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+.
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.
Train-spotter alert: here's a slick little model of American railroading's first successful streamliner from the 1930s: the Flying Yankee (aka the Burlington Zephyr, aka Union Pacific M-10000). The original ran on diesel and cost a fortune, but our tin and plastic model train is a bargain as a wind-up, 3-car classic toy. Measures 13-3/4" long overall x 1-7/8" tall x approx 1-1/2" wide.
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.
Fly your very own replicas of the Battle of Britain planes with these Guillow’s laser-cut balsa and tissue models of the Messerschmitt BF-109 and Supermarine Spitfire MK-1. These are rubber-band propelled flying models made to accurate scale, each including a plastic nose cowl, wheels, canopy and prop. Both have a 16-1/2" wingspan. You get a 24-page booklet with each, plus authentic decals.
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!
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.
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.
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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