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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.

· 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.

Dan Scheer’s Type I Truck and Trailer

I designed this truck and trailer with Type l parts I purchased from Frank Usinski as well as spare parts I had on hand. Dual rear wheels were added to give the truck a unique look. Danco O-Rings were used on the wheels. The red is Chrysler engine red (#1632); a tip from Bruce Hansen.

Charlie Pack writes: Here is my version of this No. 7 1/2 set model, with finished seats on both the inside and the upper deck. I used the illustrations in the manual only as a guide, so this model is largely my own design. The chassis is essentially the 1928 version with later DPs for the chassis rails (the 1935 and later nickel plated angle girders are made of thicker material and therefore are stronger).

Instead of the special DQ plates (which I needed to finish a set!), I used MN large base plates painted black for the floor, sides and top of the body (total of 6). The ones on the top are extended at the front to the windshield posts by black Q 11-hole base plates, and to the rear on the right-hand side by black P small 5-hole base plates. Each of the four inside seats is made from three P small 5-hole base plates held together by just two bolts and nuts. Each seat is then bolted to the floor with two more bolts. Each of the five outside seats is made from two P small 5-hole base plates. All of the seats and the upper deck railings are painted red (many of these parts have been re-painted).

At the rear, the boarding platform is made from red Ps and Qs. The steps and step railings are made from perforated strips similar to those in the manual. I installed additional vertical braces at the rear and added grab rails for boarding passengers. The photos should show most of the details of construction.

Charlie writes: I was asked to provide for a local museum an Erector exhibit that demonstrated simple machines such as levers, pulleys and gears. A truck with a crane on it would provide a wide variety of simple machines, so I built this 1928 White Truck chassis of conventional design and mounted a simple crane on the back. The chassis itself is the 1928 version and is of conventional construction except for the use of the later and stronger versions of the DP angle girder. The rubber tires are original.

The side plates of the crane are two Q base plates mounted on a bull ring plate. The crane can be swiveled by means of a crank handle on the back of the truck under the body. That crank handle has a worm gear which drives a large spur gear on a rod which passes vertically through the bull ring plate. I used a Meccano worm gear and a Meccano 95 tooth gear (which would have been available from the A. C. Gilbert Co. during the 1928-1932 period).

The two crank handles on the crane itself control hoisting and luffing. Each one has a CJ gear with an O pawl acting as a ratchet; AE springs (not clearly visible) keep the pawls engaged unless manually lifted. The two BT pierced disks on each crank axle define the ends of the winding drums. This photo should show most of the details. The crane can lift the front of another truck.

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