You have to see the reply from YALC, dated 6/7/2013 - 3:09:02 PM (just a bit below) . YALC posted the link to the original machine, exactly as I remember it as 5 year old boy! From that link, hit "Vintage-Mold-A-Rama" in the left margin. Thank You, YALC !
Right, Droid - This IS the key issue being missed: CNC cutting, even in low cost aluminum, is beyond the budget of most DIY'ers. ProtoMold.com is one of the best, fastest, and least expensive On-Line CNC shops today. Just this week, a little ~2" custom designed plastic enclosure was quoted at $3,500 for the bottom, and $2,800 for the mating half. About $6,000 for a tiny housing set. Cheap for a corporate entity, but beyond reach for the hobbyist.
Great commercial and 1 minute long instead of the current 15 seconds! I had friends who had Creeple People molds. Feet, hands, a head you fold over and hold with a neck ring onto a pencil to make a doll (of sorts). We used to fill syringes with denatured alcohol and shoot through a candle to flame thrower them.
(ahem) Maybe I just dreamed that last part :-)
Google "kenner mold master" and you'll find photos of the product that don't do it justice.
Like the old Vac-u-forms, a toy that could really raise a blister, toys of the 60's were scaled down industrial processes instead of the nerfballs we have today.
Lego Mindstorms and Vex Robotics are about the only useful toys out there today. Unfortunately after the industrial controls I used to do, it has too few I/O's to interest me. Vex has enough I/O for my interest, just too pricey for my budget.
BrainiacV – I don't remember that Kenner toy; I wish I had one! I did have Mattel's 'Thing-Maker' & Creepy-Crawlers; and then later, the Incredible-Edibles version of the same. Both were poured in a cavity only (no core) and baked like an Easy-bake oven.
TV commercial -1964 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS07TPPu0SE
Wow, what a blast from the past. And what a testimony to the difference between the Obama administration and the Johnson administration. How times have changed!
Isn't it funny that these micro-industrial processes were commonly showcased at the Zoo, of all places-? That's where my memory pulled that ancient recollection, and now you have the same memory -- I'm now curious if it was the same Zoo-? For me, it was the Detroit Zoo, circa 1965.
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