Introduction: Mini Water Rockets

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Hey Instructables,
There are many ways to reuse plastic bottles that are left laying around. Soem of these ideas include making water rockets. So rather than throwing your bottles away , follow these 7 simple steps to a make your own mini water rocket that can be blasted up to over a hundred feet. This design uses very few materials and took about an hour to make.
Materials:
-2 small plastic bottles
-Fin Templates (see link below)
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Scissors or a utility knife
-Micro Servo (optional)
-Cardboard
-Packing tape or duct tape

Step 1: Start Your Rocket Body

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The first step is to take 1 of your water bottles and cut the top off. Now you're left with two parts: a nose cone and your parachute chamber. One option to consider is instead of using two bottles, try using one for the body and cut up another for a nose cone so that you have a more compact and portable design. This eliminates a possibility for a parachute unless you make a really small but effective parachute.

Step 2: Assembling the Body

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Next, take your last uncut bottle and glue it to the parachute chamber. You should have something like in image 2. If you feel your joint isn't strong enough, go ahead and strengthen it with packing tape.

Step 3: Parachute Holding System

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Now, use a sharpie or something to trace the mouth of the bottle as shown in the first 2 images above. Then cut your circle out and glue it 2 cm away from the mouth of the bottle.

Step 4: Stabilizer Fins

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Refer to the fin measurement and angle drawing above. It's 7.5cm tall and the 4 cm angles are 30°. The 8.3cm angle is 40°. Recreate the fin above using the same measurements and angles. Then take time to cut out 1 and trace 3 more onto some cardboard. I reccommend using an x-acto knife or a utility knif to cut these a precise as possible. You should have 3 fins once you finish.

Step 5: Attaching the Fins

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Use a hot glue gun to attach the fins to the rocket body. Make sure when doing this to look from the top to see if the fins are pointing vertically or are straight. Do this until you have 3 fins.

Step 6: Conclusion, Launching and Safety

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So now that you've finished your water rocket you can choose to leave it like this or give it an awesome paint job with spray paint. You could minwax or water proof the fins to make them more long lasting. Before launching, make sure to find a large, open field where it's not prohibited to launch. If your not sure about launching at the location, go ask someone. Of corse, laws will vary depending on your location and where you live. Launch your rocket far from people to prevent injuries and take a few steps away from the rocket before going for a launch. When launching without a Parachute, make sure to put the nose cone on really TIGHT or it may fly off during the launch. I do not take responsibility for any injuries that may occur and you launch at your own risk. Other than that thanks for reading my instructable and Happy Launching!

Comments

dragon fllyer (author)2016-05-06

Is this a joke? I can't see it as anything else...

Make Zone (author)dragon fllyer2016-05-06

What do you mean? Is it the instructable that is bad or the design?

dragon fllyer (author)Make Zone2016-05-07

I don't know, but I have no idea from the instructable how to launch or operate the rocket.

Make Zone (author)dragon fllyer2016-05-08

That's alright because there are a lot of instructables and pages that can show you how to launch one :) . I'll put the link if you want?

dragon fllyer (author)Make Zone2016-05-08

Maybe I'm the only person in the world who'd never heard of water rockets before...! So yeah, more guidance would be helpful - I have a few kids in mind I'd like to try this with...

Make Zone (author)dragon fllyer2016-05-09

Your wish is my command, here are is a site

http://www.aircommandrockets.com/flying_straight.h...

and you can find instructables on how to make a launch pad as well!

dragon fllyer (author)Make Zone2016-05-09

Thanks; stashed away for a summer activity!

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