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What would you make from these items?

technoman28

Well-known Member
As the title says, sure there are quite a few on here who will have made a particular thing that kept us entertained for hours. Will be interesting to see if anyone comes up with anything else.
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nheather

Distinguished Member
A rubber powered cotton reel tank.

Well that’s what we called them.



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When I made them in my youth, I would cut a slot in the non-candle end for the short matchstick to sit in to stop it from spinning.

Cheers,

Nigel
 
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nheather

Distinguished Member
Alright then, going back to my childhood (1970s for the most part), this was one of my favourite things that I and my friends would make. This is what we needed

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For the thing
  • Garden cane, the thin green ones about 60cm long (though it was probably 24 inches back then) - only needs one
  • Some cardboard - usually cut from a cereal box (back in the days when you got plastic toys in your cereal - just an observation, only need the card for this)
  • A length of string
  • A small piece of malleable metal - we often cut a piece from a tin can
  • Some tape
Tools needed
  • Scissors for cutting the card, string and the tin (don't let mum find out you have been cutting tin with her best scissors)
  • Penknife to cut the garden cane
  • Pliers to bend the tin (look in your dad’s tool cupboard when he is not around)
What was it that my mates and I used to make?

Clue - probably wouldn't be 'allowed' in today's health and safety PC world

Cheers,

Nigel
 
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mikes48

Distinguished Member
Alright then, going back to my childhood (1970s for the most part), this was one of my favourite things that I and my friends would make. This is what we needed

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For the thing
  • Garden cane, the thin green ones about 60cm long (though it was probably 24 inches back then) - only needs one
  • Some cardboard - usually cut from a cereal box (back in the days when you got plastic toys in your cereal - just an observation, only need the card for this)
  • A length of string
  • A small piece of malleable metal - we often cut a piece from a tin can
  • Some tape
Tools needed
  • Scissors for cutting the card, string and the tin (don't let mum find out you have been cutting tin with her best scissors)
  • Penknife to cut the garden cane
  • Pliers to bend the tin (look in your dad’s tool cupboard when he is not around)
What was it that my mates and I used to make?

Clue - probably wouldn't be 'allowed' in today's health and safety PC world

Cheers,

Nigel

Thought it was a mobile phone at first - then I realised there's only one tin can.

Maybe something you whizz around your head making a shrieking noise?

Or a Whirling Dervish outfit?
 

nvingo

Distinguished Member
Alright then, going back to my childhood (1970s for the most part), this was one of my favourite things that I and my friends would make. This is what we needed
Clue - probably wouldn't be 'allowed' in today's health and safety PC world
I'm guessing, some kind of projectile launcher (bow)?
 

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