Easier Wooden Match Rocket

A even easier wooden match rocket.I'll admit it doesn't always work, most of the time it will just fire a hot piece of tin-foil and sometimes it won't even take off but i never said it was perfect.
And as always people this instructable involves fire, fire hurts,you have been warned.

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Step 1: What You'll Need

This is what is needed;

tin foil(or alluminuim for all you americans out there)
scissors(not needed but they do come in handy)
matchs(preferably redheaded)
needles or pins

Step 2: What You Actually Have to Do

Cut out a rectangle of foil (that's what the sissors were for)and it has to be about 2 thirds as wide as the match but it doesn't have to be perfect, rap the match up and try to get most of the foil at the top in a ball.And twist the bottom of the foil around the match as shown.
Then slide the pin/needle up from the bottom of the foil to the tip if the match,trying not to rip the foil.

Step 3: End

Put a flame to the head of the match,it may take a while to light through the foil.
Then make millions and millions of them. =]

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    mr marino

    12 years ago on Step 3

    dudes and dudets dont listen to him search for the other match roket its better

    3 replies

    12 years ago on Step 3

    i got one of the match rockets to fly over 250ft i crushed up 35 matches and aded a little bit of gun powder an lit it it took off

    2 replies

    there isnt a problem with adding gunpowder it is just an extra accelerant it's no more likely to explode than the match heads them selves, or atleast not under the minimal pressure of light tinfoil wrappers


    9 years ago on Introduction

    match rockets work better with the matches they give out at hotels and stuff


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Why do you need the pin? Oh and thanks, this will most likely keeps me entertain for hours.

    1 reply

    ok i tried this one twice and i cant get the rocket to go. it just puffs then stays there. does this meen i have to much foil or i have a wrong way of launching it. i launch it from an old aluminum arrow with the tip out. can any one help me

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    10 years ago on Step 2

    can you make this step a little clearer with labled parts of mtches and more photos thanks


    13 years ago

    Oh no you don't kerosene-soaked-clothes-arent-fun! You're not getting away with this one! Me and Beelzebub have already made an instructable for this and more! Never will you ever get away with this. Anyways, comment. Your instructable is poorly done, you should try taking more time to explain how to set it and make it. Also, you should try showing how to make something that hasen't been done before.

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