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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeDrum Kit

Built by Chris Warrell in March 2010

This has been built for the Secretary's Challenge which is to decide on your own least useful Meccano part and use at least four of them in a model. I have chosen the Conical Disc - part no. 187a of which I have six, all of which came with the no. 10 set I bought in about 1974. There are only two models in the set that use any of these: 10.8 Beam Bridge where all six are used as lights, and 10.14 Eiffel Tower where four of them are used as decoration about half way up the top section. I have never made either model and, as far as I know, have never used any Conical Discs in any model.. until now!

The Conical Discs suggest cymbals, so they've been incorporated into a drum kit. There's a bass drum, three tom toms of various sizes, a snare drum, a hi-hat (that's the two cymbals together on one stand) and two crash cymbals. The kit was based on a picture of a Pearl Session drum kit found on the internet.

The hi-hat uses a rod-with-keyway with a thin wire in the slot attached to the upper cymbal and the floor pedal. Some of the blue plastic plates around the drums have been cut down from damaged ones; that's how I got a 1" wide plastic plate!


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