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Today’s Ebay Item

missle tracker

Scale model cockpit FPV

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cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Quadcopter FPV

Quadcopter FPV
Amazing remote first person view piloting.

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

Helmets

retro vintage motorcycle helmets Pictures of boxes full of sweet vintage motorcycle helmets

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!




Ice Age Dig Toy Review

Finally, a product that delivers the thrill and excitement of dissecting an owl pellet, but without all the anxiety about contracting bird flu, or picking up avian fecal lice.

Ice Age Dig Toy

The Perfect Formula

So many educational and science toys for 4-6 year olds (at least mine) fail to deliver on their advertised promise of making science learning fun and engaging, either because they are too complex, and kids lose interest before finishing the projects, or they simply don’t live up to their promises (think Sea Monkeys).

Ice Age Dig Toy

Well here’s one to keep in your arsenal of sure-hit birthday party offerings for the 6 year olds: The Ice Age Digs Archaeology / Paleontology sets from the Kidology Geo Safari line.

The kit consists of a block of sandy, plaster-mud aggregate into which a disassembled model skeleton has been cast, and a couple of small plastic excavation tools. I upgraded the toolkit with a 1 inch paintbrush for removing dust and debris, and a dental tool of some sort that I had lying around. You also get a little poster showing what the fossilized subject might have looked like in it’s natural habitat.

Dig This

My son Ivan was given this for his sixth birthday, and today we broke it out. Within minutes, he had exposed the Sabre-Toothed Cat’s scapula. He spent the next two hours fully engrossed in picking away at the subtrate and carefully brushing away the dust until each bone group came free, then cleaning the bones in water as they emerged from the block.

Be sure to do this outside, as it generates a huge mess.

Ice Age Dig Toy

When the 10 individual pieces are uncoverd and brushed clean, they snap together into a neat little display model. They are not quite Skullduggery quality, but they are pretty nice little models for their price point. We will deffinately be getting the other kits in the series.

Cast your own?

I noticed that the different skeletons are also sold as “models” only, for 1/3 the price of the “Dig” versions. There is a Mastadon and a Neanderthal in addition to the Sabre-Toothed Cat. I might just experiment with casting my own “fossil” versions of the model-only kits.

5 Responses to “Ice Age Dig Toy Review”


  1. Karen Says:

    Nice review — I think I’m gonna pick this up for my nephews Christmas present! Thanks

  2. Josh Says:

    We also got two of these for a birthday party, and a related one that contained shiny minerals and gemstones instead of bones. They seem to be all the rage.

    Our only issues with it was the mess. We have a big pile of clay-dust on our back patio still that’s resistent to removal.

    For rolling your own, I think the only issue would be matching the consistency of their fake clay. It’s a perfect blend of resistence and malleability.

  3. tim Says:

    Looks cool. Is this toy too young for a 5th grader?

  4. Steve Says:

    Tim,

    I don’t think so, but It depends on the kid. I think that this one appeals to a pretty broad age group. Hell, I want to do one.

    steve

  5. Mcewan Says:

    I want to do one, too. I think I will put that on my Christmas list.