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The 2015 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention will be held on Saturday, July 25 at the Holiday Inn St. Louis – South County Center in St. Louis, Missouri. To view all the Convention details and retrieve a Convention Registration Form, visit the 2015 ACGHS National Convention page.
The 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, July 12 was a resounding success. Kudos to organizers Tom Lindsey and Randy Sauder, who did a stellar job organizing the event. See photos from the 2014 National Convention.
I have about 15 Erector sets, some in good condition, some looks like they were used for parts. Am not looking to make money on them, just want them to go to a good home. Can you put me in touch with anyone who could help? Would love them to go to a young collector who perhaps cannot afford to buy sets. I am not a member, so can’t log in to post. Thank you for your help. Margaret Theobald (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you know anyone that can make an 8-foot Eiffel Tower Erector model for me so I can purchase it from them? It’s very urgent! Thanks. Kardelle (email@example.com).
Hello! I recently came across an Erector Set – number 10042 – which had been owned by my uncle. He had no interest in the set, so it has sat practically untouched for the past 40+ years. I have no use for it, but it is in such great shape that it seems like a waste to just take it to Goodwill. I was wondering if someone in your organization might have a suggestion for how I might go about selling the set (other than just using eBay). Thanks so much for your time! Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have a Gilbert American Flyer 3/16 scale c.1955 train set mostly in boxes I got as a kid. Good condition all the pieces, tracks, cars, transformer. I would like information as what to do with it. I have to down size my home situation. Paul Dwyer (email@example.com).
I have my grandfather’s Erector set from the early 1900s. It’s bigger than any other I’ve seen on the web. There are manuals included, large box with parts, and bigger parts we store outside the box. I don’t know much about these sets but I think my grandfather was a big supporter of A.C. Gilbert. I also have one of their fans that was his — in working order! I’m wondering if there is any interest in Erector sets. Thank you. Nancy Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dear sir/madam, I teach at a local university and we recently came into possession of a rather large collection of old Erector/Mechano/tin train sets. We are at a bit of a loss re what to do with the materials. I am thus hoping you might be able to introduce me to a local (Silicon Valley) collector who has expertise in this sort of thing and might be open to a phone call/visit to see what we have and suggest a proper way to get the materials to a proper home. Many thanks. Paul Saffo (email@example.com).
I recently found several Gilbert American Flyer trains and tracks in my parent’s garage. Copyrighted 1940. I haven’t been able to find out much about them. I have some pictures that I took while looking at them. Have most in original boxes and instruction guide. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Before building this crane, I looked at several crane designs on the Internet and incorporated some of the designs in my model. I have given my crane the name “The Mammoth Crane”, representing the new generation of 200,000 ton heavy lift cranes. These are cranes which are platform twin-rig containerized. In the PTC design of these cranes the boom height is as high as 587 feet. In addition, these cranes can lift in excess of 3,500 tons.
My super heavy lift crane weighs about 125 pounds. Over recent months I have taken it through a number of tests. Upon performing a heavy lift test in August 2014 I successfully lifted 40 pounds. This was done with the use of 5 gallon milk jugs filled with water. The boom height of my crane is 8 feet and it has 4 two-speed hoists and 5 motors.
– Russell Williams, March 8, 2015