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These classic wooden toys run on a child's imagination

If there's a special child in your life who likes things that go _ especially cars, boats or airplanes _ then the trio of do-it-yourself wooden toys pictured here today will be the first thing out from under the tree Christmas morning and the last thing put away Christmas night.

Aside from their classic styling, the best thing about these vehicles is that they don't need batteries to make them go, just imagination.

A great project for beginning woodworkers, the plan features an old-fashioned car, a steamboat with a paddle-wheel and a sleek biplane.

All of the pieces are traced from full-size patterns, and each project is built mostly from scrap lumber and odds and ends such as spools, ice-cream sticks and dowels, so there is hardly any expense for materials.

The car measures about 11 inches long by 6 inches wide by 7 inches tall, the steamboat is about 12 inches long by 6 inches wide by 7 inches tall, and the biplane is about 13 inches long with a 12-inch wingspan.

The Wooden Toys plan, No. 632, is $7.95 and includes complete step-by-step directions, full-size traceable patterns and shopping lists and cutting schedules for the car, biplane and steamboat.

A package of two wooden toy plans featuring six projects, No. C123, is $10.95 and includes the plan for the car, airplane and steamboat plus a plan that features a flatbed truck and trailer, a steam shovel and a bulldozer.

A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage.

Allow four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum and allow about one week).

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453.

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