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March 16, 2014 · 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.

March 14, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Amusement Park Rides, Erector Sets, Hachmeyer, Fred

Fred Hachmeyer’s Ferris wheel

Fred Writes: This is my first attempt at the famous Erector Ferris wheel from the 8 1/2 set box art. This model has actually been assembled for 5 years. Each year I want to rebuild it with some improvements but I never seem to have the time. I used 12 of the MN base plates to form the base instead of a piece of plywood, next time I think I will use only 6. I made the 4 passenger baskets per the Erector book, but I want to try to make something that looks more prototypical, either an enclosed car with a door, or an open seat with a lap bar to secure the passengers. I also want to have six or eight passenger cars instead of just four. I also used some of the yellow painted 10 inch straight girders that I had. It looks so good to my eye that I am in the process of painting additional straight and curved girders so that I can construct the entire rotating wheel in yellow parts.

The biggest problem with this model has been getting it to work! The cotton string that I used just slips over the pulleys so I put several rubber bands on each pulley, which gives the string the grip it needs. Then I tried doubling the string because a single strand would stretch and slip after a few minutes of running. Someone told me to try fishing line, I may try that next year. Another improvement I have in mind is to add lights, I need to get going on my homemade version of the Gilbert Illumination kit. By the way, I run these models for several hours at a time. My wife and I host several large parties at Christmas time with anywhere from 20 to 60 people, and the Lionel trains and Erector models are going nonstop the entire time.

Fred Hachmeyer's airplane ride

Fred Writes: My model is based on the Erector book, but I decided that a more detailed airplane was called for. I came up with a biplane design that uses three B girders for the fuselage, a 4 hole triangle and two CH angles for the tail assembly, a 5 hole perforated strip and large washer for the landing gear, and two MF flat plates for the wings. I also modified the rotating support arms in an attempt to make them more substantial than the Gilbert design. I added a small ball bearing at the top of the tower to support the rotating assembly and reduce the load on the motor and gears. My next idea for this one is to build an 8 sided platform around the tower below the airplanes to represent the platform that people would walk on when boarding the ride. I also need to add the MX house to represent the ticket booth, and some kind of staircase leading up to the boarding platform. Another improvement I have in mind is to add lights, I don’t think I will ever be able to get any of the original Gilbert Illumination kits so I am working on a homemade equivalent.