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1929 Steam Wagon

Built by Ralph Laughton

The Steam Wagon's first run was at Crossness Pumping Station's Engineering open day, in June 2014. Always a good event and this year it gave me a chance to fire up the old 1929 virtual boiler steam engine, currently fitted to  the Steam Wagon mode...
 
 
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8-Pole Synchronous Motor

Built by Ralph Laughton

A 750 RPM motor, model E15 from the Elektrikit manual.
 
 
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Asynchronous Motor

Built by Ralph Laughton

A self-starting asynchronous motor, model E12 from the Elektrikit manual.
 
 
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Automatic Slag Dumper

Built by Ralph Laughton

This might have been useful on a Friday night in my youth... ...but on closer inspection the 'slag' being referred to here is the waste generated during the process of coal mining. The model is an improved version of model 4.20 from the 1958 No. 4 set...
 
 
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Baby

Built by Ralph Laughton

Baby was made from the parts we had bent to try out our strip bending machine.
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Models Secretary's ChallengeBand Buggy

Built by Ralph Laughton

Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's Challenge, June 2008, I was full of optimism after the surprise result earlier this year at the Telford & Ironbridge Meccano Society's exhibition in May where we came runners up in the square whe...
 
 
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Beam Engine

Built by Ralph Laughton

This was inspired by our friend, Norman Brown, who recently built an immaculate red/green version of this model, first built by Burt Love and featured in his book Model Building in Meccano published forty-two years ago! Norman's version is pretty muc...
 
 
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Bending Machines

Built by Ralph Laughton

These bending machines were built originally so that we could form the strips and plates while refurbishing our dealer display windmill. We looked at several designs and eventually built the machines you see here. The strip bending machine will form s...
 
 
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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeBridge

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Clock

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Spanners and Screwdrivers Secretary's ChallengeCompass

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Dealer's Display Motorbike

Built by Ralph Laughton

This motorbike is a modern dealer display model, first seen at the 2010 London Toy Fair. These models, I believe, were built by outside organisations for Meccano. The model does not promote any particular set and was intended to just fly the flag in ...
 
 
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Dealer's Display Windmill

Built by Ralph Laughton

Purchased over 20 years ago in a sorry state, this model was repaired at the time and was taken to a few meetings and shows. The model had none of the original bulbs and due to a shortage of supply of original lamps at the time, all the lamps were repl...
 
 
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Dragsters

Built by Ralph Laughton

"If you can turn you're not going fast enough." The new Xtreme dragster set includes a new pull-back motor but the model is not very good looking at all. Sue and I had already decided that we could improve on it and very soon we were aware that Chri...
 
 
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Eiffel Tower

Built by Ralph Laughton

Meccano has been used to build all sorts of things of the years. Apart from the obvious subjects like cranes and bridges etc., lots of famous landmarks have appeared in various manuals and magazines. One of the most famous subjects to appear has to be...
 
 
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Ferris Wheel

Built by Ralph Laughton

George Ferris' original observation wheel under construction, January 2009. You can follow the story HERE on our website by clicking on NEWS button and follow the links that mention Ferris. I will post more pictures here when it is finished.
 
 
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Ferris Wheel

Built by Ralph Laughton

Model number 6.5 from the 1929 4-7 manual.
 
 
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Fighter Jet Aeroplane

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Flying Bi-Planes

Built by Ralph Laughton

Earlier in 2010 I built a helicopter pylon flyer. Although successful, it was a bit of a liability at meetings as it could really get up a turn of speed. Something a little more sedate would be a much better idea. It occurred to me a smaller version of...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeForth Railway Bridge

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue and I got a bit carried away with this Secretary's Challenge! This bridge was built from a partial plan published in the front of Geoff Wright's book The Meccano Super Models . The original was designed to be built from MME parts. Our model is an...
 
 
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French Crane Display Models

Built by Ralph Laughton

One of the better sets of recent years was the Special Edition crane set. Not only did it come in a posh case, the model of the crane really works quite well. The large crane is a French Meccano specially built display model. As you can see, it incorp...
 
 
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Built for the Page One Models Secretary's ChallengeFunicular Railway

Built by Ralph Laughton

This model was built for the September 2008 Secretary's Challenge and therefore uses only parts 1 to 50.  That includes strips, angle girders and most of the gears.  It also includes the pulleys but not the tyres. All this aside, the biggest ...
 
 
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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeGarden Roller

Built by Ralph Laughton

This Challenge (to build a model using only 14 parts and as many of part 214 as you like, plus nuts and bolts) took some thinking about. What on earth do you do with part 214, the semi-circular plate? Although we have plenty of them they hardly ever ge...
 
 
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Hammerhead Crane

Built by Ralph Laughton

Douglas Laing from Johannesburg submitted a VirtualMEC drawing of a hammerhead crane to the spanner list back in October 2016. The crane looked interesting and relatively simple to build - or so I thought. It turns out that is very easy to unwittingly...
 
 
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Hammerhead Crane

Built by Ralph Laughton

Intended to be run from a steam engine.
 
 
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John Deere Excavator

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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John Deere Tractor

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeKiddie Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue was not able to attend the meeting, and had not finished her model in time for me to take it and show it at the meeting. Sue had decided to build the kiddie car from the No. 1 set, as found in the manuals of the 1950's. This was probably a ploy to ...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeLunar Landing Module

Built by Ralph Laughton

Build a model from one of Meccano's "other systems" - that sounded like a good excuse to buy a Bayko set! A search on eBay soon showed that if I was going to build anything of any worth I would have to make a substantial investment. Second choice was p...
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Buggy 1

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Buggy 2

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Meccano Turbo Racers

Built by Ralph Laughton

These new sets from Meccano are the first to be issued in 2011 likely to be of interest to us. The four cars are made up from only two different sets, colour variation making the other two sets. The cars are based around a new one-piece, chrome-plated...
 
 
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Mini Motorbike

Built by Ralph Laughton

A motorbike built from a photograph of a model that caught my eye which was taken at a Meccano show. At the time I didn't make a note of the builder's name or the show and now can't find it again to credit the show or the builder, whom I am not sure wa...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMotorbike and Sidecar

Built by Ralph Laughton

Build a model from one of Meccano's "other systems" - that sounded like a good excuse to buy a Bayko set! A search on eBay soon showed that if I was going to build anything of any worth I would have to make a substantial investment. Second choice was p...
 
 
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Nano Hectaplane

Built by Ralph Laughton

If it had eight gondolas, this fairground ride would be called an Octopus. As it only has six arms, no gondolas, but single-seat aeroplanes, it must be a Hectaplane... After building the Nano Roundabout in 2010 and taking it to a few meetings, it wa...
 
 
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Nano Roundabout

Built by Ralph Laughton

In early 2010 Meccano released a collection of six Nano kits. These micro-models are built using a minimum number of parts and are all produced only using zinc parts. Having managed to get our hands on a set when they first appeared, we took them to a ...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge V Tipper Wagon

Built by Ralph Laughton

I have long been a fan of railways, both real and model, but I have never built anything mildly railway related (apart from our funicular railway ). This little model is my representation of a 'V' tipper, typical of the type found on narrow gauge ind...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeOlympic Projectiles

Built by Ralph Laughton

The Challenge for our June 2012 meeting was to produce models with an Olympic theme. As you can see, vast amounts of thought, design and years of building practice have all come together, culminating in the four models you see before you. The models ar...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengePair of Compasses

Built by Ralph Laughton

A flick through the English Meccano Magazine of February 1956 revealed a very appropriate article, that I had not noticed before, titled appropriately "Meccano to the Rescue!" The article describes several ways Meccano can be used to solve all sorts ...
 
 
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Pick-Up Truck

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengePushbike

Built by Ralph Laughton

This has to be one of the smallest models I have built for a while. Simple in construction and made from few parts, it makes a change from our usual enormous models that take an age to build and set up at meetings and exhibitions. The model may be sma...
 
 
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'Push-Of-War' Competition Entry

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Pylon Flyer

Built by Ralph Laughton

This model was inspired by several that have been made in the past and especially by a post made on the Spanner II mailing list by Geoff Brown regarding his vision. The problem to solve is how to get the helicopter, on the end of the arm, to lift, til...
 
 
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Quad Bike Racers

Built by Ralph Laughton

This project has been giving me a lot of trouble. It is our version of the pre-war race game that incorporated governors to disengage the drive if the crank is wound too fast. Initial attempts were disappointing and after a bit of adjustment here and f...
 
 
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Racing Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeRobot

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Robot Sets and Maxi Sets

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Military Models Secretary's ChallengeRoman Battering Ram

Built by Ralph Laughton

For the Military Model Secretary's Challenge, rather than build something from the Meccano army sets, I decided to look back a little further in time and have built a Roman battering ram. Although there is nothing remarkable about this model, it has i...
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeRope Climber

Built by Ralph Laughton

Based on the 'magic box' design of the 1930s, Konkoly built a model called 'The Canadian Sheriff'. My model is based on the Konkoly model mechanism but I have removed the 'Canadian' features from the man in favour of a more nondescript figure. If anyth...
 
 
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Roundabout

Built by Ralph Laughton

Intended to be run from a steam engine.
 
 
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Rubber Track Drive

Built by Ralph Laughton

Someone on Spanner or another of the Meccano forums pointed out that a plastic 19-tooth pinion fits inside the plastic drive 'sprocket' (cylinder) and engages with pre-moulded teeth making a non-slip union between the parts. As far as I can see Meccano...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeShipyard Crane

Built by Ralph Laughton

The subject of this model is the Shipyard Crane from the 1962 4/5/6 set manual which adorns the front cover (model no. 6.2), but it is built from 1998 French no. 7 set parts. The trouble with most of the sets has always been a lack of duplicated parts...
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeSkate Bus Stop

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Steam Derrick

Built by Ralph Laughton

For the 2012 Henley Gathering we decided it would be good to incorporate one of our 1929 steam engines into a model. The SML 19 Excavator has been built so many times we thought it might be interesting to try something different. A flick through the st...
 
 
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Built for the Self Portraits Secretary's ChallengeSue and Ralph

Built by Ralph Laughton

This model inspired the Self Portrait Secretary's Challenge .
 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeSupermarket Trolley

Built by Ralph Laughton

This model was built by Sue for the March 2010 Secretary's Challenge, which was to use four of the least useful parts you own. This is a tall order as the most unused parts are not held in any number. Who owns four 19c, 6" pulley wheels? If I owned fou...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue's triangle reminded me of my infant school band, and it occurred to me that a tambourine would make the perfect complement to the triangle. A couple of flanged rings are spaced apart using 1½" strips attached at every-other hole. A pair o...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeThree Wheel Sports Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

This is model no. 4.14 from the 1959 set 3a manual. This was the first set of Meccano I was given as a child (not this actual set - the original has long since lost its identity and been swallowed up within our main collection). The car is fairly easy...
 
 
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Thunderbird 3

Built by Ralph Laughton

This is a Meccano pre-production prototype model of Thunderbird 3 which was ultimately never produced.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTriangle

Built by Ralph Laughton

To build her triangle, Sue did think about bending some rod to make a 'working' instrument, but that would not really be a Meccano built model in the true sense of the word. Construction is self-evident. The braided cord the instrument is suspended o...
 
 
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Built for the Famous Works of Art Secretary's ChallengeTwo Forms (Divided Circle)

Built by Ralph Laughton

According to Dame Barbara Hepworth, the creator of this sculpture, "the 1960s was a period of tremendous liberation. I at last had space and money and time to work on a much bigger scale. I had felt inhibited for a very long time over the scale on whic...
 
 
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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeUSS Enterprise

Built by Ralph Laughton

I am not a big fan of Sci-Fi. Yes, I have a mild interest but to say I know anything about it would be stretching it a bit to say the least. I have not seen any of the Doctor Who revivals and I can hardly remember the originals that I watched as a ni...
 
 
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Various Small Models

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Vintage Steam Saw

Built by Ralph Laughton

I have always thought it would be good to use one of the early slotted flanged plates along with the Meccano saw blade to make a saw bench. While we are using pre-war parts, how about powering it with a 1929 pre-war steam engine? The Steam Saw is bu...
 
 
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Volkswagen Beetle Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

Although I took this model to the September 2008 meeting, Sue built it. You can read her story of building it  here . This model was available exclusively at Argos. It was listed under the 'Gifts' section and did not appear in the toy s...
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeWindmill

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Windmills

Built by Ralph Laughton

These small windmills are built from set 3 components, one in red/green and one in black/yellow/silver, using identical parts and following the instructions to the letter.
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeYo-Yo

Built by Ralph Laughton

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