My most favorite homemade product, which came from my childhood: vibrohod from soap dish.
Immediately I want to say that I did not come up with the principle of vibro-feed. I read about him first in the magazine Model Designer. And the models of vibro-feeds also made to me. I just thought of making a case of ... soap box, and putting it not on a piece of fur collar and not on bristle clothes brushes, but on four toothbrushes. And it turned out to be the right thing! The children in circles began to do this home-made artwork in 30 minutes and ... immediately go to the competitions - “race of vibro-feeds”!
As I already wrote, my grandfather Peter Konstantinovich Taratynov during the war years was in charge of the Penza gorono, was awarded the Order of Lenin and the Badge of Honor, and until 70 years he worked in a school in the city as a teacher of labor and geography. At home, therefore, I had a complete set of all kinds of tools, and he started teaching me to work with them very early.
The cover of the book, which greatly influenced my fate.
Well, and here the school and there all these skills were useful to me. Although ... and not everything was there the way I would like. For example, in elementary school, my “first teacher” (about the dead, either nothing or good) taught us to sew buttons and cardboard wraps with threads (this was such a creative work!), And sew boxes from cards and ... everything! Nothing more was enough for her! But even then, and, in particular, I personally had books on children's technical creativity with the most simple but interesting homemade products. But ... you FIG! And more often, instead of work, we had math!
The camera from the book “One Hundred Tasks of Two Friends” was made from a matchbox and the most interesting thing they could shoot!
From the fifth grade, the boys worked separately, and the girls separately. They learned to cook (I would not have refused, although I learned it myself, so it was necessary!), And at first we had a joinery business, then plumbing, then turning, and that was all! What did you do? Again the most primitive. Birdhouses, stools, handles for brooms, and teeth for rakes were made. Oh, how many of these teeth I sharpened with a file, and then I riveted it myself in a rake. And again, that's all! Although there was such a time when our spaceships plowed the expanses of the universe.
My article from Young Technician Magazine (1984)
However, I made models of rockets, but for some reason in a chemical circle, but I don’t remember how it worked in school to do something “technical”. However, the DC was next to them. Kirov and there were such circles. Model aircraft, model shipboard and even theatrical ... and in all I was recorded, but for a long time did not stay anywhere. Why? But judge for yourself ... He came to an aircraft model and gave me a glider model from the DOSAAF set right away. Plywood - fragile, “second-hand” wood, I have no skills. Well ... I immediately screwed up the whole set! And there is no new limit is reached! Wait a month! So I went for a month, looked at the more successful comrades, and then successfully ruined the second set - I hurried to catch up with them! Well, and left, of course.
All the same happened in shipbuilding. They gave me a model of a "big hunter". A set of pine wood! Somehow I ground them, stuffed nails into the deck - handrails! In general, the “model” came out - “paint it and throw it away”! Firewood, in one word!
It was the turn of the theater group. I came, I checked - “there is data!” And gave me a role in the children's play. At first just read. And then ... rewrite. Rewrite 35 pages! Well, I immediately gave them everything and quickly got out of there. It’s not enough for me at the Russian language school ...
I made this machine, tried it in my work and wrote an article about it in the magazine “Model-Designer”, where it was appreciated. Make it easy, but with such a machine, you can already organize a circle in school!
That is, the method of work there was the most primitive, sort of like learning to swim in the XIX century, when it was thought that the best thing was to throw the child into the water and if it floated, it would float. But no, no! So I did not “float” in any of these circles, and since then I myself led many children's circles, I can responsibly say that there were bad leaders there. Teachers on the letter "G". Children are even lazier than adults, it must be constantly remembered. They must do the work at the very beginning in 40 minutes, and so that there will be a result for themselves and ... for their parents! Longer attention and interest will not be any.
Model of a submarine made of foam on a lathe.
But it was and always will be that what was bad in one place was compensated for by good in another! In those years, the 30-minute television program “One Hundred Fictions of Two Friends” was broadcast on Moscow television, in which the uncle host and the “two friends” of the boys made various home-made works on the air. Then a book appeared on it, and when I bought it, fortunately there was no limit! As I liked her, I seemed to be doing all this with them myself! Another TV program was on Leningrad television and also once a month, and it was called “Operation Sirius-2”. It seems that two robots Trix and Mecha (one of them had previously acted in the movie “Planet of Storms”) flew to Earth from the star Sirius to get acquainted with our life. And so they got acquainted, and at the same time with science, technology, production.
He won the robot from the movie “Planet of Storms” and the TV show “Operation Sirius-2”. Inside was a gym, that's it!
In short, these two programs had a great impact on me. At that time I made a model of a battleship and “Tom Sawyer’s steamer” out of matchboxes, according to the magazine “Young Technician” Ilya Muromets airplane, and from plasticine a diorama with two dinosaurs and primitive people hunting them. This is after reading the book "The Lost World" Conan Doyle. Then there were fairly cheap prefabricated models of plastic aircraft made in the GDR. Of course, mostly passenger liners, but among them were the Tu-95 and MiG-21 and, for some reason, the Swedish SAAB-35 "Draken". The whole holidays were glued together by the Potemkin and Aurora, but did not know that they should be painted. Although on the other hand, how would I paint them at the time? Glued the models T-34, KV-85, EC-3, ISU-122 and ISU-152 of Ogonek Company and always wondered where BT, T-26, T-35 ... As a result, already in adulthood in 1982, he did all of them themselves and in the competition of toys of the Central Committee of the Komsomol and the Ministry of Industry and Industry received second place, a diploma and ... 250 p. awards. “But we will not make your toys,” they then told me at the factory. “Why produce new toys when new children grow up every year!” Such was their marketing policy and, judging by their current range, it has not changed much over the years.
Manufacturing installation "pneumostart" (beginning in the previous material).
So with regard to the “tree”, I limited myself to “modeling” rifles with a latch bolt, and other “homemade” stuff like that I looked at the pictures in the Modelist Designer magazine with a sigh - oh, so to me. But, on the other hand, he glued together the GDR models and the Ognack ones - and that is good. And then it turned out that after the "free training" at the institute, I was sent to "work out" in the village for three years. And there had to be carried out except stories, social studies, geography and English are also ... work, and ... school technical circle. By the way, there was an office with an ax, saws and planers and ... everything! Enough, dear, rural children do not need anything more to learn working skills! “Proceed from local conditions!” The director told me, and I had to “proceed.”
What did I do with the guys? Oh, the throwing machines of the ancients for the study of history. A model of a yacht that sailed in local water bodies, a model of a rocket boat (desktop), all-terrain vehicles-vibro-passage on brushes with a body made of soap. And much more. And he did not just do it, but wrote everything down: how, from what, how time-consuming it was.
But these are models for launching with the help of the “pneumostart” installation.
When I returned home four years later, I found that all the places in local universities were occupied, but I didn’t want to go to school after the village school, and I went to work at the Oblast-Sakhalin Oblast Regional Station for Young Technicians. And at the same time he came to the local television with a proposal to conduct TV programs for children on technical creativity. “Have you ever conducted them?” They asked me on TV. No, never, I answered, but said that I was sure of success. After a rural school ... In the very first year, my children received the first gold-throwing works of the USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievements in the history of the Penza OblSyuT in the history of the Penza Oblast, and their works went to the Young Technician Pavilion. They were marked at the All-Union competition "Cosmos", which was then held by the magazine "Model-Designer". And, by the way, how it was all well organized. Children were brought to Moscow, settled in pleasant places, well fed, taken to the "Star City". The jury sat "real astronauts" and all this, of course, the guys acted very strongly. On SYUT, however, I was given 15 micro-motors DP-10 for a month, and I had to ONE SESSION! But ... limit! And the accountant just fiddled when I brought him checks for soap dishes and toothbrushes. “Do you need shaving cream ?!” It was impossible to work this way, of course. Then I arranged, probably, the first parent meeting in the history of this organization and said: if you want profanation, everything will remain as it is. If you want things to do - pay for everything yourself, and the children will bring you your money in the form of homemade products! And to the honor of the parents, everyone understood, because they saw the result. Since then, I have not had any problems with motors or soap boxes, but ... if I found out about this in OBLON, I would have a lot of trouble. After all, we had free circles!
Highlight design: clutch booster.
I was constantly “dragging” my TV guys on TV, and there were a series of programs one after the other: “Let's make toys”, “UT Studio”, “Stars are calling!”, “Guys-inventors”. Even when I was in graduate school from 1985 to 1988 a year, programs continued on Kuybyshev TV (Samara) called “School Country Workshop”. All the scenarios were “stored”, after which books began to be published one after another: “From everything that is at hand” (Minsk, “Polymya”, 1987), “When the lessons are done” (Minsk, “Polymya”, 1990 g.), "For those who love to make” (Moscow, "Enlightenment", 1991). Was written and the fourth: "Models for every taste." But her set in the publishing house was scattered in 1993 year due to economic difficulties in the country.
Some say that "there used to be, but now." As it was before, I wrote. And I also know how now, because now I am helping to do everything the same thing already at school, where my granddaughter is studying. And ... everything is there, in principle. The same circles, including free ones, meetings, “days of technical creativity of schoolchildren”. What well? There was no frank "firewood", like those that were called creativity in my childhood. But now, from a set of finished parts, they are assembled in a circle of robots and they say: “creativity”! No, this is not creativity. Creativity - when you need more and drank a bit, do something with your own hands. It became ... more showing off and thanks to "our dear sponsors." But children have nothing to compare, they don’t give them a sawing and riveting at home, so they are happy for that too!
And another thing that I absolutely do not like. When my daughter went to first grade in 1982, I went to lead a circle at her school. And they, according to my methodology and my books, did everything regarding 80 to 20. That is, 80 did it all, but 20 had it all. Now, when the same thing happened in the class of the granddaughter, the proportion turned upside down. What the children did in the first grade then, now they are mastered only in the second. 20 is doing it all right, 80 doesn't do anything at all, even though they try. I have not changed (in terms of skills), the methodology has not changed. So, the children have changed, and not for the better. With the study they still somehow cope. But working with hands and head at the same time is very hard for most!
Incidentally, there are quite a few retired officers, engineers, and designers on board. What is the use of complaining that “we were different, but they are now ...” Why don’t they take and go to schools to lead the same technical circles, to learn how to work with paper, cardboard, self-hardening plastics from the first to second grade? After all, now everything is there, and parents with money will not refuse - they find it on 1500 p. for dance costumes? But how many of their children will become professional dancers? And so they would inspire them and their children, too, that skillful hands also develop brains, and if your hands are friends with your head, this is always and everywhere sure and good money!
But such an improvement "pneumostart" is offered on the Internet. Here the main thing is to “exhale sharply a lot of air”, which is achieved not by a pump, but by the weight of the child himself!
Color drawings A. Shepsa.