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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's Challenge"Flog It!" Gavel

Built by David Smithers

From the TV antiques show.
 
 
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1884 American Beam Engine

Built by David Smithers

This engine was developed by Robert L. Stevens c. 1822 and was used mainly in the Eastern States, especially for paddle steamers operating on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. The framework is made from wooden beams bolted together.  The cy...
 
 
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37 Ton Capacity Steam Crane

Built by David Smithers

The prototype was built for Ransomes and Rapier for the Great Eastern Railway in 1892. The only picture I have is not very clear so a lot of guesswork was needed for details of the superstructure. In the original there would have been only one steam e...
 
 
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Automatic Gong

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Diplodocus

Built by David Smithers

A model of a dinosaur featured in an early 1930's instruction manual.  Looking it up, I discovered a set 4 model of a Diplodocus.  On careful inspection, there were some problems (there usually are!): The picture wasn't very clear and ...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeDockside Crane

Built by David Smithers

This model appears in the 1970 series set 9 manual, the renumbered set 8 pre 1970. David has used a PDU motor instead of a E15R motor, otherwise minimal modifications have been carried out. It works well.
 
 
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Built for the The Big 3-0 Secretary's ChallengeDockyard Crane

Built by David Smithers

This crane is from the 1970's set 9 manual. It has an effective motorised hoist and luffing system.  The hand-operated slewing is by means of a gear fitted to the base of the centre post.  The jib is not very realistic but there are a number...
 
 
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Electric Milk Float

Built by David Smithers

From outfit no. 2, March 1952. This model was easy to construct and within the limits of the contents of the outfit makes a realistic model with a good play value.
 
 
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Elevated Jib Crane

Built by David Smithers

A hand-operated crane from the a no. 4 set dating about 1920.  Apart from a slight modification to the base and the addition of a few washers, it is essentially as shown.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeGirder Bridge

Built by David Smithers

 
 
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Motor Breakdown Crane

Built by David Smithers

From a set 4 manual from the 1930's, in 1960's colours. A simple model with good play value that I hoped would be quick and easy to assemble. Instructions were confined to the steering, which works, but is a little wobbly. Most of the rest could be g...
 
 
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Radial Travelling Crane

Built by David Smithers

This no. 6 outfit model is from the instruction manual for about 1912.  Some modifications were made, particularly to the gearbox, but I stuck to the originals principles as far as possible. It works quite nicely, but the slewing is very slow.&nb...
 
 
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Railway Breakdown Crane

Built by David Smithers

Another Meccano manual model which, with a few (!) extra parts makes a really attractive model. The most obvious improvements are full bracing on the jib, 1" pulleys for the luffing and hoist movements and simple stabilisers to prevent it falling over...
 
 
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Robert Fulton's Experimental Paddle-Steamer Engine

Built by David Smithers

Robert Fulton's first experimental steam boat was built in Paris and made its first successful voyage on 9th August 1803 on the River Seine.  The motion of the engine struck me a good subject for a fascinating model. To demonstrate how it fitted ...
 
 
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Rock 'n' Roll Trawler

Built by David Smithers

This is taken from the 1947 No. 5 Meccano manual which I constructed to demonstrate a mechanism which not only moves the ship up and down, but imparts a rolling motion to it. With a few (!) extra parts it makes a nice model. As usual ?The deck of the m...
 
 
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Sheerlegs

Built by David Smithers

A set of Sheerlegs, from a 1930s set No. 4 manual. Although I have seen model sheerlegs described from time to time, I have never built one because it didn?t seem very interesting, having only one movement. I made this one as an exercise to make a cran...
 
 
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Simple Motor Lorry

Built by David Smithers

From outfit no. 2, July 1949, from the July 1949 Meccano Magazine . This model looked easy to assemble, but several changes had to be made to produce a reasonable model.
 
 
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Built for the Walking Models Secretary's ChallengeSix-Legged Walking Device

Built by David Smithers

This walking model has the ability to walk regardless of which way up it is placed on the table. It has two tripods that reach the ground alternately and lift the framework along, but it is very inefficient mechanically, as the whole weight has to be ...
 
 
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Small Floating Crane

Built by David Smithers

This freelance model was inspired by a model in the 1937-1948 set 9 instruction manual. I have made the tower more robust, the jib is longer and there are twin luffing screws (I know universal couplings could never be used on the real thing, but model...
 
 
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Small Hammerhead Crane

Built by David Smithers

I wanted to build a model which did not use too many parts so that I could leave my Floating Crane intact. Looking through the 1937-1948 set 9 instruction manual for inspiration, I came across this hammerhead crane. On careful inspection I became a ...
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeSpherometer

Built by David Smithers

As its name suggests, this is a device for measuring the diameter of a sphere. Theory The instrument enables you to measure the height h  shown in figure 1. d is the distance between a leg and the central screw. Mathematics shows that: ...
 
 
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Built for the Set Parts List Secretary's ChallengeSpring-Powered Dragster

Built by David Smithers

 
 
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Steam Engine

Built by David Smithers

A small Magic Motor-powered freelance steam engine.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeSteam Wagon

Built by David Smithers

A set 2 model from the 1950's. With the addition of a 1" pulley the steering can be made to work, which gives the model excellent play value.
 
 
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Built for the Odd Parts Secretary's ChallengeSundial

Built by David Smithers

A small sundial, which world when the sun is shining. This accidentally meets the criteria for the Odd Parts Secretary's Challenge, although it was designed for a forthcoming challenge at the North East London Meccano Club - Hush! Hush! Keep hidden fro...
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeThe Meccangaroo

Built by David Smithers

A fun model from an early 1930's set 3 manual. The model was easy to construct - it went together exactly as described in the instructions and worked first time! Is this unique for a manual model? Given a little push, it rocks down an incline in a mo...
 
 
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Built for the Landmarks Secretary's ChallengeThe Monument

Built by David Smithers

As David himself says, he was rising to the Challenge, and built a model of "The Monument". The main part of the column is built up using four 2½" cylinders.  They are joined without nuts and bolts by using three scruffy 2½" x 2&fra...
 
 
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Tower Crane

Built by David Smithers

Incorporating turntable using 2" pulleys and plastic spacers.
 
 
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Tractor and Trailer

Built by David Smithers

From outfit no. 2. A realistic model with a good play value.  The tractor was a bit difficult to put together and I found it was necessary to use a 3-inch strip not included in the outfit to fix the motor in position.  It doesn't steer very ...
 
 
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Travelling Gantry Crane

Built by David Smithers

The old instruction manuals contain a number of basically very good models. The limited number of parts in a given outfit (especially of nuts and bolts) means that the models are often a bti "skimpy" or "wobbly". Using extra parts, they can form the ba...
 
 
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Turntable Crane

Built by David Smithers

This model in (mainly) 1950's style parts is a recreation of an Outfit no. 5 model featured in an Instruction Manual from about 1912.  By modern standards it is rather crude but the range of parts available at the time was very limited.  With...
 
 
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Turntables for Small Hand-Operated Cranes

Built by David Smithers

3/8" steel balls sandwiched between a 2" sprocket wheel and a road wheel (metal), suitably mounted. Six ¾" flanged wheels on a spider made from 1¼" bolts suitably fixed on bent strips, sandwiched between two 3" pulleys. The flanges of t...
 
 
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Watt's Beam Engine

Built by David Smithers

An improved version of the 1930's no. 6 set model of Watt's beam engine. The text in the last photo gives more information on the Watt Parallel Linkage.

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