Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
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Vintage Electromechanical Toy Dachshund, Item No. 240−B
Melanie and I have been trying to recall toys and games we had as kids and then
searching for them on eBay to see what is available. If the price isn't too outrageous,
we go ahead and by them. Melanie remembered having a battery-powered electromechanical
toy dachshund that had a hand-held controller (not much in the way of radio control
back in the 1960s). She finally managed to find one, so we bid on it and got it
for a decent price (I don't recall exactly how much, but around $30 + shipping).
It was advertised as not working, but I figured how hard can it be to fix something
that simple? The dog, controller, and box looked to be be in excellent condition
for its age (manufactured in the later 1950s from what I can find). The problem
ended up being that a wire had broken off the motor. A little solder fixed that,
and now it works as good as new. While apart for repair, I saw that the front
and rear body halves are connected with a large spring, and the wheels and motor
a on a freely rotating platform which allow it to move randomly.
In the forward
direction, the Dachshund scoots ahead without making any noise (except for the
sound of the motor and wheels), while wagging its tail. In reverse, it backs up
while opening and closing its mouth and barking (or yipping, more accurately).
Two "D" cells in the hand controller provides power with a sliding switch for
forward and reverse.
Per the box: * Walks Forward * Shuttles
*Changes Direction * Yelps * Wags Tail