Meccano Factory Drawings
-465 Morris Van 'Capstan' (1957-59)
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This topic is similar to the Posts to Move where members can bring system faults to the attention of the managers to fix something. Once the fix is completed the post would be deleted. Again this is to keep the size down to a manageable level.
Dave.....I find the recent comments section lacking. It appears that for now, only the first few words are shown of the comment, with nothing to indicate what topic it applies to. Myself, I would prefer seeing the topic listed that the comment is listed under. For example, I just posted some new photos and comments on the Speed of the Wind Racing Car, but there is no way to know that, other than sifting through all of the comments first. I'm concerned that some potentially interesting posts are not getting noticed.
Best regards, Terry
I do agree with you, Terry, I think this should really be improved. The context of the recent comments, the way presented, is lost.
No doubt Dave and Al will know a solution for that, and I realize that - like many other possible improvements - this one will be tackled too in the end.
I'd like to express once more my admiration for what Dave and Al have realized up till now. In togetherness and harmony we should be able to solve remaining problems and reach the goals for a fine DTCA website and forum. Kind regards, Jan
(I expect my dead private email to be repaired within a few days)
The recent comments panel was originally intended just as a pulse checker, so that members could see if there had been any activity since they last looked. But I get that it's kind of become a primary navigation tool, because members are more likely to be pursuing active conversations than legacy ones. So what you're saying makes perfect sense and I've updated this panel to display to which topic each comment is replying.
From Pedant's Corner, I should mention that the Recent Comments panel was not actually broken, so this update is not a "fix" in any repair sense. Perhaps new or updated feature requests should have a different topic?
Al---Thanks for making that change to fhe comments listing; one can now see what the comment was linked to, which will be a big help. As far as where to log these types of suggestions, I guess you could create another line item other than "fixing something"......whatever is easy and makes sense.
Another item I have noticed is that some older topics do,have several different listings for the same model.....is there any way to combine those under one heading or topic?
Best regards, Terry
I am truly impressed how quickly you all become aware of changes in the Forum.
Thank you Al for this excellent change to the Recent Comments section. There is no doubt now which Forum the comment is in.
It is this type of feedback that will help both Al and I gradually improve the website.
Well done !
Congratulations to the very clever man who did it !
Dave/Al---Another thought I have is that maybe we should place these forum topics that relate to forum or site issues in a separate box, as they do not have anything to do with our Dinky collecting efforts, but are very necessary and should be visible somewhere nearby. I would also suggest placing in the same "box" other threads that have to do with using the site.....for new people...how to post, how to get the pdf titles, how to post photos, etc. I think those should be permanent "stickies" in a prominent location and separate from the model postings. The new forum topics now only have this help stuff, and nothing is visible on the models, unless you open the forum page and notice what is new.................just some more suggestions that may help.
Best regards, Terry
Al/Dave---Did someone move or consolidate one of the posts on 23e Speed of the Wind Racing Car, located under British Automobiles? Just a few days ago, there were 2 separate posts/topics for it, and one included some photos of the real car.....those posts are now gone and no photos of the real car. Can this be restored???
Best regards, Terry
I looked at this thread quite closely and it seems unchanged. Back on the old website a discussion began about 23c mercedes which talked about their baseplates and digressed to compare with 23e Speed of Wind. A moderator clipped out that digression and used it as a new separate topic for 23e. That was on the old website and that is the structure that I transferred over. Since that time, new comments have been made to the 23e topic not any parallel topics. Is it possible that you're remembering something from a different forum, like Planet Diecast?
Al----Thanks for checking.....I just was looking at that thread last week, and could swear there were two separate posts for the 23e there. I do not normally frequent PlanetDiecast, so that was not it, but I did find elsewhere the images I was thinking of. Might have been a "senior momemt for me"!
Best regards, Terry
May I join the chorus in expressing my appreciation for the "new" NEW COMMENTS. A vast improvement, with its clear identification of the subject, although with due respect, I always checked everything that was new showing in bold anyhow!
However, one section of the Forum which perhaps takes up space, is the ACTIVE FORUM TOPICS now into its ninth page This section is sorted in alpha-numerical order or more correctly "numerical-alpha" order. Perhaps if it were to be sorted chronologically, it could act as an additional support to the NEW COMMENTS that at present is restricted to 35 entries and then the 36th drops off the radar. Of course, one can see now that many New Comments are in the same Topic. The ACTIVE FORUM TOPICS could then be the main source for readers to read all that is new on a particular Topic.
Finally, when you stated at the very beginning: This topic is similar to the Posts to Move where members can bring system faults to the attention of the managers to fix something. Once the fix is completed the post would be deleted. Again this is to keep the size down to a manageable level.
I presume if one has a number of problems, it would be best to bring them to your attention, each having their own post, to enable you to delete that post after the problem has been resolved?
Bruce and others,
It won't be necessary to create separate posts for each problem unless you have a large number of them (more than 3).
The post can stay until the problems in it are all addressed.
There have been some excellent suggestions some of which I will need to talk with Al about.
Thank you for your very quick response!
What you have suggested makes perfect sense - and saves space, so sticking with the 162 Ford Zephyr topic, would it be possible for Al to perform his magic and bring back the rest of Post #14 written by Adrian. This Post is essential to be complete as Adrian spent a lot of time preparing it as well as the information he put together with the numerous photographs, is reflected in subsequent Posts. Unfortunately, I must have deleted the email advice sent out at the time, otherwise I could "complete" it on his behalf!
One final question, or just a query. Why is it your little wheel and Canadian flag (as well as most other members with their appropriate flags) differs to us living in Australia that has the flag followed by the wheel?? Is it because "we are Down Under"!!! Just curious, so please do not change the sequence - makes "us" stand out! (Although I would prefer a ridged or spun hub rather than the Speedwheel at present!!)
Terry and Bruce - there was some thread fragmentation owing to the way I imported posts from the forum of the old website. It was a trade off against time. As we find them, we will consolidate any splintered topics.
I will have a look at the active forum topics issue.
The profile badges are a sort of experiment where I thought members could pick a number of the things from a list to represent their particular interests or relevant personal points. Flags of countries was the first idea. The wheels represent status - administrator, regular member... maybe there could be veteran poster or new member. Or maybe wheels of different periods - from prewar cast to modern plastic - could represent an "up to" point for a collector. Maybe a propeller would announce a special interest in aeroplanes. I haven't really worked it all out or even created the icons yet. What does anybody else think about the badges? Are they worth bothering with even? The badges are shown in alphanumeric order - that's why David's "administrator" badge is before "canada" and your "australia" badge is before your "dtca member" wheel.
Dave and Al
I am not sure what is going on, but 15 minutes ago, I opened the site, and read the latest Posts. I was then surprised to see that I was already logged in, although my username was not showing on the first page of the Forum. There were two others there but not me. So I opened another tab, and this time my username is showing!
This is my second Post for today when I have not as yet logged in!
When you are logged out, you will see a login panel. My browser remember my username and password and I just have to click Login to complete the process.
Once you are logged in, you no longer see the login panel - it is replaced with the User Menu, which does not show your name.
I'm not exactly sure what you meant by opening another tab - so I assume that you meant you opened a new tab in your browser. If you then saw your name, I assume you meant that you saw the login panel - which means you were logged out at that moment.
This is what happened. Early this morning about 3.00am I logged out, waited until the window showed me as having logged out, and then I closed all my browser windows, Outlook and all other files and turned off my computer.
This morning, I turned on the computer, opened the dtca website, and started checking the latest stuff without logging in, with the first thing I noticed was the need to respond to a Post. The correspondence had all the icons relative to the situation as if I had logged in which at that time I had not.
I then scrolled up and where normally it has my identity and password ready for me to hit enter, I saw that this had already been done.. By coincidence, I flushed my system yesterday at noon, and did a further disc clean-up and Norton re-examination. That might have had something to do with it. So I scrolled back down and typed my message to you. I then closed all my browser windows and this time, I had to log back. Thanks anyway. Oh one last thing, in recent weeks, after logging out and refreshing the page, I always found my username still showing as being logged in. Today that seems not to have happened.
The following title under the British Commercial Vehicles section:
465 Morris J Van 'Capstan Cigarettes' (1959)
Should be changed to:
465 Morris Commercial Van - Capstan (1957 - 1959)
To reflect exactly the title Meccano used.
The model was released in March 1957 and I have the 465 listed in the Dinky Toys Order Form for September 1959, Reference D/T9/15 but not in the Order Form for the following month, October 1959, it being the only small commercial van that was no longer available for dealers to order. (Reference Post #7 under the 465 topic.)
Dave Kaun/Al Keeling
With time to spare in Chengdu, China, I noticed the above Post #19 has not as yet been actioned, so I decided to raise the issue again just in case it has been overlooked! Hope you do not mind!
Finally the Pathe News Camera Car should be transferred from "Novelty" to British Commercial Vehicles.
These fixes should be in place now.
Thanks Al for attending to these two corrections, particularly the 281 Pathe News Camera Car.
Finally, referring to my discussion on the 513, 913 and 433 Guy Flat Truck with Tailboard with Terry, the following is a copy of the first paragraph, of my Post #8:
"For some inexplicable reason, the first six Posts have absolutely nothing to do with the topic, "513, 913 and 433 Guy Flat Truck with Tailboard (1947-57". Only Terry's Post has anything to do with the topic, so hopefully someone will transfer the first 6 Posts to a new appropriate Topic that refers to the Guy WARRIOR."
Hopefully you will be able to create a new topic for the GUY WARRIOR and transfer the first six Posts to that topic. With all that is going on with the new website, my original Post may have been missed
Another one for you to look at and correct. This pertains to the 665 HONEST JOHN MISSILE LAUNCHER (1964-1975).
This is what I have written under that Topic:
I was perusing my Dealer Order Forms for 1972 while looking for an answer to a question raised by Ron in New Zealand, when I noticed that the 665 Honest John Missile Launcher was still available for dealers to order as late as September 1976.
See the attached image.
Although the model is not listed in the 1976 Catalogue, its deletion date of 1975 should still be moved one year forward for the reason mentioned above."
One final matter, Meccano never included the name of the manufacturer in its sales material, on the model's box or the model itself. Can you please delete "INTERNATIONAL" from the title of the topic thus keeping the name as used by Meccano, even if the model is in fact based on an International truck chassis.
Thank you for attending to the 465 Capstan Van and 281 Pathe News Camera Car.
Bruce ( 150)
After reading through this, I wasn't sure what you were asking, Bruce. But maybe David Kaun got to this already. Unless the issue is something to do with a technical aspect of the site at fault, all queries about content should be addressed to David as the webmaster.
From what I recall, Honest John was last available in the blister plinths of 1974. There were three new military pieces in 1975, so something had to be retired. I don't think 665 was even mentioned in the 1975 catalogue, was it?
Hi Al and Bruce,
Yes, I did get to this one. It was in the topic title.
It was one of those email rejections and as it had my name on it I read the post and made the change.
Thanks for correcting the title Dave. Brings it back to how we as youngsters called the model.
Al, the Honest John was included in the 1975 catalogue. It is listed on the last page of the included price list under the heading of "Space has not permitted us to illustrate the following items in this book". This indicates that those models are on their way out, so it was somewhat surprising to see the 665 Honest John still mentioned in the September 1976 Meccano Order Form.
The Forum page includes several links but none to the forum. Can such a link be added at the top of the list because after all, it is or should be the most important and used link ?
Thank you to do it, it should not be very difficult.
All the best.