Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 20:35:59 -0600
Thanks to all who mailed or posted materials for bottle rockets. Stan, I
found your Web site, but when I went to print it, Netscape (or Windows)
shut me down for illegal operation. Now why does that happen sometimes?
Because of the graphics? Or is it PC related? Anyway, my sons and I have
successfully tested our first prototype with minimal supplies and have a
few suggestions for those who might attempt this. BTW, our School does a
fantastic space unit and all the 3rd graders wanted 3-2-1 Blastoff (bottle
rockets unit) and none got in. Well, my den will get rockets anyway
For fins that won't get soggy - I had saved all my ALL liquid laundry
detergent bottles (well, you NEVER KNOW when it might come in handy) and
cut up the heavy plastic for rocket fins. It's heavy but still can be cut
with good shears or a knife (suggest leader does). These can be hot glued
on. After 10 flights, we had to reglue one, but they held tight!
Rubber stoppers work great. Doubting Thomas here told someone they
thought they would be hard to find. Well ACE is the Place --- Never
underestimate your local (even rural) hardware store. They had cork
We have been successfully (so far) using my GOOD bike frame tire pump.
A makeshift "launch pad" for the bottles can be made from about half of
one of the laundry detergent bottles. If you cut through the handle and
bottle and trim the handle a little shorter, you could snake the hose type
bike pump through the handle to the cork. The bottle rests in the hole,
minus the pour spout.
If the boys forget their bottles on Den Day, I'm going to serve those
flavored water bottles for snack. They are available on sale for .59; .79
normally. They are probably 16 ounces but we shot one over the house
(never to be found in the snow). Same size cork as two liter bottles.
If it snows (again) this week, perhaps I'll have time to make a more
Jan Mussler, Bear DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
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