7 science kits for junior geniuses (1961)

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Electronics lab

A whole workshop of materials for studying electronics is provided by an Advanced Electronics Lab. Its owner will be able to construct a transformer, seven types of radio receivers, two types of transmitters, a public address system, electronic relay, rain detector, and a daylight alarm. Over 50 experiments can be performed. None of this company’s kits require soldering. All necessary tools, but no batteries, are provided. It is $39.95. General Electric Co.


Weather station

Building and operating his own Weather Station can give a youngster a wealth of information about meteorology while he develops his weather eye. With this equipment and its easy-to-follow Weather Manual, he can make all computations necessary to predict the weather. $9.95. The Lionel Corp.


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4 Responses

  1. I got one of the Weather Stations for Christmas in 1961. I had a blast with it. My dad was to go to England in January 1962. I didn’t have any luck for his help in getting the anemometer working right. I did lean a lot about clouds with the manual that came with it. Thanks for the memories!

  2. Wow! I’ve been searching for pictures of the Weather Station and Plastics Lab for years, and here they are together!

    They were both 10th. birthday presents, and my dad installed the outdoors portion of the weather station outside my bedroom window. The birds and squirrels made quick work of most of it, but the anemometer survived a few months.

    “Baking” the Mercury capsule and speedboat (P.T. 109, maybe?) was fun, but burning the numerous (probably toxic) “test samples” in order to create heavy soot and awful smells was heaven for a kid. I can still hear my mother’s voice from the bottom of the stairs, “What are you burning up there!?”

    Thank-you very so much for sharing these.

  3. Hello, many years ago I was responsible for the redesign of the SCALEXTRIC system and during that time, two or three of the Lionel invention kits came my way. For some time I have been wanting to find out more about these interesting products.When I saw them they were packed in a clear plastic case no doubt intended for display. Have they made any more? Bill PS Like your site

    1. Hi Bill,

      Hopefully this message will find it’s way to you somehow. I am a Scalextric historian and would be delighted to have the opportunity to speak to you. I am well aware of your name and role in general in Minimodels history :)

      I can be reached at [email protected].

      Many thanks,


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