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

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

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By (author) William Gurstelle

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 246mm x 15mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1613740646
  • ISBN 13: 9781613740644
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Expanded ed.
  • Illustrations note: 65 b/w photos & 35 illus
  • Sales rank: 35,683

Product description

This bestselling DIY handbook now features new and expanded projects, enabling ordinary folks to 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.

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Author information

William Gurstelle is the author of "Absinthe & Flamethrowers"; "The Art of the Catapult"; "Building Bots"; "The Practical Pyromaniac"; "Notes from the Technology Underground"; and "Whoosh, Boom, Splat." He is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years and is a contributing editor at "Popular Mechanics" and "Make" magazine and writes frequently for "Wired," "The Rake," and several other national magazines. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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"Fun and potentially dangerous, this is sure to be a hit at most public libraries. Recommended. Bring your own safety goggles." --"Library Journal"