Yes, this model fires out projectiles.
Let's go build ourselves a working paper rocket launcher, shall we? First, let's explain a few things. This mechanism is a simple, using a total of two moving parts: a trigger and a launcher rod. There's two springs, easily obtained from mechanical pencils.
The mechanism works by the use of this odd shaped metal wand and a wooden 3.175 diameter dowel with a 6mm diameter head. The barrel diameter is 6.35mm, giving the rod enough clearance to move around freely.
The rod fits in a slot that runs through the diameter of the barrel.
You'll need the following schematics for the major components:
You'll need the following tools:
- This excel spreadsheet from this explanatory post explaining how to make cylinders out of paper
- 110lb cardstock (don't even bother using printer paper)tack of Magic: the Gathering cards (or structural equivalent, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards need not apply.)
- X-Acto knife and a cutting surface, and regular scissors
- Sandpaper (coarse grit at a minimum)
- Elmer's glue (any strength, but not a Glue Stick), and Super Glue of any type
- Paper clips (smaller the diameter, the easier)
- One 1/8" (3.175mm) diameter wooden stick
- Guide to building with Magic: the Gathering cards (optional)
- Pliers (Jewelry Beadmaking pliers HIGHLY recommended, regular needle nose pliers mandatory)
- Badass paper clip bending skills
About building the wand: Use a beadmaker's jewelry pliers with thin rounded tips to initiate small bends. After the bends get close to a "U" shape, compress the entire "U" together with needle nose pliers. You'll have two chances to get it right. You can usually undo the bend once before the metal is too fatigued and snaps apart with a second attempt.
About the spring: start from the wand's open end and take the termination end of the spring coil and thread it around the two legs. Spin the spring around until it eventually screws into the region. You should be able to compress the spring while it sits in between the wand head and the protrusions in the middle without any obstructions.
Building the components
Now if you've built all the pieces, you should now have the following items:
Happy blasting! (Now with video!)