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Larry writes: Here are a few pictures of a Rocket Launcher Set Truck. I added the bumper and modified it just a wee bit. Other than that, it is pretty much by the book. I have it as one of my display models. It was fun to make and always draws attention from visitors.
Larry writes: I decided to build a fire truck and got carried away. I kept adding components inside the bed. I have a steam boiler, a steam-operated engine, steam pistons which pressurize the water tank and a hose reel. Yeah, it is a bit much on the red side.
Larry writes: Here is a simple, little delivery wagon that I made from Type I parts. I found that plumbing O-rings make good tires for the P-17 Spoke Wheels.
Craig writes: Here are pictures of a 1926 Erector Kelmet Fire Steamer that I built about a year ago when I was constructing a lot of 1920’s Erector models. There are reproduction Kelmet wheels from Frank Usinski and 1926 side frame girders purchased from Al Ludvisgen. All parts were taken down to bare metal, primed and top coated with 4-5 coats of paint. The motor and steam pistons operate and move in synchronization when voltage is applied to the motor. These are on display in my office at work. The solid oak base and brass engraved nameplate really make this truck stand out. It was painstakingly built with much attention paid to the detail.
Charlie Pack writes: This model is similar to the one illustrated in the manual for the No. 7 1/2 White Truck set. I obtained the model assembled but unfinished from an eBay seller. It had been assembled incorrectly and with a variety of different hardware so I took it apart and reassembled it with stainless steel screws and original nickel plated square nuts. I then added a hose reel of my own design, and installed a set of ladders. An unknown previous owner had done a nice job of re-painting the truck body, hood, fenders and reproduction wheels in the proper fire-engine red color. He also did a nice job of adding appropriate decals.
Charlie Pack writes: The Kelmet White Truck is the forerunner of the Gilbert Erector “White Truck”.
In 1926, Gilbert added the basic parts of the Kelmet White Truck to the Erector system. This particular Kelmet pressed steel toy dump truck was probably made between 1926 and 1932 and is believed to be completely original except for reproduction rubber tires. It came from an antique store in Idaho and I bought it at a toy show in California on Dec. 30, 1993. More information can be found in Greenberg’s Guide to Gilbert Erector Sets, Volume One 1913-1932, by Bill Bean and Al Sternagle.
Al writes: I had a great time building these trucks. I went to my first regional meet a few years back in Racine and visited Dave Blood’s home. He had a beautiful 1932 truck set on display that I really liked. I started buying truck sets after that and have been building ever since!
Bill Klein writes: The truck has rear wheel drive with three speeds forward and one reverse. The long rod in the front moves to shift the model. It has working steering and a driver’s seat.
Bill Klein writes: The truck has four winches and three cranes, all of which swivel. The door on the truck opens. It has four front wheel dual steering and six rear wheels.
Bill Klein writes: This truck has two A49 motors connected together and 8 wheels studded with nuts and bolts. It is used for truck pulls at our Erector club (similar to tractor pulls).
Bob Writes: This pumper fire truck has special viper red paint and added control panel with water valves and nozzles. Also brake, clutch, gas pedal, hand rails, and spot light were added to the cab area.