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Steam train
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A magnificent wood burning steam locomotive with real rolling wheels

Steam train made from junk

Looking every inch like something that you'd buy from an expensive toy shop, this beautiful train is as satisfying to make as it is fun to play with. It's not as hard to make as it looks, and our instructions make it even easier. Once you've made it I'm guessing that you'll probably want to make track to go with it.
. . . The fully illustrated instructions include templates for the basic chassis and the cabin and measurements for all the important parts, but given that this model is made from junk, you'll also have to use your inventiveness where your parts are not exactly the same as mine. That said, don't limit yourself to just what junk packaging you have left over in the cupboard. If you want to start this project but you haven't collected up the right bottles and lids, why not just buy the ones you want next time you go to the supermarket.
. . . When you go looking for specific bottle shapes at the supermarket you'll suddenly see the range of packaging that is available to the junk modeler with "new" eyes. Thousands of different bottle and pack shapes, all made from high quality engineering materials... So why not get exactly the bottle shape and size you need for your model and then when you get home, empty the contents into a spare bottle (so you don't waste it) and you're ready to start. (The best products for shape are personal care and bath products, shower gels and soap dispensing hand wash bottles.)

home-made steam locomotive

Long before the internal combustion engine (that's the one in a car) was around, the external combustion engine dominated public transport. For over 100 years the big, fire gobbling, spitting-hissing, cloud making, roaring steam engine, a modern day dragon if ever there was one, stormed up and down the country inspiring awe and wonder in the hearts children and grown-ups alike. The first steam locomotive was built in 1794 by John Fitch in the United States, but he did not develop it. For thirty years nothing much happened until in 1829 Stephenson's Rocket changed the world when it showed beyond a doubt that passengers could be transported using steam locomotives. Only ten years later toy makers were cashing in on the growing fad for this new form of transport, by making "carpet railways". Since then almost every child has at one time or another been fascinated by trains, whether it be Brio, Thomas the Tank Engine, Casey Jones or model railway sets. And there is a lot to get excited about about. For a start steam engines are big powerful, visceral machines, that unlike cars, wear their muscle on the outside. Then there's the fact that railways opened up whole continents and gave the working public a means of getting out of the cities so that they could explore the countryside hundred's of miles away from where they lived and worked and further away from their daily grid than they could have ever dreamed.

home-made wood-burning steam locomotive

So what exactly are you waiting for, make another dream come true, and make this wonderful model, perfect for hours of fun and enjoyment. When you've made this you might like to make the matching tender.

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Make toys from junk
cordless glue gun
You can make the most incredible toys using just about any old junk. Kids love things to be quick, so get busy with a glue gun with its instant, incredible sticking power and the ability to glue almost anything to anything. Suddenly an old detergent bottle has so many exciting possibilities. cordless glue gun Combine that with a can of quick drying spray paint and a permanent marker, and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to be, well, a rocket scientist, or an engineer, or a magician. The toys you can make from junk are amazing and the most fun to play with and you’ll find you can add engineer and magician to your growing list of titles. Simple, easy to follow downloadable instructions and graphic printer sheets will help you and


your kids make the most fantastic looking models. This canoe was made out of two shampoo bottles and really floats; great
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couldn't be easier to follow, with projects from the simplest to the most advanced, all explained in beautiful pictorial detail. The instructions are all original and like nothing else you'll find on the web. What’s more, we've made them all and had a lot of fun making them, so even before you start, you'll know it can be done. On dadcando you’ll find projects for every skill level, and my kids have play tested every model, so we know they work in the playability department as well.

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In fact, it must be said, often they have more play value than expensive shop bought toys.. Don't worry if you don't have exactly the same junk as us, making things from junk is not an exact science; let your creativity and problem solving skills show through. When making from junk there are no rules. Start collecting empty packaging right now and within a week or two you'll have enough to build your first model from Junk.

Making stuff from junk is a great way to recycle your rubbish, and very soon, just like your children, when you see an empty ice cream carton, a wire coat hanger, or a used Tetrapak you won't see rubbish, you'll see a rocket port, a ship, or a dog kennel.

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