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Hull Yes ! or where's that hull come from ?

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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Hull Yes ! or where's that hull come from ?
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, March 08, 2019 8:37 AM

 Hi . Here's some chuckles and facts .

     Have you ever gone into the toy section of any store and seen the Neoprene or whatever Plastic boats ?They're cute in they're own way .Little bright red, green blue and yellow tugs, cabin cruisers and ski boats .Hmmm . 

   Did you notice they All had the same kind of hull ! Trouble is they can't be used for any modeling . Why ? well , the nylon or whatever plastic they are made of takes a licking and keeps on ticking ( Somewhat ) but no glue known to man will stick to them !

     For something that is sold as unbreakable, why are the small parts of the cabin ground into your carpet then ? Talking about this .Does anyone Remember the " Texaco Tanker " For a fill-up and five bucks your Dad could get you this toy . Yes , some had wheels too ! Years later you find it in the attic or storeroom and you round file it or use it as a bedraggled nuther floating toy for the Grandkids .

  Mine is still in the box. Mine , made By Wen-Mac ( The model airplane engine  folks ) made some for Texaco that were motorised .Funny , I must've known it was valuable because mine has NEVER touched even water in the TUB.Unlike most mine still has all the good parts on it .

    This brings me back to toy boats of a special nature . How many of you have passed on or built Lindberg's Cape Class Coast Guard Cutter ? Guess what? I found a motorized one at a train show . It's not a Cape , but a mix of both classes with a civilian liner over narrow stack . The Depth Charge racks ,There's still one , look like ladders with round treads on the deck . The deck is where my other post went Snap .So I will try to get this done .The deck has raised lines for planks .You cant see them till you are really close .The Boat was made by ELDON in the year 1957 . Eldon did do some models , but I think they were cars . Good hull and runs , even now , like a ski boat . T.B.    

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, March 08, 2019 8:56 AM

I had a North Dakota, but I got tired of looking at it and threw it away. It was a dirty mess of glue, odd wires and crud.

IIRC mine had a flat bottom, and when you say motorized, I think you mean wheels.

Before I got tired of it, I found at least one website that sold parts for all kinds of gas station give aways.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, March 09, 2019 8:04 AM

Hi " G " ;

    Nope , this one actually was made with NO wheels ! It's a real performer . It lacks in it's size about 3/4 " on the hull height to be a scale model .I think they did this to ensure stability of the toy at speed .

      Now , that said I got to checking on the inside .The thing is old fashioned styrene . Remember the old Monogram Motorized boat kits ? More like toys , Yes , but I still haven't figured out what kind of plastic it was they used on the cars .

Why ? Well , I remember licking the body to snarf off the Chocolate milk I spilled on it . My tongue actually tingled . and I did it again out of curiosity .Sure enough the plastic made my tongue tingle !.I have some hulls from another ELDON toy that I have tried building a Patrol Boat out of .After cutting the hull down it worked perfect .

 Anyway , It;s nice hearing from you . T.B.       Parts for Gas Station Give-aways ? OOH .

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