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    Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes - Launch Rods
    Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes, and other home improvement stores offer a selection of 1/8" and 3/16" steel rods that can be used as launch rods for model rockets. These rods will rust, so they should be coated with WD-40 after use.

    McMaster-Carr - Launch Rods [online]

    McMaster-Carr offers a variety of metal rods which make good launch rods. Part number 8984K21 is a 6' 1/8" stainless steel rod which costs about $4, won't rust, and can be cut to make two 3' launch rods or one longer rod. Part number 8984K93 (about $7) is a 3/16" rod. For a 1/4" rod, look at part number 8984K22 (about $12).


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