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"Dive Bomber" Fairground Ride

Built by Alan Wenbourne

This is the GMM SML 26 model. Click here to read an in-depth article about this model. Some club pictures here, see more below.
 
 
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Armstrong-Saurer Truck

Built by Alan Wenbourne

15/01/2011 A model of an Armstrong-Saurer twin axle bogie as was fitted to the Dominant 6-wheeled truck, produced in the UK between 1927 and 1931.  This bogie is very unusual in design and construction in that it features three differentials in-...
 
 
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Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck

Built by Alan Wenbourne

This kit model took me six hours to assemble, only to find that the Grille trim and Bumper were still in the box! The instructions made no mention of these parts, so another ½ hour was needed to fit them. The main problem with the truck is th...
 
 
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Clock

Built by Alan Wenbourne

Meccano Clock Kit no. 2. Mounted on a Meccano stand to accommodate pendulum and weights.
 
 
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Compact 6-Speed and Reverse Gearbox

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A model of the late Tony Bolton's excellent 6-speed and reverse, all pinion compact gearbox, shortened by 1" by using narrow face gears. Also added are the shift rails, detent controls, gear shift mechanism and double 'H' pattern gate. A new diap...
 
 
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Differential Demonstration and Examples

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A differential demonstration mobile and a display of seven limited slip and torque proportioning differentials.
 
 
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Differentials

Built by Alan Wenbourne

Built using Meccano-compatible gears from Tony Bolton. Having had a complete set of these gears for some time now, I decided it was time to use them for something, so applied the thought to my favourite subject! The differential uses the 6-tooth pin...
 
 
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Fairground Dive Bomber

Built by Alan Wenbourne

More 'home' pictures of my version of this GMM SML 26 model.
 
 
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Gearboxes

Built by Alan Wenbourne

From Alan's 2014 series on gearbox design in the Runnymede Meccano Guild Magazine .
 
 
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Gentlemen's Bicycle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

With working chain drive and steering. This is based on a model by Frank Weber that appeared in Constructor Quarterly some years ago. I had added it to my 'to make' list of models and recently found reason to re visit it. I added steering and made s...
 
 
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Hummer Vehicle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A 1:6 scale model AM General Hummer vehicle. Features Four wheel drive Friction clutch 5-speed & reverse gearbox (later fitted with Ravigneaux 3-speed & reverse gearbox with Hi-Lo range change & integral inter-axle differential) Front...
 
 
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Improved Apparatus for Applying Motion Power

Built by Alan Wenbourne

These are models of an "Improved Apparatus for Applying Motion Power" from an 1861 patent (no. 1112) by George Hayes. A diagram of the Hayes device and A.N. Other's Meccano model are included in the photos. The following descriptive text is ...
 
 
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John Deere Tractor

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Self-Powered Cart

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A model of Leonardo Da-Vinci's self-powered cart based on his sketch circa 1478, this work-in-progress model features: Spring driven Twin differential drive Speed regulation Brake Programmable steering Rack and pinion
 
 
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M4 High-Speed Tractor

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A 1:15 scale model of an Allis-Chalmers M4-HST (High Speed Tractor). The original was made during WWII as an artillery tractor and munitions carrier and had a top speed of 35 MPH. In its current form, including body, the model will make 2 MPH and slew...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeMotorcycle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

From a Marks & Spencer kit.
 
 
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Nile Barrage Lifting Bridge At Assuit

Built by Alan Wenbourne

This is a model of the bridge featured on the front cover of the June 1938 Meccano Magazine . It is a lifting bridge at Assuit, in Egypt, forming part of the Nile barrage system. Its unique feature is the rolling counterweight, running on a variabl...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeOlympic Rings

Built by Alan Wenbourne

 
 
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Pegasus Bridge

Built by Alan Wenbourne

This model celebrates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings ((6th June 1944) in Normandy, France, and the capture and defence of the Pegasus Bridge. The Pegasus rolling lift bridge spans part of the Caan canal in Normandy, France. It was built i...
 
 
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Ping-Pong Ball Launcher

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A Ping-Pong ball launcher designed for entry into this years Meccanuity challenge. Unfortunately I had to cancel attendance to the event due to a family bereavement, so it was never tested in earnest! The challenge was a firing range consisting of a b...
 
 
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Ravigneaux Planetary Transmission

Built by Alan Wenbourne

Click here to read an in-depth article about this model.
 
 
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Reduction Gears

Built by Alan Wenbourne

These reduction gearboxes are my response to a 'Brain Teaser' posed in the September 2006 issue of the International Meccanoman magazine (IM49). (See the results in IM51) The challenge was to build 100% Meccano reduction gears of ratios 100:1 a...
 
 
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Built for the Robots Secretary's ChallengeRobby the Robot

Built by Alan Wenbourne

The robot from the 1956 MGM science-fiction film Forbidden Planet .
 
 
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Small Limited Slip Differential

Built by Alan Wenbourne

I thought I would contribute to the unofficial small differential design competition, using an idea I have been toying with for a while, which is to use the 12-tooth tri-flat plastic pinions in a spur gear differential design, using Electrikit bush whe...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSteam Tug Boat

Built by Alan Wenbourne

From the June 1938 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Optical Illusions Secretary's ChallengeStroboscope

Built by Alan Wenbourne

For the Optical Illusions Secretary's Challenge I decided to re-create a stroboscope. Some years ago I made one to determine the rotational speed of my E20R motor, spinning a black/white segmented disc under tungsten lighting. I remember it worked but ...
 
 
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The 'Allwyrm' Limited-Slip Differential

Built by Alan Wenbourne

An improved Torsen T-1.
 
 
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The London Eye

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A "Mini Version" London Eye This model is called a "mini version" because its elements are not proportional. The wheel is to a scale of 1:120 and the capsules are 1:45 scale. This enabled the degree of detail that I wanted to produce in the capsules, ...
 
 
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Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge

Built by Alan Wenbourne

A model of the pedestrian bridge that spans a part of the Grand Union Canal in Paddington, London. It won the designer, Thomas Heatherwick, the British Designer of the Year Award in 2006. The original is hydraulically powered and curls to form an oct...
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeTricycle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

 
 
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Tug Boat

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Unbalanced Gravity Wheel Perpetual Motion Machine

Built by Alan Wenbourne

This model demonstrates why unbalanced gravity wheel type PMM's do not work!
 
 
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Uni-Ball Roller

Built by Alan Wenbourne

I found a use for the one-piece channel girder!
 
 
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Volkswagen Direct Shift Gearbox

Built by Alan Wenbourne

Alan impressed us all with his demonstration model of Volkswagen DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox): a 6-speed and reverse, computer controlled dual clutch transmission. It features an over-centre spring-loaded clutch switching mechanism, a dual clutch using ...
 
 
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Xtreme Dragster

Built by Alan Wenbourne

Mine is a minimalist design, the object being to maximize the power to weight ratio whilst avoiding wheel spin. The chassis was reduced to two 5-hole narrow strips with one front wheel for good directionality. Minimum mass was also necessary to ensure ...

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