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Rocket starter set, pounds 25.99

This is no firework, but a real engine-powered rocket. An electric ignition sends it 1,000 feet into the air, leaving a smoke trail so you can watch its progress. At top altitude, a recovery parachute is activated, and it drops back to earth, hopefully somewhere near your feet. Minimal assembly required. Don't use it anywhere near an airport. It's also not suitable for under-14s. From the Airmail catalogue (01225 466999) which specialises in toys for grown-ups: kites, boomerangs, frisbees, etc