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March 24, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Machines, Ware, Dave
March 18, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Vehicles & Transport, Ware, Dave
· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Vehicles & Transport, Ware, Dave

Here are pictures of the Dump Truck model for the 9 and 10 1/2 sets. It is a cut above the one from the 7 1/2 but not a “White truck”. Initially I couldn’t get the steering to operate smoothly. I finally figured out that the hood construction picture for the chassis showed the LX steering column bracket in the wrong place. The screws showed on the outside on the dump truck in a different position. Upon moving the bracket, it worked smoothly. A check of the other truck models showed it correctly for the farm truck and fire engine and incorrectly for the derrick truck. All were found in the 1949 12 1/2 manual. Not wanting to bend MF plates for the fenders, I stole the design for the fenders from the 12 1/2 set half-track. I had to experiment to figure out where to attach the perforated strips for the dump portion as there was not much help in the diagram. The tail gate is shown defying gravity in the manual drawing. It barely opens when raised as you can see from the pictures. I don’t remember having problems like these when building as a child.

March 16, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Other Models, Ware, Dave


  • Dave Ware’s Stegosaurus
  • Dave Ware’s T Rex
  • Dave Ware’s “Wave”
· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Other Models, Ware, Dave

Dave Ware writes: The flywheel travels down an inclined track, rolling on its axle. It picks up speed slowly as it overcomes the inertia of the flywheel. One turn of the flywheel only advances it the circumference of the axle. When it reaches the end of a track, it is spinning rapidly. It fall off the end of the track and on to the beginning of the next track. Its spin tries to take it up the new track, but a stop prevents that. Eventually it stops spinning and then slowly begins to spin in the reverse direction and down the new track. This continues for 4 tracks. At the end of the last track it falls into a cage.

The bottom of the cage has two insulated strips wired in series with an A58 motor and transformer. The flywheel completes the circuit when it sits in the cage. This causes the motor to wind a string around a pulley and raise the flywheel to the top of the structure and dump it onto the top track. The flywheel then starts its journey over again. Meanwhile, the cage returns to the bottom under its own weight, spinning the unpowered motor backwards.

The flywheel is made of 4 MH wheels mounted on a short axle. Prewar wheels were used as they weight more and thus provide more inertia. P17 spooked wheels highlight the action.


  • Dave Ware's Flywheel in action
  • Full Cycle of Dave Ware's Flywheel
· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Other Models, Ware, Dave

This layout was assembled at the 2008 National Convention at Clarksville Indiana. Everything fit in the back seat of a compact car. Shown is the trial fit of the larger parts. Smaller parts sat in the bridge, on the floor, or where ever they would fit. Assembly at the convention site took about 3 hours.

Except for the supporting structure of base plates, all models were from the How to Make “Em Manuals with slight modifications. There were 5 telephone poles, 6 light poles*, a lookout tower*, train station*, waiting station*, cantilever bridge*, crossing gate, signal tower and baggage truck all mounted on the platform. The platform also contained a loop of track. In the middle were a billboard, signal tower* and space needle*. Items with a * had lamps mounted on them. Radio Shack lamp sockets were used.

The train consisted of an engine, coal car, tank car and caboose from the 10 1/2 Electric Train Set. In September of 2008 it was reassembled for a hobby night at our church.

· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Machines, Ware, Dave

Dave Ware’s Steam Shovel

This is a remake of the classic steam shovel. The boom was made moveable instead of fixed. A P49 motor was used with a modified engine # 10 to allow separate controls for the boom and arm; both at low speed. A string was tied to the bucket so that when fully extended, the string would pull on the release, opening the bucket.

Dave Ware’s Walking Giant

The Mysterious Walking Giant is taken from the 12 1/2 set of 1949. The mechanism that gives the giant a walking motion is also connected to flexible shafts that give the arms a swinging motion.


  • Dave Ware's Golf Ball Machine
· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Machines, Ware, Dave

I was surprised to find out that the original Coaling Station from the 10 1/2 Electric Train Set only had a belt that went up and down and did not transfer coal to the other side of the model where the coal chute was. It also had no buckets that could hold the coal.

This Coaling Station doesn’t look much different from the original. However, a number of changes were made. The chute side was open up to allow the buckets to enter that area and a platform was taken out so that coal could enter the chute. The chute was modified so that it can be raised or lowered with a crank.

All this is under the roof which has been removed so things can be seen. The belt is two loops of string that go over pairs of Z flanged wheels with W stacks between them. Strips of cardboard glued at intervals on the string, keep the string properly spaced apart. A cardboard bucket is glued to one of the strips. At the bottom, “coal” (a ball bearing) is loaded into the bucket. As the belt moves, the bucket rises to the top as before.

Instead of going back down, it crosses over to the other side, where the “coal” is dumped onto the chute. The bucket returns to the other side and down to the start. At one point the W stack is missing to let the bucket pass through the Z’s.

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