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Arachnophobia Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Arachnophobia is a model that evolved from my earlier models, the Star Gazer and later the Star gazer II . Successfully transporting the huge rotating structure to the SELMEC meeting in September 2009 without damaging it posed problems of its ...
 
 
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Big Wheel

Built by Santiago Plicio

A basic Ferris Wheel.
 
 
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Cessna Aircraft

Built by Santiago Plicio

Model of a Cessna light aircraft with moving ailerons and rudder and a small battery operated motor for the propeller.
 
 
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Coles Yard Crane

Built by Santiago Plicio

In preparation for the first Meccano meeting of 2016 at the South East London Meccano Club, I had virtually completed another new fairground model which I had hoped to exhibit but due to some operational glitches that needed a major overhaul and time n...
 
 
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Cylindricurse Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After having made over 50 models based on fairground rides, it is always difficult to think of a new shape different to the previous ones. Besides roller coasters, bumper cars or swinging rides, most of the others are mainly rotating structures, slow o...
 
 
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Doom Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

It's not the end of the world, I know, but it still feels a little like doom, the thought of attending a Meccano club meeting without a new model to show, and for the first time ever I found myself actually contemplating it. With June 2018 only half d...
 
 
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Fairground Model

Built by Santiago Plicio

Early model of a fairground ride of my own design that was changed many times into other models to finally produce the large Spider Rider .
 
 
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Ferocity Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After displaying my last model of 2017, Mind Blaster , at the North East London Meccano Club's Hainault Hangout at the start of December, the very next day I started dismantling another of one of my models The Demoralizer , with the idea of starting ...
 
 
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Front Wheel Drive Vehicle

Built by Santiago Plicio

As part of the design of a front wheel drive vehicle, I have been experimenting with a gearbox and a differential. It works well and steers fine.
 
 
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Fury Fairground Ride (Ferocity 1.2)

Built by Santiago Plicio

It was after the 2018 SELMEC Meccano Show I guess when I decided that my most recent Ferocity model had served me well enough, and having been displayed by then at more than just a few clubs, ought to give way as most models do, to something new! The...
 
 
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Galacticus Ferris Wheel

Built by Santiago Plicio

It is over a year ago when I built this Ferris wheel. I have built few others over the years and never thought I would build another one of the same type, however thinking of a new design I started and finished this model. I called it Revolution , and...
 
 
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Galleon

Built by Santiago Plicio

" SHIP "
 
 
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Going to the Fair

Built by Santiago Plicio

Small ferris wheel from a Marks & Spencer outfit, with my horse and chariot model on the right.
 
 
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Horse and Chariot

Built by Santiago Plicio

A model of a horse, chariot rider and his passenger, copied from leaflet. Supposed to be driven by a small motor driving a series of pinions in the horse's body.
 
 
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Jekyll and Ride Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After so many incarnations of fairground rides where I had to keep dismantling models for each new design, I came up with the idea of a dual functioning model that could lay claim to be the world's first double-personality amusement park attraction. ...
 
 
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Johnny 5 Robot

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King Ghidorah Godzilla

Built by Santiago Plicio

I wanted for curiosity to build this model, so I ordered it, bought it and straight away started building the model. The box says that it takes 20 hours more or less to build it... I calculated that I took 12 hours but I only built one wing out of the...
 
 
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Large Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model originated from the previous ride, and also changed several times gradually to produce the large Spider Rider.
 
 
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Light Aircraft In Airport

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model of a flying Cessna light aircraft rotates at very high speed so the plane takes off from the circular runway. It has also a control tower. There are two motors; one small battery operated for the propeller and a mains low voltage to rotate...
 
 
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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Santiago Plicio

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Magic Carousel

Built by Santiago Plicio

A large model of a freelance fairground carousel. The rotating ride is supported in a heavy-duty axle fixed to a large base and balanced with four wheels and tyres. A long string fitted around the base and supported by eight double brackets is attach...
 
 
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Meccanoid Robot

Built by Santiago Plicio

In a quick dash to exhibit something out of my usual norm for the summer Modellers Exhibition in Midhurst in June 2018, just seven days before it I started work on a small experimental mechanical model I had created recently and decided to use it as th...
 
 
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Megatron Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

'Megatron' the model was born from the dismantled skeleton of its predecessor the ' Witches Hat '. Upon dismantling the model I hit on the idea of making my new model - a ride that would soar above all of the fairground attractions and dominate the sky...
 
 
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Motorcycle and Sidecar

Built by Santiago Plicio

Motorcycle and sidecar with pedalling facility, rider and a female passenger. The heads are made from plastic containers of Kinder Eggs, with hair added and hat. Built in September 2007.
 
 
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My Fairground Park

Built by Santiago Plicio

Some of my fairground models out in the garden.
 
 
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Octopus Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Octopus model built in the Seventies.
 
 
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Overdrive

Built by Santiago Plicio

In March 2014 I had a mind to explore in a future model the idea of a type of suspension system. By way of only an experiment, I started by building a chassis kind of framework as a possible unusual prototype that I could incorporate into my next model...
 
 
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Propulsion Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

I was contemplating whether to take my most recent ' Tumble Cryer ' model to exhibit at the West London Meccano Society meeting but having recently displayed it at the Runnymede Meccano Guild meeting, I felt it too deja vu! Impulsively I set about des...
 
 
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Rockers In Concert

Built by Santiago Plicio

ROCKERS in Concert
 
 
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Sea Tractor

Built by Santiago Plicio

While visiting South Devon in 2016 we spent five days in Bigbury on Sea for a short holiday to visit Burgh Island which is 250m from the mainland. This island is approachable on foot at low tide, but at high tide a sea tractor transports passengers bac...
 
 
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Soul Shaker Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model is based on the fairground concept of a rotating structure holding four cars and four seats. The seats are permanently fixed, but the cars are held with hinges and tension springs to make them jump if an obstacle is placed underneath the mai...
 
 
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Star Gazer Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

My fifth fairground model, this freelance design resembles a huge radio telescope with its eight-armed rotating canopy resting in a large moving bridge at a 45° angle. The Star Gazer can be operated at a fairly high speed. From its resting positio...
 
 
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Star Gazer II Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Star Gazer was my freelance model of a large fairground ride. Eight cars or boats supported by eight arms in a rotating hub on top of an oscillating bridge is located on a heavy duty axle with some wheels underneath to support the structure. The ...
 
 
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Stratosphere Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

During the past few years, I think it would be fair to say that I have built more than a few different Ferris Wheels culminating with The Revolution which I described as my final tribute model to the Ferris Wheel and though I went on to modify it fur...
 
 
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Terror's Ark Bar

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Terror's Ark Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Sharing much DNA from another of my Meccano models, this new re-working might be considered the darker side of the Disc-Comforter , its evil twin. But where the Disc-Comforter's aim was just to unsettle its passengers, this new design's intent is sole...
 
 
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The Awful Tower Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The design of this new model emerged from the carcass of my previous model  The Degenerator which I started dismantling after it was displayed at the SELMEC , Holy Trinity and WLMS exhibitions. Once I've displayed a model once or twice I g...
 
 
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The Beserker Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

There always seems to be so little time available to build each new model from scratch, so it's not surprising how often as I start dismantling any one model, that I decide to take advantage of a head start and think about converting it into a new one....
 
 
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The Cephalopod Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Once you get caught in the grasp of a sea creature of the molluscan type such as a Cephalopod, no matter how much you wriggle and try to set yourself free, just like with an Octopus or a giant squid, it's eight giant suckering tentacles won't ever let ...
 
 
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The Cephalopod Mk II Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

I built this model in November 2014, basing it on a popular fairground ride which was one of my favourites when I was a child in the annual funfair. I built two previous versions of this ride before, one quite some years ago which was a fairly basic de...
 
 
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The Circumnavigator Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

For my third new model of 2018 I found myself once again on familiar ground, recycling designs to come up with another rotating fairground model in the relentless drive to be able to exhibit something new on the Meccano circuit. It's a never ending me...
 
 
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The Colossus of Rides

Built by Santiago Plicio

My new model follows the recent trend of having converted previous models into new ones and mainly due to what a busy time it's been in the Meccano calendar since the end of the summer holidays. With many so Meccano events, meetings and exhibitions ahe...
 
 
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The Cyclone Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Upon dismantling my previous Rock 'n' Rolla model, as is becoming almost customary, I decided to keep its rotating unit in the hope of modifying it to incorporate it into something new. I wasn't sure exactly what I was hoping to achieve but I decided...
 
 
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The Degenerater Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The idea for this model came to me out of the blue and all of a sudden on the 25th of September 2014 as I was preparing for the St. Albans exhibition on the 27th. I was planning to exhibit for the first time my newest model, The Cyclone , when this ne...
 
 
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The Demoraliser Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

It was in November 2016 with 2017 fast approaching that I came to the decision that I needed a fresh take on the theme of my previous fairground Meccano models. Sure, I still love the thrill I get from creating fairground-themed models, but it has been...
 
 
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The Devil's Whip Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model is based on a popular and very old fairground-style flat ride patented in 1914 and seen in amusement parks and fun fairs for many years. The Whip consists of two circular platforms turned by motors which pull a cable that leads the cars aro...
 
 
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The Disc-Comforter Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The start of 2011 had me come, finally, to the painful decision to dismantle the largest, heaviest and definitely most complex model that I had ever made. That was the model I called " The Storm Rider " and exhibited in 2010. During the dismantling I ...
 
 
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The Disintegrator Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

As 2014 was approaching an end with the arrival of December, on the 2nd I decided to see if I could squeeze in one new model and with that purpose in mind, I started dismantling what has been up until now, my ever largest model, The Titan . Part of t...
 
 
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The Eclipser Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Eclipser is my last model of 2011, which has turned out to be a busy year for me with Meccano. I started the year painfully, dismantling my Storm Rider model which I felt was my most accomplished construction ever, as well as modifying The Devil...
 
 
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The Hypnotiser Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This is perhaps the most unusual Ferris Wheel in the world... I wanted to explore further another twist on the traditional fairground Ferris Wheel of yester-year and decided on joining two wheels, a slightly smaller one in front of the larger one. Four...
 
 
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The Justifier Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Just when 2011 was bringing to an end what had already turned out to be my busiest year ever in terms of building and exhibiting new Meccano models, in mid-December I decided to cram in just one more. Unfortunately, due a growing series of constructio...
 
 
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The Kraken Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Kraken (a legendary giant sea monster, many armed cephalopod looking like an octopus or squid) is the name that I have given to my latest Meccano model of my own design, built in November 2007. It is based on the well-known Octopus ride. So popula...
 
 
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The Maelstrom

Built by Santiago Plicio

Just after completing the building of my first new model of 2011, a Fairground Wheel I named "The Disc-Comforter", I was instantly motivated by the idea of a new model. I decided to start constructing it despite not knowing whether I would have suffici...
 
 
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The Menace Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model emerged from two previous models, one in 2014 " The Degenerater ", which later I changed to " The Awful Tower ". It was a freelance fairground model with two twin arms both rotating in opposite directions with four cars or boats fitted at bo...
 
 
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The Mincer Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

My new model comes as the result of arriving freshly back from my holiday only to discover that I had overlooked the date of the next Meccano meeting and that if I wanted to exhibit a model at all, I was going to have to bolt something together in just...
 
 
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The Mind Blaster Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Dismantling the big wheel " Galacticus " after the SELMEC 2017 exhibition was painful. It took me two days to undo most of its content, and I started the following day constructing my new model, as I needed it to be ready for the November 2017 meeting ...
 
 
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The Nordic Invader Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

2017 started with the first Meccano meeting at SELMEC in January, where I displayed my newest model The Demoraliser . Finding that I had some extra time on my hands before our next meeting at the Runnymede Meccano Guild in February, I decided to k...
 
 
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The Orbiter Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

In June 2012 I started my new model. Not sure what would it be or how it would look, I thought to build a swinging large boat with the movement of a pendulum instead of a full rotation one, as in my Terror's Ark . Not easy to achieve in such a large s...
 
 
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The Phantom Ship

Built by Santiago Plicio

The latter half of 2016 has been as busier period for Meccano commitments than I can remember for a long time, and with so many meetings and exhibitions that I have just not been able to find the time to build as many new models as I would have liked t...
 
 
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The Regurgitator

Built by Santiago Plicio

A recent three week holiday, you could say, was a welcome break from all the Meccano model building to which I always seem to be dedicating so much time. The downside though is that I don't like exhibiting the same model more than once and with three M...
 
 
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The Revolution Ferris Wheel

Built by Santiago Plicio

Who would have thought in 1893 when the first and original Ferris Wheel was built at 80.4 metres (264 ft) in height for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, that 122 years later its place at the fair has never faltered? That same fir...
 
 
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The Revolution Mk II Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model of a Ferris Wheel was built in 2015 and displayed at the South East London Meccano club on the 28th of March and then later at the West London Meccano Society on the 13th of June. Due to its size, mainly its diameter, it was always difficult...
 
 
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The Rock 'n' Rolla Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

In reflecting on my commitments in 2013 I realise that in Meccano, it was one of my busiest years ever. I had constructed quite a few new models, attended all the usual meetings and exhibitions and finally ended the year with having my latest completed...
 
 
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The Rockafella

Built by Santiago Plicio

This light-hearted but heavy-footed construction represents a robot with rhythm. His freelance design is made to ensure all the weight is at the bottom of the model to firmly anchor him down and provide the stability that his moving parts require. He...
 
 
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The Rotorvator Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This is a Swing-boats Fairground Ride of my own design with two swinging arms rotating in the opposite directions. It was at the back of my mind for some time, but I had to wait for the previous one, "The Spider Rider", to be dismantled before I was ab...
 
 
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The Shaker Maker

Built by Santiago Plicio

It has been a busy start to 2014 and I have already exhibited a new model called The Rock 'n' Rolla at the first Meccano meeting of the year. This was accompanied with an updated improved version of an earlier model of The Voyager , which I have re...
 
 
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The Slayer of the Seas Ship

Built by Santiago Plicio

Unlike many others which rapidly make way for new ones, my Wrath of Tides model has long been a favourite of mine that I had been loathe to dismantle. Based on an imaginary sailing ship of my own design, I have constantly resisted the thought of lett...
 
 
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The Spider Rider Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Spider Rider, fairground imaginary model.
 
 
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The Spiralizer Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After having shown my freelance Propulsion model at the 2016 WLMS and SELMEC meetings, I decided to build an additional attachment of the rotating unit part of the model as a different amusement park ride experience that could be offered but that can...
 
 
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The Storm Rider Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After years of designing and constructing a succession of fairground models, in 2010 I gave myself the challenge to come up with something a little more radical. In an era where thrill seekers are constantly demanding bigger, better and more exhilarati...
 
 
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The Tormentor Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Of all the many models I have created in the past, the ones that gave me the most satisfaction were the ones that had not just one but at least two different moving actions and for a while I had thought about creating a new fairground model ride to add...
 
 
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The Tumble Cryer Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

With the Meccano meeting at the Runnymede fast approaching, I was having trouble deciding which model to take or get ready. I thought about presenting  'The Challenger' which is a model I haven't displayed anywhere yet but it still needed a redesi...
 
 
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The Twin Spinner Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

A fairground model of two rotating arms holding two separate carriages which emerged from my 2012 Wave Rider model. Needing parts for the three new models I have built so far in 2013, I was slowly dismantling many parts and finally decided to produ...
 
 
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The Tyrant Fairground Ride

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The Vortex Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

This model is developed further from my previous models, the Kraken and the Octopus, and is very popular in fun fairs and amusement parks. What is new and larger is the rotating canopy having new and bigger cars, hanging down from the eight arms inste...
 
 
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The Voyager Ship

Built by Santiago Plicio

January 2013 started just as the previous year, with the dismantling of my recent model the Soul Shaker to construct a new model which went on to become my new fairground model The Web Spinner . I also had committed myself to the idea of making a ne...
 
 
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The Web Spinner Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

Early in January 2013 I was looking for inspiration for anew model and remembered a ride I had seen at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach Amusement Park many years ago. The name of the ride was 'Flying Machines' and it had ten rocket capsules suspended on cabl...
 
 
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The Whirlwind Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The Whirlwind is my latest model that I designed with the November 2015 WLMS exhibition in mind. I thought about once again exhibiting my recently made huge Ferris Wheel model called 'Stratosphere' but decided instead on something smaller and got to ...
 
 
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The Wrath of Tides Ship

Built by Santiago Plicio

Even after completing my HMS Voyager ship Meccano model quite some time ago, I harboured an intention to build something bigger and bolder but was not willing to dismantle that model until I was ready to commit to building its replacement and in the ...
 
 
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Titan Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After constructing my previous model Megatron which was up until now, one of my largest, I was left feeling like something more. Despite its huge size and operating circumference I still felt like an opportunity to show off its full potential was not...
 
 
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Traction Engine

Built by Santiago Plicio

Early model built in the late Sixties.
 
 
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Wave Rider Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

The idea for this model came from rides seen at fun-fairs, or amusement parks, such as swinging boats or the Magic Carpet. The movements of these rides are like pendulums; many fully rotate 360° as in my Terror's Ark , others only swing in either ...
 
 
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WheelPower Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

A new model of a ferris wheel with a variation in design from the traditional style. It is a high performance ride due to the fast speed achieved. Eight gondolas or boats are supported sideways in the rotating wheel on a heavy-duty axis moun...
 
 
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Witch's Hat Fairground Ride

Built by Santiago Plicio

After completing my two latest models, Wave Rider and Soul Shaker , I started this new model at the beginning of November 2012. This new model, called "Witch's Hat", is another high velocity fairground machine of my design, comprising a revolving c...

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