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Dot wrote up a nice how-to explaining how to build a sturdy launcher for HotWheels/Matchbox sized cars –

Ever wanted your toy cars to really go? Wanna new way to race? Want an excuse to build something really cool for your kid? Or do a fun project WITH your kid? You don’t have to go buy a new cheap plastic toy, make your own fun from leftovers from prior projects!

This is a not too complicated project that easily modified to use materials you have on hand. For ours we used scrap wood, scrap plastic, and a rubber band from an asparagus bunch! It does require basic carpentry skills, but nothing too usual or complex. You’ll notice there are a lot of steps in this instructable, that’s mostly because I was trying to be thorough, so don’t let it scare you.

The length of the instructable doesn’t scare me, but the possibility of getting hit with a airborne hotrod does a lil’ bit :D Hit up the instructable and blog entry for the action-packed details.