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Larry writes: This is my Steam Shovel Model per the 1927 manual. It was fun to build and, after several adjustments, it now operates just fine. My dog “Tid-bit” often inspects whatever I’m building.
Larry writes: Just like every member; since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to build the 12 1/2 “Mysterious Walking Giant” model. Well, here is my example, built per the instructions in the “How To Make ‘Em” manual. The only alteration is that I used two stripped-out CJ’s for the ears.
This is a remake of the classic steam shovel. The boom was made moveable instead of fixed. A P49 motor was used with a modified engine # 10 to allow separate controls for the boom and arm; both at low speed. A string was tied to the bucket so that when fully extended, the string would pull on the release, opening the bucket.
The Mysterious Walking Giant is taken from the 12 1/2 set of 1949. The mechanism that gives the giant a walking motion is also connected to flexible shafts that give the arms a swinging motion.
Bill Klein writes: An A49 motor moves the gantry back and forth. A plastic rocket launches from the top of the six foot rocket.
Bill Klein writes: This is my custom built female robot, powered by an A49 motor that goes forward and reverse.
This robot stands 4 feet tall. It walks and turns right and left, has lighted eyes, swinging arms and a motor and track to run each foot.
Bill Klein writes: This custom built bulldozer has a large blade, tracks, forward and reverse operation, and a winch on the back.