Toys you had as a kid and that you kept

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1971 Vertibird... (gave it away to a neighbor kid 2021)


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1958 Erector Set...
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I still have my pre-war Erector Set which was handed down to me by my uncle. It's stored at my sister's house in NYC along with a few other items from my childhood. The next time I visit NY I may bring the Erector Set back with me.
 
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I still have my train set from when I was 5 years old but we're inbetween houses in a rental so it's in storage at the moment, can't take pics.
 
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I think the three rail Lionel were G gauge at 1-3/4" approx 1:24th scale
Lionel was/is O GAUGE, or 1.25" rail spacing.

I say gauge because with a few exceptions, up until about 20 years ago, "scale" was a vague suggestion. Lionel would sometimes make some major dimensions about 1:48(O-scale) but often other dimensions were compressed.

There was a practical reason for that. Many sets shipped with track that had curves nominally labeled as 27" in diameter(O-27), but in actuality around 25.5" center-to-center. The true-to-scale Lionel 700E Hudson steam locomotive from the 1930s needed 6' diameter(center-to-center) curves to actually and stay on the track, and that's with a few tricks to allow it to navigate tighter turns(like blind, or flangeless, center drivers).

About 20 years ago, thanks to some competition from other companies, Lionel really got serious about making true-to-scale and fairly detailed models in some of their high end offerings. Needless to say, they weren't targeting kids setting up their trains on the floor with those.

Around that same time, there was another company making O-gauge products that made a handful of offerings built to 1:64 scale(S-scale). It was an interesting idea and the few they built could navigate fairly tight turns, but I always thought they looked kind of odd.

And yes I still have my Lionel trains. As a teenager I got pretty seriously into collecting 1950s ones(anything modern was out of my reach).
 
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I loved slot car sets! I'd forgotten about those. I had one that was spotless, and you could make the cars switch lanes on the track.
I meant to say “slotless”. It had a tiny steering wheel on the hand control, where you could make the car change lanes while you were racing. I can’t remember the name of it, this would’ve been during the mid 70s.
 
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