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How To : Make a Balloon-Powered Paper Plate Racer

With a little spare time and and a few items you can find around the house, you can make your own balloon-powered paper car. This is a great and easy DIY project that's perfect for competitive kids. All you'll need to get started is: Cardboard Straws Scotch tape Marker Paper ...more

How To : Lay and ballast O-Scale 3-Rail track

In this tutorial we learn how to lay and ballast O-Scale 3-Rail track. First, lay the track down on a piece of bare plywood. Also, you will paint the wood to prevent it from absorbing liquid when you place glue on it. Put the track down onto a flex bed and then set the flex be ...more

How To : Build a rocket from everyday household trash

This video tutorial will show you how you can build a rocket from trash. That's right... trash. To make the rocket, you'll need a paper towel roll (or three toilet paper rolls), a spray can cap, a model rocket engine, scrap cardboard or wood pieces, hot glue gun with glue, a s ...more

How To : Make a Homemade PVC Rocket

This homemade hairspray-powered PVC rocket takes less than an hour to construct and only costs about 20 dollars to make. Check out my video below for the step-by-step instructions on building your own backyard rocket, and follow the written guide below for reference. Video: . ...more

How To : Build a cool cardboard RC airplane

Model airplanes are cool and all, but making them out of your typical 8 1/2 X 11 printer paper isn't going to cut it for long, especially if any sort of rain or misplaced foot is involved. Make your awesome model airplanes even more awesome by crafting them out of sturdy cardb ...more

How To : Build a Simple High-Powered Water Rocket Launcher

There are plenty of things you can use at home to make your own rocket, like sugar, matchsticks, or even trash. They may not be as impressive as a real rocket, but they can still be a lot of fun. In this video, How To Lou shows how he made a high-flying water rocket out of som ...more

How To : Make a rocket powered matchbox car

Kipkay explains how to make a rocket powered matchbox by combining two matchbox toy cars. You need A10-PT model rockets and 32 gauge wire to connect the model rockets to the two cars.

How To : Make a realistic looking landscape diorama

Watch this video series to learn how to make the base shell, terrain, trees, bushes, tufts of grass, and cast plaster rocks for a fantasy landscape diorama. Part 1 of 6 - How to Make a realistic looking landscape diorama. Part 2 of 6 - How to Make a realistic looking landscap ...more

How To : Rust a model car to make it look old and beat-up

If you like making miniature models for their own sake or for use in playing Warhammer and other table top games, there may come a time when you want a shiny new model to look like an old rusty model. If you're working with plastic, you've come to the right place, because this ...more

How To : Build a 2/5th scale M60 tank

This instructional video series is on how to build any type of 2/5th (40%) scale, fully functional tank. The specific model demonstrated is the M60 Patton. An MBT. A destructive force. If you have any questions about your backyard tank build, please address them to "Dave's Tan ...more

How To : Make model railroad tunnels

Tunnels can help make your model railroad set-up come alive. But professionally made tunnels can be expensive, and they lack character. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own, customized tunnels. Materials needed: Styrofoam, either in two-inch thick sheets or larg ...more

How To : Make a solar-powered miniature car

Check out this science video to see how to make a solar-powered miniature car. To make this solar-powered mini car, you'll need some balsa wood, a small motor, two steel rods, four wheels, four washers, a straw of any color, two gears, a solar cell, hot glue gun, a tape measur ...more

How To : Easily make a simple matchstick rocket

Crazy for homemade rockets and other flammable toys? This is your video. In this tutorial, learn a quick and easy way to make a matchstick rocket using a match and foil. These rockets can travel as far at 20 feet, so stand back as your DIY rocket flies!

How To : Build a sugar rocket motor

Did you know that you can make a rocket out of stuff you might already have around the house? In this tutorial, you'll see how to make a candy rocket using PVC pipes, sorbitol (a sugar substitute) and other fairly common household objects. With just a little work, your sugar r ...more

How To : Build a steam powered toy boat (FAKE?)

F for FAKE. This video has been labeled a "Faux-To". Commonly contested as bogus science, we believe this video to be a hoax. What's your opinion? Comment below. Using a dowel, candle, plastic toy boat and copper wire you can create a steam powered boat that runs off of water.

How To : Assemble a model car

Learn how to assemble model cars, including what tools you'll need and how much precision is required in this free video series. Part 1 of 13 - How to Assemble a model car. Assemble a model car - Part 2 of 13. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Assemble a m ...more

How To : Make a DIY 9mm Gardena water rocket nozzle

Most people who are really serious about rocketry prefer solid-fueled rockets, but if your passion is for water rockets, then this video should help you with your advanced eater rocket project. It will show you how to construct and troubleshoot a 9mm Gardena nozzle to control ...more

How To : Understand the inner workings of an RC car engine

Are you a radio control car enthusiast who's never moved beyond the store-bought toy models from Radio Shack? Then this nine-part series of videos is what you've been waiting for. It breaks down how RC engines work in exhaustive detail, including whole sections on carbs, pipe ...more

How To : Ballast your model railroad track

Okay, you've got all of your feed wires set up on your model railway track, now what? Ballasting. Check out this video tutorial to see how to ballast your model railroad track. You are going to need some ballast, which is a fine N scale (1:160) ballast. You are going to also ...more

How To : Build trestle bents of a model train set

Check out this model train tutorial video that demonstrates how to build the trestle bents of an HO model railroad. This is just an instructional video about how trestle bents were made for a particular model railroad. Make your own model train set with this video. Part 1 of 3 ...more

How To : Create model train layouts

In this series of model train layout videos, our expert diorama builder will share his experience of building his re-creation of Verde Valley. Part 1 of 17 - How to Create model train layouts. Create model train layouts - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch this video on expe ...more

How To : Install and weather flex track for model railroads

Need to secure your track to the road bed for your model railroad? Well, this video tutorial will show you how to do it, not to mention show you how to weather your flex track. If you're into model railroading, or rail transport systems, or scaled trains, or whatever you want ...more

How To : Model railroad scenery using extruded foam

Are your hobbies building model trains? Well, I hope you are building your own model sets the way you want to, but if you're stumped in the model railroading process, check out this nine-part video tutorial to see how to model railroad scenery using extruded foam. If you aren' ...more

How To : Build a parachute for models

HIP2B2 TV Show presents how to build a parachute! This is a perfect rocket parachute that you can build on your own. You need to cut six strings to connect the chute to your model. They test it out with a rock.

How To : Repair any damages to your flying model airplane

When you're flying your model airplanes, it's inevitable that it will eventually suffer some minor damages, like scuffs, breaks and bends. This video tutorial will help you alleviate and repair any damages to your flying model airplane to get you back in the skies again. The ...more

How To : Make a flying tea bag

This video tutorial demonstrates how to make a flying tea bag. You only need is a cheap tea bag and a match to set it off. The tea bag remains are so light that the hot air produced from the ashes is enough to make them lift into the air. This experiment is slightly dangerous, ...more

How To : Make a simple bottle rocket

There's nothing like playing outside, especially as a kid. The grass beneath your feet, the blue sky in the air, and the endless amount of possiblity that lies in such a wide open space. This tutorial takes advantage of that space and shows you how to make a simple bottle rock ...more

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