Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

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Chicago Review Press, Jun 1, 2001 - Science
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Ordinary folks can construct 13 awesome ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops using inexpensive household or hardware store materials and this step-by-step guide. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple—a match-powered rocket—to the more complex—a scale-model, table-top catapult—to the offbeat—a tennis ball cannon. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind the projects, and profiles scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day was the fourth of July.
  

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Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices

User Review  - Karen Ellis - Book Verdict

From potato guns to flaming balloons, this DIY book has unique appeal. Gurstelle (The Practical Pyromaniac; The Art of the Catapult) offers an update to his 2001 publication, adding new devices and ... Read full review

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User Review  - hcubic - LibraryThing

This book is not politically correct, in an era in which school science experiments have been tamed to the point that there is little possibility that the teacher will kill or maim him/herself ... Read full review

Contents

1 Keeping Safety in Mind
1
2 The Potato Cannon
7
3 Back Porch Rocketry
23
4 The Cincinnati Fire Kite
49
5 Greek Fire and the Catapult
61
6 The Tennis Ball Mortar
77
7 The Flinger
89
8 Pnewtons Petard
103
9 The Dry Cleaner Bag Balloon
121
10 The Carbide Cannon
131
11 The Ballistic Pendulum
147
IDEAS FOR FURTHER STUDY
157
INDEX
165
More Excitement from Bill Gurstelle and Chicago Review Press
170
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