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Crayon rockets launch from Crayola box in desert Answered

Rockets that look like huge Crayons launch from a Crayola box. This was one man's dream for 12 years. 12 years! Only 4 of the 8 actually launched, but they did get to nearly 3,000 feet.

Here's hoping that the next launch happens a little faster than 12 years. I want to see all of them go off.

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I love how they actually did this when they could easily photoshopped it.

These were actually launched in a competition. I was there... Till my rocket dragster C.A.T.O ed.

This was done as part a competition of sorts, so i'm pretty sure photoshop wasn't an option.


I want to do something like this with cigarettes. Just to prove once and for all that they're bad for your health. And whatever else gets in the path of the rockets, I guess...

then cigarrete companies start putting tiny estes motors into their cigarettes....

I just want to take a pack of cigarettes and turn it into a tiny rocket launcher...

just put a little gun powder on the bottom of the box uz a ztring and light

Not a very smart idea. You obviously have never fired off a model rocket, conventional or otherwise. You'd need a massively oversized steel box of rockets that look like cigarettes. A model rocket has INTERNAL engines, not external. Try thinking before saying something that can't possibly work without using so much that what you're trying to launch just gets blown up right there. And string doesn't work very well as a fuse. Trust me, I've tried that.


nice crayon bro

imagine a kid was like gonna write with crayons, opens the box, then...... WOOSH!!!!!!!ssssssssssssssssssshhhhhh.....POK! (ejection charge) then kid says *bleep*

 no more lik *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*

Am I to assume, by some of the posts here, that many of those that have posted already, have missed that these "crayons"  are just a wee bit bigger then the ones children use to color with?  :-) 

This gives a new meaning (which I made up) to: "Colorful death from above!".
They could've done it by drilling or poking really tiny holes through the crayon and carefully inserting Al foil rolls packed with gunpowder, and sticking fins on the sides. Those must be really small holes due to the tiny exhaust at the business end of the rockets as you can see there. Also, I only see about 2 fins, but they're relatively stable...



8 years ago

Staedtler doesn't stand a chance! :->

Man, that is a long way off from an Estes C6-5 engine when I was a kid.

 Haha, yeah I remember thinking D's where the bad boys. The higher power stuff has been getting more popular, Estes now sells E's at hobby lobby and such.

My friend's dad build a 5 foot sidewinder replica with a G engine. $25 a pop!

The engines have also become more expensive.  I use to break open the piggy bank for launch day.  Too bad I can't do it nowadays without having jets scramble over the flying field because someone calls it in as a terrorist attack.  The liability is just too much if you happen to start a fire, one of the advantages of going to a desert.  There is no longer a race to space so the hobby had dwindled in popularity.

 I've set some off recently, in a school field next to a fire station.  A firefighter came out and was all tickled pink. he set them off when he was younger. We used to launch in downtown austin, but the field is now a hospital x(

They are very, very nice.

I wonder why only four launched, though?

Maybe he had shot the other four off already. Or... it could be a four at a time shooter.

Maybe the four that didn't launch were to the oldest, so they just didn't work? I'm not sure though, I'm no rocket scientist.
(Or he forgot to fuel them. D'oh)

well, if he made them by hand, he could have just messed them up :-)

Good point. (But still, why only four out of eight? To me, it seems kind of odd)

I dunno, four out of eight... To me, it sounds kinda even. Ba bum tish

If you look close at the pic you can see kore in the box still, Like I said, it could only shoot four at a time.

Perhaps it was an issue of money. I sure would have liked to see it though.  Way way cool!!

The four that launched where Cyan, Yellow, Magenda and Black
So in my opinion he launched every color!



Very very cool. "We come bearing crayons."


wow, never thougt like that before..

...Why didn't I think of that?