- Scientific Toys
I bought my two boys a ‘pop-pop’ or candle boat each a few years ago when we saw a street trader selling them and we only got them out at the weekend (they got put in a cupboard and lost!).
If you have kids or a scientific curiosity, these are great little toys.
We have got the £4 ones on this page:
And here is how they work:
Anyone know of any other similar gems?Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
[worked recently with Fred Dinenage’s producer]Posted 4 years ago
For a similar steam thing to the boats you can make a pretty effective Hero’s Engine out of Sigg style alu bottles. The bottle top gives you a good central point to suspend from. Most fun thing I’ve made of late is Rubens Tube, poss a bit hardcore for kids though
[/worked recently with Fred Dinenage’s producer]PTRMember
I’m glad it’s not just me and my boy, we have a pop pop boat and some old Mamod engines.Posted 4 years ago
Mecanno is good, even the modern plastic stuff, just check what you are getting. We have the mechanical and motorised construction boxes. Try and avoid the sets with the flexible rubber parts they don’t hold together, or the toy building sets.
You can have a lot of fun with a dynamo, meccano a buld and a steam engine.
Try Westwings for model planes.cheekyboyMember
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Neighbour dug out an old model steamroller which looked ace. Haven’t seen it fired up yet but he reckons it still works. 30 years old!
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Sorry to sound like a killjoy but got to suggest that if its done nothing for 30 years he really needs to be sure the relief valve on the boiler works properly !!!!!Posted 4 years ago
For a similar steam thing to the boats you can make a pretty effective Hero’s Engine out of Sigg style alu bottles.
Here is a cheaper method!:Posted 4 years agoPTRMember
As Cheekyboy says, check or replace the safety valve, I’d also replace the seals and o-rings around the safety valve, whistle and overflow. Plenty of places do spares, try Forest Classics or Manor Models.
At least these things have a safety valve, thier Victorian cousins, known as Birmingham Dribblers were not quite as safe; if the boiler didn’t blow up and kill you, they ran accross the living romm floor, hit the curtains, fell over and burnt your house down!Posted 4 years agoDangerboyMember
I’ve got a pop-pop boat too, they’re ace.
I can’t wait until my nephew is old enough to appreciate an Euler’s Disk
I also seem to find myself pouring over this site fairly frequently:
You could spend a bike’s worth of money on there…Posted 4 years ago
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