South East London Meccano Club https://www.selmec.org.uk/ Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Tue, 21 Aug 2018 20:16:42 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[Royal Greenwich Get Together 2018]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2018_royal_greenwich_get_together.aspx Peter Clay reports from our stand at the newly-rebranded summer Get Together at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:29:57 GMT
<![CDATA[Henwick Primary School Summer Fair 2018]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2018_henwick_primary_school_summer_fair.aspx Peter Clay reports on our display at thus year's Henwick Primary School Summer Fair.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:28:42 GMT
<![CDATA[Foal Farm Country Festival 2018]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2018_foal_farm_country_festival.aspx Club members show their models at the animal rescue charity's annual summer festival.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:28:03 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccanoid]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F80D891A-58B1-450B-8D40-342D3B246301

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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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:07:39 GMT
<![CDATA[Doom Fairground Ride]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=533963F3-2294-45CF-AE36-B864FA71DE0A

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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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:21:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Biplane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A4687152-A936-4925-9764-7B6F707F6099

With British aero markings.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:19:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Seaplane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=84B25B64-049B-49D2-913F-C9A2AEB1C8BF

Made from an export outfit (not sold in the UK) with tapered wings, corrugated parts and Belgian aero markings.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:19:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Inverted Steam Engine]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=23471371-3CBA-4BE4-8388-17A0E0C21867

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:16:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Ferris Wheel]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=452CC26A-E810-4BAA-B32B-297936905DF5

This model came about by accident. I was experimenting with Pythagorean triangles when I realised that 15,26,30 is so close to a right-angled triangle that slack in the bolt holes would cover the difference. So I made one, then another one to put along...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:12:29 GMT
<![CDATA[Motor Generator Set]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=35DC80CF-BBE5-4344-82D2-CC706A4CD482

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:07:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Crane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6EA28BBD-211E-441E-A4EB-40AC5269E2E0

A very simple crane, originally taken from the set OO plus Challenge of 2008-9, by Peter Harwood at the West London Meccano Society. The model is slightly improved, and uses parts not in the OO plus set.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:05:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Chess or Draughts Board]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=46482C12-4255-491F-951F-70491192401C

This board is eight squares by eight squares, on a 12" base. It is built from a selection of flat plates of various colours, with angle girders around the four edges, and more plates to produce a 1½" surround on which four feet are fixed. A se...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:02:54 GMT
<![CDATA[Othello (Or Reversi) Game]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=13122E19-2662-49F7-B995-5FB2C8A9E5B8

The object of this game is to fill the 8x8 board with counters of your colour (blue or yellow in this case, but usually black and white) by flipping over your opponent's each time you place a counter.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:00:21 GMT
<![CDATA[Single Deck Tramcar]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=C53E3110-8533-4270-9295-B76AACE73A80

This model was inspired by model 3.5 for the 1950s no. 3 outfit, but with some alterations and additions: A shorter wheelbase A longer body Use of flanged wheels instead of 1" pulleys Floor and bench seating Additional window mullions Spring load...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:58:27 GMT
<![CDATA[Racing Car Game]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=B5B43980-2B83-4DBA-8390-B1D110337743

A Spear's game for three players.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:53:31 GMT
<![CDATA[Seaplane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=956A1A70-85EB-41ED-BAC1-73CBED9DEAC1

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:51:13 GMT
<![CDATA[0-6-2 Tank Locomotive]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=8879DC8A-51DC-4B11-B03A-287AB3D31199

Using the same ideas as for my model of a 2-4-2 Tank , this is based on an ex-Welsh Valley Railway locomotive, though with this model I was able to make it represent the prototype more accurately. The difficulty was modelling the splasher over the le...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:47:22 GMT
<![CDATA[2-4-2 Tank Locomotive]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=D4AC4469-D8A4-4164-8CF3-7E925A5E1C79

This model was inspired by an article in the May 2018 issue of Hornby Magazine about adding extras to a Bachman 4mm scale model of an ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway locomotive of this wheel arrangement. A number of the pre-grouping railways bui...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:06:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Lost In Space]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A2DEB27A-9E3B-4F8C-9B2D-58A150A25D68

I had been thinking of making this model for some time since acquiring a copy of New Wood Puzzle Designs by James W. Follette. Can the spaceship negotiate the complex gravity field of the star and escape to make further explorations? I have to sa...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:56:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Starship Enterprise]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6178E78B-C520-4DA7-9EC5-BE4AE19D9D6F

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:53:29 GMT
<![CDATA[Jeep]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=4B56D4CE-05FE-4590-9BAB-B92AF8617081

This jeep was built mainly by my grandson William in 2013 when he was about ten years old.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:50:09 GMT
<![CDATA[Dominos]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A7D6AAD2-2A04-46E4-9204-29148FB5C2D5

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:33:50 GMT
<![CDATA[Tank]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=9947AF51-5886-451A-8A24-D3F16EBB1F10

From the A. C. Gilbert 10611 Military Vehicles Erector set.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:31:07 GMT
<![CDATA[Baby Meccanograph]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=99906F4F-DE23-490D-AC8D-F1253E665BD9

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:27:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Gentlemen's Bicycle]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=48DAE46B-A5D6-4649-8D33-2475CC7A41C3

With working chain drive and steering. This is based on a model by Frank Weber that appeared in Constructor Quarterly some years ago. I had added it to my 'to make' list of models and recently found reason to re visit it. I added steering and made s...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:23:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=62229392-5BE6-4CAE-9001-298F01489ED9

This kit model took me six hours to assemble, only to find that the Grille trim and Bumper were still in the box! The instructions made no mention of these parts, so another ½ hour was needed to fit them. The main problem with the truck is th...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:17:18 GMT
<![CDATA[Galaxy]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=96F10039-8A8D-48E8-90B3-538F4A82546E

This model is remarkable because of the scale; 1:10 billion trillion. I am claiming that in terms of scale only it is the smallest Meccano model ever made. The galaxy slowly rotates, powered by a Meccano motor via a worm gear.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:15:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Monopoly]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=3C299FAC-5F21-437A-8C2A-011F4F536F0C

Just the board, none of the money or other accessories. The layout, colours and symbols on the board are represented as closely as possible with parts available.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:13:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Carriage Clock]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=51BEBA65-863A-4767-8FE9-0C0C87DEA940

Almost to scale. There is only enough space inside for the 12:1 reduction between the minute and hour hand. So the clock is powered from outside. It was first shown at the Heath Robinson museum so this is quite appropriate. The outside system is a 100...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:10:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Snakes and Ladders]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=2B66D7AF-B7E3-4BB8-A3DD-2B596B138918

The snakes are just curved strips and the snake's tongue is made of centre forks. To avoid unsightly numbers there are arrows to show the direction of play.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:09:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Connect Four]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6364C740-F00B-44A7-8FE7-F56CB06488D1

This simple but popular game was first sold by Milton Bradley in 1974. Two players take turns inserting their coloured discs into the grid, aiming to be the first to form a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of four of their own discs. My use of re...

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:07:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Nuts, Bolts and Meccano]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/article_2018_03_nuts_bolts_and_meccano.aspx Richard Marsden on the standardisation of bolts, the evolution of Meccano fixings, and going metric.

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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:27:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccaroar!]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/article_2017_12_meccasaur.aspx Brian Leach on the construction and operation of the Meccasaur not quite finding its way to your local store!

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Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:33:47 GMT