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3D Printed Meccano and Bako-Compatible Parts

Built by Richard Marsden

Purists should look away now. Christmas was used as an excuse to buy one of these machines, a basic model, but very good and easy to use nonetheless. After a few test prints it was time to produce a couple of parts "Meccano never made", firstly a diago...
 
 
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Airline Catering Truck

Built by Richard Marsden

This model has been built for the airport diorama at the 2016 SELMEC Meccano Show. The body of the truck elevates, using one of Dave Taylor's M6 threaded rods driving a scissor mechanism.
 
 
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American Rail-Road Locomotive and Car

Built by Richard Marsden

This model is based on an amalgam of American rail-road car vehicles, using the excellent photos and drawings in John H. White's 2-volume book of the same name.  This model was originally intended to partner the black Meccano steam loco of a few y...
 
 
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Austin A40 Farina Car

Built by Richard Marsden

With working LED lights and some 3D printed parts.
 
 
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Australian Road Train

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Built for the Castles, Forts and Siege Engines Secretary's ChallengeBallister

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Bedford Army Lorry

Built by Richard Marsden

This is based on measurements I took on the recent Corgi model, rather than the 50's Dinky Toy, and uses Army parts as far as possible - the main exceptions are the chassis parts. Because standard axles with two-inch pulley wheels and tyres look far to...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeBlacksmith

Built by Richard Marsden

From the October 1948 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Bridge

Built by Richard Marsden

This was my first serious attempt at building a Meccano bridge. After working out an arrangement of strips that would create the arch shape, I noticed it was exactly the same as Meccano's model of the Tyne Bridge. So it was back to the sketch pad to tr...
 
 
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Bus

Built by Richard Marsden

A freelance model of a bus. A pre-1960s type was deliberately chosen to present the challenge of building the half-cab. The bus has a full floor and seats, including the longitudinal ones over the back wheels. The front wheels can be posed - there are ...
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus

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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus Stop Seat

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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus Tilt Test Platform

Built by Richard Marsden

 
 
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Caboose

Built by Richard Marsden

The real things come in all shapes and sizes, and are of course home-from-homes for the rail crews, hence the chimney for the stove. I copied this one from a photo I found in an American model railway catalogue. It complements my wild-west steam loco ...
 
 
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Car

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Car

Built by Richard Marsden

A purchase from a market; builder unknown.
 
 
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Caterpillar Tractor

Built by Richard Marsden

This was a demonstration model to show off some 3D-printed sprockets, designed to fit the crawler track that was supplied with the Meccano army kits. Because the sprockets are designed to fit what is essentially a chain, rather than mesh with another g...
 
 
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Connel Bridge

Built by Richard Marsden

Connel Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans Loch Etive at Connel in Scotland. The bridge takes the A828 road across the narrowest part of the loch, at the Falls of Lora. It is a category B listed structure. All of the orange plastic parts were pro...
 
 
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Detached House

Built by Richard Marsden

This was built in jovial response to a very realistic iced-cake version of this classic model that a member took to a Bayko Club meeting (yes, a real edible cake). My model worked out about 50% larger in each dimension than than the Bayko version or th...
 
 
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Differential

Built by Richard Marsden

Incorporating a 3D-printed yoke.
 
 
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Double Deck Bus

Built by Richard Marsden

This model started out as a single-decker. I built this model around 2009, but always felt its proportions didn't look quite right and that it would better with the extra deck. Conversion was reasonably straightforward, if a little time-consuming. Long...
 
 
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Dumper Truck

Built by Richard Marsden

This giant tipper truck is a freelance model, not based on any specific type, but intended to capture the brute size of these machines. The model features coil-sprung front suspension and steering. Axle rods sliding into 5-hole couplings are used to gi...
 
 
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Experimental Detent Mechanism

Built by Richard Marsden

I've found the most difficult part of building a gearbox is a reliable detent mechanism to hold the gears in or out of mesh. This attempt wasn't entirely successful, but it does use only Meccano parts. Essentially, the domed ends of axle rods are push...
 
 
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Fire Engine

Built by Richard Marsden

Loosely based on a Lledo "Days Gone" model.
 
 
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Fort Lift Truck

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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeGarage

Built by Richard Marsden

 
 
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Gearbox

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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeHouse

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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Richard Marsden

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's ChallengeLunar Rover

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Mega Movers Heavy Haulage Truck

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Built for the Nuclear Power Secretary's ChallengeNuclear Container Wagon

Built by Richard Marsden

This model is based on photographs found on the Internet. There appear to be two shapes of containment vessel, a rectangular design and a longish cylinder between two rectangular end sections. I chose to model the latter because it is visually slightly...
 
 
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O Gauge Brake Van and Tip Truck

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Off-Roader

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Built for the Clothing Secretary's ChallengePocket Watch

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Racetrack and Car

Built by Richard Marsden

When I was about eight I saw a display unit for toy cars in a shop window. It was a wooden box with the cars following one another over an oval slot on the lid. Obviously there was some sort of belt arrangement inside. (I've since learned that these un...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeRailway Brake Wagon

Built by Richard Marsden

Built to test O Gauge compatibility for the April 2013 Secretary's Challenge, with no attempt made to match the colours of the parts used; as a result it looks rather like something out of a circus train. For scale, the frames are 2" apart, with 5-hole...
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeRock Guitar

Built by Richard Marsden

This is a non-working model of a guitar on a stand, and the more eagle-eyed club members noted it had six tuning pegs but only four strings - man, that was some gig!
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeSamuel Pepys' Cheese and Wine

Built by Richard Marsden

One of the best eye-witness reports of the Great Fire was written by Samuel Pepys in his diary. He became extremely concerned for the safety of his own house, and had some of his belongings moved away. At one point he and his neighbour dug pits in his ...
 
 
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Built for the Self Portraits Secretary's ChallengeSelf Portrait

Built by Richard Marsden

 
 
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Sentinel Steam Wagon

Built by Richard Marsden

Normal 0 Inspired by a bookon early lorries bought in a second-hand bookshop.  This is about the third incarnation of this model,which was finally built from pre-war blue and gold parts for a small exhibitionof pre-war construction ...
 
 
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Slanted Angle Bracket

Built by Richard Marsden

A 3D-printed part, designed to hold together the slanting sides of the base of a tower. Because all four sides slant inwards, bending a standard angle bracket to an obtuse angle won't achieve the right shape; the holes will be out of line. The slant an...
 
 
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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSnow Plough and Grit Spreader

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Tank and Transporter

Built by Richard Marsden

Based on a Dinky model.
 
 
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Tanker

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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeThe Surfer

Built by Richard Marsden

 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeTower 42, London

Built by Richard Marsden

Tower 42 is the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the NatWest Tower, having been built to house NatWest's international headquarters. It is still commonly referred to as the N...
 
 
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Triple Selector Gear Change Mechanism

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Wuppertal Suspension Railway

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