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That's interesting. I went to my cousin's funeral yesterday. Obviously a sad occasion but we are not a close family generally and I met his sister, exactly my age (78), for the first time in years. She married the guy who worked for my dad as a TV service engineer before he moved on via Murphy Radio to Pye at Cambridge. He is 10 years older than Mary and I but was a very enthusiastic amateur radio ham (G3GGK if it helps) and he used to build all his own kit - especially mobile, which was a challenge in the 1950s. To some extent even mobile phones have reduced the appeal quite apart from the fact that you can buy kit that not only out performs what you can design and build yourself but is cheaper. Much like aeromodelling, in fact though building models is still a viable and worthwhile exercise IMO.
Both my school-friends and I used to make a lot of our own 'toys' from wooden, pram-wheeled wagons, through fishing rods and catapults to 'telephones' using exWD throat mikes and ear-phones. We maintained our own bikes and built the odd model plane. It's just a different world and we must accept it.
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