Rocket powered toys from the 1950's

Fill the box with stones, connect the car to the pivot with about 15 feet of cotton and light the fuse!



PAA-Loader motor

Dan Dare Space Ship c1956 with 50 motor

The design is from the Eagle Book of Balsa Models. The curator built the first of these in 1956 flying it along a fishing line stretched down the garden.



Scorpion motor

Hidden image shows the opened motor with fuel pellet, gauze and fuse. The gauze prevented the small jet hole becoming blocked with ash from the burning fuel. The fuse burned in a similar way to the old cowboy gunpowder trail. Modern motors, fuel, etc. are still available but are now called Jet-x.

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