The Original Rocket Cars

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Intro: The Original Rocket Cars

These are the original rocket powered Match-Box cars. Here are some other instructables like it:
Rocket Cars and Rocket Fun
Kipkay's

Step 1: Get Materials

1 Package Of Mini-Rocket Engines, 7 Dollars (A10-3T OR A10-PT)
1 Roll Of Duck Tape, Free
A Few Matchbox Cars
An Electric Model Rocket Igniter

Step 2: Construction

In this step we make the actual car.
1) Cut A 1/2 inch by 8 inch piece of duck tape.
2) Place engine on roof and tape on.
3) Insert igniter and plug in engine (like A normal model rocket).

Step 3: Watch Out for a Flying Hunk of Plastic and Metal

All you do is:
1)Put car on a flat and smooth surface (road, driveway)
2)Hook up the launcher look at pictures.
3)LAUNCH!
4)Watch the car spin, fly, explode(just kidding), and maybe even go strait for a couple of feet .

Step 4: Update

Kiteman suggested a way to keep it under control. Here it is:
tape a straw to the top and have it run along a string, maybe even have races. and yes this was also made before someone copied it

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    120 Discussions

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    nerd97

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I did this by strapping an E engine to one of my old cub scout pinewood derby cars.
    Lets just say i'm never racing that car again......

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    zjharvankk07

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    that would work or you could tape the small one to the big one in series, the charge that pops the parachute out would ignite the big one.

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    Aar000n3yzjharva

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ...Except not. First, the physics of that would not work as the motor is on top, which would just make the car spin. Second, even if you somehow got it balanced with the motor's placement, the car has no way to keep it self straight, so it would just spin around anyways.

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    codydeanAar000n3y

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    not if u drilled a hole in the back of the car with a drill press and put the roket in tha hole

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    Aar000n3ycodydean

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    From my last post: 'Second, even if you somehow got it balanced with the motor's placement, the car has no way to keep it self straight, so it would just spin around anyways.' Real rockets fly straight because they're designed to. They're aerodynamic and they have fins so they can fly straight.

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    Aar000n3yzjharva

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    We're talking about making a rocket car fly up into the air. His idea for doing it wouldn't work, and that's what my post was about. I know rocket cars don't really go straight, but to get air born they would need to go straighter.

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    tynowzjharva

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    wat if you put a small tube on the car and ran a wire through leading to a ramp and when it gets to the ramp there the wire ends and the car slides of the wire and onto the ramp

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    Aar000n3ynkk07

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Actually those are explosives on the pig, but that still wouldn't work quite as planned in real life either...

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