COSTUME SUGGESTIONS BY HI SIBLEY
UNIQUE Hallowe’en costumes of the type illustrated can be made at small outlay for material. The three-legged twins, for instance, require a special coat and shoes, but old pajamas will provide the trouser legs. The perambulating dog house is constructed from a large cardboard carton and painted green with a red roof. Brown “coveralls” and a dog mask should be worn by the person inside.
This stuff looks like it was a hell of a lot harder before iMovie.
Action Titles Pep Up Your Movies
By JOHN H. WOOD
TITLES containing or implying action do much to improve home movies, and making them can be just as much fun as shooting regular scenes. You can easily devise many ingenious titles your audience will be certain to appreciate.
Taking a picture of a title upside down, then turning the piece of film around and splicing it so the action is reversed is an old trick, but one for which new variations are constantly being contrived by 16-mm. movie makers. Charles H. Taylor, of Chicago, suggests two such variations.
SKI-HI STILTS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
Two lengths of Reynolds Do-It-Yourself Aluminum tubing and one piece of bar stock are the necessary materials. You can turn it out in very little time by following simplified directions outlined in Easi-Bild Pattern No. 552.- 25c with coupon
Compressed Air Fire Engine Shoots Real Stream of Water
WITH a set of coaster wagon wheels and axles, an old auto gas tank and steering wheel, two tire pumps and odds and ends of lumber, you can build this novel little fire engine which will squirt a stream of water to a considerable height. It is equipped with a powerful brake and a siren, and is propelled by two members of the crew on the push-bar behind. Painted a bright red with bronze trimming it certainly looks like business and furnishes no end of fun making runs to imaginary fires.
Outboard Motor Car Does 40 Miles an Hour
by DICK COLE
A junked outboard motor makes an excellent power plant for a cycle car when converted as described here by Mr. Cole. The little car will develop speeds up to 40 miles an hour, and has power to burn.
TO BE the possessor of a self-propelled vehicle is the ambition of every normal boy. Every father has heard the plea of his son when out in the country in the family car: “Gee, Dad! Lem’me drive, will you? Please! I know how! Honest I do! Lem’me show you. Please, Dad, come on!”
My boy had just reached that stageâ€” only more so. He begged me to build him some kind of vehicle that would “run by itself.” Since I like to putter around and make thingsâ€”particularly something different from the other fellowâ€”I gave ear to his pleadings, and began to think the matter over.
Comical Mouse Circus Brings in a Steady Income
Troupe of little mice cavorting about in this freak circus displayed in merchant’s windows will attract huge crowds of passers-byâ€”and net one a neat profit.
HERE is a money-making idea that is worth at least five hundred dollars of any man’s money. It is a veritable gold mine for any man who has even the tiniest spark of mechanical ingenuityâ€”and it has been thoroughly tested and proven as a cash-getter.
It’s a mouse circus, using trained mice which aren’t trained!
Its usefulness is in creating a window attraction for stores in all lines of business. Two days’ trial on merit will convince any of ‘em.
Its cost is slightly over two dollars per circus, and each circus rents for a minimum of three dollars per week to merchants. Upkeep is practically nil.
Suitcase Is Emergency Crib
Unable to bring a baby’s cot aboard a war-refugee ship from the Mediterranean island of Malta, an ingenious mother converted a suitcase into a combination bed and carriage for her four-month-old son. The illustration above shows them packed for the trip, with the baby watching the view through an improvised window. A lettered sign insured careful handling of the crib.
SOUTH-SEA Diving Goggles
By HI SIBLEY
These fine goggles were made by a Hawaiian. Experts consider this type more satisfactory for serious diving and continuous use than the ordinary rubber variety
WITH a little care and patience, you can construct diving goggles exactly like those used by the spear fishermen of the South Seas and expert Hawaiian divers.
Blow Torch from Vacuum Sweeper
AN INGENIOUS Los Angeles mechanic has made a handy blow torch from parts of a discarded vacuum-sweeper. He has assembled the motor and turbine with a simple mixing chamber upon an adjustable standard. A large nozzle has been fitted, made from a section of steel tubing. The drawing at the right gives details of its construction.
The sleeve on the mixing chamber regulates the amount of air required through a diamond-shaped opening. The correct length of the nozzle determines the efficiency of the flame, and this is worked out by experiment. Note the electric cable and convenient switch; also gas control and adjustable standard. City gas is used.
Boy Won’t Need Dad’s Car Now!
Thirteen-year-old Jimmy Richardson of Tucson, Ariz., is the envy of all his friends with a midget auto built by his father. What’s more, he rides all week on 56 cents worth of gas â€” the cost for one tankful. The car is made of 20-gauge steel trimmed in stainless steel for a snappy appearance. It stands 2-1/2 feet high, is five feet long and has a ground clearance of only five inches. Built on a frame of bed rail with knee action in front and regular coil springs in the rear, the entire machine weighs about 300 pounds.