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One of the neatest machines on the planet is the tunnel boring machine or TBM. Those of you from GB will know all about these beasts of the construction world as they were used to dig the channel tunnel(translation for our British friends, Channel Tunnel = Chunnel).
I propose a small battery or even
kid powered TBM. Approximately 2 feet in diameter and about the size of a bicycle or wagon the kid TBM would allow your child to construct their own high precision tunnels in snow or even dirt. Standard flexible corrugated pipe can be attached for longer or deeper tunnels to prevent collapse. Older kids will have a ball recreating the climactic tunnel escape scene from the classic movie "The Great Escape"
No kid should be without one of these super cool machines.
Or even one of these
[skinflaps, Mar 12 2007]
Just like this, but smaller
[hippo, Mar 12 2007]
The Whole Boring Clan
Boring, yet interesting. [Canuck, Mar 13 2007]
||Gas. Water. Sewage. Electricity.
Telephone. Foundations. Great
||I like the idea, but sounds a bit dangerous for kids with all of the sharp cutting edges and the potential to cut underground cables. Would be a good toy for adults though.
||Obligatory WIFRT: When I first read this idea I thought it was about a genealogical search for descendants of the Boring family (see link).
||A tad more dangerous than bikes perhaps,
but with the distinct advantage that they
wouldn't clutter up the driveway. [+]