South East London Meccano Club Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Sun, 24 Jun 2018 16:52:46 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[Doom Fairground Ride]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:21:04 GMT

With British aero markings.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:19:52 GMT

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

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:19:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Inverted Steam Engine]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:16:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Ferris Wheel]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:12:29 GMT
<![CDATA[Motor Generator Set]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:07:22 GMT

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.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:05:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Chess or Draughts Board]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:02:54 GMT
<![CDATA[Othello (Or Reversi) Game]]>

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.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 12:00:21 GMT
<![CDATA[Single Deck Tramcar]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:58:27 GMT
<![CDATA[Racing Car Game]]>

A Spear's game for three players.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:53:31 GMT

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:51:13 GMT
<![CDATA[0-6-2 Tank Locomotive]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:47:22 GMT
<![CDATA[2-4-2 Tank Locomotive]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:06:32 GMT
<![CDATA[Lost In Space]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:56:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Starship Enterprise]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:53:29 GMT

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

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:50:09 GMT

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:33:50 GMT

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

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:31:07 GMT
<![CDATA[Baby Meccanograph]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:27:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Gentlemen's Bicycle]]>

With working chain drive and steering.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:23:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck]]>

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:17:18 GMT

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.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:15:23 GMT

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.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:13:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Carriage Clock]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:10:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Snakes and Ladders]]>

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.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:09:04 GMT
<![CDATA[Connect Four]]>

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...

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:07:06 GMT
<![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[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