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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Fresh from the glorious Vaterland, this curious looking vehicle was made by a lesser known maker Hans Eberl. They made toys from about 1900 to 1929 (according to the tiny amount of information I can glean). I had never seen one of these up to this point, so I was excited to have the chance to get it. My best guess would be somewhere in the 20s, near the end of that period, since the company made many fine limousines and touring cars (which, by design, are earlier). Definitely during, or post WWI, since it represents an early anti-aircraft vehicle.

    I had to make a few adjustments to the motor to get it running, but the effort was well worth it. Simple, yet creatively complex. The old cloth-wrapped wiring even held up after all these years! The battery box on the bottom of this thing is about 2 1/4" by 2 3/4" by 5/8", which is 40% larger than the D battery I rigged up to get the light on. I'm still amazed by how these were designed. The power goes through one wire and then returns though the body of the toy! There is literally only a lever that touches the side of the battery pack which makes the connection to the hull.

    The mechanism on this is my favorite part. Attached to one of the gears in the motor, a small crank on the side of it moves a long metal piece inside the hull. Attached to this piece are two more cranks, which are then attached to gun and the light, respectively. The result of this hidden contraption is that, as the car moves along, the spotlight follows the gun as it moves back and forth, right to left.

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    1. RonM RonM, 10 years ago
    2. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      Pretty cool - love to see it go!
    3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 10 years ago
      Thanks for the love everyone! I can see I'm not the only one who thinks this is a really neat piece!
    4. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 10 years ago
      mikie likie!
    5. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 10 years ago
      I'm blown away by the response to this, thanks to everyone for the love!
    6. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 10 years ago
      Very nice !!
    7. packrat-place packrat-place, 10 years ago
      very nice!!! You have a great collection. I spent two years on tanks overseas in the Army 1972-73. M60 & M60 A-1
    8. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 10 years ago
      Nice! That was some serious heavy metal rolling around. Quite frankly I'm a little jealous! ;P Thanks for the love. It means a lot to know I'm not the only one who enjoys this kind of stuff!

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