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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 #105
      Format Paperback
      Pages 240

    Total Customer Reviews: 27
    Average Customer Rating: 4.70 (site average 4.56)
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    Posted 2/11/2015 by Naomi Nixon

    My fourteen and twelve year old brothers were thrilled to get this book and couldn't wait to start using it.

    Rating: 5
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    Great Gift!
    Posted 12/28/2014 by Lisa C.

    Purchased this for an 8 year old boy. He loves it! So does his dad and grandpa! It's a nice gift to get the generations working and playing together!

    Rating: 5
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    Posted 11/4/2014 by David Rapp

    Backyard Ballistics is filled with fun and creative ideas. The materials are usually simple and easy to find. In Backyard Ballistics, science is involved in every project,and you learn something new almost every time!

    Rating: 4
    3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
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    Perfect father/son book
    Posted 10/20/2014 by Denise Gates

    My husband chose this for our 14-yr-old son's birthday and the two of them are having way too much fun with it.

    Rating: 5
    5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
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    Backyard Ballistics
    Posted 10/15/2014 by Jacob Bunn

    The book has been great so far. My son and I built and fired the potato cannon. The directions were clear and easy to follow. I anticipate spending many hours working with my son on future projects. It is a great way to get him away from the video games.

    Rating: 4
    4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
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