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March 18, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Vehicles & Transport, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: This is my version of the famous model from 1914 submitted by Richard Harrison and Samuel York. I improvised a bit and installed plating behind the hull girders for strength. I also added moveable main gun turrets fore and aft and smaller guns at various other locations along the ship. Forgive the quality of some of the pieces. I just painted over the rust and corrosion and all. Looks OK from a distance though. That is where most people will view it from. Fun to build, fun to talk about and fun to show.

Larry Worley’s Truck

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 Worley’s Fire Truck

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 Worley’s Type I Wagon

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.

This is my latest model, which I call “The Crawler”. It was originally designed as a “Moon Walker” and its legs were quite lengthy. However, when it was up at its highest point, about 10 inches, it was terribly unstable. The center of gravity while up there at its height, combined with the weight of the two A49 motors, would collapse and sometimes bend parts.

I had even planned to try to make it climb stairs, but that didn’t work out either. Maybe one day I can figure out a design to make all that work and even climb stairs.

My dog, Tid-bit, doesn’t like it. He barks at it and runs back and forth, threatening to attack it. Probably due to the noise from it as it is a bit loud.

I was planning on presenting this at the June 2011 convention, but alas, I cannot make it, so I just sent it in for posting.

Originally, it had different transmissions, chain drives, etc., as shown in the last picture, but I had to settle on the low-to-the-ground design due to its rickety performance while lifting up and lowering back down.


  • Larry Worley's Crawler
  • Another video of Larry Worley's Crawler
· by David Gilbert · Other Models, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: Recently my grandson, from Hawaii, was visiting Texas and having a ball. Jordan turned two while he was here. I got out a set of my Cameo Blocks to see if he would like them. He had a blast with the blocks and wheels. He played and played with them. With all his other electronic toys of today at hand, he still wanted to play with these old-fashioned blocks. Guess ol’ A.C. knew his kids, huh? He also made a new friend. He was not afraid of the “Walking Giant” and enjoyed twisting his nose to turn the lights (eyes) on & off. Just thought I’d show others that if you let your grandkids play with these old ACG toys, their imaginations can still work outside of video games.

· by David Gilbert · Cranes & Derricks, Erector Sets, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: About a month ago, I was almost finished with my Tower Crane model when a tornado blew through and destroyed it. Judging by the condition of the boom, you can see that the damage from these tornadoes can be fast and severe. Truthfully, I think I should have paid more attention in those anger management classes. The thing is still lying out on the patio, rusting up and I could care less about it or the parts that might be salvaged. Watch that temper guys.

Larry confesses: As you can see from what little is left of the tower crane, it was pretty complicated. After about the millionth try to get the trolley to travel up and down the boom smoothly, I just lost it. On its final run it jumped the tracks and I jumped its tracks!

March 16, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Machines, Worley, Larry

Larry Worley’s Steam Shovel

Larry writes: This is my Steam Shovel Model per the 1927 manual. It was fun to build and, after several adjustments, it now operates just fine. My dog “Tid-bit” often inspects whatever I’m building.

Larry Worley’s 12 1/2 Walking Giant

Larry writes: Just like every member; since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to build the 12 1/2 “Mysterious Walking Giant” model. Well, here is my example, built per the instructions in the “How To Make ‘Em” manual. The only alteration is that I used two stripped-out CJ’s for the ears.

· by David Gilbert · Erector Sets, Machines, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: Attached are a few pictures of my latest little gadget. This is the Drag Saw model which I built from a 1929 7.5 White Truck Set. It took about 2 hours to build and runs great. I have powered it here with an A.F. No. 2 transformer because my dry cells have gone dead. I used a scrap piece of closet rod which was already cut for my log. It is a bit large, but a quick modification at the front holder screws took care of that. I also substituted spoke wheels and removed the tie rod from an old MI steering unit. A building tip: Placing a BH solid collar on each side of the G strip behind the BT disc helps eliminate a lot of binding and blade drifting while running. Oh, one more thing, don’t install the P13 & CJ gears on the wrong axle as I first did. That blade was really moving!

· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Worley, Larry

Larry writes: I’ve noticed that no one seems to want to show their Hudson Locomotives. I figure that would be a great way to show those who are not fortunate enough to own one (yet) just what a wonderful model they are. I acquired one about a year ago and with the help of old Erector buddy I was able to restore it. I never realized what a beautiful train it is until I started to assemble it.

When that was finished I made a stand for it. I painted it all and it is on display in my Gilbert Room.

I installed a rheostat to control the P56G Motor inside. That way I can slow the speed down and let folks see the mechanisms as they operate. Otherwise the wheels and linkages are just a blur. I even put a cheap paper sign on it for looks sake.

  • Video of the Hudson Locomotive in action
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