Smiling Dan The High-Diving Man (Apr, 1940)

Smiling Dan The High-Diving Man

CAN you manipulate Diving Dan so that he will hit directly in the center of the tub when he does his spectacular high dive? There is fun for youngsters and amusement even for oldsters in this novel toy, which requires skill to operate with the greatest degree of success.

The toy is a miniature of the sensational aquatic feat occasionally seen at fairs and carnivals. The base and upright may be put together from almost any wood. Their only purpose is to support a diving board 20″ or more above a deep metal dish filled with water. Both the base and uprights were in this instance cut from pine, two corners of the base being notched so that the bottoms of the uprights could be attached neatly and securely with two screws.

In making the diving board, it is best to cut a piece of wood down roughly to about 1/8″ thick, then plane and sand it thinner until it has the required springiness. Round off the free end, and quite close to the end fasten a very short piece of small dowel with waterproof cement. This is to fit loosely in a hole drilled in the feet of the diving figure.

After cutting the figure from wood about 1/2″ thick, give it a good coat of well-thinned enamel. When this is dry, the figure may be decorated with flesh, red, and black enamels. The swinging arms are cut from heavy tin or light steel, as they must have enough weight to control the direction of the figure when the diving board is depressed with a finger and then suddenly released to throw the small diver into the air.

—Bernard Bonvouloir.

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