Soem doable projects that probably won't work well
I made an ice glider as a kid, except it was a single runner. It didn’t work very well. Had to build a bobsled for a boy-scout jamboree, used a Flexible Flyer and a flip-top beer case for storage. We did not get a good evaluation. Built a raft using logs,it sank, good thing the pond was only a couple of feet deep. The log catamaran would probably sink faster and deeper. The Ice yacht would have worked well on Brest Bay of Lake Erie using ice skates for runners. Made those paper cubes. One would almost bet that the rubber band airplane won’t fly. It probably has the same glide characteristics of a rock. Making snow building blocks for a fort, what happened to rolling large snow balls to make a snow-fort?. I guess neatness counts. Snowballs stored overnight became great ice balls, which could take an eye out. The snowball thrower would have a range of about three feet. The quickly made motor seems more like a long time project. My favorite – Building a simple Radio receiver. To do properly the “rotor ball” tuning spool would require a turning lathe to fabricate. I love those nifty switch contacts mounted in the bakelite panel – perhaps a piece of wood with common stove bolts would suffice. Those dials, no need for them, just some pencil marks on the face after locating stations with band settings. I have to try the Wondergraph, it looks like as much fun as a Spirograft. Fun to read.Read full review
The Boy Mechanic Makes Toys
This book contains things that our grandfathers knew. Things they learned in old time "guy school", but with all the electronic toys and everything requiring batteries and no imagination, we have forgotten. Easy to do, easy to make, easy to understand directions. This is a great book for sons, fathers, uncles, grandfathers. A great book of practical fun.