Technostalgia

Boys’ Life: Corporal Rocket Reporting for Duty

The Corporal missile was the first U.S. guided* rocket to carry a nuclear warhead. It was a surface-to-surface guided missile that could deliver either a nuclear fission or high-explosive warhead up to a range of 75 nautical miles. The guidance system was relatively complicated, relying on both internal and ground guidance, and early versions had around a 50% accuracy. This ad from Boys’ Life magazine in 1959 highlights a complete missile defense set available from Corgi–even the Truck to tow it!

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AT Hall of Fame

Now That’s Incredible

Last week we celebrated US Naval Aviation’s 100th birthday, and Monday we featured a neat pic of the ex-USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming into 1945 New York City after WWII.

Today thanks to a tip by Toasters & Hooniverse regular commenter Justin Eddings, we offer an entirely new twist on the theme.

Behold this mind-bogglingly awesome 1/72 scale replica of the current USS Enterprise, CVN-65.

Scratch built by madman Gabriel Suranyi, this work of art stands 16 feet long, 5 feet wide and 4 feet tall and represents 19 YEARS (as of 2007) of his hard work. It is so exact in fact, that a flat-top sailor would instantly recognize any of the close-up photos. Indeed, the replica represents the USS Enterprise along with the embarked Air-Wing 11 during the ships’ actual 1989 cruise. Continue reading Now That’s Incredible

Free Range Technology

Stuff from my… Classroom/Lab

The Earth goes around the Sun? Really?

This is one of those amazing pieces of equipment that everybody loves.  It’s a very simple model of the moon, sun and earth.  There are two moon so that you can see how the sun would create eclipses.  It uses gears and chains to accomplish this.

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