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.
Flivver With a Kick
STUDENTS at the University of Houston recently converted a sedate Ford into a bucking bronco! Under the direction of W. C. Rowlette of the automotive shop, they built Leapin’ Lena for the school’s annual Frontier Fiesta show.
A ’39 Ford which hadn’t been doing anyone much good was stripped of its old frame. The correct mechanical touches gave it
the lope and bounce of a real Western horse and a saddle was added. Then, the mechanized bronco was ready for the show.
Robots in Ragtime
THE Japanese have come up with something new in toys. It’s a mechanical orchestra and its tinny music has captured the hearts of the youngsters.
Jiro Aizawa, an ex-Kamikaze plane designer, is the creator. Loath to discard his mechanical training after the war, he turned to experimentation with robots, a subject in which he had long been interested. His results are quite amazing.
The orchestra’s actual music is produced by a phonograph record synchronized with the movements of the players. In its repertoire are: Buttons and Bows, Beer Barrel Polka and Rumba Tamba.
Boy! It’s Keen
A REAL METAL RAPID FIRING “G-BOY” REPEATING CAP PISTOL
$1.95 (Gun Only)
Box of 5 rolls caps 7 Boxes . . . $1.00
LOOKS LIKE A REAL “45″
ACTUALLY SMOKES ON FIRING HAS LOUD EXPLOSIVE REPORT
It’s a real thriller. Yes! Looks and feels like the Automatic “45′s” carried by our Army Officer . . . It’s made of strong lightweight aluminum . . . with a plastic “Pearl” handle. It’s easy to reload. Any boy would gladly give his entire allowance for one of these.
By Allan Carpenter
POPULARITY of miniature golf has brought the game right into the basement in the form of a knockdown course that can be picked up and stored away almost as easily as you would a game of croquet. It’s an exciting game the whole family can enjoy the year roundâ€”from the youngsters on up to the avid golfer who will find it good practice in keeping his putting eye keen. Standard putters and irons are used and scoring is done as in real golf, penalties being counted as strokes. As for space, most basements, especially those with compact heating units, will accommodate the “concentrated” nine-hole course pictured in the illustration above, but, where there’s only a minimum of space, a lot of fun can be had from a much smaller course. As each green is complete in itself and lightweight, the course can be quickly set up. Most of the greens are fairly shallow to permit stacking them in little space when not in use. Where yard area is sufficient to permit an outdoor course, a suggested layout for an 18-hole one is given in the plan view on page 197. Construction of nine additional greens is given to supplement the nine shown above.
PLYWOOD PLAY PLANKS
Give your child countless hours of interesting, instructive, and clean play by making him this jumbo-size set of building blocks.
ANY kid who has this plank set will be . the hero of the blockâ€”and his hero will be his dad for making it for him. With the set, he is equipped to build any number of walk-in projects. Houses, forts, ships, castles, garages, locomotivesâ€”there’s no limit to the designs that healthy imagination and young hands can produce.
The planks are light and clean. They are simple enough for a three-year-old to use, yet interesting enough to keep a ten-year-old busy. No nails or fasteners are needed â€”the planks interlock strongly and safely. They won’t crack or warp and children can’t break them. Even the most ambitious play-plank buildings can be dismantled and stored in a few minutes.
FOR THE KIDDIES
TOY FIBERGLAS CAR, manufactured in Connecticut by the New London Metal Processing Corp., has a top speed of 5 mph, powered by a truck battery.
JUVENILE JIVESTERS. below, can play real tunes on these plastic toy instruments manufactured by Emenee Industries, 200 Fifth Avenue, N. Y.
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Stilt Bike Gives Second-Story Ride
Bicycle riders will have no trouble in making their way up in the world if they construct a stilt bicycle like the odd one pictured below. Built by Bryant Guthrie, a telegraph messenger boy, the odd vehicle was made from the frame of an old bicycle and lengths of pipe welded together at the joints. One long pipe runs down from the handlebars to the bottom of the frame, where it is connected to two shorter iron rods to form the steering mechanism. A cross-bar on the rear fork of the frame makes a convenient spot for any hitch-hiker to stand while getting a ride on the queer vehicle.