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Postby jdebord » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:01 pm

The collection has just appeared in the french newsagents, also on the web site journaux.fr:

http://www.journaux.fr/meccano_modelism ... 58529.html

With issue one you get the parts needed to build the first bogie of the crane:

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The building instructions are very clear, except for the number of washers to be placed at (a) and (b) : they say 2 or 3 washers at (a) and 1 or 2 at (b). I found that 2 washers at (a) and 1 at (b) was the best for the gears to mesh correctly.

Also with this issue:

- a poster showing the whole crane

- an introductory guide (8 pages) describing the Meccano system

- a booklet (24 pages) with several sections :

* building instructions for the crane model

* history of Meccano

* history of the Meccano blocksetting crane

* description of some Meccano parts (here, the bevel gears)

* building instructions for some other models, but the parts needed are not those included in the collection (!?)

All in all, it seems to be a very nice partwork :)
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby wingnut2 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:15 pm

:text-goodpost: A great find thanks for sharing.

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:57 am

Very impressive. Brings back memories

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:44 pm

Looks very good. Almost as good as the original Meccano. I do hope it is released in the UK.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby casper » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:12 pm

it looks a huge model :o
The last time I used Meccano was the 70's. you got a spanner and the nuts were all square, used to take your skin off.
The paint coating was a problem as well, it used to flake off. :) great fun though
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:29 am

With issue 1 you get 3 spanners and 2 Allen keys.

And the nuts are square, too :)

The bevel gears are of a lowest quality than the original Meccano parts. They have a tendency to tarnish.

The other parts seem to be OK.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:19 pm

casper wrote:it looks a huge model :o
The last time I used Meccano was the 70's. you got a spanner and the nuts were all square, used to take your skin off.
The paint coating was a problem as well, it used to flake off. :) great fun though


I remember the square nuts with vicious corners. I see they’ve bevelled the corners on the partwork version.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby wingnut2 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:19 pm

Mark wrote:
casper wrote:it looks a huge model :o
The last time I used Meccano was the 70's. you got a spanner and the nuts were all square, used to take your skin off.
The paint coating was a problem as well, it used to flake off. :) great fun though


I remember the square nuts with vicious corners. I see they’ve bevelled the corners on the partwork version.


Ah the "old square nuts" you can get a cream for that these days :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:16 am

Issue 2 is now available in France.

It builds the second bogie of the crane (similar to the previous one).

So at this time we have two symmetric bogies:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : "Mechanics Made Easy"

* History of the Meccano blocksetting cranes, with some excerpts from the book "Les Merveilles du Génie Civil", translation of the english "Meccano Book of Engeneering"

* Meccano parts : screwdrivers

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:03 am

Issue 3 is available.

It builds 2 other symmetric bogies of the crane (similar to the previous ones, but without the gears).

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Note that there is a slight excess of nuts, bolts and washers in the issues so far. Of course I keep them carefully.

In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : The foundation of Meccano Ltd.

* History of the Meccano blocksetting cranes, with other excerpts from "Les Merveilles du Génie Civil".

* Meccano parts : the 1.5" pulley

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:48 pm

Please keep on posting your progress. I'm enjoying watching it come together. I so hope this comes to the UK.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:12 am

Thank you for your encouragements. I will continue posting of course :)

The collection should come to the UK in December.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:34 am

Issue 4 is available.

It builds a horizontal arm, to be connected with the bogies later.

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Note the introduction of the 25-hole angle girders, of which the model will include a large amount !

Also note the gears which will contribute to transmit the movement to the bogies:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : The rise of Meccano Ltd.

* History of the Meccano blocksetting cranes, with some pictures of manual covers displaying the crane which served as prototype for the Hachette model : see
here and here.

* Description of Meccano parts : Perforated strips

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:46 am

Issue 5 is available.

It completes the horizontal arm, begun with the previous issue.

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Note the girder frames (a) which are used by pairs, so that there is a total of 8 in the package.

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : Meccano and schools in the UK

* History of Meccano Supermodels : The Meccano motor chassis (Supermodel #1)

* Description of Meccano parts : Angle girders

* Other models
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