Basically big Catholic family(6 kids me eldest) poor with low Rank Army Officer dad
My dad had hobbies:
hot rod (hop up) cars
build and fly model planes
real tether cars
Lionel train for dad and I around tree was gift to me but Dad played with it a lot
I was the family kid that played with all same stuff my dad liked.....things that make smoke noise or both....
seems to reason many here playing with toy trains might well have been in the schoolyard day after Christmas freezing fingers trying to fuel and start a control line plane or tether car......
At 9 years old on a cold morning, the Cox .049 backfired and bit my cold fingers....mom was not there.....no bar of soap....but I did learn proper use of the F word those cold mornings
Cool photos Bob....great memories....where is my stash of Cox small engines?
got to get grandson to play glow fuel engines with me tomorrow....grin
Fred, I remember one of those cold mornings with a radio control monster truck.
My youngest son and me took it to a school yard on a freezing cold day. Everything
went fine till my son drove it head on to a basketball net pole. During the summer it
would have bounced off the pole. But freezing it shattered the front end, mainly the brush guard. I will never forget how we immediately looked at each other. Kinda surprised us it broke. I finally months later got it pieced together. Had to custom fit a few pieces.