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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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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:14 am

Issue 6 is available.

It builds another driving bogie (see the first post).

It is likely that issues 6 to 10 will build the same assembly than issues 1 to 5, for the other side of the crane.

In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : Metaling and spanish Meccano

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

* Description of Meccano parts : Contrate gears

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:57 am

Issue 7 is available.

It builds the last driving bogie. Now we have the four ones:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : Meccano advertisements

* History of Meccano Supermodels : The high speed coal loader (Supermodel #2)

* Description of Meccano parts : Roller bearings

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:05 am

The Hachette french web site devoted to the Meccano crane has been temporarily closed. Some french subscribers have called Hachette and have been told that the collection is "victim of its success". They claim to have 5000 subscribers. However,
the magazine is still available at the newsagents and at journaux.fr.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:01 am

Issue 8 is available.

It builds the last 2 non-driving bogies. Now we have the 8 bogies of the crane:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : The Red-Green period

* History of Meccano Supermodels : The steam excavator (Supermodel #19)

* Description of Meccano parts : Mechanical motors

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:55 am

Good progress. The magazine articles sound like a good read as well (makes a change - partwork magazines are often filled with quite trivial content)
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:42 am

Issue 9 is available.

Like issue 4, it builds an horizontal arm:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : The "alphabetical" period (1934-1937)

* History of Meccano models : gantry crane models from "Mechanics made easy"

* Description of Meccano parts : Bush wheels

* Other models

And yes, the historical chapters are quite interesting, with many good pictures. The conceptors have done a very good job here.

The "other models" are more disappointing because they cannot be built with the contents of the partwork. They involve many special parts which are quite expensive.
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