Life with Leo

May 10, 2012

Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for Toys

Filed under: Tinkertoys, Uncategorized — fehlhaber @ 8:15 pm

This is brilliant.  Someone has designed parts that let Lego, Tinkertoy, K’nex —  and other systems that I’ve never even heard of — talk to each other.

Best of all, the designs are free.  You can upload them to a 3d printer service (like Ponoko.com) and have them made.

Details and downloads here.

http://fffff.at/free-universal-construction-kit/

February 13, 2009

Leo builds a Tinkertoy Jack-knife Bridge (instructions included)

Filed under: Tinkertoys — fehlhaber @ 4:29 pm

Leo decided he needed to start February vacation by building the jack-knife bridge. Amazingly, we got it to work without much trouble.

Detailed instructions are here:
http://leojames.blogspot.com/2008/12/tinkertoy-more-instruction-manuals-and.html

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November 6, 2007

Tinkertoys

Filed under: Tinkertoys — Tags: , , — fehlhaber @ 11:27 pm

Tinker Toy Manual

We’ve been having a lot of fun with Tinkertoys lately. Leo got a set for his 4th birthday and it came at just the right time. Today I found an old “Direction and Idea Book” from 1959 (made by The Toy Tinkers, a Division of A.G. Spalding & Bros. Inc., Evanston, Illinois). The little drawings are hilarious. It tells you, in a humorous way, not to get them wet how you can fix them when they break.

I’ve got three different sets of instructions that I’m posting (each is four pages long — clicking on the images should give you a bigger-than-screensize image that you can build from).

I’ve just added PDFs for all these manuals.  If you enjoy them enough, why not  add a $1 or $2 to our “Tinkertoy Manual Fund” — we’ll post & scan new manuals as we find them!  Or maybe we’ll just buy an ice cream cone!

The full basic manual (and donation link) is below

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2007/11/vintage-tinkertoy-manual.html

The intermediate-level manual is here

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2008/12/tinkertoy-more-instruction-manuals-and.html

and the advanced manual is here

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2008/12/tinkertoy-more-instruction-manuals-and_31.html

(click on photos to link to larger images from the basic manual)

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