Tag "models"
SCAMPER (Jul, 1956)


Using an air propeller, this model zips along at 40 mph as a car and does 20 as a ski-equipped boat.

By Paul Del Gatto

BUILT as a car, this model is a supercharged bundle of energy. Free-running, it surges forward as if shot from a cannon and tops 40 mph. Most people won’t have the space to let it go and will have to use a tether. Even at that, it will do better than 35.

Personally, our favorite version is the one featuring the hydro-ski arrangement. Though not as fast as the car, 20 mph is still very high for a boat of this size. Yet it isn’t the speed that impresses us so much as the sight of this unusual water bug rising up on the skis. The air prop lends to the fascination by creating the illusion of some weird form of aircraft skimming across the water. Of course you may experience a somewhat different type of reaction, but one thing is certain: no matter which version you try, you will enjoy it every bit as much as we did.



It takes superb skill and endless work to produce those plastic scale model kits anyone can assemble.

LEWIS H. GLASER, founder and president of Revell, Inc., the plastic model kit company, has on file a letter received from the Department of the Navy in Washington. “The Revell ship models I have seen all possess a sailor’s concern for nautical detail as well as an engineer’s attention to workmanship and design,” the letter states.

Young Shipbuilders Take Cruise in Their Giant Models (Oct, 1932)

Those are some pretty awesome models but that second article is a very scary idea. I’d be pretty pissed if my doctor tried to brand me..

Young Shipbuilders Take Cruise in Their Giant Models
ALL honors for constructing real boat models go to a couple of Berlin youths who have turned out in their own workshops the two amazing creations shown in the photo above. Perfect duplicates of the training frigate “Preussen” and the cruiser “Hindenburg,” the two models are large enough to carry real sailor passengers, as you can see in the photo. The model of the “Hindenburg” has full fighting equipment, and an anchor that actually anchors.

Skin Brands to Prevent Frauds
INDELIBLE messages tattooed on the skins of patients who have had surgical operations or have suffered injuries were urged recently in England to prevent fraud. Such a course would prevent duplication of claims by persons who try to collect many times for physical deficiencies which they have had since birth. Often they deliberately undergo an accident to collect damages.

Designs for Better Living (Apr, 1946)

Designs for Better Living

Pity the industrial designer. He must be one dream in front of his competitor, but if he dreams too far ahead, the customers stay away in droves

By John R. Kinsey

LOOK around your home.

Study the appearance of your radio, refrigerator, bathroom scale or even that tube of toothpaste in the medicine cabinet.

Maybe they look O.K. to you, but not to an army of engineers, research experts, artists, sculptors, draftsmen and model makers who are busy right now figuring out ways to make those products—and thousands of other things— look better, work better and sell better.

Wooden Jet Mockups (Mar, 1948)

Wooden Jet Mockups
Canadians are saving time and money by making jet-engine mock-ups of pine, mahogany and cherry wood instead of metal. From blueprints, woodworkers make full-scale patterns of every component part and accessory, except piping, on proposed engines. Completed assemblies are then inspected by designers and engineers for possible changes. Shortcomings or design improvements are more easily spotted with the aid of the three-dimensional mockups than with blueprints alone. After approval, the patterns help foundrymen in casting parts for the actual engine.

design for living in miniature (Feb, 1947)

design for living in miniature


Planning a new house? Town? School? Try it out first with made-to-scale plastic blocks!

THE building boom is on! Skyscrapers, air terminals, houses, churches—they’re sprouting like mushrooms. Each one is made entirely of plastic and is complete to the last detail in one hour. You can put up a whole city in an evening. Your living room rug will make an excellent site.