for those making the fireball shooter, keep reading at the end for a little bit of inside glow plug information.
Step 1: First Things First
i am not redoing Kipkay's instructable, but merely taking the open-source horse by the reigns and going to town. i've got a quick upgrade and some information that might help with glow plugs. hope you enjoy.
now go get this stuff:
some stiff bus wire (around 22g)
some hookup wire (whatever gauge you want)
a small bolt slightly smaller than your glow plug's lead
heat shrink tubing
Step 2: Wind Your Coil
if you are making a lead wire for your rc car, continue the coil until you have about a 3/4" coil.
Step 3: Cut the Cord
for an rc car lead wire, just snip the coil at both ends in the same fashion. make sure you remove the screw before you snip the wires. skip step 4
Step 4: Let's Get Physical!
bend the wire back toward the coil to make a small loop. then clip it off right over the center of the coil. see pictures. it's really easy.
Step 5: Fun With Power Tools
anyway, power up the old iron and get ready to inhale some crazy fumes!
WARNING: USE ADEQUATE VENTILATION. THAT WAS A JOKE!
solder your hook-up wire to the loop you made in the bus wire. 'helping hands' are fantastic!
for rc cars, simply solder your wire to the inside of one end of your coil. sorry i have no pictures as of yet. they are forthcoming.
Step 6: Get Fancy
cut a nice length appropriate to your situation and slip it on the wire end, away from the coil. it is easier to go this way than to try to go the other. you may have to bend the wires a bit to get the tubing over the coil, but once you get it in place you can bend it back.
for rc it's even easier. no need to worry about right angle turns. just slap on a piece of heat shrink and go to town.
Step 7: The Heat Is On
(rc users may stop reading here. or read on, if you like, it's really cool stuff!)
it is also easily customizable to glow plugs of different sizes.
this can help out a lot if you don't have a magic or theater supply store nearby.
keep reading for some helpful hints.
Step 8: Glow Plug Tips
a friend of mine has a gas powered rc car that requires a glow plug. the same type we are using, just slightly different shape. see the pictures.
just use a different nut and make a slightly smaller lead wire with a smaller bolt and you're in business with plugs you don't have to order online. i can't help you with the flash paper/cotton, though. alas. . . any thoughts on that would be welcome.
hope this helps!