Second edition, 240 pages of information and plans.
This bestselling guide has been expanded and updated, enabling ordinary folks to construct even more exciting ballistic devices in their garage or basement workshops than ever before. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple—a match-powered rocket—to the more complex—a tabletop catapult—to the classic—the infamous potato cannon—to the offbeat—the Cincinnati fire kite. Four spectacular projects have been added to the fun arsenal: the spud-zooka, the powder keg, the electromagnetic pipe gun, and the sublimator. With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting and now goes deeper into the physics behind the projects, with profiles of scientists and extraordinary experimenters such as Michael Faraday, Alfred Nobel, Henrik Lorenz, and Isaac Newton. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day were the fourth of July.