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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

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.

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