D.I.Y. Model Rocket for Beginers

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This is my first instructable. I am going to try and keep it short and simple. Hope you like it.
I have had a model rocket for many years but recently two of my friends showed me a model rocket that they had made (which was really good) but it made me think that it does not cost much ($5-$30) and i could probably make one to but slightly less good. And that is the reason this instructable was made.

the tools are not expensive but buy a dremel (or some thing like it) will give a nicer finish
hack saw
PVC primer (get the pressure stuff because some part will be under stress)
PVC cement  ("same as above")
permanent marker

most if not all things in this rocket can be found lying around the house
X 30 Cm of 25 mm PVC pipe
X 15 Cm of 90 mm PVC pipe
X 12 Cm of 15 mm PVC pipe
X 1 20mm PVC cap
X 1 plastic soft drink bottle
X 5 or so rubber bands
X 1 plastic straw
X 1 C sized motor
X 1 plastic rubbish bag
X 50 cm worth of string
x 1 thing of wadding

This is only to make the rocket not the launch pad or ignition system.
Both can be bought or made dirt cheap!

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Step 1: The Body

The Body:
Cut the 25mm pipe to a length of 30cm, and make X4 12 cm, this is where the fins and motor will fit.

Step 2: Fins & Motor Mount

Motor Mount:
quite simply make 4 cuts on the 12cm long 15mm PVC pipe. Three 8cm long and on from one end to the other at right angles.

For the fins get a 12 cm long 90mm wide bit of PVC and cut it into quarters (length ways), this will do for 8 fins but you only need 4.
then cut 2 of the quarter sections from corner to corner

Gluing the fins to the motor mount:
This is probably the trickiest step.
In-between the cuts glue (use the primer first then the glue) one at a time at right angles in between the cuts whit about fifteen minute intervals in between gluing each fin.
This may require you sitting there for a while until it sets but be willing to take a while.
And be warned the glue stinks heaps.

Step 3: Nose Cone (sort Of)

The Nose Cone:
This is one of the most simple steps in the whole instructable.

Simply cut of the top bit of a soft drink bottle,make sure to keep the little lip bit
Then use the PVC cement to glue the bottle screw bit to the 15mm cap, it should look some thing like the photos.

Step 4: Finishing Touches (this in Cludes the Parachute)

Get the rubbish bag and cut it into  a 40 cm by 40 cm square and attach a string to each corner and on one corner attach a second string.

Attaching the parachute:
Attach the 4 strings to the inside of the rocket's body and the leftover on to the inside of the "nose cone".

The straws:
Cut the straw in half and and glue (silicone glue will work and is not noticible if you dont want to paint it) them on the side of the rocket.
Make sure that they line up!!!

Paint it (optional)
Spray paint it if you want or if you muck up with the glue.

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    14 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have lost countless rockets by an overpowered motor and a very large chute and i would say this is succesfull in that sense


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I got an educator pack of 12 cheapy rockets for sale at hobby lobby and have combined them and built lots of cool mini engine powered rockets. I havent got to shoot them off yet but I do have a homemade launch pad and controller so I'm ready. My Biggest one is 32 inches tall and has a 12 inch chute for recovery. the other five have streamer recovery.

    Higgs Boson

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I considered making rockets out of pvc but thought it would be too heavy. How high would you say this could go on a C6-7 motor.
    also, I feel that this could be somewhat dangerous because it is so much more heavy than rockets made from paper tubes that if the recovery system failed it could actually do some damage to what ever it hits (someone's roof probably), but I am not really sure.
    Nice ible anyway.

    1 reply

    ok this was from ages ago.
    but in genral dont launch a rocket in town unless u have a 100% working system. eg one of my mate's put 2 micro survos on the parachute with a gps (nice but tricky) go to a footy oval or soccer or a farm. they r nirmaly good.
    This was ok but not great i think it was about 75% ish compared to a normal shop rocket. also dont launch if there is much wind.
    this is prty good, its easy but looking back there are somethings id sugest.
    1, balsa for the nose, and drill press lathe it and a little pointy
    2. if u have the time, drill/dremal out circals/hexagons then adheasive spray some thin plastic over it (might work with out it never tryed it with out it) also u can knife it out but it takes a while.) Also a slight sand b4 u do it will cut back more weight.
    3, just buy a prachute its probly better
    4, swich something for the motor mount now and again it will break and (im not too sure what but a slit and a rod though the boddy might fix it but make sure its level)

    the normal one works ok, but that stuff will make it better,
    just rember for the roof, F=ma, and going by the name u can figure out A and like normal low weight and huge hights with rockets.
    im better than the ible this was just me when i got bored ages ago in my defence

    so u can probly drop 50 - 70% of the weight which if u cover the holes will give u a good amount of hieght from a normal


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the question,

    it takes a 18mm C6-7, 18mm,
    but it has a piece of cut 15mm, because that is the size that the pipe comes in and it also provides a good fit for the motor if you cut it right.

    if i win i am stuffed because they will only send the laptop+prize to the u.s.a.
    any way of helping out? (they will send it any were in America even if it my house)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Thom guess who this is
    hows life treating u

    Nice instructable!

    I like the fins- have you tested it and does it spiral well?

    2 replies

    Hi random person who i dont think i know
    ya it spirals
    And vote for my instructables in the dead computer contest:
    Cd cube lights and the soon to be poor mans cd candle

    (are you going to change your photo for the new school photos when we get them )