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"2001: A Space Odyssey" Special Effect

Built by Brian Leach

You will need to watch the video of this model  on YouTube to see the effect from the camera's point-of-view. Motivation I must have first watched 2001 over 30 years ago and it struck me as a masterpiece of story, special effects and musical sc...
 
 
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"Belly" Fruit Machine

Built by Brian Leach

To see my 1980 attempt at a fruit machine go to Original Fruit Machine . If you would like to see a Word version of this document go to Fruit Machine Document . The fruit machine casing The base of the machine consists of four 12½" ang...
 
 
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1:3,125 Step Up Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

 
 
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2-Speed Automatic Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

Taken from the January 1975 issue of Meccano Magazine as built by Michael Edwards. Works fairly well, except under load it does not engage 2nd gear and doesn't drive the output at all.
 
 
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6-Speed and Reverse Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

My attempt at a better gearbox than the Andreas Konkoly 9-speed and reverse gearbox. The gear ratios are more useful at 12:1, 6:1, 4:1, 3:1, 2:1 and 1:1 in forwards and 12:1, 6:1 and 3:1 in reverse. It also runs fairly freely.
 
 
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Aeroplane

Built by Brian Leach

 
 
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Built for the Optical Illusion Secretary's ChallengeAmes Window

Built by Brian Leach

The Ames Window is a variation of the Ames Room invented by Adelbert Ames. The optical illusion of the bar passing through the window occurs because the window is not oscillating let-right-left as it appears to the viewer, but is in fact rotating with...
 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeArmchair

Built by Brian Leach

The Using Your Least Useful Part challenge for me was mandatory as I set the challenge. I was immediately confronted with the difficulty of a suitable least useful part. Ideally the dog clutch would have been used, as this never was satisfactorily used...
 
 
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Automatic Belt Tensioning Mechanism

Built by Brian Leach

Actually used on some cars to tension the alternator belt.
 
 
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Automatic Gantry Crane

Built by Brian Leach

The only manual difficultly is the orientation of the tracks which is not obvious. They face inwards. Another thing the manual could have picked up on is how to make sure the tracks are perfectly parallel, which they need to be since there is no side p...
 
 
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Automatic Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

A model in the 1976 June/September Meccano Engineer magazine made by Robin Schoolar, but slightly scaled down. The main operational device is a differential which when the output is put under load moves one of the gear shafts to a lower gear. A cent...
 
 
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Automatic Lift Mechanism

Built by Brian Leach

This lift does not need its motor to be reversed. It uses a large pulley block at a 1:4 mechanical disadvantage. Because of this you would not expect to see this mechanism in real life, but actually there are some. This model will be shown at the Eltha...
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Brian Leach

This was for the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014 Unpowered Bicycle Race challenge. It did not get past the first round as it veered slightly and went off the track. The race is available to watch on YouTube .
 
 
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Bulldozer

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1970's set 9 manual, model 9.4. There are a number of points in the construction. It is fiddly to construct with many half concealed places for doing up nuts and bolts. One of the drive 3:1 reduction ratios of which there are two, d...
 
 
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Camera Carousel

Built by Brian Leach

Place your model in the middle. Put your camera or smartphone on the arm. Select a motor voltage (12V gives a 30 second turn). Get an all-round video of your model.
 
 
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Car Ferry

Built by Brian Leach

A good 1970s model. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 1:00.
 
 
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Cargo Crane

Built by Brian Leach

A simple yet effective 1970s set 6 model. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 1:00.
 
 
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Cargo Ship

Built by Brian Leach

When I first opened a set 2/3/4 manual, there were examples of what could be built with the bigger sets. Set 10 was the cargo ship, and as a young lad it seemed like a pipe dream to build it. Set 10 was very expensive; in those days about 130 pounds, e...
 
 
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Christmas Tree

Built by Brian Leach

A simple Christmas tree with four flashing lights on it. The flasher uses a Meccano Commutator to provide two rates of flashing, using the two and eight segment areas.
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeClothes Airer

Built by Brian Leach

This started life as a spider's web, but I was not happy with it. It replicates all the functions of a standard clothes airer - it spins and can be collapsed.
 
 
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Built for the Spanners and Screwdrivers Secretary's ChallengeComic Creepy Crawly

Built by Brian Leach

Wheel flanges form the body and screwed rods keep all the wheel flanges together. Eight spanners make the legs of the creepy crawly and this could have been made longer, perhaps into a centipede if more spanners and wheel flanges were available. Unfor...
 
 
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Built for the Page One Model Secretary's ChallengeConstruction Crane with Grab

Built by Brian Leach

This model is modified from the 1970's Meccano manual model 5.9 (construction crane with grab), shown in the illustration, below right. It has been modified to use only parts 1 to 50. The main problems encountered were a lack of long bolts, plates,&nb...
 
 
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Counting Conveyor

Built by Brian Leach

A good 1970s model that works, but needs a ratchet wheel. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 4:20.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeCounting Machine

Built by Brian Leach

This was taken from the August 1964 issue of Meccano Magazine . By co-incidence it is similar to the digit counter of my current pinball machine model. The operation is fairly simple. A plunger is pressed for a short time allowing the inp...
 
 
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Crane

Built by Brian Leach

Model 3.7 from the 1978 set 3 manual. It is good, apart from the vague instructions on how to string it up.
 
 
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Crane

Built by Brian Leach

Model 4.6 from the 1978 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeDiesel Locomotive

Built by Brian Leach

The original intent for this Challenge model was to make a class 33 locomotive from the 1970s/1980s. Once it was made it did not look much like a class 33! I think the main problem is that it does not look rounded enough and the parts are too limited t...
 
 
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Diesel Shunter

Built by Brian Leach

This is the same as in the 1970s set 3 manual. A major problem is the drive from the motor to the wheels. There is not enough tension in the rubber band for it to move. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what (if anything) I have done wrong? Bria...
 
 
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Double Deck Bus

Built by Brian Leach

Built from a 1970's set 8 manual. It is a good model, bar the plastic plates at the top of the bus. They are not bolted at the side. They are clamped by the side strips and tend to come out. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time in...
 
 
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Dragon Illusion

Built by Brian Leach

The head is inverted which means that if it is perceived as a proper head, the head follows you as you move. Actually it moves at twice the rate of your movement in relation to it. A small version of this model was in Constructor Quarterly and paper...
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's ChallengeDragster

Built by Brian Leach

Uses a postman's elastic band and a ratchet mechanism to allow it run on when the band has lost all tension. Did not fair too well in the club race on the 21st June 2008. Too much energy was lost in friction because of the 1:10 step-up ratio....
 
 
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Dragster

Built by Brian Leach

Model 5.1 from the 1978 set 5 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeDrilling Machine

Built by Brian Leach

This is model 2.14 in a 1970's manual. It seemed to me the drill should retract to the up position when not in use. After looking on the Internet for real drilling machines I was none the wiser as to whether this was true or not. With n...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instrument Secretary's ChallengeDrum Kit

Built by Brian Leach

Actually only part of a drum kit - the bass drum and toms, along with a working bass drum foot pedal. The construction didn't present much of a problem.
 
 
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Duck

Built by Brian Leach

This came 3rd in the Geoff Carter small model challenge 2016. If you're building a creature from Meccano. Forget about modelling it accurately. Then it becomes a piece of art.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeDudley Canal at the Black Country Living Museum

Built by Brian Leach

A simplified version of the canal. The tour takes you through a narrow tunnel for a few hundred yards and then into a walled open area. The tour is worth it but you have to pay above the cost of entering the museum.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeElectric Truck

Built by Brian Leach

From the May 1951 issue of Meccano Magazine . Part of a club challenge to build something from the Festival of Britain or something of that year. I chose this because the Festival of Britain opened in May.
 
 
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Elevator

Built by Brian Leach

Model 3.4 from the 1978 set 3 manual. It has a clever auto-open door, but it doesn't quite open at the right time. It doesn't auto-close.
 
 
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Epicyclic Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

 
 
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Built for the Executive Toy Secretary's ChallengeExecutive Decision Maker

Built by Brian Leach

This executive toy removes that need to agonise over difficult decisions.  Simply let the plumb line fall and it will fall into either the "yes" or the "no" bucket - decision made! One design mistake: The lifting pulley should not be connec...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeFan

Built by Brian Leach

Model made for a challenge to use as many braced girders as possible. A very simple fan wth three blades. The braced girders provide finger chopping protection. Ideally they should all be double braced, but I am limited on parts. The 3,000 rpm sh...
 
 
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Fire Escape

Built by Brian Leach

One of the poorer 1970s set 6 models. The extended ladder section is not properly mounted on the lower section. Without adjustment the rear wheels rub. The manual is also unclear in places. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time in...
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeFire Tender

Built by Brian Leach

The Internet is very sketchy as to whether these existed during the Great Fire of London. The model is pleasing apart from the wheels not being spoked and the arms not being curved to represent the curved forked wood that would have been used.
 
 
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Five Digit Decimal Counter

Built by Brian Leach

I can take next to no credit for this. It is almost identical to Tim Robinson's which you can find at the following link: Original decimal counter The tension springs have been replaced with compression springs. The means the tension on the detent ...
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Model Secretary's ChallengeFive-A-Side Table Football

Built by Brian Leach

A fairly straight-forward model.  The base is made out of six flanged plates to avoid putting any bolts in the base. I did not plan the player spacing properly, so there are some 'dead zones'.  It was suggested that putting some ridges in th...
 
 
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Five-A-Side Table Football

Built by Brian Leach

I made this model when I joined SELMEC in 2007. This is a better attempt at getting it right. There are no dead zones any more.
 
 
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Forklift Truck

Built by Brian Leach

Model 5.4 from the 1978 set 5 manual. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 1:35.
 
 
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Forklift Truck; Dockside Crane; Lathe

Built by Brian Leach

Three models from the 1978 set 2 manual: Forklift truck (2.1) Dockside crane (2.3) Lathe (2.4)
 
 
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Fort Lift Truck

Built by Brian Leach

Does what it says on the can. The fork lift section needed extra washers for it to run freely. It is a good model. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 2:30.
 
 
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Gantry Crane

Built by Brian Leach

Basically a good model, and could have been a lot better for want of 2 more bush wheels and some threaded pins. The bush wheels for the runners on one side, and the threaded pins for the four pulleys as bolts give too much play and the pulleys tend to ...
 
 
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Godzilla Bridge

Built by Brian Leach

Chris Warrell, Tim Surtell and I went to the RIBA Family Fun Day on 2nd April 2016. The participants built bridges. For a bit of fun Godzilla occasionally went around looking at the bridges and would go up to the Godzilla bridge and bend it out of sha...
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeGo-Kart

Built by Brian Leach

This is similar to the go-kart in the 1970s manual model 2.15. It is designed for long distance running. Special design factors are: Use gears instead of a band drive. A 1" Electrikit Bush Wheel with three Pivot Bol...
 
 
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Governor

Built by Brian Leach

A very simple governor based on the Magic Motor governor. As the speed increases the weight starts to contact with the boiler end creating friction and therefore limiting the speed of rotation. This is not how a steam engine governor works - this limit...
 
 
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Heavy Duty Vehicle

Built by Brian Leach

Capable of carrying 10kg. This was going to be a person carrier when eight of them are put together, but Les Chatfield's bike has required me to completely rethink. The final model should be ready for the 2017 exhibition.
 
 
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Heavy Goods Lorry

Built by Brian Leach

A good 1970s model, but with nasty plate bending and poor gearing from the clockwork motor to the rear axle such that it hardly moves. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 1:30.
 
 
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Horizontal Rope Race Model

Built by Brian Leach

The idea here is to have the model pulled along by rope fastened away from the model. It was raced at the 2013 exhibition and did not do too well. I think there were two reasons. The idler was not tensioned correctly. The main wheel should...
 
 
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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's ChallengeHubble Space Telescope

Built by Brian Leach

A fiddly model to put together. Windmill sails make the solar panel. I updated it on 12/7/2016 to allow the back protective plate to be levered. The antennae are just 1" plastic pulleys.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Model Secretary's ChallengeIntermittent Drive

Built by Brian Leach

From the 1973 gears set. The first Meccano I have shown at SELMEC for about 25 years. A criticism of the mechanism is that if the output shaft is under load the contrate gears disengage. A dog clutch would be a better solution.
 
 
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Jigsaw

Built by Brian Leach

Model 5.2 from the 1978 set 5 manual.  This is an excellent model, there is something in the 1:15 ratio to the flywheel which gives it a feeling of power when you operate it. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 0:...
 
 
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Jumbo Crane

Built by Brian Leach

A fairly good 1970s model, but the instructions are confusing in places and the mud guards snag on the wheels. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 2:10.
 
 
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Lifting Shovel

Built by Brian Leach

The model was difficult to make. Access for fixing nuts and bolts was at times very difficult. The manual construction order is not very good. I had to part dismantle it sometimes. Also the diagrams were often not very clear as to what goes where. The...
 
 
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Linen Winder

Built by Brian Leach

This is model 13 in the 1928 set 6 manual. A YouTuber called newspaniard has been making all these models but did not succeed with this one because he couldn't work out how to build it. I found it very difficult from the instructions. The back of the m...
 
 
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Marine Engine

Built by Brian Leach

An elegant 1970s set 6 model. There are no construction or operational problems with it. The last model in the range to use a magic motor, and the only one in the set 6 manual. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 2:50.
 
 
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Meccanograph

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1970's set 9 manual, model 9.2. It presented very few problems in construction. One point of criticism is the level of play in the platter. A 57-tooth Gear would work better than the 19-tooth Pinion used. Also there are more pinions used th...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Magic Motor Race Vehicle

Built by Brian Leach

For maximum speed and acceleration it has minimal weight, a high gear ratio, and no use of inefficient pulley drives. In the race it did not get past the first heat. It was overtaken in the last 3 feet. I was gutted. The winning model used a trick see...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Ping Pong Put Machine

Built by Brian Leach

This controversially gave me a silver medal after I hit the rim of the bowel twice. Chris Warrell managed to get one in which immediately bounced out. The audience cheered me more! Two tension springs project the ball about 16' maximum.
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Push-Of-War Vehicle

Built by Brian Leach

This model uses a no. 1 clockwork motor, and is unfortunately slightly too big for the 4½" competition class. It has four-wheel drive with four 1" tyred pulleys for each wheel.  The gear reduction is about 45:1 so it moves very slowly. It...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Walking Model

Built by Brian Leach

A bronze medal model, which is nothing special as there were only 3 contestants!. It is a biped and works by using one foot at a time, the movement of the whole model is by rotary motion. Two Bush Wheels on each side are connected to a vertical rod att...
 
 
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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeMy House

Built by Brian Leach

This 100 year old mid-terrace actually has two chimneys but would look wrong like this in a model. The front door is on the side because the adjoining houses are offset.
 
 
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Built for the Nuclear Power Secretary's ChallengeNuclear Reactor

Built by Brian Leach

From Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea , a TV series in the 1960s set in a nuclear submarine. However, the stories were set in the 1970s and 1980s, hence the nuclear reactor had to look futuristic. For that reason it looks a bit unrealistic. It first a...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge Class 33 Diesel Locomotive

Built by Brian Leach

Fairly simple construction. The bogies do turn and it is not powered. It could have done with some blue and yellow strips to make it more colour authentic.
 
 
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Original Fruit Machine

Built by Brian Leach

My interest in fruit machines began at an early age. Firstly I was fascinated with playing them, and then how they worked. Back in 1980 it was time to start on the fruit machine shown right. It was shown at the 12th April 1980 meeting with the fo...
 
 
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Penny-In-The-Slot Machine

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1973 set 8 manual. Model 8.7.  Difficult to construct from the diagrams. There were a few minor design changes to avoid bending a strip. The main mechanism is as follows: A horizontal strip with a long bolt on the end stops the drawer f...
 
 
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Pinball Machine

Built by Brian Leach

Digit Counter Objectives of the counter: An electrical pulse should advance the units digit. A different electrical pulse should advance the tens digit. Another different electrical pulse should advance the hundreds digit. Advancing from ...
 
 
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Ping-Pong Ball Racer Machine

Built by Brian Leach

My first inspiration for this type of model was in the January 1978 Meccano Magazine, built by Robin Schoolar and family. Unfortunately, other models, college and not getting back to SELMEC meant this was forgotten about until now. I d...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengePooh Sticks Bridge

Built by Brian Leach

Pooh sticks bridge (originally known as Posingford bridge) was built in 1907. After making the model I was surprised to find another photo of a different design. Instead of two posts in-between each span there was only one. It turns out the bridge has ...
 
 
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Pumpjack

Built by Brian Leach

Also known as a "Nodding Donkey".
 
 
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Quayside Unloader

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1970's set 8 manual. It presented very few problems in construction except for one rod which has to be forced into place. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 0:30.
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeRoutemaster Bus

Built by Brian Leach

As I have no red/green Meccano, this bus is all in zinc. I only had three hours to build it in, so it is not a work of art.
 
 
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Rowers

Built by Brian Leach

A simple, elegant and excellent model. Easy to build and the rowers do row. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 3:35.
 
 
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Scales; Racing Car; Breakdown Truck

Built by Brian Leach

Three models from the 1978 set 1 manual: Scales (1.1) Racing car (1.6) Breakdown truck (1.10)
 
 
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Scorpion

Built by Brian Leach

A fairly good 1970s model, but very difficult to get working and a mistake in the manual caused some confusion. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 3:00.
 
 
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Sewing Machine

Built by Brian Leach

Model 4.8 from the 1978 set 4.
 
 
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Shooting Range

Built by Brian Leach

Easy to build 1970s set 6 model. Not a very challenging game however. The 10" Rubber Band on the 3" Pulley is best if it is the heavy duty type. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 6:00.
 
 
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Side-Tipping Lorry

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1970's set 8 manual. Very straightforward to build. The mechanism tends to slip unless the pivoting of the model is changed slightly. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 2:00.
 
 
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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSnow Shoe

Built by Brian Leach

A 3:2 scale show shoe similar to the traditional style, made out of wood, rawhide and leather.
 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeSnowflake

Built by Brian Leach

A simple snowflake. Parts were a problem as it needs 6 times everything. Some rods give it a more 3D appearance. The snowflake was taken partly from an Internet picture and I also looked at some cartoon pictures of snowflakes to get a more a...
 
 
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South-Seeking Chariot

Built by Brian Leach

A Meccano Magazine model with slight modifications. The pointer is always meant to point in the same compass direction. A differential is the main functional mechanism.
 
 
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Spectacles

Built by Brian Leach

Used for my MECCNUTTY channel icon on YouTube.
 
 
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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeSpiral Staircase Viewing Platform

Built by Brian Leach

The steps should be wedges instead of semi-circular plates, but it doesn't look too bad. The 14 extra parts are: 1 x 2a - 4½" Perforated Strip 2 x 12 - ½" x ½" Angle Bracket 1 x 52a - 5½" x 2½" Flanged Plate 1 x ...
 
 
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Spur Gear Differential

Built by Brian Leach

This is shown in the January 1974 Meccano Magazine and is a very elegant differential. The centre drive to it is very unusual. Most differentials have the drive to one side. All credit to Mr. James Grady.
 
 
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Stock Car

Built by Brian Leach

Model 3.1 from the 1978 set 3 manual.
 
 
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Strip and Plate Bender

Built by Brian Leach

This is loosely based on one of Adrian Ashford's plate benders . WARNING: After almost a year of use this has worn out! Some of the 4½" Strips have had their holes elongated and one of the rods has worn down where it contacts with the strips...
 
 
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Strip and Plate Bender (Version 2)

Built by Brian Leach

This is similar to my other strip and plate bender, but is more robust. Use of 4 hole Couplings helps. At the same time it uses less expensive parts. Parts used: 2 of 2a, 4 of 4, 2 of 8b, 2 of 9, 1 of 9f, 1 of 14, 2 of 14a, 3 of 15, 2 of 16a, 2&...
 
 
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Built for the Clothing Secretary's ChallengeSuperman Logo

Built by Brian Leach

 
 
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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeSwing Bridge

Built by Brian Leach

This model had a troubled evolution. I had the Challenge verbally repeated to me - girder frames with a maximum of 113 parts, or so I heard. The resulting model is shown at bottom right. There is a bevel gear arrangement to turn the bridge. There are b...
 
 
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Synchronous Motor

Built by Brian Leach

This motor is taken from the Electrikit manual and runs from 15V AC. The idea is to turn the spindle at 750rpm to get it going. At this speed the bolted areas on the wheel are moving at 50Hz, the same as the AC mains in the UK. It needs a lot of patien...
 
 
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Built for the Odd Parts Secretary's ChallengeTable Setting

Built by Brian Leach

 
 
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Tachometer

Built by Brian Leach

Model 4.4 from the 1978 set 4 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Famous Work of Art Secretary's ChallengeThe Angel of the North

Built by Brian Leach

The Angel of the North is a monument outside Gateshead. I decided to do this for the 'Famous Work of Art' Secretary's Challenge because the only other things I could think of were either a Mondrian painting or an Andy Warhol soup tin! The proper Angel...
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeThree-Legged Chair

Built by Brian Leach

This is part of the 3-Legged Secretary's Challenge for September 2007. Most of my parts are being used elsewhere so a simple model is all I could manage. Fishplates attached to a central bolt effectively splay the legs and the chair back is made of co...
 
 
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Three-Speed and Reverse Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

This is similar to the gearbox by Mr. Adrian Hall in the January 1976 issue of Meccano Magazine . The ratios for the 1st and 2nd gears are however 4:1 and 2:1 instead of 9:1 and 3:1. In the magazine a special coupling was used for 3rd gear to connect ...
 
 
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Tower Bridge

Built by Brian Leach

This presented very few difficulties. The feeding of string around it without cutting any of it was a bit time-consuming. It can lift both sections by use of long string crossing from one tower to the other. There is a video of this model  on Yo...
 
 
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Traction Engine

Built by Brian Leach

Geoff Carter gave me the inspiration for this all-brass traction engine. It came third in the Geoff Carter Cup. I could not find suitable parts for the boiler, so Socket Couplings had to do.
 
 
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Travelling Gantry Crane

Built by Brian Leach

From a 1970's set 9 manual, model 9.15. This was fairly easy to build except for the threading of the string in places. It looks the part and is an excellent model. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 5:10.
 
 
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Built for the Military Model Secretary's ChallengeTrebuchet

Built by Brian Leach

To get this model working well, note the following: The counterweight needs to be at least 700g (1½lb). In this case, 100 2p coins were used.  This is 2" away from the pivot. The projectile is a 3/8" ball and only weighs 3.5g or 1/8oz. T...
 
 
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Two Pole Relay Switch

Built by Brian Leach

This is Elektrikit model E20. Two adjustments had to be made. More spacing in the armature or else there is a short circuit. The flexible strips holding the armature are not strong enough and need to be braced with Fishplates.
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeUnite Stratford One

Built by Brian Leach

A small section of the Unite Stratford One building. This is in my opinion a carbuncle and has also gone into the news as being a carbuncle. I particularly dislike the random bay windows.
 
 
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Variable Speed Differential Gearbox

Built by Brian Leach

As seen at the back of the Mechanisms Set manual. The differential adds the speeds of the two road wheels. Since they are turning in opposite directions they tend to cancel out unless they are moved away from centre by adjusting the arm.  So it is...
 
 
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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeWALL-E

Built by Brian Leach

From the 2008 animated movie by Pixar. It took three hours to build and a number of simplifications have had to be made: The caterpillar tracks are rubber bands. The arms are statically fixed to the body, instead of moving around the front and top e...
 
 
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Warehouse and Lift

Built by Brian Leach

Fairly easy to build and it does basically work. The lift itself has too much play in it. I am not sure why there are several BC1 boltings as this just makes the lift tip sideways when the special lever stops it going any higher. There is a video of ...
 
 
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Built for the A Novel Motor Secretary's ChallengeWeight Driven Tower

Built by Brian Leach

I can't remember where I saw this type of model. There was a race of them by one of the Meccano clubs. A 600g weight falls by about four feet to propel the model by about 15 feet. There is a string from the weight to the one of the axles where the str...
 
 
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Wendy House

Built by Brian Leach

This was created for the 2016 SELMEC Meccano Show but was originally suggest by a friend Rosemarie four years ago. The pin table meant this had to go on the backburner until now. The house is about 3' by 2' and 3'6" high to the roof. To the apex of th...
 
 
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Windmill Generator

Built by Brian Leach

A 1970s set 6 model. Suffers from an overly ambitious string drive mechanism that the clockwork motor cannot quite cope with. There is a video of this model  on YouTube, at time index 1:35.
 
 
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YouTube Channel Art

Built by Brian Leach

Art for my YouTube channel, MECCNUTTY .

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