How To Build A Rocket (From Scratch)

20 Aug 2019

Turn random household items into a fully functional hobby rocket, for under $10. In this video you'll see how to build the “Randomizer” Rocket, from scratch.
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Some quick links to a few of the materials I used:

[✓] Plastic Champagne glasses:
[✓] Yellow Spray Paint:
[✓] Gas Relief Pills:
[✓] 150 Grit Sandpaper:
[✓] 400 Grit Sandpaper:
[✓] Golf Bag Tube:
[✓] Wrapping paper:
[✓] Epoxy Glue:
[✓] Hot Glue Gun:
[✓] Elastic Braided Cord:
[✓] Scissors:
[✓] Plastic Table Cover:
[✓] Swivel Hooks:
[✓] Rocket Wadding:
[✓] Rocket Engine:

Endcard Links:

Simple Chutes:
Electric Igniters:
Screw-Lock Sugar Rockets:
Randomizer Launch-pad:

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This video is only for entertainment purposes. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume responsibility for the results of your actions. Playing with experimental rockets could result in serious injury, property damage and/or legal ramifications. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

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Music by Scott & Brendo “Kitten Air” Instrumental

Project Inspired By: Ritchie Kinmont with (

Project History & More Info:

This project was inspired by my good friend Ritchie Kinmont with

We collaborated together on a design for a rocket that could be powered by the sugar motors I showed you how to make in a previous video ( made with PVC, sugar, kitty litter, and stump remover.

The new “Screw-Lock" version features threaded PVC risers, that allow the motors to quickly be changed, for faster turn-around times, and they have built in ejection charges for popping out the parachute at apogee.

Last year I promised that if there was enough interest, I'd try to develop a rocket that could be used with the sugar motors .. and my goal was to build a version where the sugar motors could screw onto the bottom of the rocket for convenience.

At the beginning of the year, the Sonic Dad team reached looking to do some kind of a collaboration, and the timing was perfect. So I asked Ritchie if he could help me engineer a sugar rocket.

Most rocket clubs won't let you fly sugar motors, except on special experimental launch days. However, the “Randomizer” rocket can also be used with commercial “Estes” D12-3 and E9-6 black power motors. So if you go with those, there's a good chance they'll let you fly your rocket at any club launch.

The rocket can fly over 1,000 feet high, and depending on the winds, can stay in the air for around 5 minutes while it floats back to the ground, so it's important to be super cautious where, and when, you launch to avoid doing any damage.

This video completes the rocket building series, and I'm really excited to share my passion for building and launching rockets with completely home-made equipment. In my opinion, it's the best way to learn about how rocketry really works.

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