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We are a group of collectors who focus on products produced by and information about the former A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Conn. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, American Flyer trains, and many others products. Our goals are to showcase and celebrate the works of A.C. Gilbert, and promote the Heritage Society by educating the public and by sharing the works of our members.

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February 20, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

The 2015 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention will be held on Saturday, July 25 at the Holiday Inn St. Louis – South County Center in St. Louis, Missouri. To view all the Convention details and retrieve a Convention Registration Form, visit the 2015 ACGHS National Convention page.

The ACGHS 2015 Spring Midwest Regional meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2015 at the Faith Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette, IN, from 8:00 – 12:00 noon. The meeting is being hosted by Marilyn and Ruth Hirth. Invitations with maps and details will be sent to the Midwest Region members, but  members from any other regions and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.  As in past years, anyone in town on Friday evening is invited to the Golden Corral between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm for an informal gathering.  For more information, contact Dr. Marilyn Hirth at harve1922@yahoo.com.

The 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, July 12 was a resounding success. Kudos to organizers Tom Lindsey and Randy Sauder, who did a stellar job organizing the event. See photos from the 2014 National Convention.

June 7, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

George Degener writes (March 27, 2015):

Hello. Great superb web page and club. I sent my application in yesterday for membership after discovering you on Google. I have 2 vintage 8 1/2 sets that were my dad’s and uncles. Have not touched ever. Recently I purchased a Hudson 8 set (almost complete) and have gotten really interested in Erector which brings me here. Trying to figure out how to build the Hudson, the manual really shows an overview, not as detailed step by step as I would like. Is there anything available with that detail? THX. George (george.degener@gm.com).

Pat Doom writes (March 24, 2015):

I am attempting to build the 1949-1962 Parachute Jump model and need help in constructing the circular top constructed of (10) MF plates. Can someone tell me how many holes it is around and the spacing for the P20 – 5 hole strips for the over-hanging struts, as well as the mounting points and spacing for the EZ girders to the inside of the circular top? Thank you. Pat Doom (patdoom@sbcglobal.net).

Cal Carver writes (March 7, 2015):

I have a 1929 No. 4 Erector Set Manual that I would be glad to mail gratis to anyone who might wish to have it.  It is complete and in excellent condition considering its age.  Please advise as I hate to just throw it out. Cal Carver (crc38@cornell.edu).

James writes (March 7, 2015):

Hello. An eBay seller suggested that I contact you. I am seeking two items for the Gilbert Atomic Lab: 1) The paper radioactive source re-order form; 2) The gray rubber bulb. If you have or know some who may have these items please let me know. I will be generous in my offer to buy. I look forward to hearing from you. James (novakazlaw@gmail.com).

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March 14, 2015 · by David Gilbert · Cranes & Derricks, Erector Sets, Williams, Russell

Before building this crane, I looked at several crane designs on the Internet and incorporated some of the designs in my model. I have given my crane the name “The Mammoth Crane”, representing the new generation of 200,000 ton heavy lift cranes. These are cranes which are platform twin-rig containerized. In the PTC design of these cranes the boom height is as high as 587 feet. In addition, these cranes can lift in excess of 3,500 tons.

My super heavy lift crane weighs about 125 pounds. Over recent months I have taken it through a number of tests. Upon performing a heavy lift test in August 2014 I successfully lifted 40 pounds. This was done with the use of 5 gallon milk jugs filled with water. The boom height of my crane is 8 feet and it has 4 two-speed hoists and 5 motors.

– Russell Williams, March 8, 2015

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