Whenever you skin a walking stick or carve something, save the shavings for campfire tinder. Put the shavings in a plastic bag and put it with your Scout gear for your next camp-out. Save a lot because you will need it.
ALL WIRED UP Antennas, small gun barrels, flagstaffs and other fine details look clumsy on plastic models. Substitute thin wire to make your project look better. Beading or jewelry wire works well. Find it in craft stores. This wire comes in gauges from 22 (the size of a pencil lead) to 32 (hair). Snip it […]
Always forgetting to take stuff to school? Just put it smack in front of your bedroom door before going to bed so you’ll trip over it in the morning as a reminder!
Use clear plastic storage containers with dividers to store small Lego pieces. It’s much easier to find them when I’m building something, instead of searching for them in my larger storage containers.
Add baby powder to the inside of the parachute of your model rocket. This will help you see whether or not the parachute deployed.
Before camping trips, my troop collects pine needles for our campfires. We let them dry for a week, and they work perfectly.
Put wax over the heads of matches to keep them waterproof. All you have to do to use them is crack and pull the wax off.
During a camping trip, make sure to change your socks before going to bed. If you wear the socks you wore all day, the sweat in them will make you much colder.
How do you take out a broken light bulb from a lamp socket without cutting yourself? Just put a potato through the two metal pieces inside the bulb and twist counterclockwise!
YOU PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO YOUR MODEL. Put just as much into the base. Display your aircraft on a base of gray cardboard cut to look like a runway’s concrete slabs. Or make Popsicle-stick planking that looks like an aircraft carrier’s deck. Another option: Sprinkle sand on a glue-coated wooden base. Paint it […]
If you have a model rocket that goes 800 feet or more and you worry about losing it, try this: Cut a hole in the middle of the parachute about three inches in diameter. It will slow the model down, and it will fall straight.
If you have a lot of pocket patches that have a loop lying around, clip them onto a carabiner (D-clip) and clip it to your daypack. If the patches don’t have loops on them, you can add them by folding a piece of ribbon into a circle and sewing it to the back of the […]
If you have a CD that has a scratch or doesn’t work in your computer or PlayStation anymore, it makes a really good reflector for your camping trip.
Black sandpaper makes great asphalt roads for dioramas. Just paint a white stripe down the middle.
Cut a hole in an old tennis ball and glue the tennis ball to a broomstick. Use your new tool to remove black scuff marks from a floor. Rub the ball over the marks and they disappear.
Having trouble starting a fire? Melt a candle in a saucepan. Coil up some string and dip it into the melted candle. Then be sure to put the coiled and waxed string near the tinder. Light the string and watch it burn for hours.
When painting small lead soldiers, use a toothpick instead of a brush. You’ll have to make more trips to the paint tray, but using a toothpick allows you to keep lines neat and defined and makes it easier to paint the small areas, such as belt buckles or eyes.
In a pinch, use a paper clip or penny as a guitar pick.
Whenever I come back from fishing, I use toothpaste to wash my hands. This completely removes the fish smell.
To create icicles on a roof in a diorama, make tapered strings (the shape of an icicle) on a piece of cardboard with hot glue, then peel them off and glue them onto your roofs.