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0-6-2 Tank Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

Using the same ideas as for my model of a 2-4-2 Tank , this is based on an ex-Welsh Valley Railway locomotive, though with this model I was able to make it represent the prototype more accurately. The difficulty was modelling the splasher over the le...
 
 
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0-6-2T Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

 
 
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2-4-2 Tank Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model was inspired by an article in the May 2018 issue of Hornby Magazine about adding extras to a Bachman 4mm scale model of an ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway locomotive of this wheel arrangement. A number of the pre-grouping railways bui...
 
 
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2-6-0 Tender Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

These locomotives, together with a 2-6-2 tank-engine version, were introduced by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1947, a year before the railways were nationalised. They were a great advance on the older Victorian designs they were intended...
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeAirport Fire Truck

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model is based on one of the famous cut-open drawings which appeared regularly in the "Eagle" comic back in the 1950s; this one was for the 7th March 1958. The prototype represented the latest in airport fire-fighting equipment at the time for dea...
 
 
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Archimedes Ball Roller

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a copy of a model built by Craig Longhurst, based on an original design by Les Pattison. The balls are circulated continuously, being carried up the vertical slide by the archimedian screw around the outside of the central column, which they d...
 
 
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Articulated Lorry

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is the tractor unit only so far, of model 9.10 from the 1962-69 set of 10 model leaflets which were issued with the no. 9 outfit. All the outfits were revised in content in 1962, together with the inclusion of a number of new parts, and the comple...
 
 
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Cement Mixer

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based on a model in the 1954-61 No. 2 outfit manual, though judging by the illustration, it looks as if it could well have been carried over from an earlier, even pre-war, manual. I made some modifications to the original design, including fit...
 
 
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Built for the Military Models Secretary's ChallengeChariot and Driver

Built by Adrian Ashford

A chariot and driver from the 1954-61 no. 2 outfit manual, the outfit with which I began my Meccano career in 1957! The only changes from the original are the use of obtuse angle brackets (there were none in this outfit), instead of fishplates, f...
 
 
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Christmas Tree

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is completely my own idea. It is made in the flat, the trunk being represented by long strips, and the main branches by 5½" Curved Strips, shorter ones being used at the top. Two 3-way Rod and Strip Connectors represent a star on top. Red a...
 
 
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Concrete Carrier and Bulldozer

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based on a model featured in the April 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine . The main reason for building this model was to make use of the plastic caterpillar track, which I brought when it was introduced in 1974, but never used! Although primari...
 
 
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Crane Gearbox

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is the gearbox from the Electric Derrick Crane featured in the January 1949 issue of  Meccano Magazine . It provides three movements; hoisting and luffing operated by a single lever, and slewing which works by a pinion on a longitudinal rod ...
 
 
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Electric Crane Truck

Built by Adrian Ashford

Built from a 1954-61 no. 3 manual. While it looks attractive, it is not an easy model to build, being very fiddly to put together, especially with instructions that are hard to follow in places.  The crane part is generally very unsatisfactory.&n...
 
 
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Farm Tractor and Hay Rake

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based closely on the model in the November 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine . Though an attractive looking model, I had difficulty getting the steering to work, as it didn't say in the instructions which holes to bolt the Angle Brackets to the ...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeFell Diesel Mechanical Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a model of what is described as a Diesel Express Locomotive in the October 1953 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is in fact based very closely on the experimental Fell Diesel Mechanical Locomotive which was completed at the Derby Works of Britis...
 
 
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Fireless Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

Fireless locomotives were used for shunting on industrial premises where a total absence of fire risk or pollution was essential or desirable, e.g. chemical works, oil refineries, paper mills and food factories.  They were also used in steel works...
 
 
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Floating Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a 'scaled down' version of the Floating Crane featured in the November 1956 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is approximately 25% smaller than the original - so that it will fit in a suitcase for transport! The screw luffing and hoisting are ha...
 
 
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Industrial 0-4-0 Saddle Tank Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is modelled on a typical locomotive of its type, of which there would at one time have been hundreds in service at collieries and in the sidings of various works and factories around the country, some of which had their own extensive railway syste...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeJumbo Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model was built from instructions given in the July 1976 edition of Meccano Magazine. It was built from the contents of a 1970's no. 5 set.  Only very minor modifications have been made, the chief one being mounting all the 4 road wheels, ...
 
 
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London Transport 'TD' Type Single-Decker Bus

Built by Adrian Ashford

The 'TD' class of bus entered service with London Transport in 1948.  They had Leyland 'Tiger' PS1 chassis with Weyman bodywork (TD1-31) and Mann Egerton bodywork (TD32-131), seating 30 passengers, and were crew-operated. Provision was made for a...
 
 
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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Adrian Ashford

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Low Loader and Excavator

Built by Adrian Ashford

The Low Loader is based on the Giant Articulated Lorry model in the 1954-61 no. 7 set manual.  It has a re-modelled cab and a longer trailer, using 18½" instead of 12½" angle girders. The Excavator is based on a no. 5 outfit model i...
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

The inspiration for this model was the no. 4 outfit model in the April 1956 issue of Meccano Magazine . Although comparatively small, the aim is to have all four movements each powered by one of the small black 6V motors. Three motors have already be...
 
 
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Motorcycle and Sidecar

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a close copy of a model described in the July 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is built virtually to the published instructions, with the substitution of some of the parts used in the original for parts which were not then available, where...
 
 
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Observer Plane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is the very first model in the 1962 4/5/6 manual. This year marked a major revision of the Meccano range, which was described in the March Meccano Magazine for that year. It was at this time that plastic plates, narrow strips, the long threaded ...
 
 
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Owl

Built by Adrian Ashford

Built for the 2014 Eltham Centre display, this owl is copied from the announcement in the June 1957 issue of Meccano Magazine for a "Birds and Beasts" competition. This model, doubtless an entry in a previous similar competition, was used as an illus...
 
 
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Performing Musicians

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based on a no. 3 outfit model featured in the March 1950 issue of Meccano Magazine . I built it as an amusing model to go in our 2013 display at the Eltham Centre prior to our Meccano Show. The original used a few gears (there were none in th...
 
 
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Plate/Strip Bender

Built by Adrian Ashford

 
 
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Pumping Engine

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model is based on the Pumping Engine described in the December 1936 issue of Meccano Magazine . It was built from a 1934-7 Blue/Gold outfit G, which corresponded, more or less in terms of parts, to the later Blue/Gold and pre-1970 post-war no. 7 ...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeRailway Service Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is model no. 47 from the 1962 4/5/6 manual, with the addition of part no. 151, s Single Pulley Block, looking much more the part than a Loaded Hook tied to the end of the hoisting cord!
 
 
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Refuse Wagon

Built by Adrian Ashford

A very close copy of the model in the 1954-61 no. 7 set manual, with some slight alterations and additions. The body tips and has two sliding doors on the near-side.
 
 
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Roundabout

Built by Adrian Ashford

Probably more correctly called a carousel, this model is a combination of two Meccano Magazine models, in the issues for February 1956, a non-outfit model, and a no. 7 set model from March 1961. It combines the 12½" square base and 2½"...
 
 
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Routemaster Bus

Built by Adrian Ashford

A model of the unique 30' Routemaster built with a front entrance, which never entered service with London Transport.
 
 
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Searchlight and Jeep

Built by Adrian Ashford

The searchlight is from the December 1957 issue of  Meccano Magazine , and is built from a no. 2 outfit.  The jeep towing it is from the March 1956 issue and is built from a no. 1 outfit. The searchlight is illuminated using an Electrik...
 
 
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Shovel Loader

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based on a no. 4 outfit model in the August 1957 issue of Meccano Magazine and the "revised" version of the same model in the 1962 4/5/6 manual. This model is a hybrid version, incorporating features of both. I remember building the Mec...
 
 
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Side-Lever Engine

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a close copy of one of the models featured in part 2 of British Marine History in Meccano , a series of six articles published in the Meccano Magazine from March to August 1934. The original model has been copied closely in this re-bui...
 
 
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Sliding Bed Car Recovery Truck

Built by Adrian Ashford

A 1:10 scale model of a Ford IVECO lorry, with a Champion 3 ton sliding bed, built from the M. W. Models Modelplan leaflet No. 159, designed by Terry James. The model went together very well, as per the instructions, without any problems at all, ...
 
 
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Sopwith Camel Biplane

Built by Adrian Ashford

From a Marks & Spencer kit.
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeSports Car

Built by Adrian Ashford

A sports car based closely on model 4.15 in the 1962 manual, powered by a Magic Motor driving the front axle. Tin-plate road wheels are used with the idea of reducing friction on a wooden floor!
 
 
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Station Truck

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is the Station Truck featured in the Easy Model-Building section of the December 1955 issue of Meccano Magazine. It was built from the no. 1 outfit of the time (1954-61) and powered by a Magic motor. It is obviously based on the Lister petrol-dri...
 
 
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Steam Travelling Breakdown Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a close copy of model 2.28 in the 1954-62 outfit no. 2 manual. I've always thought it doesn't really look like a "proper" breakdown crane. But in issue 79 (Summer 2011) of the quarterly Great Western Journal Magazine there was an article on ...
 
 
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Steam Tug

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model is based on a typical steam-driven tug, hundreds of which were once used extensively for towing ships in and out of docks and ports on major rivers. I looked at numerous examples in a colour album of these vessels - there were so many diffe...
 
 
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Tandem Road Roller

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is the New Meccano Model featured in the February 1955 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is based on a diesel-driven road roller, with both rolls the same width and diameter. It has a novel feature and use of parts, making it an interesting model t...
 
 
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TF Green Line Coach

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is actually a rebuild of a model I originally built in 1975 (before SELMEC was formed!) It is modelled as accurately as possible on the pre-wat London Transport TF type single-deckers, which were used as replacements for older vehicles on Green Li...
 
 
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The "Empress of Britain" Ship

Built by Adrian Ashford

The Canadian Pacific liner, the "Empress of Britain", was launched on 11th June 1930, having been built by the famous Clyde-bank shipbuilding firm of John Brown & Co. Ltd. It was designed to be used as a transatlantic liner in the summer and as a ...
 
 
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Tipping Power Barrow

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model was featured as a New Meccano Model in the October 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine . It was based on what was then a new type of motor-driven vehicle fitted with a tipping hopper, designed for use on building sites. The machine is driven by...
 
 
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Tractor and Trailer

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model was featured in the September 1949 issue of Meccano Magazine . It's a small model, using 1" sprockets and sprocket chain for the tracks, and is powered by a 'Magic' Motor. The model has been built virtually as per the instructions, with on...
 
 
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Tractor and Trailer

Built by Adrian Ashford

The tractor is based on the Momentum Tractor featured in the August 1953 issue of Meccano Magazine . I've fitted a "Magic" Motor in place of the momentum drive, which drives the rear wheels through a rubber band drive and gears. The front wheels can b...
 
 
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Tram

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is based on an old no. 3 outfit manual model. It has been somewhat modified and fitted with an electric motor, picking up the electric current via the track it runs on. The semi-circuloar ends make good use of the recent spring steel type strips....
 
 
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Triple Expansion Marine Engine

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a close copy of one of the models featured in part 4 of British Marine History in Meccano , a series of six articles published in the Meccano Magazine from March to August 1934. Some modifications have been made to suit part availability an...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeTwin Bolster Wagon

Built by Adrian Ashford

A twin bolster wagon consisting of two single bolster wagons permanently coupled together as a pair, for carrying long loads like pipes etc.
 
 
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Westland Lysander Aircraft

Built by Adrian Ashford

The Lysander was developed in the latter half of the 1930s to meet the need for a new Army Co-operation aircraft to replace an older type. For the reconnaissance type of work it would be required to do, it was designed as a STOL (Short Take-Off and Lan...
 
 
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Windmill

Built by Adrian Ashford

The windmill in the 1954 no. 6 outfit manual was the starting point for this model, which I recall building for one of our early exhibitions, as per instructions, with the addition of lights on the ends of the sails. It's an attractive model, but look...
 
 
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Windmill

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is one of the models featured in the Easy Model-Building section of the May 1956 issue of Meccano Magazine . It was built from a no. 3 outfit of that period, with a Magic Motor to drive the sails. I've used one of the small black 6V motors, powe...
 
 
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Windmill Pump

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model, built for the 2014 Eltham Centre display, is a close copy of the one in the 1954-61 Set No. 3 manual, driven by a 6V motor.

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