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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rapier Rocket Car / Test Rig

Just got my sticky mitts on some Rapier rockets. I've always wanted to make a rocket-powered glider. Another project for next year...

I've never used these rockets before, so I built a test rig for my son. OK, it's a car, but the spoiler counts as a wing!  Inserted a stick-like fuse into the hole at the rear, lit it and then watched it fizzle out. Left it for a while, then tried again. Eventually, it ignited and whizzed off leaving a satisfying trail of smoke. I must get an electric igniter. It has a hot tip: insert in the hole to start the rocket. 

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