Archive for the ‘Engines’ Category

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

The Giant Power Plant is a model with lots of action. This is the second time I have built it. I wanted to add even more action, so I added a fan (or is it a windmill) driven off the back shaft of the motor. I also added lights on the ends of the fan blades that are connected with a repro commutator. This makes an interesting effect of a ring of light. The picture catches the blades in stop action, but shows part of the ring. I think this is because the light from the bulbs is captured all the time the camera’s “shutter” is open, but the flash is on for just a small portion of this time and catches the blades in freeze action.

This time I had the luxury of a newer manual that gave detailed directions for building it. This was a great help in certain areas. Last time I just had the usual parts annotated pictures. One thing that I found out was that the motor setup as shown was too slow. Gearing for 3 times the speed gave a much better effect. Also the governor was very much too slow to give any action. Driving at the higher speed and using a P7 drive wheel instead of a motor pulley, allowed the governor to fully extend as shown.

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

This is my version of the No. 12 set (the set that never existed) Walking Beam Engine. I tried to follow the plan as much as possible. However, I found some directions to be wrong or irksome. I couldn’t make sense of what was supposed to be done for the beam support, so I built it to at least look like the plan as much as I could figure. I used MN base plates for the sides of the base as they allowed overlap and could be used without mounting on a board. The rest of the base plates were S and Q as in the original to preserve the same size. Overall, it runs very well and is quite impressive.

I changed the Crosshead and Guides assembly the most. To avoid cutting and bending parts, I used P20 (five hole strips formed) with long screws and 12” rods and rigged anchor points inside the boiler.

I used a P58 as I didn’t have the correct one. This worked very well although it takes a little while for the flywheels to get up to speed. I added S base plates on the underside to mount the motor.

· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Ruyter, Maurice

Built from a 1935 6 1/2 Set.

· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Pack, Charlie

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Charlie writes: I purchased this Erector Hudson several years ago from the late John Drury, who built it. His quality of workmanship is exemplary and well known, and this model is no exception. The locomotive and its tender are beautifully assembled, right down to the correct small-headed screws. They occupy a permanent position in my den, right above my desk.

· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Klein, Bill


  • Bill Klein’s Windmill
  • Bill Klein’s Power Plant
  • Bill Klein’s Mobile Steam Plant
  • Bill Klein’s Oscillating Type Engine
  • Bill Klein’s Walking Beam Engine
  • Bill Klein’s Portable Air Compressor
  • Bill Klein’s Portable Power Steam Plant
· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Klein, Bill

Bill Klein’s Dual Flywheel Power Plant

Bill Klein writes: The dual flywheel power plant has two A49 motors with two flywheels rotating in opposite directions for balance. It runs two pumps and is 32 inches long and 24 inches tall.

Bill Klein’s Locomotive

Bill Klein writes: Two different views of a custom built, seven foot long steam engine with wheel configuration of 4-8-4. Four A 49 motors work the wheels to turn the drive arms. Smoke units are in the smoke stack and wood burner. All Erector parts were used except the cardboard boiler tube. Gilbert suggested using cardboard and wood in some of the models featured in his books. The cow catcher on the front is all Erector parts.

Bill Klein’s Sidewinder Power Plant

Bill Klein writes: The flywheel is on its side for easy repairs. It runs a wood burner to make steam. The steam is simulated with a smoke unit operating through the two steam cylinders.

· by David Gilbert · Engines, Erector Sets, Hachmeyer, Fred

Fred Hachmeyer's windmill

Fred Writes: I based this on the model in the Erector book, but when it came time to do the blades I thought I would try something different. I used 8 of the MF flat plates instead of the B girders shown in the book. I now have an impressive looking blade assembly that unfortunately is out of proportion with the tower! My next idea is to rebuild the tower about twice the height, to make it more in proportion with the blades, maybe next year. Also want to relocate the motor under the shed. Probably should also twist the blade mountings to get some pitch on the blades.