Making Things From Tin and Soda Cans

Last week, as expected, once I showed Duncan the video of the Incredible Machines, he wanted to build one.

We fully utilised his Lego, Brio, Dominoes, plastic marble machine pieces and chutes made from cardboard, and got some sequences going one evening. I was fully expecting to be extending the machine the following evening, so I started looking around for other effects we could use.

This led me to the Bearing Trampoline Game blog on Blogspot. Any of you oldies remember the Bing Bang Boing game? Well, the blog shows you how to create something similar using tin cans and balloons.

I had everything ready, but Duncan had lost interest. I wonder how many other dads have had that feeling. You want to keep working on your special project together, but your child wants to do something else. Oh well.

While I was looking around, I found several other useful pages containing things you can make out of tin and soda (aluminum) cans.

I've also got most of the October 1952 edition of the Model Maker magazine (had it since I was a small child). There is an article in there showing you how to make a really cool looking "Electrically Driven Dellow" trial/sports car from tin cans. Someday...

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