New Rocket Powered Matchbox Cars! - Extreme!




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First of all my inspiration for this project came from zjharva. This is a new version of Rocket Powered Matchbox cars with video! Now you see what they really do on rocket power! I used Hot Wheels cars but I felt they really needed to be called Matchbox because of what were about to do to them!

Step 1: What You Need!

First of all you will need a package of Estes A10-PT model rocket engines. You can find these at most Walmart store, hobby shops or other stores that carry model rockets.

Step 2: You Also Need...

Something to attach the 'engines' to the cars. I used 32 gauge wire that you can wrap around the vehicle and secure the 'engine' safely during ignition.

Step 3: And...

you need something to guide the car on it's track. Without this, the rocket shoots the car and rolls it, flipping and tumbling across the 'track'. I used a coffee stirrer and after cutting a small groove in the bottom of the car, cut it to size & glued it in place. This is the perfect diameter for the string that the car rides on.

Step 4: The Controller...

I picked up an Estes Race Controller that runs on 4 "AA" batteries and has a long enough wire with alligator clips at the end. These will attach to the rocket igniters and fire the rocket!

Step 5: And Now the Final Test Results!

This was wicked fun!! We brought them to a tennis court which was the perfect really flat surface and tested them is the video!! Enjoy!



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    170 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    You cannot build the igniter. It is a Estes rocket igniter. For $5.00 you can find them at almost any hobby shop. To make your own, you can (safely) build a fuse to go into the engine, or salvage some Nichrome wire and hook that up to a battery-It gets HOT because of it's great resistance applied to the batterys voltage.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I get 2 20 foot pieces of wire with alligator clips on one end clip the clips to the fuse and touch the other ends of the wore to a 12 volt cordless tool battery


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    do you mean a hoby store that sells estes rockets or a website that sells estes rockets? i have never seen a hoby store that sells official rocket cars.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I opened one up once and I'm pretty sure it's just 4 AA batteries in series. No circuitry.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I did this with a C6-5 a few years ago and the car almost flew away! I los the car, but a few hours later, i found it about half a mile away from the launch site!!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    we did that but we did't do the string and we also lost it


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome, modded your design with 500 yards string and 3 stage rockets, (used bigger car of course) for the stages i used a simple stopwatch that had (2nd stage .4 seconds and stage 3 which had 2 rockets on side at .8 seconds) clocked speed at 210 miles per hour :D destroyed the car afterwards and forgot to video it :c but it was fun. (for the stopwatches, when the initial current comes i sautered a wire so that it activates start and then another wire so that instead of beeping it activates the stage, sorry for long comment.


    8 years ago on Step 2

    well about the rocket car, you could put 3 engines on top of eachother and then use 3 stages. Stage 1 would be connected to stage 2 with a piece of fuse string, and the same would work with stage 3. Or you could get a big ballon of hairspray or butane and have another fuse connected to that.