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Erector Sets

02/25/2017 3:28 PM

I have an interest in building large Meccano models, and am interested in extending to Erector sets, about which I unfortunately know very little.. At the moment I'm eyeing this one. What is your considered opinion? Is it likely to be pretty well complete, or is it likely that a vital component is missing? This one, for example, seems to be missing all the girders.

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02/25/2017 3:36 PM

"as is" usually means there is some parts missing and some condition issues....

That's why the prices vary so much ....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/192092308203?lpid=82&chn=ps&ul_noapp=true

As it was in the day...

http://www.girdersandgears.com/erector-1953-ampark.html

Reference...

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02/26/2017 3:05 AM

Sorry, I cannot help with your question but thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories of my child hood from some 60 years ago.

I built free lance. It gave me a the wonderful ability to design things in my mind before transferring the design to drawings which

I still do. Ah! what memories.

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02/25/2017 5:14 PM

I remember having an erector set! The prices have gone up, I'm sure my folks didn't pay that much. I suspect Mr. A.C. Gilbert is responsible for steering a lot of kids into becoming engineers or scientists.

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02/25/2017 5:26 PM

My cousin had one...I was very envious of it.

a lot of the 'toys' for 12 years and older, weren't really toys. And you'd never see that today. Like my brothers chemistry set. Sophomore or junior in high school chemistry class we'd do the same experiments I did when I was 10 years old with my brothers chemistry set.

i was in Amarillo, TX antique shop about 3 years ago and they had a crude oil refinery chemistry kit I thought was pretty cool.

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02/25/2017 6:43 PM

I had a chemistry set. (There was a little jar labeled "Sodium Ferrous Cyanide" that I was afraid to open. )

I learned a lot about chemistry long before I took it in High School.

No War on Toys: The man who saved Christmas

http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/charles-f-bryan-jr/article_8665874c-47fc-5e4a-9777-855627ab389a.html

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02/25/2017 6:26 PM

Indeed, and the same is true of Frank Hornby, who invented Meccano in the UK. At present I am running a youth group, using Meccano to enable them to envisage the building of machines and structures. Lego is good for structures but not so good for machines, and Fischer Technik has never achieved as great a following. They are still too young to introduce microprocessors for building robots, but if they can master the mechanical elements I'll be happy.

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02/25/2017 10:31 PM

I spent countless hours with my erector set....loved playing with the motors.....You end up I guess if you spend enough time with all sorts of parts from all sorts of things...My erector set after many years was unrecognizable as such, but more like a loose parts bin....

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02/26/2017 10:37 AM

Even though I never had an erector set, I had tinker toys and then Lincoln logs. But my best and favorite was clay.

i would get this for my birthday, more than once.. to my moms dismay... even though she was the first one to buy it for me. She always found some in the carpet.

i didn't care for playdo, it had to be modelers clay. If it dried out, just add a little water. Of course it picked a lot of junk, got so gross my mom would buy me fresh stuff.

silly putty was good, too, had it once but was too expensive. Only good for transfers... lost interest.

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02/25/2017 5:54 PM

The word "erector" when pondered as it is, definitely is into something.

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02/25/2017 6:29 PM

I had several erector sets as a kid. I don't think I built anything in the instructions. I went rogue and built free style. If I were going to do it today, I would buy as many components as I could afford and let my imagination go wild. Last Christmas, my 15 year old son got 4 Lego Technic sets from his mother, he brought them to my house and we built them per instructions, a dune buggy, a bulldozer, a race car and a fighter jet. They lasted about 2 weeks. We tore them apart and built the craziest off road flying construction vehicle you have ever seen. unfortunately he took it back to his mothers before I could get a picture.

My point is, get the erector set(s), and let your imagination go. I am 51 years old and still build Legos with my kids. If they are missing parts, improvise, it's good for the soul.

And to the troll that thinks the word "erector" in erector sets is funny, I say grow up!

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02/25/2017 6:36 PM

Oh, my kid declined to play the lego when he discovered minecraft in the net. How I wish he would play something real and practical.

Oh i just let him play, he aspires to be a computer scientist in the future.

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02/25/2017 7:12 PM

My son also plays Mine Craft, World of Tanks, and GTA 5 on the X-Box 1 that I bought after my divorce, but he still has time to build crazy Lego stuff with his old man. Part of the reason I think he'll be in the engineering field like me. That and when he was 4, I was building computers for needy families, he asked me if he could build one for himself, I gave him the components (Athlon 2600+, if I remember right), he watched me build a couple, then built his, and it ran for about 6 years before motherboard smoked. He is 15 now, and we still build Lego's, and kill anything that moves in World of Tanks.

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02/26/2017 6:46 AM

Kids these days... couple of more years and probably they'll be ahead of us, technically.

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02/25/2017 11:54 PM

I made a post before Christmas about getting my two nephew's building kits.

Dan ( we call him " little dan " ) got the Electronic 130 project building kit + a digital vom. (12 yrs old )

Andy got a Meccano set. (8 yrs old)

Both boys love their building sets.

Next year, I'm going to get Dan chemistry set & Andy a natural life sciences biology set.

Shh! Don't tell them.

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02/26/2017 12:34 AM

Hi

Some years ago I was involved with someone trying to do exactly that, full size kits. If you publish an email address, disguise it to stop the robots. I will attempt to trace him. Tony

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02/26/2017 3:15 AM

http://www.melright.com/meccanosales/

Gives a great resource on Meccano for sale.

http://www.nzmeccano.com/

Gives you all the history and sets on Meccano.

http://www.girdersandgears.com/erector.html

Looks good for Erector.

For some reason it seems as if the Meccano Web Ring disappeared. This used to be a great method for scanning fro Meccano and Erector. There use to be a site specialising in Erector and Meccano that sold some great Erector sets, but I can't remember the site off hand. Will have to check one of my old computers with the link.

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02/26/2017 9:25 AM

Useful resources. Thank you.

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02/26/2017 12:17 PM

This is the place to see all the Erector sets.

http://www.metalconstructiontoys.com/index_erectorsets.htm

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02/26/2017 9:54 PM

This thread brought me back to my childhood.

I had an Erector set, Lincoln logs, Tinker toys and plastic bricks (I can't remember the name), a chemistry set, as well as electric trains.

Toys of that era (fifties and early sixties) required that some thought be put into the things we made, and while they came with instructions that showed us how to build some basic things, at the same time they allowed us to use our imaginations and sometimes even fail.

The "off-topic" posts that were condensed were the some of the most interesting.

Thanks to all who contributed for reviving some old memories.

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02/27/2017 11:20 AM

I loved my Erector set and all the things I could do with it.

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03/02/2017 1:08 AM

Yes these were gems . Fun while learning . Everything I built was used around my Lionel trains . Bridges , you name it . Using your hands and imagination . These Erector sets made engineers out of so many . A wonderful tool that we thought was just a toy .

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