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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
1 Keeping Safety in Mind
2 The Potato Cannon
3 Back Porch Rocketry
4 The Cincinnati Fire Kite
5 Greek Fire and the Catapult
6 The Tennis Ball Mortar
7 The Flinger
8 Pnewtons Petard
3⁄4-inch diameter aluminum amount angle Archimedes Attach baffles ballistic pendulum balloon Bangsite barrel Benjamin Robins bottle build calcium carbide carbide cannon carbide lamp catapult Cincinnati fire kite Congrave cord crossbow crosspieces cupcake tin device drill duct tape elbow engineers experiment explosive feet firing hole flinger foil force glue Greek Greek fire hairspray Hipparchus Hooke hot air ignite inches long Insert inside Isaac Newton KEEPING SAFETY lamp launch launcher lighter fluid longeron match head match rocket measure military Newton onager Paris Gun petard pieces plastic Pnewton’s petard potato cannon pouch pressure projectile propellant PVC cement PVC primer reducing bushing rock Roman rubber tubing SAFETY IN MIND schedule-40 PVC pipe scientists screw shoot shown in diagram side sparker spud gun stopper tennis ball mortar threaded adapter threaded end cap throwing arm TIPS AND TROUBLESHOOTING torsion spring trebuchet trunnion twist V-2 rocket valve weight wire