The coolest cats dig the solid beat of this crazy, mixed-up tub. By Ron Anderson A BASS violin is something you're not likely to have around the house. Yet the beat of such an instrument adds rhythm to any musical get-together. Here's one to make that will produce deep, boomy tones comparing favorably with the real thing.
Each new generation of American males is increasing in size and puzzled anthropologists just don't know where we're going to end up. By William Kelley YOU'RE a bigger man than your father. You tower over your great-grandpa. And if your ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War, he was a runt compared to you. All this adds up to an astonishing fact which has anthropologists puzzled and certain manufacturers scratching their heads. Slowly, but just as inevitably, American males are increasing in size with each succeeding generation.
SOME ten years ago, the United States - Navy initiated a development program for a vertical take-off type of plane. Two aircraft of this new species were built, one by the Convair (Consolidated Vultee) designated XFY-1. The other, built by Lockheed Aircraft is designated XFV-1. A model of the latter is the one we are going to build. These planes are not helicopters or convertiplanes. However, they have attributes of both in their flight patterns.
NEW SAFETY HARNESS At least four famous racing drivers owe their lives to this simple 2-1/2-pound safety gadget. FOUR Lincoln crew members of the recent Pan American-Mexican Road Race attribute their lives to the new Pacific Harness Safety Reel which bolts to the car’s floor. Attached to a shoulder harness, the reel allows cable to […]
MI's famed car critic presents a preview of the first batch of new cars released for publication. Don't miss the December Ml for a look at more makes and models. Chrysler Corporation. FROM the glamorized Plymouth right on up to the Imperial, the 1955 Chrysler line was entirely different. The overall change was miraculous. Chryslers have always been good cars but many a moon had slipped over the mountain since they could be considered great. The 1955 offerings were close to great. In every division they had the hottest offerings in two decades and they could have stood pat with these until well into 1956. However, getting the taste of blood for the first time in years, the young, new Chrysler quarterbacks elected to stop right in the middle of success and whip out a brand-new line for '56, long before the football season had progressed to maturity. Let's take a look at them:
Mechanical Hired Man Britisher’s relentless ploughboy quits only when the work is done. FARMER E. A. Cory of Compton Abdale, Gloucestershire, England, has designed a completely automatic tractor control. His Fordson Diesel tractor has a steering arm connected by light cord to a square reel he can set up in the center of any ground […]
1. Kwik-Sand unit tits drill presses, lathes, etc. Standard 5-inch abrasive disks can be clamped onto unit in a matter of seconds. 2. TV Duette replaces small, side mounted speaker, resulting in increased frequency range; can be used for other hi-fi units. 3. Portable hi-fi speaker enclosure, designed for outdoor use. Fiberglas insulated bass reflex compartment for 8 or 12-inch speakers. 5. Hardwood legs, in various lengths, for straight or flare mounting. Steel bracket screws into furniture, legs fasten to bracket.
Aviation is taking a new direction—straight up with weird vertical take-off designs. By David W. Barclay VTO means vertical take-off and it's an old story if you're talking about balloons which have been taking passengers straight up since 1783. But it's a new concept in heavier-than-air machines, even though one of Cierva's Autogiro's went straight up as long ago as 1935. Today a marvelous variety of experimental aircraft is being studied with one object in view—a VTO design that has the forward speed of a plane. The helicopter's chief limitation is its mph deficiency.
New armor, new training techniques and devices keep a Long Island high school team at full fighting strength. Plastic face guard, rubber pad minimize injuries to nose, eyes, teeth. Glen Cove, N. Y., high school players demonstrate stages in buildup of body protection.
MURDER IS HER HOBBY A gentle 77-year-old. dowager is New England's top criminologist and the creator of Harvard's famous "nutshell studies" of unexplained death. By John N. Makris MRS. FRANCES LEE, who is a captain in the New Hampshire State Police and the only woman in the United States to hold such an active rank, has become, as a result of an unusual and non-paying hobby, a pioneer in the application of medical science to crime detection. Her amazing series of model crime settings, which Mrs. Lee builds with the aid of a carpenter at her Littleton, N. H., estate, are housed in a special room at Harvard University's Department of Legal Medicine, which she founded and endowed and which is the first and only one of its kind in North America. Resembling shadow boxes, the models are built into the walls and are illuminated under glass in the darkened room. Above each model is furnished such general information as the "investiga- tor" would probably obtain before determining the nature of death.
INVENTIONS WANTED! ELECTRONIC FOOD ANALYZER chocks ripeness of fruit vegetables, eliminates bad selections. R. Reece. S. Pasadena, Calif. PLASTIC COVERED bathtub for little monsters who like to splash. Prevents bathroom flooding. Jack Kruse, Unionville. Conn. METAL SPIKES on rubber tires which would slip over lawnmower’s wheels, aerate lawn while mowing. Michael Fey, New York, N. […]
New American Sports Car The Firebomb, a sleek four-passenger sports car, is now being produced by Detroit’s Dual-Motors Corporation. A UNIQUE four-passenger sports car dubbed the Firebomb and ranging in price from $5,500 to $6,000 is now being produced in limited numbers by Detroit’s Dual-Motors Corp. The jaunty Firebomb has a 115-inch wheelbase and is […]
Completely remodeled, the new MG can now top 90 miles an hour! By Gordon Wilkins MG-TF with sweeping fenders, angular outline, is one of most popular sports cars. WHEN the last MG-TF rolled off the production line in the early summer of this year, an era ended in sports car design. The stark angular outline, the long sweeping fenders, the slab-sided gas tank and the spare wheel hung on the back, had their origins in sports cars which made history at Le Mans back in the '20s. It was a formula which produced a long line of durable, inexpensive sports models and spread an appreciation of sports car motoring into areas where people had long forgotten that cars could be fun to drive. But rising performance standards brought the MG hard up against the laws of aerodynamics and above 85 mph increases in power brought negligible returns.
HYDROFOILS in kit form are easily installed on almost all outboard craft from 12 to 16 feet Safe, smooth, they literally make boat fly. Atlantic Hydrofin, Miami. Fla. GROWING UP LAMP'S base has yardstick with spaces for marking date, weight, height of little Oscar, who likes to see how much he "growed." Device was exhibited in Chicago. SLIT SPECS, originated by the Eskimos, are considered the most on Canadian ski slopes these days. Glassless, slits guard against sun's glare. This pair costs $20.
Home for Aged Trolley Cars THE Seashore Electric Railway of Kennebunkport, Me., is a short stretch of track going nowhere. It’s run by and for people who miss the rattle-clang of the streetcars that have been discarded by Progress in favor of malodorous diesel buses. Fifteen years ago three sentimental Bostonians acquired a 12-bench open […]
White Elephant Party There is only one drawback to this kind of affair: you may get back a worse eyesore than one you gave. GETTING rid of unwanted household articles and having a good time to boot, was the purpose of a recent White Elephant Party celebrated by a group of Camden, S. C., Du […]