American Edelstaal (distributers of the Unimat lathe in the USA) provided beginner’s kits designed to give new users a project to help get started in machining. Mike Showah purchased the kits for that reason, but he quickly moved on to other (more complex) projects and never got back to these. The kits are relatively small; the truck is about 4.5-inches long and includes bits of metal stock, a few gears, hardware, and instructions. This kit is from around 1975. The steam powered truck included a small “Tonka Toy” van so you could build an authentic looking steam powered vehicle. Watch a video below of one of these rare little trucks in action. Model courtesy of Mike Showah.

Exhibit added: August 1, 2011 - Last modified: July 19, 2023

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