South East London Meccano Club Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:35:27 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[The Beserker Fairground Ride]]>

There always seems to be so little time available to build each new model from scratch, so it's not surprising how often as I start dismantling any one model, that I decide to take advantage of a head start and think about converting it into a new one....

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:24:09 GMT
<![CDATA[Bedford 'O' Type Tipper Lorry]]>

This is my much-modified version of model 5.1 from the 1954-61 manual, along the lines of Bob Watson's blue and yellow version seen in the Sheffield Meccano Guild Magazine . By adding steering to the model, a totally new cab with cutaway bonnet to al...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:59:12 GMT
<![CDATA[Side Tipping Lorry]]>

I have been looking at several model vehicles from the 1954-61 7 and 8 set manuals. I thought I would try the Side-tipping Lorry, model 7.8 in this manual, as it has an unusual tipping mechanism that I have not seen elsewhere. I have incorporated stee...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:54:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Rear Dumping Truck]]>

I have wanted to build this rigged-looking truck from the 1957 no. 6 set manual since my schoolboy days. It looked quite a simple model to build, but I found that it is really tricky to set up correctly. I have modified the model considerably, adding ...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:51:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Eight-Wheeler Flatbed Truck]]>

This is my version of Paul Robinson's neat model of a 1950s-60s eight-wheeler flatbed truck. Totally different chassis, with simulated air suspension units on the rear axles. A different design of cab, with dropped side windows. Mainly in yellow, w...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:46:20 GMT
<![CDATA[Hogle Torque Amplifier]]>

Reading about this mechanism will be much more worthwhile if you try it first. Make sure motor is turned on, then turn handles facing you, one with each hand. You can slow down/stop at any position and change direction as you like. Your right hand ...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:42:07 GMT
<![CDATA[Sobering the Sailor]]>

Pick one of the six different sailors, put it at the top of either set of rigging, and compare how well (or badly) he hornpipes his way down (a slight nudge may be needed to get him started). I recently unearthed the version built by my late mother, ...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:38:02 GMT
<![CDATA[John Deere Tractor]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:31:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Yellow Van Man's Yellow Van]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:30:10 GMT

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:29:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Tunnel Truck Tipper]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:27:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Croydon Airport Terminal]]>

This model is an 'airside' elevation of the then Imperial Airways terminal building in Purley Way, Croydon, which operated from 1928 to 1959. It is now a listed building. A military airfield was established at Croydon in 1915. Designated London's civi...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:24:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Tunnel Ventilation Fan]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:07:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Crossrail Tunnel Section with Tram]]>

Crossrail is the largest engineering project in Europe, creating a line from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west. The model is built using flanged rings, between which are 12½" strips covered by flexible pla...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:58:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Four Wheel Drive Vehicle]]>

This Mark 2 version was built to overcome a fault with the Mark 1 version of 2016, as a case of severe jerking was experienced due to the twin universal joints being at too large an angle. The new vehicle cures this fault. Shown in slightly modified c...

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:55:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Artic Dumper Truck]]>

This is finished in silver and blue colours as the original colours of the set are not available. This has a tipping body.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:52:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Child's Buggy]]>

Eight motors drive this buggy, and a child (or adult!) weighing up to 80kg sitting on it, at around ⅓ mph. There are 64 flat trunnions in the steering column.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:47:26 GMT
<![CDATA[The Time Tunnel]]>

The false-perspective Time Tunnel from the 1966 American science-fiction TV series written by Irwin Allen.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:43:46 GMT
<![CDATA["Inspecting the Coal Face"]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:38:13 GMT

This windmill moves with a reciprocating motion and has a transparent 'cutaway' side so that the mechanism can be seen.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:36:19 GMT
<![CDATA[Ferrari Formula 1 Racing Car]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:34:19 GMT
<![CDATA[Racing Car]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:33:03 GMT
<![CDATA[Thornycroft Antar Mark 3 5th Wheel Tractor]]>

With Kirkstall Forge replica differentials, six-speed and reverse gearbox, cliff lock and winch - all driven off one motor.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:38:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Plate and Strip Bender]]>

Based on photos of similar machines found on the Internet, and built with home-made rollers.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:33:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Gym Horse]]>

A gym horse, underneath which was concealed the escape tunnel entrance in The Great Escape .

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:30:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Tunnel Boring Machine]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:27:39 GMT
<![CDATA[Eiffel Tower]]>

From the Marks & Spencer Design Engineer set, but modified to fit the battery box for the lights.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:26:15 GMT
<![CDATA[A380 Aeroplane Main Undercarriage]]>

Work in progress. This model will feature a fully working triple axle bogie set which will articulate up. Then two or possibly four sets of doors will close up in the flight position.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:20:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Yesteryear Model Van]]>

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:15:38 GMT
<![CDATA[Tower Crane]]>

Work in progress.

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:07:48 GMT
<![CDATA[Crossrail 'Phyllis' Tunnel Boring Machine]]>

This model was based on a photo of Phyllis, the (Tunnel Boring Machine) TBM for the Royal Oak to Farringdon tunnel (Drive X): Crossrail's first pair of tunnelling machines, along with Ada. They were delivered to Westbourne Park, just west of Paddingto...

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 19:03:13 GMT
<![CDATA[Thames Tideway Tunnel Boring Machine]]>

This 900 ton tunnelling machine was used to bore the 16 mile Thames Tideway Tunnel 'Super Sewer', the deepest tunnel ever to be dug under London, which runs from West to East London.

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 18:56:57 GMT
<![CDATA[Sewing Machine]]>

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 18:51:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Volkswagen Beetle Car]]>

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 18:49:21 GMT
<![CDATA[Royal Greenwich Get Together 2018]]> Peter Clay reports from our stand at the newly-rebranded summer Get Together at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

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

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

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:28:03 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[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