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12-23-2004, 07:08 PM
What is the coolest present you ever recieved as a kid?

I recall the ultimate from back in the 50's when people still thought of planes as prop powered.

Down at Western Auto they had this cockpit simulator. Must have cost every bit of 20 bucks. It was grey hard plastic with a pexiglass covered instrument panel.

Bright yellow joystick with a red gun trigger button that set of the most astoundng rata-tat-tats.

Some of the instruments were operated by the batteries others were manually adjustable. It had an artifical horizon, fuel gage, altimeter, and lots of other various switches and knobs.

Produced all sorts of flying noises. Even projected a changing series of shadow silouettes of various enemy AC on the wall. You could pop off rubber tipped missles at them from a 4 shot top mounted battery. You might say a proto flight sim.

When I saw it at the store my eyes popped out. By some serious mistake on Santa's part one was left one under my tree. One happy 7 year old. I must have logged several zillion flight hours with it.

Funny...I have never seen the like of that toy...before or since.

12-23-2004, 07:23 PM
Mine was the first GI Joe I ever got. After that my backyard (and all friends') held recreations of "Combat" every Saturday afternoon right after the show was over. Trenches all over, dirt clod mortar fire, cardboard Tiger tanks, the works.

When I got the Green Beret GI Joe a few years later it changed to "Charlie's on the wire, fire the foo-gas!" after watching John Wayne in the movie.

Before all that it was the Winchester lever action rifle with "real rifle sound" that came out of a speaker in the stock. It came with a chromed metal .45 revolver cap pistol and holster. My brother and I ruled the block with those since we were the only ones to get those coveted toys.

Oh, for the golden days of yesteryear when toys required fewer batteries and more imagination.

12-23-2004, 07:32 PM
agree they dont make them as they used to http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
i had a similar thing like you when i was a kid, but it was like a car cabin with steering wheel and gear lever and directional indicators and lights, man i loved that thing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

but now when i se toys and advertising on tv etc, i feel sorry for the kids, todays toys is just rubbish, no! if you sould give better toys for the kids give them il2 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

<span class="ev_code_RED">Merry Christmas to you all! </span>

12-23-2004, 07:59 PM
Couldn't believe my eyes on Xmas morning 1954 I was 10 when I received a Thompson sub-machine capgun operated with a crank on its side,man could ya go through the boxs of caps with that baby.I was the envy of every kid on the block!!

Thanks Dad

12-23-2004, 09:04 PM
Wow! I'd sell a kidney on the black market for something like that today!!

12-23-2004, 11:43 PM

M1A1 Thompson Submachine Gun

American soldiers carried this world famous submachine gun throughout WWII and Korea. This solid resin model is realistically painted. Ideal for use in reenactments, by drill teams , or as a theatrical/movie prop. Measures 32" and weights 5.6 lbs.

Model: 36-702


12-24-2004, 09:17 AM
As a sixties kid mine would have to be


never did grow up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

12-24-2004, 09:38 AM
Christmas 1975.

My Dad spent a month in the cellar sawing and hammering... told me that that year he was "making" all of our toys (an obvious cause for grave concernhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

Christmas morning he sent me down to the cellar for something... and there was a 4x8' Lionel train layout, complete with mountains, a pond, buildings, scenery, etc. He had taken a train set he received as a kid in the late '40's and had it completely refurbished. Although I'm not active in it now, I was hooked on model railroading forever. They say that almost all model railroaders either worked for the railroads or received a set as a child... it's something that gets in your blood and stays there.

Runner up would have to have been a few years earlier - a G.I. Joe Headquarters.