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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:58 pm

Wow

Serious amount of steel work.

WIll give the Forth Bridge a run for its money.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:06 am

Issue 26 is available.

It adds two 3-hole flat girders (A), four 3-hole angle girders (B) and two 15-hole angle girders (C) to one side of the crane :

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In the magazine :

- History of Meccano models : Gantry cranes

- History of Meccano parts : Low voltage "Lionel" motors

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:52 am

Issue 27 is available.

Same build than issue 26, on the opposite side of the crane.

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- The gearbox of the super model 1a

- Artists using Meccano in their work

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:11 am

The following information has appeared on the forum nzmeccano.com :

Update on the subscription crane. Hachette have thrown in the towel against Spinmaster and are limiting sales to existing customers in France who are well into the collection by now. Extra stock destined for the UK and other European countries has been returned to the manufacturing plant in China. Premium Collectibles, who are the logistics partner of Hachette, are trying to limit losses, and as a first thought, are hoping to market, probably the complete crane, directly to UK enthusiasts initially and possibly other European countries subsequently, via each country's Meccano clubs. Obviously it will be at the discretion of each club how, and if, they will notify members of PC's offering - at this point no figures for how many cranes are available or how much a complete one is to cost has been mentioned.

It seems to originate from Michel Bréal, the conceptor of the project. So it may be reliable.

I will keep you informed if I learn more.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Eric » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:50 pm

That doesn’t sound good mate, so sorry if your not going to be able to finish it.

Bodes ill for other partworks if this is going to start happening.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:37 pm

I hope that's not true, as it sounds like a budgeting problem to me. Hard to believe that somebody messed up their sums that badly. I hope you don't run into problems with supply.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:54 pm

Gutted that you may not be able to continue. Been really enjoying this build thus far.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby number1 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:40 pm

If its true would subscribers be able to get back what they have paid out so far?
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:03 am

If I understand correctly, the french distribution should be unaffected. So, I should be able to continue :)

It is the UK and other European countries that will not be supplied by Hachette. So, you will have to check Premium Collectibles to see if they offer something.
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:56 am

Issue 28 is available.

It adds four 3-hole flat girders (A) and four 19-hole angle girders (B) on two opposite sides of the crane.

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- How to date Meccano outfits and manuals

- The tyres of the 0.5" and 1.5" pulleys

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby chill » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:01 am

Fantastic as always.

How high is it now?
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:47 am

The height is 35 cm (without the bogies)
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:59 am

Issue 29 is available.

It adds one 25-hole angle girder (A) and four 19-hole angle girders (B) on one side of the crane.

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In the magazine :

- How to date Meccano outfits and manuals (part 2)

- Steam locomotives in Meccano

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:01 am

Issue 30 is available.

Same build than issue 29, but on the opposite side of the crane.

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The tower frame is now complete.

The next step should be to install the gearing train which will transmit the movement to the bogies.

In the magazine :

- History of Meccano supermodels : The Automatic Grabbing Crane

- Meccano clockwork motors

- Other models
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:20 am

Issues 31 and 32 are available.

They add flat trunnions (A) and angle brackets (B) which will serve as bearings for the driving mechanism.

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In addition, issue 32 allows to build the 16-pulley ring which is part of the roller bearing.

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In the magazines :

- Motors for "Mechanics Made Easy"

- Meccano roller bearings (part 3)

- An original electric motor

- Other mechanic games: Ecepe, Mecanic and Primus Engineering

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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby steve131 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:23 pm

Great work ,big model .
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby Mark » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:40 pm

That's some serious engineering! Most impressive!
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:01 am

More engineering to come with the driving mechanism :)
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby casper » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:30 am

Excellent build :clap: :clap:
Any news on supply, has it been sorted
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Re: Hachette Meccano Crane

Postby jdebord » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:59 am

Alas, nothing new about the distribution outside of France :(

You can still get the collection at journaux.fr :

https://www.journaux.fr/la-grue-de-votr ... 58529.html

Some issues are out of print but may reappear.

Here is a table showing the contents of each issue :

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zecbtcjw3tvgp ... t.ods?dl=0

Some issues have the same parts, so if you can't get an issue you can perhaps find 2 copies of the other one !
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