This I'm not sure I understand. Sears normally sold pretty good stuff. Most under their own house brand names. And the toys shown from their Christmas catalog? I don't see how they would be used in a plumbingless lake cabin, directly?
Another interesting article. It brings up questions. But, answers a lot. They claim the Thunderbird to be a '56. Where is continental spare? And ITC kits I do remember seeing, in the case of the cars, did not look all that good in person. I don't remember the, being as accurate as say, an AMT kit of the same time. I would like to see some of these ITC kits photographed, if anybody still has any. As far the engines, the Visable V8 and posiably the aircraft engine are Renwall. The slant six is Revell. The Phantom Mustang, Monogram. The Bobtail "T" is either Monogram or Lindberg. I'm leaning toward Lindberg on that one. But, I have no idea about the "Turn Crank" chassis shown, or the "Hot Rod" with the engine with visable parts. How good were they? Or how crude were they? The Turn Crank chassis looks pretty crude from the picture. It would be interesting to see better pictures of these items.
Anybody know anything about the "Motorized Thunderbird" or the "Hot Rod's V-8 engine has visable parts"? It would be interesting to see and know more about those two. The "Turn Crank...see it work" sounds interesting too.
You were able to use the Torino's glass? The rear window worked okay? Other than moving the axle forward a 1/16 of inch, there were no other modifications? No trimming of chassis plate itself? And interior fit okay? Any chance of seeing photos of the chassis?
I just read the Snow article above. Sad what happened to his daughter. But, I feel there are lots of dangerous things in the world. Both man made and natural. One has to weigh the risks. I don't know how defend my thoughts on this without sounding callus. But again, several things have been banned in the name of safety, that in general use were not bad things. And I think lawn darts are one of those things.
I loved playing with lawn darts. I'm still unhappy that a few stupid people, doing stupid things, got these things banned. As stupid as I was, or in some cases still am, I knew better than to throw lawn dart in the direction or in a way that a person could get hurt or killed. I also was smart enough to stay away from areas where lawn darts might be coming down. It was called common sense. By the way. Why haven't tossing horseshoes been banned. Basically the same idea. I wouldn't want get hit by horseshoe any more than a lawn dart. You can maybe kill somebody a little easier with a lawn dart. But, I'm sure a horseshoe (or a horse) can do some damage if it hits you. Again using common sense, I do not throw horseshoes at people. And I do not where a horseshoe might hit me. (On or off of a horse.) Seems like a simple concept. And you know what? Following those rules, I have never had an accident with either a lawn dart or a horseshoe.