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April 13, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Models, Willard, Craig

Craig Willard writes: “This model was adapted from an original design of Bill Bean and Larry Worley. As we are all from the ACGHS I feel I had to try to copy and modify slightly what these gentlemen had done. The spectacular dimensions are listed at over 3 feet in diameter and 10 inches wide.  It took me just about 3 years to acquire, strip prime and paint (3 to 5 coats) all the parts for this piece. It is quite large and it runs very smoothly thanks to two A-49 Erector motors linked to each side of the Ferris Wheel and driven directly. The joy was building it but watching it is just as satisfying. I’ve installed 8 gondolas and additional EX and EY girders as well as a digitized sound unit of the amusement park sounds which really complete the effect.”

Craig Willard's Ferris Wheel
March 18, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Vehicles & Transport, Willard, Craig

Craig Willard’s 1929 Zeppelin

Craig writes: This was one of the models that got me interested in Erector prewar. I bought the No.8 Trail Blazing set from another ACGHS member and I was off to the races. I worked really hard on this and knew it would be a really nice display piece. I called Joel Perlin numerous times until he agree to sell me a reproduction of the rotating IA ceiling assembly and then I decided to mount this so it would be static. I think I made the right decision. After taking the tower pieces down to bare metal and repainting everything I used repro gondolas from Joe Long and a bag from Ray Rosebush with all other parts being from the original No. 8 Set. Without the generous help of all the above mentioned ACGHS members I would never have been able to get my models built. I am in the process of building the huge Ferris wheel from the “B” Set with 8 gondolas thanks to many emails exchanged with Larry Worley. Thanks to all for the great and rewarding experience that is Erector.

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.

Craig writes: Here we have a 1929 Erector White Dump Truck that I built about a year ago. There are reproduction tires on the truck from Classic Tin Toys. All parts were taken down to bare metal, primed and top coated with 4-5 coats of paint. The bed of the truck raised and lowers when the crank is turned. This truck is also on display in my office at work for the past year. The solid oak base and brass engraved nameplate make this truck stand out. This truck was painstakingly built with much attention paid to detail.