Introduction: The Original Rocket Cars

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These are the original rocket powered Match-Box cars. Here are some other instructables like it:
Rocket Cars and Rocket Fun

Step 1: Get Materials

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1 Package Of Mini-Rocket Engines, 7 Dollars (A10-3T OR A10-PT)
1 Roll Of Duck Tape, Free
A Few Matchbox Cars
An Electric Model Rocket Igniter

Step 2: Construction

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In this step we make the actual car.
1) Cut A 1/2 inch by 8 inch piece of duck tape.
2) Place engine on roof and tape on.
3) Insert igniter and plug in engine (like A normal model rocket).

Step 3: Watch Out for a Flying Hunk of Plastic and Metal

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All you do is:
1)Put car on a flat and smooth surface (road, driveway)
2)Hook up the launcher look at pictures.
4)Watch the car spin, fly, explode(just kidding), and maybe even go strait for a couple of feet .

Step 4: Update

Kiteman suggested a way to keep it under control. Here it is:
tape a straw to the top and have it run along a string, maybe even have races. and yes this was also made before someone copied it


nerd97 (author)2013-08-10

I did this by strapping an E engine to one of my old cub scout pinewood derby cars.
Lets just say i'm never racing that car again......

Colonel88 (author)2009-11-08

Or you can use bottle rockets as well.

imBobertRobert (author)Colonel882012-11-22

then it explodes at the end :P

pieman12 (author)2009-09-07

put like 10 mini rockets on...

i put 3 on and it went in the air.........

nkk07 (author)2008-01-18

hmmmmmmm :

zjharva (author)nkk072008-01-20

that would work or you could tape the small one to the big one in series, the charge that pops the parachute out would ignite the big one.

Aar000n3y (author)zjharva2008-02-05

...Except not. First, the physics of that would not work as the motor is on top, which would just make the car spin. Second, even if you somehow got it balanced with the motor's placement, the car has no way to keep it self straight, so it would just spin around anyways.

codydean (author)Aar000n3y2008-03-04

not if u drilled a hole in the back of the car with a drill press and put the roket in tha hole

Aar000n3y (author)codydean2008-03-04

From my last post: 'Second, even if you somehow got it balanced with the motor's placement, the car has no way to keep it self straight, so it would just spin around anyways.' Real rockets fly straight because they're designed to. They're aerodynamic and they have fins so they can fly straight.

zjharva (author)Aar000n3y2008-03-05

thats part of the fun of these!

Aar000n3y (author)zjharva2008-03-05

We're talking about making a rocket car fly up into the air. His idea for doing it wouldn't work, and that's what my post was about. I know rocket cars don't really go straight, but to get air born they would need to go straighter.

zjharva (author)Aar000n3y2008-03-06

ohhh. yeah this would never fly in the air

tynow (author)zjharva2011-06-25

wat if you put a small tube on the car and ran a wire through leading to a ramp and when it gets to the ramp there the wire ends and the car slides of the wire and onto the ramp

DeathByPancakes (author)zjharva2008-05-04

I can just imagine if it did. *Imagining 3 year olds with rocket cars up their noses*

nkk07 (author)DeathByPancakes2008-05-07

*imagining you with rocket car up nose*

nkk07 (author)Aar000n3y2008-05-04

ur pig wont work because...errr physics?

Aar000n3y (author)nkk072008-05-04

Actually those are explosives on the pig, but that still wouldn't work quite as planned in real life either...

Cartuner55 (author)Aar000n3y2008-06-26

HAHA THAT picture is hilarious!!!

that pic iz soo funny

nkk07 (author)zjharva2008-01-21

what else can i use other than rocket motors? please tell me!:)

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)nkk072008-05-03

kind of like in the kids movie over the hedge.

hey, lets try that!!!!! lol jk

ReCreate (author)SeMi_AuToMaTic2009-01-04

i haven't hear of that...i think

zjharva (author)SeMi_AuToMaTic2008-05-03


masterchief442 (author)2009-06-15

Where can I get the mini-rocket motors? (like at a hobby shop for example)

Hobby Lobby,Walmart,Micheals,

roland985 (author)2010-01-07

 More than one car? a race perhaps is in order?

caco caco (author)2009-07-19

were i can find the mini roket motors??? ( name of the sotore or mall , etc )

airsofter1 (author)caco caco2009-10-04


tomcat955 (author)2009-08-07

make it so it lites m80 boom by by car

caco caco (author)2009-07-19

if i make that one with a car that have more size and more mini rokets

patapon (author)2009-06-23

why 7 Dollars?

Sgt Fenix (author)2009-06-13

i tried this, but all i had were c6-3's XD

Paperworker99 (author)2009-04-25

what happens if you add a model rocket engine.

Hobo I Ar (author)Paperworker992009-06-02

'What happens if you add multiple model rocket engines

Paperworker99 (author)Hobo I Ar2009-06-08

yes srry

gunny (author)2009-02-16

Try adding some stabalizing wings to it

raykholo (author)2008-12-04

u can make it explode... if u really want but i know u were just kidding if the engine ur using has an ejection charge use that to set off a fuse or firework or something which should be put into the car

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2008-10-25

Me and my friend put wings on it and watched it fly like 1000 feet down my street and into some other guys tree.

bluey32123 (author)2008-09-27

that looks really fun

zjharva (author)bluey321232008-09-27

yeah its pretty fun to do if you're bored. they can go pretty far!

pandaboy292 (author)2008-09-20

what if you took one of the matchbox airplanes and put rockets on both of the wings.i dont dont know if they still make the planes though because i have not looked at toys since i was twelve.

SKINZ (author)2008-08-02

i made a huge 1 out of a £150 rocket and a remote controlld subrau it was rapid would of bet a real one lol

Aar000n3y (author)2008-05-07

They are explosives. He wants bacon to fall from the sky, so he attaches explosives. Why would they not be explosives?

nkk07 (author)Aar000n3y2008-05-09

i meant i know there explosives even b4 ur stupid comment i knew it all along.:p

Aar000n3y (author)nkk072008-05-09

... Whoops I guess I thought from your comment about physics that you thought they were rockets, and your next comment kind of just went over my head.

nerfer192 (author)2008-02-12

woot! i get to make rockets and launch them in school! they are handmade and use real rocket engines, like these.

zjharva (author)nerfer1922008-02-13

could you make an instructable on it?

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