- 1.5 hours
Parental supervision required
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When top gun fighter pilots get into trouble, they deploy the ejector seat. Why don't cars have something similar? This car does. If it rams into a wall, it automatically ejects the driver's seat high into the air.Instructions below
This kit requires the use of a sharp object, always be careful when using sharp objects!Download kit and extra parts to make your kit look great! PrintOff these instructions and get making!
1 Cut the head off the toothpaste tube.
2 Make four slots in the tube as shown.
3 Check your ruler fits neatly down the middle of the tube – it should move freely. Cut notches in one end as shown.
4 Put the ruler in the tube so the notch lines up with the bottom. Cut it off so that a centimetre or two sticks out the top.
5 Use one half of the ruler to mark out a hole in the other half. It needs to be big enough to go through without catching. Cut the hole neatly.
6 Test-fit the launcher parts as shown. The catch should hold the slide in place. If you push the catch though, the slide should shoot out. Aim it away from yourself (and others) as it can go pretty fast!
7 Mark and cut a hole in the middle of the dish as shown. Hot-glue the tube in it, leaving the lip sticking out underneath.
8 Straighten a paper clip and bend it around the tube. Tighten until it fits well. Loop the elastic band in place with a half-twist. Fit the paper clip over it and hot-glue into place.
9 Hold the catch ruler in place inside the tub. Mark and cut a slot for it on the front of the car so it can slide easily.
10 Mark and cut holes for the car's axles. Thread the straws and hot-glue into place. Put the lid on the takeaway tub.
11 Draw wheels on the polystyrene pizza base. Cut them out and fit them to the kebab skewer axles.
12 Carve a polystyrene bumper and hot-glue it to the front of the catch ruler.
13 Carve a polystyrene seat. To make it stiffer, push a kebab skewer between the two parts before gluing. Leave some of the skewer sticking out too, and fix it to the top of the slide ruler.
14 That’s it!
Pull the elastic band gently so it's easy to latch onto the chair.
Slot the chair into the launch tube. Press it down carefully holding the stiff plastic tube.
Lock the seat in place with the bumper/catch.
Why not put a toy character in the chair?
Run the car into a wall and watch the chair rocket into the air!
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