By Scott McGregor
Everywhere in the state, in sheds, hangers, and harbors, a silent military of committed better halves has been tinkering away restoring battle horses and paintings horses, excitement craft and suggest machines to their glowing and gargantuan former glory. finally, in vast Boys Toys, those blokes step out into the sunlight to depend, to face up for what is immense and noisy and leaking oil all over. Centurion tanks, tug boats, paddle steamers, great tractors, top-fuelers, flying tricycles: you identify it, they're solving it, or portray it, tuning it or changing the brake pads—once back. jam-packed with photographs and important information, immense Boys Toys lifts the dirt sheet and scrapes again the paint to discover the whos, the hows and, such a lot mysteriously, the whys, of outsized boys and their fabulous toys.
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However, ‘This Photo courtesy of Georgia Wall thing always draws a crowd when you land,’ he says. ’ David’s not really the type to dress up in Martian gear, but it would be worth seeing. ’, then someone in the know would reply ‘no, it’s just David in his home-made UFO’. 2 kg Size: 10 cm diameter Date in service/first run: 1994 Value: $450 rocket + $35–$250 per motor + $150 electronics First toy: ‘Plastic model of an F/A-18 Super Hornet (still sitting in my cupboard), later followed by a Space Shuttle Discovery model’ Other toys: ‘Basically if it has a remote control it’s probably in the shed—helicopters, planes, trucks, cars—you name it’ B lake’s dad, Petar, affectionately referred to as ‘the mad scientist’ by his kids, is a retired high school science teacher and has been a space nut all his life.
Bike that offered a more comfortable ride due to its sprung frame. At the time, Indian represented the only true American-made heavyweight cruiser alternative to Harley-Davidson. All models got the classic large skirted fenders, the cool Indian head logo on the tank and combined with the dark red colour they were an absolute icon on the road and the racetrack. In 1950 the V-Twin engine was enlarged to 1300 cc (80 ci) and telescopic forks were adopted. But Indian’s financial problems, caused by bad management and the introduction of a range of poorly designed singles and parallel twins, meant that few bikes were built, and production of the Chief ended in 1953.
David’s an Adelaide boy and when he was 16 his missionary parents took him to New Guinea. As soon as school finished he landed an apprenticeship with an aviation engineer based in the highlands. He began flying for 40 Big Boys’ Toys the missions in a role that was a virtual lifeline for these isolated communities. ‘I loved flying for the missionaries, they were so appreciative. I was their school taxi, ambulance, grocery delivery and mailman. ’ New Guinea became his home—he married there, and kept on flying for 25 years.
Big Boys Toys: Blokes and Their Magnificent Obsessions by Scott McGregor