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

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

by William Gurstelle
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Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle

This step-by-step guide enables ordinary folks to construct 13 awesome ballistic devices using inexpensive household or hardware store materials. 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 -- a Cincinnati fire kite. With a strong emphasis on safety, Backyard Ballistics also provides troubleshooting tips, explains the physics behind each project, and profiles such scientists and extraordinary experimenters as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton, among others. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556523755
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.09(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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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Backyard Ballistics 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best stinkin book ever i learned lots of kewl stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book, legal, yet a great way to discover the long-lost ideas to blowing up your neighbor's house-cat, and they work, i can still remember the time I shot off the potatoe cannon, followed by a pitiful yelp of my next door neighbor's Rottwiler...I LOVE Blowing things UP!!!! This is a great way to annoy or destroy your little sister's dreamworld
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yup, kaboom seems to be the only word able to describe the immense power that this book holds inbetween its two covers. If you enjoy the scientific background this book has to offer, or you just simply get a kick out of making potatos fly at mach 10, then I really feel that this book is for you. Mashed potatos anybody?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It has a lot of cool projects in it. I just made an awesome potato cannon. This book is great for anyone interested in SCIENCE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every day can be the 4th of July with this book in your personal library. Gurstelle provides good instructionns on how to build a variety of devices. He also researched the history behind them and related ballistics. There are plenty of warnings and reminders about safety procedures, too.
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12345MA More than 1 year ago
i thought this was a really good book but it was a little hard to follow
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jawmar More than 1 year ago
Good but lacking in speceific details
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