Hot Model Cars, Rockets & Trains How-Tos

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 some basic materials like PVC and a soda bottle. As Lou points out, the bigger your soda bottle, the further it will go. He used 1/2" PVC pipe, valves, and connectors, as well as some brass adapters. He added an air compres...

How To: Build your own stomp rocket out of household materials

In this video, we learn how to build your own stomp rocket out of household materials. Materials you will need are: plastic bottles, bicycle inner tube, 2 feet PVC pipe, duct tape, masking tape, and file folders or card stock. Now, take your PVC pipe and roll paper around it and tape it. Then, remove the paper from the pipe and tape it more so it's completely closed. Then, make your nose cone for the rocket. Place this and the wings onto the rocket in your choice of colors. Then, make the lau...

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 video will show you how to give plastic models a rusty look that will blend them into your post-apocalyptic or just plain derelict scene.

How To: Make miniature models of Columbus's ships (Niña, Pinta & Santa Maria)

There's no better way to celebrate the discovery of the New World than by recreating Christopher Columbus's three ships from the famous voyage— the Niña, Pinta & Santa Maria. In this short ship-building how-to, you'll learn a simple activity for you and your kids, where you'll make miniature ship models of Columbus's boats with egg cups, brown paint, white paper (sails), toothpicks, clay and glue.

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't into miniature rail transport systems, you will be now. Your landscape has to look good for your trains, doesn't it?

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 rocket will be ready to blast off into space. Sweet!

How To: Paint tears on a model car

Brian from and will show you some painting techniques in this video. He is decorating his Revo truck with a special paint design. Brian is painting tears on various shells of vehicles and he got his design idea from the label of a drink can of Monster beverage. Brian suggests using "liquid" masking to mask the base vehicle and then it will be this "shell" that you draw on, which in this case is a design of tears, tear like in air. Draw some tears on the body's sh...

How To: Make rocket motor casings & nozzles

This video will show you how to make motor casings. You’ll need parallel wound paper tubes ¾ inch outside diameter, ½ inch inside diameter. You can make the same thing out of poster board and glue. In this video shows how to use the store bought ones. Use bentonite clay which is volcanic ash which is like a fine powder that when compressed down it becomes hard. This way you don’t need to wet and wait for it to . Add 1 ¼ clay and then ¾ increments, dump into tube and pound it down with a rubbe...

How To: Paint model railroad tracks

Joe's Model Trains Co. has developed a mini paint roller specifically designed to paint model railroad track. It comes in two sizes; one for Z / N / HO scales and one for larger track like O / S scales. Each size is adjustable and includes rollers and extra disks to easily paint all sizes of rail.

How To: Build a water rocket

Who knew some plastic, water and air would be so much fun? If you like rockets and explosions, you probably knew. And so did this guy, who shows you how to make an awesome water rocket that can shoot over 200 feet! Before you try following along with the rocket build, you should gather the materials—5' long piece of ½" PVC, small length of 1½" PVC, glue, ½" PVC "T" fitting, 2 PVC caps (½"), ¾" hose clamp, 7" zip ties (9 of them), duct tape, 2-liter plastic bottle, and a bicycle pump (or air c...

How To: Make a sparkler rocket

Cut cardboard into 8" l x 3" w strips. With cardboard down on a cutting board, place 1 AA battery on 1 end. Roll once so battery is covered. Hold in place. Spread a light coat of Craft Glue in thin sections on the rest of cardboard. Roll battery up. Using electrical tape, tape roll together vertically. Wrap ends in electrical tape. Set aside to dry. Cut a 1” piece of putty. Cut in 1/2 through the middle. Once tubes dry, take 1 of these pieces. Pack it in tightly at end of tube to make a seal,...

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