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.
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
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My rating of Backyard Ballistics
Posted 2/6/2013 by Patrick Mitchell
My son has brought this with him in the car twice since his recent birthday to read on some road trips. Not only is he reading but he is super excited and demands that dad look at the various chapters and projects with him. Once the weather breaks there is no doubt that we will be having a blast with this material and probably the hit of the neighborhood as well.
Good for adults and kids
Posted 12/23/2012 by Aunt
Very popular gift for my nephew--his father (my brother) enjoyed reading through the instructions, and it looks like it will be something for them both to work on. Many of the projects are dangerous so I would only advise giving this to a kid with competent adult supervision, or else maybe 14 years or older.
I had great difficulty wrapping this gift, as many men I know all wanted to read it first. Even my co-workers wanted to read it and try the various projects. I can see why it was back ordered. I csan also realize that there may be some people who object to this type of book. However, my grandson lives on a farm, and would be thinking up similiar projects anyway. At least he has the space [40 acres] and possibly the equipment around the farm .
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