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Rocketeer Rocket Pack from Trash

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Who needs Howard Hughes or Peevy when you can build your own Rocketeer rocket pack from little more than the contents of your recycling bin?
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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I was able to find everything I needed lying around the house, but if you don’t have a large stock of craft supplies you might need to pick up a few items.

From your recycling bin:
• two 2L pop bottles (I used Coke Zero)
• mouth was bottle
• two shampoo or conditioner bottles (plastic deodorant containers may work too)
• round plastic dip or spread container
• thin cardboard from cereal boxes or something similar
• paper towel tube

From the thrift store or the back of your closet:
• old purse with brown faux-leather straps

From the craft store, hardware store or your supply cabinet:
• scissors and x-acto knife
• glue gun and glue sticks
• white glue
• masking tape
• wire
• spray primer
• spackling paste
• silver spray paint
• craft paint in bronze, pewter and black
• paint brushes

Step 2: Rockets!

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Rinse out the pop bottles and cut them in half.

Cut off the necks and toss them back in your recycling bin.

Cut two strips of cardboard slightly longer than the circumference of the pop bottles.

Wrap the cardboard around the bottle bottoms to form a tube that will be the main body of your rockets. Secure with masking tape.

Step 3: The pointy bits

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Trace around a large mug or similar round object and then cut out the cardboard circle.

Make your rockets nice little party hats and secure them with the help of masking tape and your glue gun.

Be careful when using the glue gun on the pop bottles tops as the heat can warp the plastic.
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J-Five1 year ago
Darn, I thought it was a working jet pack.

But it still looks great!
Excellent idea!
The only thing I could criticise would be the suggestion of deodorant cans. Even when empty, these are still under pressure and can explode if you're crafting with them and they accidentally get punctured. Believe me, the bruises from a deodorant can flying at high speed can take ages to heal.
Safety first!
ModMischief (author)  DreamWalker083 years ago
I was thinking of solid or gel deodorant containers like Speed Stick (http://www.wekenshop.com/images/43797.jpg). Do they even sell deodorant in cans anymore?
oh, then most certainly go ahead! Yeah first thing I thought of was the aerosol ones.
In Australia (where I'm from) the aerosol versions are more common than roll on or stick versions... I've never seen Speed Stick (but I have heard of it) at my supermarket
i use the stick because its easier to put on when you are dressed making it ideal for freshening up right before work
ModMischief (author)  DreamWalker083 years ago
Thanks DreamWalker. I've added "plastic" to the description to hopefully avoid any possible confusion.
rdelvacchio2 years ago
This is great. I just finished making this for my son's kindergarten class play. He is so psyched to get the play over with so he can play with it anytime he wants. Thank you for the great guide.
pheenix422 years ago
How does she look...?

Like a hood ornament!
jscholey2 years ago
I do love this concept, I think the pack's structure looks great, but one critique is the paint job.

The flat silver looks very fake and I think if it had a black wash over it to darken the silver paint, and perhaps a little corrosion around the bottom it would really finish it off.
CementTruck2 years ago
both thumbs....wayyyyyy up!! Great reduce/reuse/recycle.

Loved the Rocketeer movie as a youngster and just watched it with my kids this year.
chaitanyak2 years ago
wow thats brilliant!
wish we celebrated halloween here, i'd wear this!
Very cool,thank you for sharing! LOVE that movie!
i think we're gonna need a lawyer. I think we're gonna need a helmet!
seriously, make the helmet
i_am_joey3 years ago
THIS IS AWESOME!
now if you can just make a JENNIFER CONNELLY replica, id be your slave forever :D
aeshem3 years ago
WOW!!!!! =D THIS IS WAY COOL!!!
I'm trying to create a replica of the Bell Textron rocket-belt, myself. You know, the one from "Thunderball." So far, the main thing I have are the soda bottles, but mine's going to be attached to a backpack. PVC pipes/connectors, that sort of thing.
prixprix3 years ago
This looks awesome! I love it.
Hooray! Well done!
suboxygen3 years ago
oh yeah the bubble gum haha. man that was such a great movie. I remember watching it in theatre. very nice costume! super creative :)
lairdkeffer3 years ago
That is amazing it just needs one touch ...A chewdpeice of bubble gum :)
timmy013 years ago
You've totally inspired me!!!!!!!!....
itgasht3 years ago
he he he. is lol. thanks
Very well done!
thepelton3 years ago
That would make a neat thing to show at a sci fi convention.
bennelson3 years ago
I am SO jealous of that hip belt. Love the jacket style too!

I went to Halloween for a couple years as the Rocketeer.
My helmet was made from an old hard-hat. I made the fin from foamcore. The face part of the helmet was tagboard, with black screen for the eye lenses. Then the whole thing was painted with Rustoleum Hammer Finish Bronze colored spray paint.

(And I can't find a photo of it right now!)
Honus3 years ago
Awesome job! Mucho creative. Love the Rocketeer- I even have a blueprint of the jetpack on my wall. Someday I'll get mine done...
Toram3 years ago
I would like to start this by saying I love your style and quirkiness Allison.

I've read your whole blog over the weekend and really love the way you and Chris love life and crafts.

I've been following instructables for over a year now and yours have been the most fun and interesting to read because of your passion.

Please keep it up, maybe one day I'll go to Burning Man and see you guys there.
agis683 years ago
this is amazing, very well job 5/5 lovely movie
Allonsy3 years ago
this is epic. nice job!
Wasagi3 years ago
This is amazing!

Also, I found this through your blog, but I found your blog through your instructables, which is all very confusing. I feel like subscribing to you would be the easiest route from here on in.
ModMischief (author)  Wasagi3 years ago
I'm glad you like my projects enough to follow both my blog and my instructables!

I tend to post full instructions on instructables only when I have a totally original project or I don't see any previous instructables on something that I'm making.

I'll usually blog about everything that I'm making, doing or that I find interesting. If there's already an instructable about it, I might briefly explain how I did it on my blog or link to the how-to, but I won't bother posting a duplicate instructable (like when I made ice cream in a jar or hacked a kitchen table into a coffee table).

I try to also blog about on-going projects before they are finished (like my dinosaur) but I won't make the instructable until I've got it all worked out and finished.

I hope that makes it less confusing!
sunshiine3 years ago
I have not seen the movie but I love your ible.
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
OMG! I LOOOOVE that movie! Stick a piece of gum on it for effect!
thomaskovac3 years ago
this is geeky!
Welcome to instructables! :P
Tinworm3 years ago
I really liked the Rocketeer, less for the fairly crummy story-line than for the terrific outfit...and yours really does it credit. Well done!

Have you made a helmet? I nearly did....out of a fibreglass aeroplane wheel-spat salvaged after a plane crash (nobody hurt). The spat had a nice aerodynamic fairing look....so it was half-way there in terms of design. The guy I bought my plane from has a Rocketeer helmet a friend made him...not sure what for!

I also like the movie guy's leather jacket and your suggestions about khaki etc are spot on.
Peevey would be pleased as punch! So where did the lower harness come from, with the pockets?

Cheers!
ModMischief (author)  The_Monkey_King3 years ago
I'm wearing a yak leather utility belt from Fairies Pyjamas.

When my boyfriend wears the rocket pack, he's going to clip the straps to his pants like suspenders.

You could also loop the straps through a normal belt or cut them shorter and attach them to the back of the pack.
CamButton3 years ago
Its Madonna
techsean3 years ago
That is a great build. I'm going to put it on my list of thngs to do. Well done!
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