Toys of the Seventies, Spinwelder

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This was a model kit that you assembled with a special battery operated tool that you would attach a plastic rivet or a welding rod. The friction would melt the plastic together. I recall some of the models being a three-wheel motorcycle, an F15, a Bi-Plane and a Corvette.
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Mark - September 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I had the Spinwelder dragster. Great memories of me and my dad working on the assembly
Luis Miranda - November 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember this toy, had it at about the age of 8ish, taught me alot, influenced me alot, I am now a fabriactor, and have been building my own racecars for nearly 20 years....who knew? Luis Miranda, Gardnerville, Nevada
Brian A. Seczko - March 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I also had the dragster, it was blue and had a black frame--- I can still remember the smell of the burning plastic and if you were not careful could drill a hole right through.
kevin moe - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
i had a helicopter, it was a blast, and i now am a fabricator.
dave - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
would anyone know where i can het the tool and rivets for spinwelder?
Clayso - October 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Hi there. I built a dragster and I am pretty sure a building, I have searched for this welder and rods for now I am a Master Automobile Technician and plastic is easy to break on cars. The spin welder would be a wonderful tool to fix breaks.
James - October 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a 1974 Spinwelder bioplane all there in box I will sale email me at
RANDY JONES - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Russ Bryan - November 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the helicopter i thought it was awsome, the only let down was when i finished the model,it had an attachment that u put on the drill that made the propeller spin ,but i found it was to slow , so i attached it to my dads power drill to make it go faster, after i let it go it shot straight up about 40 metres and came crashe\ing to the ground and never flew again.
m clough - November 29, 2008 - Report this comment
i had one too i dont know why but was thinking about it to day and typed it in amazon and there is a new one out dicovery power welder from dicovery store
Dave Norgardt - December 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I also had the Spin Welder Dragster. Brings back great memories. Must have been an influence. I am a Certified Red Seal Journeyman Autobody Technician in Canada. Are they still available? THANKS
Moose - December 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Let me know if you have any spinwelder kits. I miss the fun we had as kids with I have a real welder...thanks to spinwelder.
Rudy - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
This was a great toy! i had the Sky Scraper, Bi-Plane and dragster. If you like to create, you would love this toy! Bring back the SpinWelder
Rick - December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the sky Scraper and the dragster as a kid,what fun as well as educational.I still have the gun and just purchased a corvette kit(still sealed in box) to assemble with my son.Had to pay too much for it,but thats ok.They should bring back toys like this and not so many video games!!!!
Yendor - December 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, what a memory! I think I was 5 when we had the kit - it was a skyscraper of some sort. To this day, when I smell ABS plastic being machined (which I do occasionally), I remember this toy!
James - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Harry Gant "skoal" nascar. I was about six at the time.Around 1975,I guess.I would love to still have it!
David - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I had this too, that was cool though I don't think it lasted very long. Now I take pictures.
Kelly - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Had the dragster when I was 7 or so and it was awesome; and loved working on it with my Dad. Always have tinkered - now a design engineer and yes they should have toys like that today - the Good Ole Days - ha.
mike- NJ - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't remember which one I had but man I would play with it for hours and hours.Growing up in the 70's was GREAT!!
Dave Norgardt - July 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Also had the dragster. Wish I could buy it again! Brings back lots of good memories! The 70's rule!!!!!
Ken - St. Charles, MO - July 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I had one of the kits when I was in 4th or 5th grade. One of the coolest toys ever. I actually "repaired" an ink pen for one of my classmates with it. I thought I was pretty much it after that.
Charlie, NH - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the dragster. A sale on Woot reminded me of this toy today. Look for Discovery Kids TY-220247 Discovery Toys Power Plastic Welder online. Smaller kits but if you get 2 or 3 you might be able to build something nice :)
Kim - November 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the spin welder chopper trike and the dragster and the nascar man I wish I could find them for my kids I am a welder/chopper builder how funny no one I talk to even remembers them.
KEVIN - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Kerry - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Never forget that smell. When I smell plastic burning it takes me right back. I think it was Christmas, I was about eight years old. Got the dragster. Funny, grew up to have my first project car on the cover of Hot Rod magazine. Master tech, shop owner and tool inventor/manufacturer. That toy pretty much started it for me.
chris - April 26, 2010 - Report this comment
If anyone has or know where I can get a SPINWELDER please email me at
Howard - May 12, 2010 - Report this comment
If I remember correctly the Spinwelder was discontinued because the tips got extremely HOT when the plastic melted, and some kid got burned. Probably filed a law suit and that was the end of Spinwelder. I loved this toy and I would spend hours at a time on it. And yes, the smell!!!!
david - May 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I to had A spin welder. I wish I had one for all those plastic welding needs. The one who sued Is A @*"#.#~`* And yes the smell was strong. But cool
Sharon - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I have just listed a new in box spinwelder, the Biplane on ebay. The box has been busted but looks like all the parts are still there unused. Go to vegasdeals88 on ebay.
Michael - February 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Also had one as a kid, had the big kit dragster and race car. Remember many times sitting in doorway of bed room and building. My dad was a machineist as a kid growing up. Did not go into fabricating but do build metal sculptures..
mike - February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
wow... i point to this toy as when i decided to become an engineer way cooler than erector sets and didnt cut your fingers to ribbons... and holding it too long drills thru... loved that dragster.. wish i still had it
Robbie - March 13, 2011 - Report this comment
LOVED Spin Welder, it brought about a tipping point for so many people.
Mike - April 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the bi-plane, even made a Snoopy to sit in the cockpit. My Dad helped me build it and he had so much fun I hardly got to do any of it.
Jordan - May 06, 2011 - Report this comment
You NEVER forget that smell. Also built the dragster. Also got into fabrication and custom work. Go figure. Seems I also wasn't the only one to learn about burn-through in welding while in elementary school!
Mike - May 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I too, rember that smell of the plastic weld sticks and rivts. That brings back memories of my Dad and I building the race car and dragster.
Andy - May 24, 2011 - Report this comment
When I was a kid I had about 50 of them. My dad worked for Sears and back then, when a customer returned something defective they didn't send it back to the manufacturer they just threw it in the dumpster. My dad used to dig in there and bring home tons of stuff.
Robert - November 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I just found my spin welder set in a closet in my moms house. It has to be about 35 years old.
Roger - December 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a spin welder kit of the vette my Dad bought for me,one of the coolest toys/models ever. The head lights and tail lights lite up by a light in the center and plastic light conducter tubes went to each head and tail light 70'S ROCKED
To - January 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I have 2 of them.....any one looking?
scooter mike - February 29, 2012 - Report this comment
1975 i had a spinwelder trike kit it was the best thing ever i hooked up a lantern battery 6volt to it and figured it out all alone ...its hard to believe how kids mcan do that...
Nick - March 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I have thought about this for years but never thought I would find info on them. I had 2 different bi-planes as a kid that my dad and I built. I would love to find another bi-plane. Please email me if you have a kit you would sell.
Bill - March 14, 2012 - Report this comment
It was a fun kit. Would like to get one for my son. Please email me if you have one for sale. Would pay vintage price!
Rod - January 23, 2013 - Report this comment
What fun my friends and I had, we welded our model trucks into monster trucks with the outside scraps the model pieces were attached to. Before monster trucks were a big deal.
Richard - July 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I was just talking to a co-worker today about spinwelder. I had the dragster and had so much fun building it. The memory of the smell is just like yesterday and that was about 40 years ago. I am in full support of bringing back the truly fun toys (probably toxic and dangerous but that's life) of the 70's! Those were the days.
Ricky - April 27, 2014 - Report this comment
I too had the spinwelder and was just reminded of it when I inadvertently burned some styrofoam packaging. I loved that toy and have fond memories of it. I'm 45 years old now and have been unable to have children (my problem, not my wife's). I can only wonder what those awesome toys like the spinwelder and chemistry sets did to my generation.
Pete - May 05, 2014 - Report this comment
This was a great toy, I had one in the 70s when I was around 10, recently bought a mint in box F14 set on ebay for my son. This toy taught me so much, I am an Engineer.
Al - August 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I had a spin welder as a kid. Had a lot of fun playing with it. I am now a pipefitter and think about this toy from timer to time when welding pipe. When I finished building the plane and ran out of rod I used the spin tool as a drill. Got into trouble making small holes in the walls and door of my bedroom. Also thought it was cool how it used a 6volt lantern battery. My first cordless drill!
Jay - November 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Went to Mom and Dads for Thanksgiving and Mom had a box of my old stuff, my Spin Welder Dragster kit was in the box, WOW did that bring back great memories, I also build real street rods for a hobby now, should be more things for kids to do now like that, instead of video games
Pete C - April 07, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a vintage new in box spinwelder kit F16 my mom found cleaning out the attic, I think I go it as a duplicate when I was 12 in 1976. I built every kit, put models together and used my imagination.. BTW I am an Engineer building products for Cisco for the last 15 years, previously built defense systems. Americans can still innovate get your kids off the xbox and buy them an erector set.
Dave v - September 26, 2017 - Report this comment
I still got one still all warped up the dragster

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