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Nov. 19, 1963 N. R. HUEY CONSTRUCTIONAL KIT 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Jan. 5, 1961 INVENTOR NORMAN R. HUEY,
Nov. 19, 1963 N. R. HUEY CONSTRUCTIONAL KIT 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Jan. 3, 1961 INVENTOR NORMAN R. HUEY,
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3,111,219 Fatented Nov. 19, 1963 3,111,219 CONSTRUCTKGNAL K11 Norman R. Huey, New Hartford, N.Y., assignor to General Electric Company, a corporation of New York Filed Jan. 3, 1961, Ser. No. 819,507 6 Claims. (Cl. Mid-45.34)
This invention relates to constructional kits, for example kits for constructing electronic devices such as radios, transmitters, computers, and the like.
An object of the invention is to provide a new and improved package for constructional kits.
Another object is to provide an improved arrangement for merchandising and displaying constructional kits.
A further object is to reduce the cost of constructional kits.
Still other objects will be apparent from the following description and claims, and from the drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the invention, looking toward the top thereof,
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the embodiment of FIG. 1, looking toward the bottom thereof,
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an assembled kit of the type shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, looking toward the front thereof,
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the invention, looking toward the top thereof,
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an assembled kit of the type shown in FIG. 4, looking toward the top thereof, and
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a modified kit of the type shown in FIG. 4.
The invention comprises, basically, a kit of parts packaged in a box which serves as the cabinet of the completed kit. This box preferably is partially or entirely transparent so that the contents thereof can be attractively displayed. Thus, for merchandising purposes, a prospective purchaser may readily see the parts of the kit, and can also immediately discern the size, shape, and appearance of the cabinet of the device to be built with the kit. By using the dual-function box for both the package and for the cabinet, the cost of the kit may be reduced, in addition to the aforesaid advantage of simultaneously displaying the cabinet and the component parts of the kit.
Now referring to the preferred embodiment of the invention as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the kit comprises a box 11 of suitable size and shape to function as the cabinet for the completed kit, as well as functioning as the container for the parts of the kit before and during the =assem bly thereof. The box 11 consists of a base or bottom part 12, which may be opaque, and a top part 13 which may be transparent. The top and bottom parts of the box are arranged to open apart, and this may be accomplished by hinging the parts 12 and 13 together along one side thereof, or, if desired, these parts 12 and 13 may be completely separable. The top and bottom parts 12 and 13 of the box 11 preferably are arranged to fit together tightly by any well-known means such as a snug overlapping fit therebetween, or by means of screws, hooks, or other well-known devices for holding the parts of a box together.
Component parts of the kit are attached to a cardboard display sheet 14 which is positioned in the box 11 near or against the bottom 12 thereof, with the component parts being on the upper side of the sheet 14 so that they may be viewed through the transparent top 13 of the box. Exemplary component parts, which are carried by the sheet 14, are resistors, capacitors, coils, instruction book, hardware, etc. Some of these components are shown in the drawing and designated by the numeral 16. The component parts may be attached to the sheet 14 by means of their own lead wires, or by means of suitable clips or staples. The sheet 14 may be suitably held in place by means of tightly fitting against the sides of the box 11,
or by fitting into suitable slots in the sides of the box 11, or by attaching it to the bottom 12 of the box by means of an adhesive that permits ready removal of the sheet 14 from the box 11 when desired.
As shown in FIG. 2, the bottom of the box :11, which is to function as the front panel of the cabinet of the completed kit, is provided with suitable openings 17 through which screws or rivets may be inserted for attaching component parts within the box, and through which control shafts of switches, potentiometers, tuning capacitors, or other devices may extend. A plurality of additional openings 18 is provided to serve as a grille for a loudspeaker.
As shown in FIG. 3, the completed kit includes a knob or dial 19 attached to a shaft (not shown) which extends through one of the openings 17 in the bottom part 12 of the box 11. A loudspeaker (not shown) is mounted within the box 11 behind the openings 18.
In the kit form, the sheet 14 on which the component parts 16 are mounted serves an additional function of covering over the openings 17 and 18, thereby preventing any loose component parts from falling out of the box through these openings, and preventing dirt and dust from entering into the box.
If desired, the box 1 1 when in kit form can be protected from dirt and from scratching, by enclosing it in a transparent wrapping of plastic film or other suitable material.
In the alternative embodiment of the invention shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, a mounting board 21 is provided over the inside of the bottom part 12 of the box 11, and may carry a layout diagram to serve as a guide in placing the component parts and wiring of the kit, and may also be provided with suitable connector terminals for electrically connecting togetherthe various parts and wiring of the kit. This mounting board 21 is shown in FIG. 5. In the kit form, shown in FIG. 4, the cardboard sheet 14 which holds the various component parts of the kit, is positioned on top of the mounting board 21.
If desired, openings for control shafts and mounting screws, loudspeaker, and the like, may be provided in the bottom part 12 of the box, and also through the mounting board 21, so that the bottom part 12 of the box will function as the front panel of the complete-d kit as shown in the embodiment of FIGS. 1-3. As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, however, these openings are provided through a side 22 of the box 11, and this side of the box functions as the front panel of the completed kit. As shown in FIG. 5, knobs 23 are attached to control shafts of switches, otentiometers, tuning capacitors, or other devices, these shafts extending through the openings 17. A loudspeaker 24 is shown attached inside the box 11' behind the grille openings 18. An escutcheon strip 26, which is one of the component parts of the kit, is attached to the side 22 of the box 11 by suitable means such as screws or an adhesive, and may be provided with printed indicia 27 to indicate the functions of the various knobs 2-3.
In the kit shown in FIG. 4, the openings 17 and 18 may be covered, if desired, by a front flap of the component parts mounting sheet 14 which extends upwardly from the bottom part 12 of the box and is positioned against the inside surface of the side 22. This flap 26 prevents any loose component parts from falling out through the openings 17 and 18, and also prevents dust and dirt from entering the box 11.
The openings 17 and 18 of the kit box 11, in the kit form of any of the embodiments of the invention, may be covered by a strip of thin cardboard or metal secured to the surface of the box 11 by means of adhesive and located to cover over the openings 17 and 18. During assembly of the kit, holes are cut or punched through this strip in alignment with the openings 17 and 18, by means of a knife, screwdriver, or other object. This covering strip may serve as an escutcheon plate and may be provided with suitable markings 29 as shown in FIG.
6. Alternatively, these'openings 17 and 18 may be only partly formed in the box 11, as by deep circular scoring or by leaving a thin membrane of material in the openings so that these openings may be punched out during assembly of the kit.
While preferred embodiments of the invention have been shown and described, various other embodiments and modifications thereof will be apparent to those skilled in the arts, and will be within the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.
What I claim is:
1. An electrical circuit constructional kit to be assembled into an operating device enclosed in a cabinet and having at least one external control for controlling the operation of said device, said kit comprising component parts of the electrical circuit and a box containing said component puts in unassembled condition, one of said unassembled parts comprising said external control, said box comprising said cabinet for the kit when assembled, the bottom of said box comprising the panel of the assembled kit and containing at least one opening through which said external control extends outside said cabinet after the kit is assembled, and a display sheet positioned in said box over said opening, said unassembled component parts being mounted on tile said display sheet.
2. A constructional kit comprising unassembled component parts of an electrical device having a control panel and a box containing said component parts, said box being dimensioned to comprise a cabinet for the component parts when assembled, a side of said box being dimensioned to comprise the control panel of the assembled kit and containing at least one opening through which at least one of said component parts is intended to extend after the kit is assembled, a component mounting board positioned in said box at the bottom thereof and being dimensioned to support said component parts in working arrangement when the kit is assembled, a display sheet positioned in said box over said mounting board, said unassembled component parts being mounted on said display sheet and means for closing said opening in sai side comprising, said display sheet being provided with a flap extending upwardly and covering said opening.
3. An educational kit in the form of a combined cabinet and display arrangement for components to be as sembled into an electrical device having an enclosing cabinet and a control shaft for electrically control-ling said device, said kit comprising unassembled component parts and a box, said box comprising a bottom section and a transparent complementary top section, said sections forming a shipping cabinet therebetween for said unassembled component parts, said unassembled component parts being supported on said bottom section and visible through said transparent top section for display purposes, one of said unassembled parts comprising said control shaft, at least one of said sections having an opening through which said control shaft extends outside said one section after the kit is assembled, said top section being removable to permit assembly of said unassembled component parts into said device, said top section also forming with said bottom section said enclosing cabinet for said assembled device.
4. An educational kit in the form of a combined cabinet and display arrangement for components to be assembled into an electrical device having an enclosing cabinet and a control slaw for controlling said device, said kit comprising unassembled components parts and a box, said box comprising a transparent section, means for supporting said unassembled components parts within said box so as to be visible through said transparent section for display purposes, one of said unassembled parts comprising said control shait, said box being provided with an opening through which said control shaft extends to the outside of the box after the kit is assembled, and means whereby said box can be opened to permit as sembly of said component parts into said device, said box functioning as said enclosing cabinet for the assembled device.
5 A kit as claimed in claim 4, comprising means normally covering said opening comprising a strip of material positioned on said box and covering said opening, a portion of said strip being removable at said opening when kit is assembled, said strip comprising an escutcheon of the assembled kit and being provided with indicia to indicate the function of said component having a control shaft. 7
6. A kit as claimed in claim 4, comprising means normally covering said opening comprising a display sheet, said unassembled component parts being mounted on said display sheet, and said display sheet being positioned in said box over said opening.
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