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Finally play Scorched Earth in real life, or just round up a group of kids & have a blast launching paper rockets 350 ft into the air!

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked:

EXTRA BUILD TUBE 6 PACK NOW AVAILABLE as an add on. Add $11 to your pledge for each set of 6 you want  (see update #2 for a video on how to use build tubes to make rockets) If you are going to do rockets with a big group extra build tubes are essential, it allows multiple people to be building and designing their rockets at once.

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Full Force Rocket Launchers have fast become a favorite activity for us. There is nothing like building your own rocket from paper and then launching it 400 feet into the air. When we take one of these Rocket Launchers to parks or family reunions or just even our own front yard a crowd always gathers to watch the show. We usually use an air compressor to fill the chamber at our house but when we take it to the park we just use a bicycle pump that is how portable it is.  The idea is simple, build a rocket using a paper template, slide it on to the launch tube, press the ignition button and then watch your rocket fly!

These Rocket Launchers are ideal for families, a group of kids, or even a group of middle age men who just want to see who would make the better space engineer.  Every time we have used these everyone has had a blast, that is why we decided to bring it to kickstarter just in time for Summer BBQs and parties (yes our goal is to have these all delivered by the first part of June). We have tried different prototypes, looked at others designs and we think we have come up with the best combination we could. High in power, fun in design and easy to use

Full Force Rocket Launchers Feature:

  • Large Compression Chamber - Other rocket launchers are only recommended up to 25 psi, ours is recommended at 90 psi and safety tested up to 150 psi. This larger chambers allows for more flight time
  • Standard Air Valve - For use with air compressor or Bicycle pump, making it completely portable. 
  • Ignition Button - Our ignition button is high quality and made to be pressed over and over. Other buttons we tested were to easy to wear out so we decided to build in an arcade style button that would have a long life
  • Launch Stand - The launch stand is built from wood and was designed to be sturdy during launches and yet fold down for easy storage.
  • An Orbit Valve - The valve is the most important piece of the launcher and so we went for the best we could find. We had to have something that could withstand the increased psi and the Orbit Valve withstood the test
  • Launch Tube with 180 Degree Range of Motion - The high range of motion puts you in the driver seat. You get to choose where you want your rocket to go. This range of motion is also great for teaching kids trajectory
  • Pressure Gauge - This gauge does exactly what is says, gauges the pressure inside the Compression Chamber. This is great addition to your Scorched Earth Battle and to make sure you are not over pressuring the launcher. (Pressure Gauge Not Included in the Rocket Launcher Kit)
  • Rocket Build Tubes - These are extra tubes that store inside your rocket launcher base, they are used when to build your rockets around to insure each rocket is the correct size to fit on the launch tube  
  • Compression Cap Molds - The most important part of a good rocket is the compression cap, to get the best lift you can on your rocket you have to have a good seal. We found it was hard to do at first so we custom designed these molds that make attaching the Compression Caps extremely easy.
  • Paper Rocket Template - This is a template that you cut out and tape or glue together to form your rocket. The best part about our  templates is if you need more rockets just photocopy your template and you are good to go. We will also be uploading a file where you can just print it straight from your computer. The templates fit on standard size sheet of paper 

One of the best things about The Full Force Rocket Launcher is that the rockets are as cheap as a photocopy. No buying expensive pre-made rockets or kits. We give you the template and you can make as many as you would like! It makes it a really inexpensive activity for large groups or just for time and time again family fun. 

Not only is it entertaining for people to see the rocket fly but we have found in our group tests people just love spending time building their version of the perfect rocket. (SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR GAME SUGGESTIONS TO PLAY WITH ROCKET LAUNCHERS)

How It Works

1 - Build Your Rocket Using a Paper Template

2- Slide Rocket on to the Launch Tube

3 - Hook the Launcher up to a Compressor or Bicycle Pump and Pressurize the Chamber to Desired PSI

4- Press the Ignition Button! 

PHOTOS OF THE FULL FORCE ROCKET LAUNCHER FEATURES:

Large Compression Chamber

Ignition Button

Launch Stand

Orbital Valve 

Launch Tube With 180 Degree Range of Motion

Pressure Gauge (not included in the Rocket Launcher Kit)

Rocket Build Tubes 

Compression Cap Molds 

Paper Rocket Template

Games you can Play with Your Rocket Launchers

Scorched Earth

Items Needed:

  • Two Rocket Launchers
  • Paper Rockets
  • Two Ropes 

How to Play: Tie each rope so it forms a circle. Give one rope circle and a rocket launcher to each team. Build ten paper rockets per team. Divide the yard or park down the center. Each team then takes their rope circle and places it anywhere on their half of the playing field. They then place their rocket launcher anywhere on their half of the playing field. The teams take turns firing rockets back and forth, using the trajectory gauge and pressure gauge to adjust their shots. The first team to shoot a rocket inside the other teams rope circle wins!

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Top Shot

Items Needed

  • One Rocket Launcher
  • 3 to 5 Paper Rockets
  • One Large Circle (made from a tied Rope or cut from poster board)
  • One Medium Circle (made from a tied Rope or cut from poster board)
  • One Small Circle (made from a tied Rope or cut from poster board)

Place the three circles out in the playing field, the largest being closest, the medium one slightly farther and the small one even farther. Assign each circle a point value (i.e. Large = 5, Medium = 10, Small = 15) Each player then takes turns shooting their rockets at the circles, using the trajectory gauge and pressure gauge to calculate and adjust their shots. Points are gained each time a rocket hits a circle. The player with the most points at the end is declared the Top Shot

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To the Death!

Items Needed

  • One Rocket Launcher
  • One Paper Rocket Per Person

The goal of this game is to be a master rocket builder. Set a time limit (15 minutes or so) for each player to build and design his rocket. When the time is up everyone trades the rocket they built with another player. The goal then is to try and destroy the other players rocket by launching it. So aiming the rocket so it comes down hard on the road, or in a puddle, or hits directly onto a sharp rock. The person who built the last rocket standing is the winner! (Safety Note: Do not aim rocket directly horizontal at things, one this could harm by standers or property and two it is cheating, the rocket must be launched vertical first)

Reward Tiers

Rocket Launcher Kit - We decided too to offer a DIY kit for all those who love to tinker and get their hands dirty. It includes

  • Large Compression Chamber
  • Ignition Button
  • Launch Stand
  • Orbital Valve
  • Launch Tube with 180 Degree Range of Motion
  • Paper Rocket Templates + 10 plain white copies

It does not include

  • Pressure Gauge (because of the equipment it takes to accurately install this we are not including it in our kit to avoid any safety issues with installation)
  • Not Assembled or Painted, this is only all the parts and instructions


FULL FORCE PACKAGE - This package has all our bells and whistles on it, it is a great package for families because it comes with everything you would need and it comes out of the box ready  to build, play and launch rockets for 4 to 8 people. 

The Full Force Package Includes

  • Fullly Assembeled and Painted
  • Large Compression Chamber
  • Ignition Button
  • Launch Stand
  • Orbital Valve
  • Launch Tube with 180 Degree Range of Motion
  • Pressure Gauge
  • 2 Build Tubes 
  • 2 Compression Cap Molds
  • Paper Rocket Template + 25 colored paper copies

BATTLE ROYAL PACKAGE - This package is great for large groups, schools, family reunions, or just anyone who wants to have some healthy competition. Two rocket launchers and extra build material keeps the fun moving all day long. 

The Battle Royal Package Includes

  • 2 Fully Assembled and Painted Full Force Rocket Launchers
  • 6 Build Tubes 
  • 4 Compression Cap Molds
  • Paper Rocket Template + 50 colored paper copies

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The Full Force Rocket launchers have three major risks.

One: Timing, we want to have all the rockets launchers produced, packaged and shipped in time to arrive for Summer. This is a lofty goal but we are putting in place an assembly line, gathering people who can help in production and we have set firm deadlines for the production process.

Two: There are a lot of pieces and seals that have to be made perfectly in order for the launcher to pressurize correctly and launch. If we miss a seal the launcher will not work or if we connect the ignition button incorrectly the chamber will stay pressurized with no way to release. Because these important factors are absolutely necessary for an effective launcher we have to test each launcher before shipment. We are developing a checklist of things that must be checked before any launcher is shipped and each launcher will be pressurized and released to ensure it works.

Three: Cost of Parts, because there are so many individual pieces and we want such a high psi capability from our product we have to use high end parts which cost more. We are doing everything we can to drive the cost of parts down and right now that is done by ordering in bulk. So if we don't get the numbers we need we will struggle to get the pricing on parts we need. We are talking with various suppliers now and still have a few more connections to research out. At the end of the day though if anyone has suggestions we are willing to take them

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