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Old 12-31-2019, 07:13 PM   #21
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Were model rockets big for you guys?

We had one called the Egg-spress that had a capsule to put a raw egg in. If your chute opened and you landed softly, your egg was safe.
Loved that.
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Old 12-31-2019, 07:23 PM   #22
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Marbles were big when I was a kid. We'd setup in the school playground and you could go around shooting to keep. If you missed the guy with the setup got to keep. In reality it was gambling and allowed in grade school.


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I have a story from when I was a child that I have felt horrible about ever since. But I learned a valuable lessen.

I was in 5th grade.
I had my bike stolen. One day walking home from school I saw a kid with my bike. Never saw this kid before in my life. But I sure as hell made sure he gave my bike back.

Got home started looking the bike over and realized it wasn't my bike.

I can tell you, I was getting sick to my stomach just writing this. That poor kid.

Never saw him again after that either.


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Old 12-31-2019, 07:31 PM   #24
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Makes me want to go buy a bunch of bicycles and donate then to the poor.


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That's rough with the bike, reminds me of trading a pair of shoes for a '68 bug that ran and drove when I was 12 or 13. Guy was 15 or so and didn't have the battery connected at all.... nice guy though.
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He ever say why he collected them? We had a bunch of GI Joe's and some that apparently now are worth money but there would have been no way I wouldnt have played with them. We destroyed them by the time we were done with them. It was much more important to me to have fun with them rather then look at them on a shelf.

Was always curious about keeping things from your childhood. I can understand an heirloom or two by why a lot of things that werent passed down and means someone else has to get rid of. The only guy I know that saved all his action figures had a screw loose.
He was a farm guy. I know he would have rather had real tractors but the toys had to do. In some ways I think he was a borderline hoarder. Helping clear out the basement and shop I found out he had enough nails and screws and other miscellaneous hardware that he could have opened a small store.
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Were model rockets big for you guys?

We had one called the Egg-spress that had a capsule to put a raw egg in. If your chute opened and you landed softly, your egg was safe.
Loved that.
Had more than few Estes rockets. The Saturn V was really cool. Had aspirations of getting a Class II high power motor licenses, never did.

The grandson is really into rockets, heís launched more than a few with C motors the wife and I got him.

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I have a story from when I was a child that I have felt horrible about ever since. But I learned a valuable lessen.

I was in 5th grade.
I had my bike stolen. One day walking home from school I saw a kid with my bike. Never saw this kid before in my life. But I sure as hell made sure he gave my bike back.

Got home started looking the bike over and realized it wasn't my bike.

I can tell you, I was getting sick to my stomach just writing this. That poor kid.

Never saw him again after that either.


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That's awful! What did you end up doing with the bike?

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That's awful! What did you end up doing with the bike?

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Never did find the guy. Don't recall what I did. It was 45 years ago.


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And I know it's Awful! For gawds sake!!!


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He ever say why he collected them? We had a bunch of GI Joe's and some that apparently now are worth money but there would have been no way I wouldnt have played with them. We destroyed them by the time we were done with them. It was much more important to me to have fun with them rather then look at them on a shelf.



Was always curious about keeping things from your childhood. I can understand an heirloom or two by why a lot of things that werent passed down and means someone else has to get rid of. The only guy I know that saved all his action figures had a screw loose.

How do you think things become heirlooms? Someone had to start the saving part.





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Were model rockets big for you guys?

We had one called the Egg-spress that had a capsule to put a raw egg in. If your chute opened and you landed softly, your egg was safe.
Loved that.
For sure. I couldn't have been more than 6 or 7, in a hobby shop with my Dad, who was into control line airplanes (a whole other topic). I saw the wall of rockets and had to have one. Dad got me the tiniest rocket, like 1/2" by 4". Shot it off twice before it was lost. Too small to even need a parachute.

That got me into it for quite a few years and I went bigger and bigger.

Also got into the control line airplanes, then then RC.

Definitely taught me to build things with precision. Hell, I don't use the same precision on stain grade trim now as I did cutting balsa by hand at 10 years old.
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:30 PM   #33
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How do you think things become heirlooms? Someone had to start the saving part.





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We grew up with a lot of cheap ****. GI Joe toys were probably the best of what was on the market for us, aside from maybe video games.
We got raked over the coals by ad men like no generation before us. At least iPhones weren't around yet. I'll take pogs over those things any day.
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I remember I must have been in the 6th or 7th grade. Digital watches were pretty new. I got one for Christmas. It was a big deal back in the 70's. Well I couldn't resist taking it apart to figure this thing out. End up breaking it and had to wear that thing around broke to keep my mom from finding out. The light bars didn't all light up.


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Very related, I was in a good old fashioned hobby shop yesterday. It was awesome. They had a "lumber" rack with lots of basswood, balsa, spruce, and some nice thin cuts of maple and oak.
Model trains. Gliders. Everything.

I picked up a snap-together car that my kid did great with, if being a little impatient about getting to the decal portion.

I'd also like to give a shout out to electrical kits. Switches were everything to me. Mercury switches are still the coolest thing to me.
I used to own a Hobby Shop and Model Raceway.
Slot Cars, Rockets, Trains, Models, Paints, RC, Balsa/Bass wood, Ect... we stocked it. All the things you find in a HOBBY SHOP.
That was another lifetime.

But,
I still have the track. HO scale. My boys and I race often.
We are also in the midst of building a Lionel train set that we got from grandpa from his childhood.

I have lots of things I've been hauling around since my childhood.
Just an example, all my HO train engines and rolling stock. Rockets that I built as a kid and still launch them with my kids. I know there's more I'm not thinking of right now.
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I used to own a Hobby Shop and Model Raceway.
Slot Cars, Rockets, Trains, Models, Paints, RC, Balsa/Bass wood, Ect... we stocked it. All the things you find in a HOBBY SHOP.
That was another lifetime.

But,
I still have the track. HO scale. My boys and I race often.
We are also in the midst of building a Lionel train set that we got from grandpa from his childhood.

I have lots of things I've been hauling around since my childhood.
Just an example, all my HO train engines and rolling stock. Rockets that I built as a kid and still launch them with my kids. I know there's more I'm not thinking of right now.
My brother and cousin were big into slot cars. Nights were spent building, customizing and painting these cars. Then you went to the local hobby store that had a track to race them. If you were into it, it could become and expensive hobby as a kid.

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I loved slot cars.


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Anyone here into model trains? The BIL that I mentioned above had a couple of trains in his toy collection. The auctioneer says that they wonít sell very well at a farm toy auction. Makes sense to me.
One is a Caseyís general store 30th anniversary set brand new in the box. The other is a hawthorn village Budweiser train also new in the box. The Budweiser train is very detailed and delicate. Each car is in itís own box with a certificate of authenticity and a warning label that reads ď fine adult collectible not intended for children ď. If anyone is interested PM me and I can get you some pictures and more info.
I hope this post isnít breaking any rules. If so then I apologize and a mod can please delete.
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Remember when they had the full tracks set up at different stores, and you would take your car and race with others? Some of those tracks were 6-8 lanes wide. The smell of ozone from the electric motors filled the air, adding to the ambiance.
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Anyone remember the plastic models by Revell??
The Tijuana Taxi, Beer Wagon, Rommel's Rod, etc. Going to the model store and buying the little square bottles of Testors paint, with the brush on the cap. They would always dry out before I got done using them, 'cause I never tightened the caps fully.

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