THAT young “commando” in your home will be the envy of the neighborhood when he goes out to play war with a toy walkie-talkie like that shown above. For all its G.I. look, the toy is built of scrap stock and a length of webbing or a belt.

The rectangular case is a 2-1/2″ by 3″ by 10″ closed box, with rounded top and bottom pieces overhanging the sides 1/8″ all around. Make the body of two 1/2″ by 2″ by 9″ pieces and two that are 1/2″ by 2-1/2″ by 9″, gluing and nailing the simple butt joints for strength. The mouth and ear pieces shown are turned in a lathe and then sawed off on a diagonal, as shown in the drawing, but if you are good at whittling there is no reason why you can’t shape them by hand. Two dowels form dummy controls on one side.

How the telescoping antenna is put together is shown in the drawing. Drilling the 1/2″ diameter dowel takes great care, and it is best to drill from both ends.
Finish with khaki paint and trim with white as in the photo.—Frank Mccarty.

  1. Firebrand38 says: May 29, 200910:06 am

    Mukul, do you think you can post something other than “Great”?

  2. Don says: May 29, 200912:57 pm

    That really greats on me!

  3. -DOUG- says: May 29, 20095:44 pm

    I’m with Firebrand. As a society we’ve been able to come up with such expressions as ‘Rad,’ ‘The bomb,’ and not just ‘Awesome’ but ‘TOTALLY Awesome,’ dude. So there’s a feeling that you’re not contributing to this pushing of the envelope. There’s just gotta be some way you can express yourself, to the maxx. Even this website demonstrates there’s more than one way to express mechanics.

    Oh, and I’m not sure I know which sheep you thought was so greatly sheared.

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