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Feb 23, 2013, 02:36 PM
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Re the Peter Hunt R/C book. He was a leading U.K. experimenter in radio control of model aircraft, I certainly have a picture of him in an Aeromodeller of 1946/47 vintage showing off a KK Falcon with a cabin full of radio gear. So I see no reason why the 1944 publication date shouldn't be correct.
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Feb 24, 2013, 05:54 AM
F1B is ok.
The jigsaw tool was a popular Christmas gift in the fifties. The helicopter remains a dream, too expensive at this time.

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Feb 24, 2013, 07:21 AM
F1B is ok.
With this gyroscope I played for hours as a child. It is still the original from that time. Picture three shows a modern copy.

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Feb 24, 2013, 08:28 AM
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Scan of a Scientific Model Airplane Co catalogue in my collection of gas models offered. The 5.50 USD of 1940 Mercury would be roughly 72.00 USD today. A Brown Junior engine for the 6 foot wingspan Mercury would have been 21.00 USD or 285.00 USD in 2013 money.
Average1940 hourly pay for a trademan in the Northeast US would have been about 1.05 USD. It would have taken over a half week's pay to build a flyable model by time all the bits were aquired.
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Feb 24, 2013, 08:35 AM
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With this gyroscope I played for hours as a child.
Me too....
As you can see, I've still got it.
Somehow I managed to break a leg of the Eiffel Tower some time back in the 50's, but the gyroscope can do a lot of other tricks, such as walking the tightrope (one end is slotted)....

I oiled it up and had a couple of runs for the camera....great fun..!!

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Feb 24, 2013, 10:19 AM
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Scan of a Scientific Model Airplane Co catalogue in my collection of gas models offered. The 5.50 USD of 1940 Mercury would be roughly 72.00 USD today. A Brown Junior engine for the 6 foot wingspan Mercury would have been 21.00 USD or 285.00 USD in 2013 money.
Average1940 hourly pay for a trademan in the Northeast US would have been about 1.05 USD. It would have taken over a half week's pay to build a flyable model by time all the bits were aquired.
No wonder 'dime scale' was so prevalent in those days.
Feb 24, 2013, 10:43 AM
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I guess most of you are familiar to this...!

Shown below is a wild mix of the British 'HORNBY', German 'MÄRKLIN', and the Swedish 'TEKNIK' sets, all three beeing fully compatible to each other.....

Exception: Bolts & nuts.....keeping metric & imperial fasteners separated is a must, or you're in great trouble...

Like aeromodelling, this is lifelong addictive...you'll never get too old to fiddle with these bits....
Mar 03, 2013, 07:11 AM
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The jigsaw tool was a popular Christmas gift in the fifties.
Oh yes...!....and I've never abandoned this basic method of fretsawing...silent, not producing/spreading much dust, portable...
I've even made a new fretsaw board/clamp, similar to the one I had as a kid...just a bit larger...

Even though electric fretsaws are good, IMHO they cannot beat the manual method to 100%, particularily when it comes to noise level, portability...and peacefulness..!

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Mar 03, 2013, 02:59 PM
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With this gyroscope I played for hours as a child. It is still the original from that time. Picture three shows a modern copy.

Heinz
Lol ! I still have mine but somewhere in the kid's room. It came with a miniature Eiffel Tower to put the gyroscope on at the top. But here is the very latest model with a tiny electric motor to run it up. Next the primitive helicopter I used to play with as a kid, wonder they survived all these years.
Mar 03, 2013, 03:12 PM
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How about this attache-case ? Marklin's smallest, the Z-spur. Ideal for long distance airplane travelling.....
Mar 03, 2013, 03:22 PM
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OK one more...


This was made by a friend of mine that's into plastic modelling, the start of a Morgan rally diorama measuring 30x30cm only, lot's of things going on, fully equipped workshop, sunbathers, and even more naughty things happening at the back....
Mar 03, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Oh yes...!....and I've never abandoned this basic method of fretsawing...silent, not producing/spreading much dust, portable...
I've even made a new fretsaw board/clamp, similar to the one I had as a kid...just a bit larger...

Even though electric fretsaws are good, IMHO they cannot beat the manual method to 100%, particularily when it comes to noise level, portability...and peacefulness..!

All modern goldsmiths still use this altough a little better saw quality
Mar 03, 2013, 03:51 PM
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Here's a very old adjusteable wrench.....about the same design as held by the young man on the other photo...
The young man is my grandad, and the photo is probably taken 1915-18 or thereabout...

Guess the bike, anyone..?

Mar 03, 2013, 04:36 PM
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How about this attache-case ? Marklin's smallest, the Z-spur. Ideal for long distance airplane travelling.....
Nice. I've got a vintage HO Märklin layout which my father purchased sometime in the '50s. It's all packed up in boxes right now.
Mar 03, 2013, 04:42 PM
F1B is ok.
Another toy that is unaffordable at this time. If one was allowed to watch in "rich" friends times when the steam engine was running again had something to dream for several days. (The picture shows a newer steam engine.)

Heinz


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