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  • These desktop rockets might be tiny, but theyre impressively powerful, leave a cool trail

  • of smoke, and shoot up to 40 feet away. Surprisingly, theyre only powered by one single match

  • head. In this project were using aluminum foil and a box of matches, to make the ultimate

  • in desktop weaponry. Homemade, Matchbox Rockets.

  • All we need to start this project is a box of matches, aluminum foil and a wooden skewer.

  • I’m using these greenstrike on boxmatches, but the red ones will work just as

  • well. Ok it’s time to get to work, and the first thing we need to do is grab a few of

  • these matches and set them to the side, because well still need a bundle of those, for

  • our kit when it’s finished. Now amazingly, these rockets are only powered by one single

  • match head. But they only work, if we get rid of the stick first. Of course that’s

  • not much of a challenge as long as you have a pair of scissors. And if you try lining

  • your container with something like a sock, the match heads won’t bounce out. Instead

  • they just collect conveniently at the bottom. Here are all the match heads I got from this

  • box, and to store them, why don’t we try using one of these soda cap containers made

  • in a previous project? These things have all kinds of applications, so look for for how

  • to make them in another project video. Alright, to start making our assembly kit were going

  • to need a single bamboo skewer, and this template which I’m going to give you for free. Just

  • look in the description for a link on where to get that. Transfer the marks from the diagram

  • onto the skewer, then carefully cut the ends off, so when it’s modified, it looks like

  • this. The next step is to tape the body template to a piece of paperboard, like this one I

  • got from a cereal box. Make sure to cut the edges as cleanly as you can, because this

  • is going to be our tracing template. The little square I’m cutting out now is the guide

  • for tracing the rocket’s fins. And for those, I use aluminum foil tape I got at the hardware

  • store. Each square will make one set of rocket fins, so cut as many as you want, then fold

  • thempoint to pointfrom both directions. Pinch them at the base and push your fingers

  • together, so that when you crease them down it looks like a little x-wing. When you snip

  • off the point at the very tip, the rocket fins are ready for application, and by now

  • you should have an idea of how this is going to work. Now I made a whole bunch more and

  • loaded them into the other side, of the soda cap container, so I have them on hand whenever

  • I need one. Ok, let’s bust out the aluminum foil, and tear off a sheet to start creating

  • the rocket bodies. I’m laying a sheet of paper towel overtop, then carefully folding

  • the stack up 3 times, so it’s 4 layers deep and just a bit larger than the cardboard template.

  • You probably figured out already that were going to trace around the edges, then cut

  • the shape out of all the layers, at the same time. Normally the edges would stick together

  • after the foil’s been cut, but you can see the paper towel solves that problem, and makes

  • it super easy to separate. I tried making 13 pieces at the same time, and it actually

  • worked, so you can see how quick and easy it is to make a whole stack in no time flat.

  • And check this out, the assembly station is completely portable as well. I designed the

  • patterns, and the template so they’d fit perfectly inside the matchbox, and you can

  • see there’s a little place for the skewer in there as well. Now to finish our rocket

  • factory the only thing left to do is make a small hole in the top of the box, about

  • half an inch from the end. Now if we bring back any matches we saved from earlier, and

  • add a candle, weve created a portable assembly station, that you could take just about anywhere.

  • Alright, let’s get to work and build some rockets. Here you can see what the finished

  • rocket will look like. It’s light as a feather, but surprisingly stable in flight. You might

  • have noticed there are two markings on the template that indicate how to roll the body

  • tube. With the skewer in position, place a single match head on top, and make sure it’s

  • pointing upward, without any gaps. Now slowly and carefully roll the foil tube, as tightly

  • and neatly as possible. When you get to the end, pinch the tube right above the match

  • head, then push the foil down flat. There should be about half an inch of foil at the

  • top, and this gets rolled toward the match head. The most important part here is crimping

  • the tip with something like a pair of pilers. And you might want to crimp multiple times,

  • and from different angles just to make sure it’s completely sealed. At this point, let’s

  • attach the rocket fins we made earlier, by peeling off the sticky stuff on the back,

  • then pushing the rocket body through the hole in the center. Just work the fins around until

  • they stick firmly in place near the bottom of the rocket, and with that final step, youre

  • done. That’s how easy it is, to make a matchbox rocket. So while youre at it, why not make

  • a few more? I just made 13 of them, in about 10 minutes, and you can see they fit perfectly

  • into the kit as well. So now you have the option of building rockets, on location, as

  • you need them, or creating them all in advance so you can just show up and start shooting

  • within seconds. The rockets get loaded by pushing the tapered end of the skewer into

  • the nozzle, then twisting upward until it touches the match head inside. Push the skewer

  • through the hole in the matchbox, and now if you push the box together, you can adjust

  • the launch angle to whatever you need it to be. Now if you light a candle and position

  • the flame just under the tip of the rocket, it will quickly warm the foil until the match

  • head reaches its auto-ignition temperature. Which, you can see, shoots it off with an

  • impressive amount, of speed and power. These rockets leave a satisfying trail of smoke

  • when they blast off, but you do need to be careful because they get hot enough to burn

  • your fingers, and put scorch marks in your carpet. Now of course the safer option is

  • to launch your rockets outdoors. But youll probably find the flame on the candle won’t

  • hold still in the breeze. I use a wind resistant BBQ ignitor to keep a steady flame, which

  • you can see works pretty well. These rockets shoot from the front porch all the way to

  • the street, and in some cases up to 40 feet away. So it’s important to use common sense,

  • and avoid the temptation to point them at people or property. Well now you know how

  • to turn a box of matches and some aluminum foil, into a fully portable rocket factory,

  • so you can manufacture and launch, your very own matchbox rockets. That’s it for now.

  • If you liked this project, perhaps youll like some of my others. Check them out at

  • www.thekingofrandom.com

  • Man, I love playing with rockets. Hey guys I’m really excited about this project. I’ve

  • been playing with different prototypes for matchbox rockets for over a year. So I’m

  • really excited, and proud, to finally be able to present this design. I’m also excited

  • to give you the template I made, for free. You can click right here to download the template

  • right now, and if you try making some of these, I would love to see you post pictures on my

  • Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thekingofrandomfanpage. The link for that’s in the description.

  • Before you go I just want to tell you I think you are awesome. I read your comments and

  • I watch to see if you like my videos, because it really means a lot to me when you do. Please

  • have fun with this project, be safe, and keep an eye out for my next project video. I’ll

  • talk to you then.

These desktop rockets might be tiny, but theyre impressively powerful, leave a cool trail

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