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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:35 am

Hachette claims to have 30000 subscribers in France (!?). This has resulted in a delay in the delivery for subscribers. However, the newsagents seem to be supplied regularly.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:06 pm

It’s a shame they didn’t do other models that could be built with the parts already supplied, but I guess that would be logistically difficult.

30k is a huge number of subscribers :o
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:09 am

Issue 10 is available.

Like issue 5, it completes the horizontal arm made with the previous issue.

Now we have the two arms which will support the bogies:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : From "alphabetical" period to "numerical" (1937-1942)

* History of Meccano models : the mechanical clocks

* Description of Meccano parts : Electric motors

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:16 am

Issue 11 is available.

With this issue, you can:

1) Build one of the four horizontal segments for the upper part of the crane tower:

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Each segment is comprised of 2 flat girders (a) and 4 angle girders (b):

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2) Link the bogies to their supports:

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Each bogie is separated from its support by 3 washers and a 3-hole strip (c) which is not bolted to the double-angle strip (d). Obviously, it will be held in place by the weight of the crane.

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : The "blue and gold" period (1955-1962)

* History of Meccano models : The synchronous Meccano motor

* Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:14 am

Really enjoying this thread. Some serious amount of engineering and metal work going on. :clap:
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:18 am

Issue 12 is available.

It builds another horizontal segment, identical to the previous one (issue 11)

In the magazine:

- History of Meccano : Dinky Builder

- Description of Meccano parts: Contrate gears

And yes, this collection is a good way to discover several building techniques which are used in many Meccano models.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:15 am

According to a french subscriber who has contacted them, Hachette still claims that they have 30000 subscribers and that it is their best-selling collection !
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:06 am

Issue 13 is available.

It links the two previous elements in order to build the top of the crane tower:

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Note that two sides are still not complete. Likely they will be completed with the next issue.

In the magazine:

* History of Meccano : Dinky Builder (continued)

* History of Meccano models : Transporter bridges

* Other models

In this issue there is also a notice saying that SpinMaster (the company that sells the official Meccano brand) is not involved with this project. For this reason, the title of the collection will be changed from "Construire la grue Meccano" (Build the Meccano crane) to "Construire la grue de votre enfance" (Buid the crane of your childhood).
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:50 am

Thanks again for the update.

How big is this now? It looks substantial. Or should i say whats the final size?
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:57 pm

It’s going to be a monster! I’m really enjoying the updates.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:04 pm

Do you get a degree at the end to say you are now a qualified civil engineer or similar :laughing-rolling: ?

Given the amount of metal work being bolted together.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:03 am

Here are the dimensions (from the documents given with the first issue):

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Note that the distance between 2 holes in the Meccano parts is 0.5". For instance, the parts used in issues 11-13 are 25 holes long, i. e. 12.5" (about 32 cm)

And no, you will not get an engineer degree by building this crane, but you will surely be recognized as a true meccanoman !
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:20 am

Thats massive!!! :shock:
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:37 pm

You’ll have to go to the gym if you want to lift it :lol:
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:04 am

Yes, the weight is 45 kg (including a 8-kg counterweight in order to balance the boom).

Perhaps I will try to build the boom differently in order to make it lighter.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:23 pm

jdebord wrote:Yes, the weight is 45 kg (including a 8-kg counterweight in order to balance the boom).

Perhaps I will try to build the boom differently in order to make it lighter.


Feel sorry for the delivery person who delivers that counterweight!! :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:08 am

I din't even know if the couterweight will be included in the collection !

Theoretically it should be made of lead, and should be delivered in several parts.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:54 am

jdebord wrote:I din't even know if the couterweight will be included in the collection !

Theoretically it should be made of lead, and should be delivered in several parts.


Given the health risks with Lead, I suspect it will be a different material. Probably zinc or iron.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:49 am

My guess would be Zamac, as it’s cheap and easy to cast. Lead is too expensive as well as the health hazard.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:14 am

Issue 14 is available.

As expected, it completes the frame at the top of the crane tower:

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In the magazine:

* History of Meccano Supermodels : Meccano loom

* History of Meccano parts : clockwork motors

* Other models
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