Intro: Mini Rocket Launcher
In this EASY Instructable, I'll show you how to make a mini rocket launcher that not only looks cool but, also packs some serious power. It won't cost you a lot and you can make one in just 5 minutes. It's sure to give you hours of mini rocket fun!
Here's what you'll need -
- A white board / dry erase marker pen.
- 2 x Guitar picks (Plectrums)
- Barbecue lighter
- Hot glue
- Safety glasses
- Rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.
- Miscellaneous items will be discussed in each step. These will include simple tools like a knife.
If you decide to attempt this project, then you are responsible for your own stupidity - Try this at your own risk. There may be risks of which I am not aware. Even though I've called this project 'safe to use indoors' , use the proper safety equipment and have a fire extinguisher handy if possible. Do not fire these rockets at humans, animals or property that does not belong to you. Stay safe and have fun!
Step 1: Watch the Video!
The easiest way to follow along with this Instructable, is to watch the video above or on my channel by clicking this link - http://bit.ly/1ODLIwG
Find yourself a white board marker pen. I chose this one because of it's rocket-like shape.
Next, you'll need to take the pen apart using a pair of pliers
We'll only be using these three pieces. - Picture 1
This part will be used as a blast chamber - Picture 2
This part will be used to hold the rocket in place - Picture 3
and you'll use this part to make the rocket. - Picture 4
Next, find a barbecue lighter and remove the igniter from inside.
Then find a drill bit that matches the diameter of the igniter and drill a hole at the back of the blast chamber.
Heat up a small screwdriver or nail and pierce a hole at the back of the blast chamber like this.
Cut the wires on the igniter to about half an inch and then insert the igniter, with the bottom wire, into the hole you drilled earlier.
Push the other wire through the smaller hole that you made and use hot glue to hold everything together and create a tight seal.
Wrap the blast chamber in electrical tape or paint it to give it a custom look.
Next, grab the marker lid and break off the pocket clip. If you find any rough edges, scrape them off with a knife.
Your rocket is almost done but, it will need some stabilizing fins.
I found that guitar picks work just great!
Find two guitar picks in your favorite color and cut them in half.
Glue them onto the body of the rocket and you're ready to launch!
But, before you go around blasting off your rocket, now might be a good time to put on some safety glasses.
To load your rocket, dip a cotton bud in some rubbing alcohol and apply it to the inside of the blast chamber.
All you need to do now is assemble your rocket launcher and then press the igniter to fire!
If you'd like to see this rocket launcher in action, just watch the video below. Subscribe to my channel by clicking here - http://bit.ly/1ODLIwG
If you decide to attempt this project, then you are responsible for your own stupidity. Try this at your own risk.
There may be risks of which I am not aware. Even though I've called this project 'safe to use indoors' , use the proper safety equipment and have a fire extinguisher handy if possible.
Do not fire these rockets at humans, animals or property that does not belong to you.
Stay safe and have fun!