South East London Meccano Club Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:02:12 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[Armoured Car]]>

Made from the contents of the Motion System 50 set, which has sand-coloured parts that are ideal for desert camouflage. The model is powered from a 3-6V motor.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:11:40 GMT
<![CDATA[Radio Controlled Car]]>

From a Marks & Spencer kit, with remote control of forward, reverse and steering.

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:09:38 GMT

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:08:27 GMT
<![CDATA[Vase of Flowers]]>

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:07:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Pirate Satellite TV Station KLA]]>

This satellite orbiting Earth featured in the Thunderbirds episode 'Ricochet', and is reproduced here using no right-angled parts for the Secretary's Challenge (the moving star field cyclorama backdrop is not part of the Challenge).

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:04:32 GMT

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:58:59 GMT
<![CDATA[Uni-Ball Roller]]>

I found a use for the one-piece channel girder!

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:56:20 GMT
<![CDATA[Leonardo Da Vinci's Self-Powered Cart]]>

A model of Leonardo Da-Vinci's self-powered cart based on his sketch circa 1478, this work-in-progress model features: Spring driven Twin differential drive Speed regulation Brake Programmable steering Rack and pinion

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:54:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Double Cantilever Signal Post]]>

Based on a signal gantry in a photo in the book Paul Atterbury's Railway Collection . The photo showed Swindon Town (on the Midland and South Western Railway) on the last day of operation, 9th September 1961.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:54:13 GMT
<![CDATA[Tractor, Low Loader and Bulldozer]]>

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:46:38 GMT
<![CDATA[Tug Boat, Barge and Wharf]]>

With working lifeboat winch system.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:41:53 GMT
<![CDATA[Planetary Gear Type Steering Device for Track Vehicles]]>

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:34:38 GMT
<![CDATA[Childrens' Carousel]]>

This was great fun to build, and is a good way of using up flanged sector plates. It contains forty eight of them. Having built the basic model, I realised I needed to add something for the children to ride on, so there are two railway engines, two aer...

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:31:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Bogie Tanker Wagon]]>

Some years ago we had a Secretary's Challenge to build O Gauge railway stock . I've never taken any of my models from this challenge apart, and this is my very latest addition!

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:29:49 GMT
<![CDATA[Mathematical Sculpture]]>

I claim no artistic merit for this creation, but it does have some mathematical merit. It consists of four co-prime Pythagorean-triple right-angled triangles aligned along their sides of common length. Despite having four right angles, it contains no r...

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:20:33 GMT

This is a standard Meccano Maker System model, number 15205, and was bought, rather poignantly, in the local Toys 'R' Us closing down sale.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:19:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Foster LR Traction Engine]]>

A two-speed traction engine designed by Phil Bradley from a 1968 issue of the Midlands Meccano Guild Magazine .

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:16:35 GMT
<![CDATA[The Circumnavigator Fairground Ride]]>

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...

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:07:01 GMT
<![CDATA[Three-Wheeled Vehicle]]>

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:04:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Beam Engine]]>

A simple motorised model with working governor, flywheel, parallel motion, piston and valve action.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:01:49 GMT
<![CDATA[Laptop Computer]]>

The screen is made from black plastic plates and the keys are square nuts.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:00:24 GMT
<![CDATA[Adjustable Cam Mechanism]]>

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:44:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Bedside Watch Holder]]>

The sprung clamp at the the top of this bedside table accessory grasps a watch strap so the watch face can be clearly seen when in bed, allowing it to be used in place of an alarm clock. At the rear of the device is a place to store loose change!

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:42:50 GMT
<![CDATA[Arduino Stepper Motor Controller]]>

A demonstration of controlling a stepper motor using an Arduino microcontroller board (a Mega in this case, but an Uno would also work) along with an H Bridge motor control module from MECControl .

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:37:27 GMT

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:32:59 GMT
<![CDATA[Lazy Tongs]]>

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:30:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Vehicle Chassis]]>

A powered vehicle using no right-angled parts; construction of the chassis assembly uses 2" bolts from dealer Dave Taylor, resulting in some issues with keeping the plates and strips at right-angles. This model is still in  the development stage....

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:21:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Nuts, Bolts and Meccano]]> Richard Marsden on the standardisation of bolts, the evolution of Meccano fixings, and going metric.

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:27:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Sea Tractor]]>

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...

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:58:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccaroar!]]> Brian Leach on the construction and operation of the Meccasaur not quite finding its way to your local store!

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:33:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccano Show 2017]]> Tim Surtell reports on the success of our 39th annual Meccano Show in Eltham on 28th October 2017.

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:58:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Eltham Park Festival]]> Brian Leach reports from the second annual festival at Eltham Park South.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:18:41 GMT
<![CDATA[FOAL Farm Country Festival]]> Tim Surtell reports on our latest display at the animal rescue centre in Biggin Hill.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:17:58 GMT