7 science kits for junior geniuses (1961)

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Plastic engineering kit

The world of plastics unfolds before the eyes of the youngster experimenting with this Plastics Engineering set. He learns the different fabricating techniques by actually creating various types of plastic products. He makes such things as a small chess set by injection molding, a motor boat by foam casting, a Mercury Capsule by rotational casting, and a globe by blow molding. He is able to perform a wide range of experiments demonstrating properties and behavior of different kinds of plastics. $25. The Lionel Corp.


Famous inventor & invention replicas

Famous inventors will be discovered along with their inventions as a result of this series of kits. Each includes a handsome bronze-colored bust of the inventor and a brief history of his life, as well as an easy-to-assemble working replica of his famous invention and significant information concerning it. To cover a range of interests: Printing Press by Gutenberg, Electric Light by Edison, Steam Turbine by Hero, Telescope by Galileo, Telegraph by Morse, and Telephone by Bell. Each kit costs $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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