KITS & MODELS

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes  came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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UNDERSEA EXPLORER DIVING SUBMARINE

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes  came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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$4.95 EACH

“My Rolls-Royce Radio Is Broken”

Yes, now you can truthfully tell people this. Just get this combo 10" long 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom slash AM radio and you’re in business. The power knob/volume control in the right-side spare tire is frozen, but if you’re handy you can fix it and then truthfully say “I just fixed the radio in my ’31 Rolls Phantom.” These radio-models are from the mid ’70s, and in their original boxes so they might be a tad tarnished, bumperwise, but they’re still your chance to work on, and own, a Rolls. 

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RETRO ROLLS-ROYCE RADIO

“My Rolls-Royce Radio Is Broken”

Yes, now you can truthfully tell people this. Just get this combo 10" long 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom slash AM radio and you’re in business. The power knob/volume control in the right-side spare tire is frozen, but if you’re handy you can fix it and then truthfully say “I just fixed the radio in my ’31 Rolls Phantom.” These radio-models are from the mid ’70s, and in their original boxes so they might be a tad tarnished, bumperwise, but they’re still your chance to work on, and own, a Rolls. 

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$7.50 EACH
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Wooden You Rather Use Wood?

Who woodn’t, really? In a world of plastics, it’s hard to beat a model fashioned from pieces of dead trees. You pick from our assortment of pre-cut unfinished wood models made for ages 8+, and all you add is wood glue, paint, sandpaper and simple hand tools: the 12-piece drag racer will measure 6-3/4” long x 2” tall; the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall; and the 46-piece stage coach will be 8-7/8” long x 5-7/8” tall. (Sorry, no horses.)

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WOODEN STAGE COACH MODEL KIT

Wooden You Rather Use Wood?

Who woodn’t, really? In a world of plastics, it’s hard to beat a model fashioned from pieces of dead trees. You pick from our assortment of pre-cut unfinished wood models made for ages 8+, and all you add is wood glue, paint, sandpaper and simple hand tools: the 12-piece drag racer will measure 6-3/4” long x 2” tall; the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall; and the 46-piece stage coach will be 8-7/8” long x 5-7/8” tall. (Sorry, no horses.)

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Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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RUBBER BAND LAUNCH ARROW COPTER

Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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$7.35 EACH

Styrofoam Fighters

Balsa-wood salesmen are probably fighting Styrofoam constantly, but in this case we’re talking full-color, Styrofoam glider models of a whole bunch of classic fighter planes. All good fliers, with 7-1/2” wingspans and nose guards. You’ll get (4) from a squadron that includes Lockheed C-130E Hercules, Mitsubishi Zero, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Spitfire MKI and scads of other vintage birds. Great birthday party treats.

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VINTAGE FIGHTER PLANE STYROFOAM GLIDERS

Styrofoam Fighters

Balsa-wood salesmen are probably fighting Styrofoam constantly, but in this case we’re talking full-color, Styrofoam glider models of a whole bunch of classic fighter planes. All good fliers, with 7-1/2” wingspans and nose guards. You’ll get (4) from a squadron that includes Lockheed C-130E Hercules, Mitsubishi Zero, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Spitfire MKI and scads of other vintage birds. Great birthday party treats.

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$3.95 PKG (4)

Rag-Top Pickup

Things were tough during the Hoover administration but in the unlikely event that you had $425, you could buy a drop-top Model A Ford pickup truck, which was cool then and is still cool now. Our 1/32 model is nicely detailed and will be approx 4-1/2” long x 2”+ tall. You add glue and paint (and in 1930 Ford offered a bunch of colors--go Googling to see) and assemble it all yourself. For ages 10+. Made in the USA, like the original.

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MODEL A FORD PICKUP TRUCK MODEL KIT

Rag-Top Pickup

Things were tough during the Hoover administration but in the unlikely event that you had $425, you could buy a drop-top Model A Ford pickup truck, which was cool then and is still cool now. Our 1/32 model is nicely detailed and will be approx 4-1/2” long x 2”+ tall. You add glue and paint (and in 1930 Ford offered a bunch of colors--go Googling to see) and assemble it all yourself. For ages 10+. Made in the USA, like the original.

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$7.50 EACH

Seltzer Power!

Incendiary rocket fuel? We don't need no stinkin' incendiary rocket fuel. We got the Mighty Seltzer Rocket! The seltzer rocket, made of simple plastic parts. (No, don't lean over it!. That's not a foam nose cone, you know!) The 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" dia seltzer rocket that holds water and (1) dissolving seltzer tablet. The rocket that has shot almost 30 feet in the air for us. It comes with (4) antacid tablets, just like those you can buy at the drug store -- and it's basic science at its best!

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MIGHTY SELTZER POWERED ROCKET

Seltzer Power!

Incendiary rocket fuel? We don't need no stinkin' incendiary rocket fuel. We got the Mighty Seltzer Rocket! The seltzer rocket, made of simple plastic parts. (No, don't lean over it!. That's not a foam nose cone, you know!) The 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" dia seltzer rocket that holds water and (1) dissolving seltzer tablet. The rocket that has shot almost 30 feet in the air for us. It comes with (4) antacid tablets, just like those you can buy at the drug store -- and it's basic science at its best!

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$6.95 EACH

Life-Size Graf Zeppelin

OK, OK, it’s not actually life-size, but it’s a humongo-model, over a yard long (38-1/2”), which is 1:245 scale. It will look life-size if you lie on the floor and squint when you look up. Includes a detailed, lighted interior and no, it didn’t blow up--that was the Hindenburg. This zeppelin flew for 10 years, from 1928 to 1938, logged over 112 thousand miles in 1932 alone and averaged 56.2 mph. This model sold for $89.50 elsewhere, but for you--a special bargain because it will look so incredible floating over your dining-room table. For ages 12+.

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LARGE GRAF ZEPPELIN MODEL

Life-Size Graf Zeppelin

OK, OK, it’s not actually life-size, but it’s a humongo-model, over a yard long (38-1/2”), which is 1:245 scale. It will look life-size if you lie on the floor and squint when you look up. Includes a detailed, lighted interior and no, it didn’t blow up--that was the Hindenburg. This zeppelin flew for 10 years, from 1928 to 1938, logged over 112 thousand miles in 1932 alone and averaged 56.2 mph. This model sold for $89.50 elsewhere, but for you--a special bargain because it will look so incredible floating over your dining-room table. For ages 12+.

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$69.50 EACH

Wooden Your Rather Have Wood?

Return with us now to those golden days of yesteryear, when models were made of wood. You pick the successful Spirit of St. Louis airplane, 5-1/2” long with a 7-3/4” wingspan, or the less-successful model Titanic, 7-1/4” long. You’ll need to supply your own glue, sandpaper, paint and tiny iceberg or Charles Lindbergh.

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WOODEN SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS MODEL

Wooden Your Rather Have Wood?

Return with us now to those golden days of yesteryear, when models were made of wood. You pick the successful Spirit of St. Louis airplane, 5-1/2” long with a 7-3/4” wingspan, or the less-successful model Titanic, 7-1/4” long. You’ll need to supply your own glue, sandpaper, paint and tiny iceberg or Charles Lindbergh.

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STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY

Or maybe not. Hotel managers get funny about rocket launches, but this is NASA-level fun for the backyard, or maybe a cheap motel parking lot. The Stomp Rocket™ uses no batteries, fuel, diet cola or anything else but your feet. And good stomp on the 4" X 8" "Blast Pad" can get you 200 feet of lift at speeds up to 100mph. You get (4) bright yellow plastic rockets, 9" long x 7/8" dia, with soft, round nose cones (bulbs?) for safety's sake, and a tripod gantry. Fine adjustments even allow for accuracy contests. If the neighbors have really high roofs, or you manage to achieve orbit, we've got a (2) pack of replacement rockets.

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AIR LAUNCHED STOMP ROCKET

STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY

Or maybe not. Hotel managers get funny about rocket launches, but this is NASA-level fun for the backyard, or maybe a cheap motel parking lot. The Stomp Rocket™ uses no batteries, fuel, diet cola or anything else but your feet. And good stomp on the 4" X 8" "Blast Pad" can get you 200 feet of lift at speeds up to 100mph. You get (4) bright yellow plastic rockets, 9" long x 7/8" dia, with soft, round nose cones (bulbs?) for safety's sake, and a tripod gantry. Fine adjustments even allow for accuracy contests. If the neighbors have really high roofs, or you manage to achieve orbit, we've got a (2) pack of replacement rockets.

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Powered By Feets

Just like the original Stomp® Rocket but slightly smaller for slightly smaller feet, the Stomp® Rocket Jr. Glow also, you guessed it, glows in the dark. Includes (4) 8-3/4" tall foam rockets, launch tripod, 3-foot hose and the launching pad on which you or your young 'uns stomp to launch it up to 100 feet. Runs on air alone (no more waiting for your liquid hydrogen order from NASA) so it's safe. For ages 3 and up, depending upon shoe size.

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GITD STOMP ROCKET JR. W/FOAM ROCKETS

Powered By Feets

Just like the original Stomp® Rocket but slightly smaller for slightly smaller feet, the Stomp® Rocket Jr. Glow also, you guessed it, glows in the dark. Includes (4) 8-3/4" tall foam rockets, launch tripod, 3-foot hose and the launching pad on which you or your young 'uns stomp to launch it up to 100 feet. Runs on air alone (no more waiting for your liquid hydrogen order from NASA) so it's safe. For ages 3 and up, depending upon shoe size.

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$15.95 EACH

Your Grandfather's Paddlewheeler

It's kinda pretty, and pretty simple, this old-fashioned rubber band-powered boat. Wind the paddle, watch it ride the waves, or bathtub. Measures 5-3/4" x 2-1/2"x 11/16" in varnished pine and even comes with spare rubber bands.

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RUBBER BAND PADDLE BOAT

Your Grandfather's Paddlewheeler

It's kinda pretty, and pretty simple, this old-fashioned rubber band-powered boat. Wind the paddle, watch it ride the waves, or bathtub. Measures 5-3/4" x 2-1/2"x 11/16" in varnished pine and even comes with spare rubber bands.

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$4.95 EACH

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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MICRO MODEL VEHICLE KITS

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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$4.95 EACH

A Drive Train From Scratch

Build your own. This is a very nice kit from Tamiya, but not for beginners or the fumble-fingered, since it's fairly complex and can take a couple hours to assemble. The Twin Gear Motor Kit has a pair of 2.3VDC motors that draw approx 60mA no load, stall at 130mA, and will run 60 to 212 rpm. Finished size is approx 3" long x 2" x 7/8" with dual 1-1/16" long x 1/8" dia hexagonal shafts.

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TWIN GEAR MOTOR

A Drive Train From Scratch

Build your own. This is a very nice kit from Tamiya, but not for beginners or the fumble-fingered, since it's fairly complex and can take a couple hours to assemble. The Twin Gear Motor Kit has a pair of 2.3VDC motors that draw approx 60mA no load, stall at 130mA, and will run 60 to 212 rpm. Finished size is approx 3" long x 2" x 7/8" with dual 1-1/16" long x 1/8" dia hexagonal shafts.

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$14.95 EACH

Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble.

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TABLE-TOP CRAB

Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble.

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We’re With the Band

Celebrate the power of the rubber band with this Five-fer kit. Includes a plethora of parts (in this case a plethora is over 65) to build a band-powered airplane, helicopter, fan car, air-boat and hydrofoil. Even includes the rubber bands, along with a 16-page instruction booklet. Ages 8+.

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RUBBER POWERED VEHICLES KIT

We’re With the Band

Celebrate the power of the rubber band with this Five-fer kit. Includes a plethora of parts (in this case a plethora is over 65) to build a band-powered airplane, helicopter, fan car, air-boat and hydrofoil. Even includes the rubber bands, along with a 16-page instruction booklet. Ages 8+.

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$19.95 EACH

No Motor, No Problem

Compressed air fun, and you do the compression. For ages 10+, this air power kit has all the parts to make a piston-powered car with a hand-pump-filled thick-walled bottle/tank, pressure meter, safety valve, gears, tubing and treaded wheels. Assembled car will be 9" long and is reputed to run 164 feet in 35 seconds. You'll need a few common hand tools.

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AIR POWER RACER KIT

No Motor, No Problem

Compressed air fun, and you do the compression. For ages 10+, this air power kit has all the parts to make a piston-powered car with a hand-pump-filled thick-walled bottle/tank, pressure meter, safety valve, gears, tubing and treaded wheels. Assembled car will be 9" long and is reputed to run 164 feet in 35 seconds. You'll need a few common hand tools.

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$29.50 EACH

Make Tracks

From Tamiya, one of our favorite construction kit companies, comes this plastic wheel and treaded track kit. Includes (2) 7-3/4" tracks, (4) 2-11/16" tracks and (4) 2-1/8" tracks, all 5/8" wide, along with a pair of 1-1/4" dia drive sprockets, (2) 7/8" dia drive sprockets, (2) 1-1/4" idler wheels, (6) 7/8" dia road wheels, (10) 7/16" dia road wheels, a dozen wheel caps plus round and hex shafts and screws. You add a screwdriver, side-cutters, a hobby knife and whatever you want to build to put on top-tank, personnel carrier, 'dozer, robo-duck, you decide. (Maybe our #93998, the Tamiya Dual Gearbox/Motor Kit!)

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TAMIYA TRACK & WHEEL KIT

Make Tracks

From Tamiya, one of our favorite construction kit companies, comes this plastic wheel and treaded track kit. Includes (2) 7-3/4" tracks, (4) 2-11/16" tracks and (4) 2-1/8" tracks, all 5/8" wide, along with a pair of 1-1/4" dia drive sprockets, (2) 7/8" dia drive sprockets, (2) 1-1/4" idler wheels, (6) 7/8" dia road wheels, (10) 7/16" dia road wheels, a dozen wheel caps plus round and hex shafts and screws. You add a screwdriver, side-cutters, a hobby knife and whatever you want to build to put on top-tank, personnel carrier, 'dozer, robo-duck, you decide. (Maybe our #93998, the Tamiya Dual Gearbox/Motor Kit!)

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$12.50 EACH

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