
Hi, I don't know specifically where you can buy them in Canada, if you can't find them locally I have found that you can buy them on ebay.com with shipping to Canada. The item number number is 260198134660. A box of 72 poppers (that should keep you busy) costs US $6.25 with US$5.95 postage. I hope that is of help.
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