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In Reply to: RE: I had one too! posted by amioutaline? on March 19, 2012 at 16:37:02
You bet I remember the rocket/hose toy and of course we drank from the hose.
You are probably not old enough to remember the Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb rings where you could look into the bomb and see "atomic particles" moving around or the Pep cereal pins.
You can see both of them on eBay.
I also wish I still had my Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.
It was a rocket that you filled with water and then you would keep pumping and fire the rocket. I had a two stage water rocket as well. How about those metal rockets that you place 5 caps in screw the head down and throw it up in the air. When it lands on cement boom. Anyone have the big bertha rocket that took D-14-0 engines with a huge parachute. I had a neighbor who built a huge gas plane that took an Enya 45 engine. He let me fly it, but the line was loose, so I ran back, but not fast enough. The plane went straight up into the air and then down into a million pieces. I felt so bad I wanted to pay him, he refused and never talked to me again. We also had pea guns, I loved those. My father couldn't understand where all those pea plants in the lawn came from. We also shot at each other with crab apples and sling shots.
I loved those rockets you would fill with caps and throw in the air. I also loved anything that flew or drifted like a parachute.
I think that I can top you with my home made rocket. When I was in high school I built what I thought was a rocket for my science class. I took an empty Co2 tube and filled it with Paper match heads that had been soaked in lighter fluid and sprinkled with firecracker powder. I then strung firecracker fuses together and stuck one end into the Co2 tube. I built a launching platform from an old erector set and placed my rocket in the launch pad. The science teacher and the class all came outside to witness the launch. I lit the fuse and quickly stepped away from the rocket which I was sure would soon be in orbit.
Next thing we heard was a very loud bang, a crumpled launch pad and no rocket. I think that I may have inadvertently built a gernade rather than a rocket which I never saw again. The whole experiment ended with the instructor laughing hysterically.
Caution: Don't try this on you own.
Years later, I realized how lucky I was not to have killed anyone with my toy rocket.
I have you topped. I made a home made bomb. I used color sparklers and mashed them up in a mortar and pessel. I took 5 5X8 file cards and rolled them up into a tube. I closed one end off with tin foil and hot melt glue. I filled the tube up with the powder and sealed the other end the same way. I then wrapped the cards with a half a roll of masking tape and then finished it off with black electrical tape. I drilled a hole in the middle and placed water proof fuse in it and placed glue around the fuse. I left about 20 inches of fuse. I was in my freshman year at college in a dorm. A friend of mine and myself placed the bomb in a tree stump, lit the fuse and then ran to our rooms. The bomb went off ( a very low rumble) much louder than an M-80 and started a fire in the tree stump. There were dead leaves in it that must have started on fire. The fire spread and the fire and police departments were called. We were listening to them on our police radio. They found the rest of what was left of the bomb. We were really scared because we could have been kicked out of college. We called the police from a payphone and said it was just a prank. They were on the case for at least 6 months. No one ever found out who did it.
Yep, that tops mine but I accept the challenge. My next plan is to again stuff a used Co2 tube with match heads soaked in lighter fluid but this time add the scrapings from the radium on old watches. Make my fuse with several firecracker fuses tied together. Light it and stand back and watch the miniature mushroom cloud created by the explosion. Obviously, no one will be able to get near the site for years.
You bring back memories. When I was in Junior High I would have people come over to play with our ping pong, billiards table, darts, and Gottlieb Happy Clown pinball machine. I believe the year was 1970. I decided to set the pinball machine up for money. I made 60.00 which was a lot of money in those days. I figured if they wanted to play and not have much to do with me, I might as well make some money.
Now you have me curious about Gottlieb Happy Clown pinball machine. I used to get frustrated as hell playing pinball machines. Not only would the ball go into the bottom hole very quickly but sometimes the machine would even mock me. Now I occasionally play pinball on my iPad and I think that my New iPad even lets you use body english to effect the bounce of the ball .
I don't know the secret. I just had a knack for pinball. You have to have a light and quick touch on the flippers. In those days you really could shake the machine quite a bit before a tilt. I think the key was we owned a machine and I could play everyday. I still have the same machine today, but it needs repair.
Is that the one with the thing on the stock that tells time?
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No the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun shot BBs. It had a wooden stock and a picture of a cowboy, Red Ryder. No clock. In the movies, Red Ryder was played by Wild Bill Elliot and his Indian companion, Little Beaver was played by Robt. Blake when he was a young boy.
From "A Christmas Story":
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I can still hear my mother saying, "Be careful or you'll shoot someone's eye out."
This was one of my all time favorite gifts as a kid. Do you remember when they used to offer
this BB gun on the back of comic books as a premium for selling Christmas cards?
BTW, I have a metal reproduction ad for the Red Ryder BB gun hanging in my house.
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