7 science kits for junior geniuses (1961)

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Science book labs

Short courses in a variety of subjects that might be intriguing young inquiring minds are given in these Science Book Labs. In each colorful package, an easy-to-read, well illustrated, hard-cover book is provided along with equipment and supplies for simple instructive experiments. The series covers: Jets, Rockets, Seeds, Magnets and Air Experiments. They are all geared for children in the early primary grades. Each kit is $3.95. Science Materials Center, Inc.


Internal combustion engines

Motor-minded mechanics will learn what makes an internal combustion engine tick with this 1/4 scale working model of a Chrysler Slant Six automobile engine. It comes in more than 200 precisely detailed parts to be assembled and cemented together, after which it will perform realistically. A breakaway section is removable so that the operation can be observed. Just like a real engine, it can be built up and taken down as often as desired. The kit, $12.95. Revell, Inc.


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  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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