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1927 Automobile

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken from The Meccano System Volume 6 by Bert Love and Jim Gamble, New Cavendish 1986, colour page 313, The Nickel Period .  This can also be found in the 1930-35 set 5 manuals. It is shown here in 1970's colours with spoked whe...
 
 
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6 X 4 Machine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is lifted from a French Master Connection Outfit, with no changes, except the colours shown in the photograph.
 
 
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Abyss Visitor

Built by Brian Elvidge

This brightly coloured model is from the Master Collection range of 1997, and makes a good model. It is supposed to be for deep sea exploration, and is complete with light.  The Meccano model is not suitable for use in water!
 
 
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Aeroplane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is built from the 2014 3 model set and is finished in the red and silver livery. A very satisfactory model, easy to build.
 
 
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Airport Fire Truck

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken from the 1995 Master Builder Outfit and features a steering system and an electric motor and operates well as described.
 
 
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All Terrain Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is one of the more complex from the recent Evolution Series. Mine has a few problems; the handlebars are very loose and the front wheel alignment is not quite right, but the model is otherwise reasonable.
 
 
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Avery Traction Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This American traction engine was made from about 1899 to around 1914. By 1920 the makers had gone out of business. There were two versions of this undertype tractor - 22HP and 44HP - used on American farms. Some have been preserved in the US. Th...
 
 
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Beam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

The prototype for this model is in the Science Museum, London. This version is based upon a design by a Midlands Meccano Guild member in the early 1970s. Here it is rebuilt using an internal motor and gearing to the flywheel. It has fully operational ...
 
 
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BicycleBuilt for the Le Tour De France Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

An entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014, using a no. 1 clockwork motor. It came third place, and was involved in a crash with another entry showing my entry was unstable.
 
 
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BicycleBuilt for the Le Tour De France Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

An entry for the Unpowered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014. It had to be withdrawn due to a technical malfunction with the wheels bearings. I had used Electrikit recessed low friction bolts, and pointed axles. It was thought the shock o...
 
 
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Big Wheel

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is built up from the special set marketed by Nikko.  It is a good, well thought out model and works well as built up.
 
 
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BMW C1 Motorcycle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is from a Design 2 set, and goes together well as written.  There are no significant modifications to it.
 
 
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Breakdown Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model comes from the Super Construction Set 7080, the former Crane Set. It is one of the models that does not have written instructions for it. There are pictures of the French version in the manual. It has a motorised jib luffing and hoisting us...
 
 
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Breakdown Wagon

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model comes from the manuals for 1954 - 1961 and set 8 is used. It makes a typical wagon of the period, and may be based on the Dinky Commer model of the same period. The model builds reasonably, though the cabin is very difficult to get right an...
 
 
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BuggyBuilt for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

I have developed a rubber band powered model using red Post-type band to drive a model a few feet along the floor. This is reminiscent of the balsa type aircraft using a rubber motor to drive a propellor and take to the air. I had one of these - m...
 
 
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Buggy, Excavator and Skid-Type Shovel Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

These small model sets were on sale at Argos during 2010, and I purchased a total of four units, one for the useful parts and three for the models. They are all very easy to build. One is a buggy, one is an excavator, the other I believe is skid-type s...
 
 
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Challenger BuggyBuilt for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

The Challenger can be used in two ways, one geared, the other with minimal reduction drive. It has one Magic Motor on the frame and four wheels, using HD tyres for outdoor use.
 
 
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Compact Horizontal Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

One of Andreas Konkoly's ingenious models. Rebuilt from pictures of Nick Rodgers' rebuild at Holy Trinity Meccano Club in April 2013. It measures 12½" x 3½" extending to 5½" at the flywheel end. Built from blue and yellow parts, it...
 
 
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Compact Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

A modification of the model made by Nick Rodgers shown in 2013. The model has crankshaft driven by two side levers, as is the valve motion. My example used a post-war no. 2 clockwork motor renovated by myself as the spring was sticking badly. It is no...
 
 
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Contractor's Tipping Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

A freelance model of a 6x4 tipping lorry, with a simulated hydraulic tipping mechanism using cord and a geared hand wheel.  The lorry has a floating four wheel rear bogie.
 
 
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Cyber Buggy

Built by Brian Elvidge

This very simple model is lifted from a French Master Connection Outfit, which produces very good models and works well, considering the few parts involved.
 
 
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Cyber Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is directly from the manual for the 7 model set from France with no changes. It features a nice rack-and-pinion steering system and sprung rear wheels.
 
 
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Derrick CraneBuilt for the Birthday Models Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This was built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a model using ones birth date; mine is September 1957 so I have used the Meccano Magazine for September 1957 and built this very simple model using set 3. As I have no red/green parts, I have us...
 
 
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Digger

Built by Brian Elvidge

The Evolution Sets are a new departure for Meccano, and construct well on the whole. This model is good and works straight from the box.
 
 
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Dockside Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

The idea for this model, I admit, is not entirely original, but read on. The model is based very loosely on the icon of engineering at Clydebank in Scotland preserved for us to visit and admire its grandeur. The model is based loosely on that built b...
 
 
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Dockside or Shipyard Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This Set 10 model was developed from a model dating back to 1986, taken to meeting number 54 of Holy Trinity Meccano Club in October 1988, and not seen since then. It has been rebuilt twice with a new tower and mechanism, powered by a Power Drive moto...
 
 
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Double Deck OmnibusBuilt for the Year of the Bus Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is well illustrated in the July 1931 issue of Meccano Magazine , and due to the fact that flexible plates had not been invented, it is in skeletal form. The model steers and is driven by a No. 1 Clockwork motor. It operates well, except th...
 
 
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Double Divan BedBuilt for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Eiffel Tower

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is the subject of a 2009 'landmarks of the world' set kit marketed by Meccano France. After Christmas 2009, the full building instructions became available on the French website run by Remi Lane. This model is adapted from these instruction...
 
 
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Eight Wheel Freelance HGV

Built by Brian Elvidge

Most Meccano modellers will be aware of the many Lorry models Liverpool made over the years in the manuals. This model is based on the eight wheel lorry that appeared between 1947 - 1959 in several variations.  The model is totally freelance...
 
 
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Electric Lorry and Trailer

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is described in the Set 6 manual for 1954 and uses a few obsolete parts the builder does not possess. A certain amount of rebuilding has had to be done - the 2½" plastic road wheels used are larger than the tin road wheels used ...
 
 
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Empire State Building

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is based upon the French set Monuments of the World , but it does not use the flexible parts, making the model better, I feel. The base is my own design and improves on the original one by being more stable.
 
 
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Epicyclic Gearbox

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is a demonstration model of a three-speed epicyclic gearbox designed by Phillip Edwards which appeared in the March 1989 issue of Constructor Quarterly . I have added a gear lever and retaining plate to Phillip's design. To explain how it works ...
 
 
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Fairground Octopus

Built by Brian Elvidge

This freelance model was inspired by one built by Nigel Lynn at Dunmow in 2003. It features eight arms that each carry a passenger car that rise and fall, as the roundabout rotates. The model is driven by a medium duty geared motor, marketed by Mike ...
 
 
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Fairground Ride

Built by Brian Elvidge

In this model I aimed to use the Geared Roller Bearing (GRB) in a model that was not a crane. It is loosely based on one built by Ron Martin seen at the North East London Meccano Club exhibition in Hainault in December 2008. It is about 18½"...
 
 
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Fairground Roundabout

Built by Brian Elvidge

A favourite model of its day, this modified SML 8 roundabout is designed to use the Geared Roller Bearing as its base and part of the superstructure of the model. It is driven by a classic E15R Meccano Motor through a chain of gears and a chain. The ...
 
 
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Fire Appliance

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is built from one of the last conventional Meccano sets produced in 1995-6, before the advent of the Model sets produced by France. It features a motorised tractor unit and an articulated trailer, a ladder unit which elevates using a hand w...
 
 
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Flotilla Leader

Built by Brian Elvidge

This ship model is built from fully detailed instructions by Bert Love in the April 1975 issue of Meccano Magazine Quarterly .  He also describes a second Escort too. The original was built from a set 6 of 1970, the Escort from a set 5.  Th...
 
 
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Ford Tractor

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model features a nice inside out differential mechanism, steering and is powered by a PDU motor. It was designed by Pierre Monsallut, a modelplan for it appeared in Meccano Newsmag   issue 72, July 1995. The model was further modified ...
 
 
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Forge Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model started life as a no. 6 outfit model in the 1959 series. The hoist motion is powered by a no. 1 clockwork motor. It also features a working four-wheel carriage along the fixed jib. The turntable in the outfit model was poorly designed. I hav...
 
 
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Furnace Charging Machine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model was built up from the plans in the Meccano Manual Set 9 for the period 1945-54.  The model shown in the photos is reproduced substantially as built with a few minimal modifications to the movable carriage and other places...
 
 
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Futuristic Motor Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is copied from the current manual for the no. 40 set, and represents a futuristic motor vehicle. The rear wheels are very close together while the front two have a novel steering system, which works very well but needs patience to set up co...
 
 
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Gantry Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken from the No. 6 manual of 1958, with a few modifications like the use of single girders for the bridge. It is hand operated, with three motions: travel, hoist and gantry carriage traverse. It works well, both within the set limits ...
 
 
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Gas Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This comes from the 1954 set no. 6 series of manuals, and is largely as in that publication, except mine is driven by a PDU. This makes a simple lively model. The building of this is straightforward in places but the cylinder cover and slide bars are ...
 
 
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Giant Pontoon Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model started life as Meccano Limited's 1968 Meccano Magazine rebuild of the 1930's model.  This uses a GRB in its construction, and is powered by an E20R motor. The gearbox is modified to slow the motions down as the builder feels they ar...
 
 
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Gun Tractor and Field Gun

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model is a double item from the Master Builder set and consists of a Gun Tractor and field gun. The tractor's gearing as built , is not very satisfactory and needs modifying to make the model run slower.
 
 
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Hand Generator Powered Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model has been developed as an interactive model for visitors to play with at exhibitions. Its Mark 2 MO motor is geared to the rear wheels and is powered by a 1970's hand generator which therefore means it needs no batteries. The new versi...
 
 
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Hand Generator Powered Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

As the title suggests, this model uses the hand generator marketed by Meccano from 1970 until circa 1978/9. The car is of my own design.  For a model plan please see the detailed article on this model in our Articles section. The second photo sh...
 
 
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Hand Operated Double-Ended Excavator

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model was originally found as pencil instructions with a date of 1971 on them. I have rebuilt it extensively and it may not yet be quite complete, but it is fully functional. The model has a large front bucket and a rear trenching bucket assembl...
 
 
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Hand Operated Radar Scanner

Built by Brian Elvidge

This uses parts from the Super Construction Set or the Crane Set with the addition of gears, two bevels, a hand crank shaft a rod and some collars. It loosely based upon this model by Douglas Windibank.
 
 
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Heavy Goods Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

From 1954 Set 5. This item has been shown at SELMEC in 2006, but because interest was shown at the time, I have rebuilt it. Acting upon a suggestion at a Henley Gathering, I have added an MO motor and reduction gearing. The latest version,...
 
 
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Helicopter

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken directly from the model set 15 manual and is one of the only models published not to use the cable remotes supplied in this set. It features hand-operated rotor blades. No significiant modifications were made to the model.
 
 
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HelicopterBuilt for the Pocket Meccano Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model was taken from the Pocket Meccano manual for 1971, no changes were made.
 
 
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HelicopterBuilt for the Three Supports Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

Taken straight from the Design 2 set manual and makes up well. This model is a helicopter with a handle to rotate the blades and tail rotor, since there is no motor in the set.
 
 
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High Speed Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model was originally constructed by the Hungarian Andreas Konkoly; Nick Rodgers of the Runnymede Meccano Guild rewrote the instructions in 2013. This is my slightly modified model. It has an upper base with five legs, a nice flywheel, a large cy...
 
 
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Highway Recovery Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is taken directly from the 1973 manual and is built as per the instructions, simple as they may be. This set was a bestseller for Meccano from 1973-9.
 
 
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Historic Racing Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken from the Design 3 set manual. It is alright as it is but could be better. This is due to a number of errors by the French in the manual. It is not at all easy to build any of these models - they need a lot of skill to make th...
 
 
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Horizontal Rope Race Model

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Horseless Carriage

Built by Brian Elvidge

An early motor car, taken from Canadian Meccano Journal  Meccanotes Issue issue 2, June 1996. A Modelplan by Don Redmond, which is very difficult to follow, used a "Magic" Clockwork motor to power the model.
 
 
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Improved Third Model from the 2010 Xtreme Power Motor Set

Built by Brian Elvidge

The French give instructions for three starter models with the Xtreme Power Motor set, and due to the limitations of parts supplied the third model needs improvement. One area of concern is the fixing of the driving axle which is supported by two trun...
 
 
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Interactive Child's Play-Cart

Built by Brian Elvidge

Designed to be robust when handled by small hands, this model can be touched and driven about carefully.
 
 
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Jumbo CraneBuilt for the 1976 Manual Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model was taken from the Meccano Magazine Quarterly July 1976. It is operated by hand. The model is built with a  Set 5 of the 1970 series and uses most of the supplied parts. It is well designed and works well. It features a nice...
 
 
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Lamp Inspection Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model comes from the 1974 Highway Multikit manual, with addition of a ratchet mechanism to prevent the inspection arm folding up.
 
 
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Lappins Catapult

Built by Brian Elvidge

This 2012 model is part of a marketing tie-in product for Meccano featuring the children's TV series and video game characters the Rabbids. This a working model taken from downloaded instructions issued by Meccano France. The device throws a furry toy ...
 
 
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Lappins Supermarket Trolley

Built by Brian Elvidge

This 2012 model is part of a marketing tie-in product for Meccano featuring the children's TV series and video game characters the Rabbids. The version is from downloaded instructions and is basically a model of a typical supermarket trolley, used I be...
 
 
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Level Luffing Port Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

Built using one photo from Bert Love's book as a guide, this crane is at the moment hand operated only, and will travel, slew and hoist, with a mechanical jib luffing. Click here to read an in-depth article about this model. March 2010 Later photo...
 
 
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Limo or Van

Built by Brian Elvidge

Taken from a mid 1930's 4-7 manual, and supposed to be a car. I have been told the vehicle could be a Limo or a van, take your pick on this one. It is powered by a no. 1 clockwork motor, driving the rear axle by sprockets and a chain system. It also ...
 
 
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Log SawBuilt for the Useful Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

Sufficient to cut balsa wood since it only has a Meccano rack strip for a blade!
 
 
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Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

A 1:10 scale lorry based on a design by Tony James, with detachable trailers.
 
 
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Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is well illustrated in the November 1966 issue of Meccano Magazine . It makes a typical Lorry of the period and could be built from a 1962 set no. 6. The Liverpool model constructs well with few issues and operates well. The model has a fe...
 
 
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Meccano Special Edition Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

Built from the contents of Anniversary Set 1999.
 
 
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MeccanOlympics Magic Motor Race VehicleBuilt for the Olympic Games Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Mechanical Horse

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is lifted straight from the 1945 set 6 manual, with minimal modifications.
 
 
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Metal Robots Collection

Built by Brian Elvidge

This 2009 collection consists of three similar models of varying complexity. They are somewhat tricky to assemble correctly and needed care. The boxes arrived intact and without parts missing.
 
 
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MG Sports Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

Built from the no. 3 outfit from 1962, but in 1970s colours with some cosmetic changes in appearance. This model is simple to build and is supposed to be an open-top MG sports car of the late 1950s. I have changed the tyres to a more realistic type a...
 
 
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Military Half Track Truck

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model appears in the Multikit manual for 1973.  The constructor does not have the special parts available and hence has used standard components.
 
 
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Miniature Articulated Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

A simple model in small form, showing Meccano models need not be large. Taken direct from a marketed outfit from the 1990's, this model gives a good impression of an American lorry and semi-trailer.
 
 
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Miniature Peterbilt Lorry and Trailers

Built by Brian Elvidge

Looking for anew subject to model recently, I came across these mini-models on the Internet.  They were built by Alan Esplen, on whose website they appear. I acknowledge help also from the Peterbilt website. I have tried to closely reproduce the ...
 
 
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Missile Launcher Truck

Built by Brian Elvidge

In its day the Army Multikit set was very popular and Meccano had great difficulty supplying demand in the mid 1970's. This model is taken from the manual without modifications and works well, firing a missile (the gun barrel).
 
 
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Motor Chassis

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model from Super Model Leaflet 1 is an icon of Meccano modelling. This version appeared around 1927 and is reproduced in the literature and Geoff Wright's book of 1978. My version of this model is modified, as I do not have the motor. I have used...
 
 
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Motorcycle

Built by Brian Elvidge

The range of models built from the Master Connection sets are arguably some of the best Meccano made. This is the Motorcycle model, complete with rear suspension and operating steerable front wheel.
 
 
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Motorised Articulated Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model was developed from my Miniature Peterbilt Lorry  models to a larger scale of about 1:17, and is based loosely on a European traction unit and two-axle forty-foot semi-trailer. The semi-trailer has retractable jockey wheels controlled b...
 
 
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O Gauge Wagon BogieBuilt for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

Basically two four-wheel trucks coupled by a 12½" girder body. It can run as two independent four-wheel trucks or coupled.
 
 
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Old Time Car or Taxi

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is one of the extension models of the train set that Meccano France marketed which are not often shown. It works well as built, but could be easily modified to be better.
 
 
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Old Time LorryBuilt for the Page One Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is built entirely from parts 1 to 50 only.  I have used bolts instead of grub screws and set screws, as these are numbered above 50 of course.  This makes using gearing tricky. I have built a girder and strip constructed lorry of ...
 
 
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Park BenchBuilt for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

Adapted from a 1930's manual model.
 
 
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Park BenchBuilt for the Hinged Flat Plates Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This very simple model uses the hinged flat plate, not often used and was subject of the Secretary's Challenge in September 2005.
 
 
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Platform Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is a freelance model with three motions - hoisting, slew and luff - all driven by a can type electric motor and gearing.
 
 
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Pontoon Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

2:1 scale pontoon crane built from web photos, sent to me by French constructor Jacques Vuye. The basis of the model is SML 28 of around 1928, which I have shown before at SELMEC. The model is driven by a French MO motor mark 2 from a battery box con...
 
 
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Propeller-Driven Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is illustrated on the last pages of the 1999 set 10 manual, but the low quality of the photograph means the details are hidden.  I have built it from the contents of the set and it seems to work well. It is a futuristic propeller-drive...
 
 
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Racing Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is built using the 2014 10 model set in yellow and silver. It is a good solid model and can be motorised easily.
 
 
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Racing Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is built from a combination of a 20 and a 30 model set, shown in a different colour scheme, motorised too.
 
 
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Radar or Mobile Gun Vehicle

Built by Brian Elvidge

A small radar or mobile gun vehicle from the French Evolution no. 2 set with a motor. As the vehicle travels the scanner also revolves. Built largely as per the manual, except for more nuts and bolts.
 
 
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Radial CraneBuilt for the Crane Building Kit Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model has been shown before at SELMEC by George Foard at meeting 120 in June 2006.  It is taken from the crane kit of 1976 and makes a nice subject. The trolley travel and the radial movement are hand driven, whilst the hoist uses the crane ...
 
 
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Radio Controlled Electric Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is of my own design and build and started as a project in 1991 to find out whether commercial radio control systems were compatible with the Meccano system.  A number of experiments followed, this model being the latest offering. The m...
 
 
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Railway

Built by Brian Elvidge

Eight feet of 3½" gauge track made entirely from Meccano, with two wagons and an industrial diesel locomotive. The wagon feature working drop doors and brakes that operate.  The locomotive can haul or push the wagons. 16 Ton Ballast Wagon...
 
 
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Railway BridgeBuilt for the Building Bridges Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

A basic girder-type single rail crossing with walkways, this bridge spans 24½" between two piers built from plates and strips.
 
 
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Raised Jib Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is copied from the French copies of the 1937 manuals from the website of Remi Lanne  in France. Chris, our Exhibition Officer, built a version of this model and showed it at previous meetings and at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum Magic o...
 
 
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Red and Blue Pull-Back Cars

Built by Brian Elvidge

These two 2012 editions to the Meccano range are available from the Argos website only; a few selected retailers now have them. I do not recommend them for children under seven years as there are many easily swallowed parts, but they could be built wit...
 
 
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Remote Control Digger

Built by Brian Elvidge

Uses the Meccano Infra-Red system.  Low gearing allows it to run fast.
 
 
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Revolving Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is an early Super Model from around 1928. It is SML 18 from  The Meccano Super Models by Geoff Wright, 1978, ABP. It features a very good screw operated jib luffing mechanism, and an early attempt at a hoist brake, this does not w...
 
 
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Road Compactor

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is based on a Blaw-Knox original and was written up in the July 1969 issue of Meccano Magazine by Spanner. This version of the model is slightly modified. The Power Drive motor is replaced by a modern silver motor from Dave Taylor (or can be ob...
 
 
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Road Grader

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Rolls Royce Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

Constructor Quarterly featured a similar model plan in the early 1990's for this model. The original uses wire-spoked wheels from the Crazy Inventors outfit, which I have not brought, and I have found the wheels unavailable separately, exce...
 
 
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Rotating Big Wheel

Built by Brian Elvidge

Modified from a design by Roger Little to use 8 cars instead of 16.
 
 
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Self-Powered Carriage

Built by Brian Elvidge

Credit for the original design must go to David Smithers and his entry in a competition at the West London Meccano Society last year and shown at the South East London Meccano Club in January 2003. This is my version, improved and reconstructed to red...
 
 
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Side-Lever Paddle Steamer Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model has been developed from photographs of the prototype in the Science Museum in London. It is the first stage of adapting the beam engine to the confines of a ship, by placing the beam at the sides and coupling them to the crankshaft by linka...
 
 
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Simple Fairground Roundabout

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model can be built with a 1962 - 1969 no. 5 set, motorised by a power drive unit.
 
 
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Simple RoundaboutBuilt for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

A two-armed simple roundabout, powered by a Magic motor.
 
 
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Single Cylinder Horizontal Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is described in Geoff Wright's Book The Meccano Super Models , 1978, under SML 11 and 11A depending which version was constructed. This is the later K set model of 1937-41 using strip plates in the base unit. The model uses a 195...
 
 
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Single Deck Underfloor Engined Bus/Coach Chassis

Built by Brian Elvidge

An experimental model, powered by a Dave Taylor motor, this model has a working clutch, differential, suspension, and 3 speed and reverse remote control gearbox. Designed originally in 1981, using a Marklin motor type 1073, it was converted to a PDU i...
 
 
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Skyrider Fairground Ride

Built by Brian Elvidge

Conceived from a model seen at Kew Bridge Steam Museum's Magic of Meccano Show some years ago by Mike Fallows, modified to suit. It features two rotating wheels at the end of a medium sized rotating arm. These two outer wheels are driven by chains from...
 
 
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Skyrider Fairground Ride

Built by Brian Elvidge

This is my version of a model built by Mike Fallows and shown at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum exhibition in 2009. It is not known whether the model is based upon an actual machine that tours the country. It features two small big wheels on each end of ...
 
 
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Small Buggy

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken directly from the 2010 two model set, instruction for which are available on the Meccano France website. The model features working steering, though is not controlled from thedriving position unfortunately, and a simple suspension ...
 
 
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Snow PloughBuilt for the Snow Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

One of the models in the manual from the 1974-5 Super Highway Multikit Set, plus a few extras. The model is easy to built and works well. It features a lifting plough, worked by a handle.
 
 
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Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This large model is based upon SML 11A and SML 32 put together, and made smaller. The original was built by Rob Beijersbergen in Holland, and was shown at the North East London Meccano Club show in December 2009, powered by a motor supplied by Dave Tay...
 
 
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Steam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is taken from plans published in Constructor Quarterly by Andreas Konkoly in 1992 and it builds well, except for one area, the chimney stack construction, which relies on bending plastic plates to an acute angle. This causes many breakag...
 
 
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Steam Excavator

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is better known as SML 19A, the steam Navvy. It is rebuilt using an E15R motor, or a high power side plate motor, available from Dave Taylor or other sources. It features travelling, slewing, hoisting and bucket racking motions.
 
 
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Steam Shovel

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Stiff-Leg Derrick

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is not my original - Chris Warrell showed a very similar model and this version is built from the photos on the this website. It is based upon SML 6 and is approximately scale of the SML.  It has jib luffing, load hoisting and slewing...
 
 
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Survivor Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

Built from the 1998 Master Connection set manual, but to a different colour scheme. The lighting set is left out, as it is very tricky to set up. The steering mechanism is my improved version and is more robust.
 
 
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Table-Top Blocksetting Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

Based upon a Meccano Magazine Model of the Month in 1960. Powered by an E15R/E20R type motor, this model replicates all the motions of the original - travelling, slewing, crab-traversing, and hoisting. Rebuilt in April 2001, winning the Phillip Bra...
 
 
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Temsi Motor Bus

Built by Brian Elvidge

Based upon the model in the 1962 and 1970 manuals, this model features working steering from the cab, finished in the Temsi colours of red and green. The model is built almost completely from a collection of Temsi parts, the Dutch metric clone of Mecca...
 
 
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Tornborg Tower Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

A freestanding tower crane of Swedish design and manufacture mounted on a static base.  There is also a mobile version of this machine. The model shown is approx 1:14 scale, powered by a faulhaber/Mike Dennis motor to a forward/reverse gearbox ,t...
 
 
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Tornborg Tower Crane Mark 4

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is a much improved version of this model, which was last shown in 2002 , constructed with the help of new information and photographs. It features the characteristic jack-knife jib luffing motion, using cords and a length of copper wire, f...
 
 
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Tracked Gun Tractor and GunBuilt for the Military Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model was illustrated twice in the Meccano Magazine in 1974, and won a prize at a Henley exhibition in 1973. It was originally built entirely from the Meccano Army Multikit Set. This version is constructed from 1970's parts as the Army parts wer...
 
 
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Tracked Gun Tractor Limber and 25 Pounder Gun

Built by Brian Elvidge

This was built using the contents of two Army Multikits. The Gun and Limber are taken from the set manual. The tracked tractor is freelance and is my own design.  The tractor will tow both of the other models. The Gun will "fire" shells as per t...
 
 
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Traction Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model uses some elements of the late Phil Bradley's model (see GMM Modelplan no. 5 - Road Locomotive). When my model was designed in 1985, the idea was to design out the unsightly scale features of the pre-war Super Model 22. This model uses scal...
 
 
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Tractor

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model started as a test bed for motors.  One experiment was to couple a 6V motor and battery case to a tractor type base, with ackermann steering and a differential gear.  This works well and uses low profile tyres from the 1999 crane se...
 
 
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Tractor

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is a simplification of my dual powered car shown at the Ilford exhibition in May 2003. I have altered the steering mechanism, the transmission and other details.  I have used a Dave Taylor pile gearbox motor which is transformer powere...
 
 
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Tractor

Built by Brian Elvidge

A model built from the set marketed by Marks & Spencer in Autumn 2008, with motorised rear wheels.
 
 
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Tractor, Dinky Trailer and Manure Spreader

Built by Brian Elvidge

These are three models based on Meccano Magazine articles and Meccano manuals. The tractor has steering and is driven by a Magic clockwork motor. The Dinky trailer is a typical farm trailer. The manure spreader comes from the 1970 series of manual...
 
 
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Transport Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

This lorry is built from an acquired a collection of unused Temsi parts. Temsi is the Dutch clone of Meccano with metric bosses and metric fixings. The model is taken from the set 4 Meccano manual of 1962, and makes a good sturdy model. The cab is les...
 
 
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Transport Lorry

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model has working steering, a clutch, a three speed gearbox, and a working differential. It is based on Tony James' MP 200 lorry-based cherry picker. It now has a more powerful car kit motor to drive it, instead of the Power Drive motor originall...
 
 
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TricycleBuilt for the Three Supports Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model features in the manual from the Design 3 set. I had difficulty in completion of this model due to some unexplained error. Even when comparing it with a fellow members model, we were unable to explain what was wrong. However, with spacers an...
 
 
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Twin Cylinder Marine Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

An model from the 1970 no. 6 outfit. It is shown modified and greatly improved, using an electric motor, geared down, to drive the crankshaft. It also features twin cranks, connecting rods and eccentrics. Extras outside the outfit include handrails, a ...
 
 
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Walking TractorBuilt for the Walking Model Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

Powered by a no. 1 clockwork motor and taken from the 1972 Meccano Magazine article by Bert Halliday, a modification of Liverpool's pre-war model from a no. 6 outfit. It operates very well straight from the magazine, with minimal modifications.
 
 
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Watt's Beam Engine

Built by Brian Elvidge

This fine model is shown in the pre-war manuals for the Set 6 for 1927-35. The pictures in the manuals do not do this model justice, as they are of poor quality, which makes constructing this large model a trifle difficult. The constructor networke...
 
 
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Windmill

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is run from a Meccano E20R .  It is a large model and shows what can be done with a no. 9 set of 1937-54  It has a large rotor, a small sack hoist crane, entry steps and so on.
 
 
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Windmill

Built by Brian Elvidge

Built from a 1962 - 1969 no. 3 set with additional faulhaber electric motor ex. Mike Dennis.
 
 
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Windpump

Built by Brian Elvidge

This model is a rebuild  taken from the set no. 7 manual of 1947-54. It is powered by a modern extra power side-plate motor available from Dave Taylor and other sources. The main rotor was strengthened by extra parts and is driven along with the p...
 
 
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WindpumpBuilt for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's Challenge

Built by Brian Elvidge

 
 
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Xtreme Car

Built by Brian Elvidge

This new model from the Xtreme Power Motor set uses most of the parts from the set, with some parts replaced to make it more sturdy. All the plastic pins have been replaced, and the model's rear axle is modified.
 
 
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Xtreme Dragsters

Built by Brian Elvidge

Two distinctly different models built using the pull-back motor from the Xtreme Power Motor set.  One of these is close to one of the manual models.

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