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

Learn how to create bang-up devices that shoot, sizzle, soar, or explode. A must for would-be engineers!

This bestselling DIY handbook now features new and expanded projects. Ordinary folks can construct 16 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 match-powered rocket to the more complex tabletop catapult and the offbeat Cincinnati fire kite.

The classic potato cannon has a new evil twin—the piezo-electric spud gun and the electromagnetic pipe gun has joined the company of such favorites as the tennis ball mortar.

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.

Backyard Ballistics
  • Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices
  • Build projects ranging from simple to the complex
  • A must for would-be engineers!
  • Projects require inexpensive household or hardware store materials
  • Clearly written and illustrated
  • Drawings and black and white photograph accompany text
  • Contains a number of history vignettes
  • Includes illustrations of ancient weapons
  • Strong emphasis on safety throughout
  • Written by William Gurstelle

    NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 9 years of age.

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      UPC 9781613740644
      Manufacturer SKU 9781613740644
      Date Added to Fat Brain Toys 10/15/2012
      Manufactured In United States
      Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 9 years
      Fat Brain Toys Monthly Sales Ranking #77
      Format Paperback
      Pages 240

    Total Customer Reviews: 19
    Average Customer Rating: 4.74 (site average 4.56)
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    cool book
    Posted 7 days ago by Babe Bell-Shaw

    I bought this book for my grandsons birthday but after receiving it, I gave it to my husband instead. Backyard Ballistics has some great material, (we are building a spudgun as we speak.) But, it might get a teenage boy into trouble should he and his friends try to build rockets, catapults, spudguns, etc. without adult supervision. The book does advise 0ver and over again the importance of safety but I fear boys may just overlook that part. That being said, I fully expect my husband to be "the best pap ever" as he shares his findings with the grandchildren.

    Rating: 4
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    Great Entertainment
    Posted 1/6/2014 by Ginger Busocker

    My son who does not like to read yet likes science, this has gotten him to read and make science creations.

    Rating: 5
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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    Review for Backyard Ballistics
    Posted 12/23/2013 by Donald Wion

    Thought it was to much for an eleven year old. However his dad loved it.

    Rating: 4
    2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
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    Product review of Backyard Ballistics
    Posted 12/3/2013 by Sheila

    Bought as a gift for my nephew and we built one of the things the first day and it was awesome! He spent the entire weekend reading it.

    Rating: 5
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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    Great book
    Posted 12/1/2013 by WES

    Got this for my younger brother and he is really excited about it. We love to tinker with things and create little projects. We are in the process of making a spud gun. The reading level of this is rated a little low as there are some words in the material that I had to translate.

    Rating: 4
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