1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Look what he does with pop, beer cansA man and his toys are attracting a lot of attention in Colorado. The man is George Kreller, of Boulder, and his toys are airplanes, ships, locomotives and stage coaches ù all made from empty aluminum pop and beer cans.
Looking for something to do in retirement, George ù who spent a lot of time building model airplanes when he was a youngster ù made a "pop can" airplane for one of his grandchildren. One thing led to another and he now has orders for more toys than he can make. He gives most of them away. "I'm not in it to make money ù just to keep busy now that I'm retired," says George.
His friends save up pop and beer cans for him to use. "The cans have to be rinsed out as soon as they're empty. If you don't, a mold and fungus sets up inside and they're no good."
George figures it takes about 18 cans and two days to make an airplane or other type toy. Individual pieces are held together with epoxy glue. All parts of a typical toy are made from cans except wheel axles and hubs.
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