Ever Since I Was a Kid ...

I got my first toy soldier mold and casting set when I was a kid.  They used to list them in the Sears Christmas Catalog.  The thought of turning a sub-ten-year-old loose with 600 degree molten lead alloy is a little mind-boggling in today's environment. 

That first set didn't work all that well because we didn't understand the need for tin in the alloy, so it got set aside while other aspects of the toy soldier hobby were worked on.  After a brief fling while in college, I came back to this as an adult.  A little engineering training goes a long way.  It's nice to be able to create something from start to finish (barring the sculpting of the masters from which the molds are made), and gives a project more of a personal connection when you finally see it on the table in a war game.

Sliderule Sliderule
51-55, M
Mar 7, 2009