South East London Meccano Club https://www.selmec.org.uk/ Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:30:07 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[Cylindricurse Fairground Ride]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=BAD2598A-AEB4-4BE0-B68E-8A37DE63B317

After having made over 50 models based on fairground rides, it is always difficult to think of a new shape different to the previous ones. Besides roller coasters, bumper cars or swinging rides, most of the others are mainly rotating structures, slow o...

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Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:46:46 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F70BC0D2-44A1-4B86-8D57-E12D44733E0F

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:56:30 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=1A2884B2-4B2B-4B56-B007-95637E6ADC32

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:55:42 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=E65236E5-746F-42A1-A406-D6D74E184F64

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:52:50 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=B305AADD-201B-4389-8BB9-DF6C1D94CE81

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:52:01 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=9ADEF7ED-A08D-4883-A469-2320DE6AC6AA

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:50:52 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=22FC5FA0-0113-4941-A773-2F65C3F21B81

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:49:55 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A99545A7-DAEF-4147-94D7-57DCA4789356

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:48:43 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F1BC1ECC-8455-4DA4-A573-CEDC4F754167

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:46:58 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=9AE5DC2D-C03E-4DAA-938D-63AF1A97D903

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:45:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Pick-Up Truck]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=9BD2C404-12FE-4524-875E-3F97A9826798

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:41:41 GMT
<![CDATA[John Deere Excavator]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=92441CE2-1CA1-4711-AA4A-F8C6DFE802F7

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:39:56 GMT
<![CDATA[Thunderbird 3]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=8FE26FA4-E35D-4442-BB87-B9F64405F011

This is a Meccano pre-production prototype model of Thunderbird 3 which was ultimately never produced.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:33:54 GMT
<![CDATA[Racing Car]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F9410247-C42F-425B-A49A-434CA5B54EB3

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:28:55 GMT
<![CDATA[John Deere Tractor]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6D37F14E-48A1-4F90-AA5F-47F4E27FBB80

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:27:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Fighter Jet Aeroplane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=38A5EE17-3DBE-4CBA-BCC9-B35CE14B74E0

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:27:01 GMT
<![CDATA[Differential Mechanism for Reciprocating Drives]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=EE26906C-AA1B-418E-B0F0-604CECB9D8C3

A demonstration of a drive-axle differential mechanism for reciprocating drives, e.g. from a single-cylinder steam engine. The 1" pulley with tyre represents the piston.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:22:18 GMT
<![CDATA[4x4 Off-Roader]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=84211006-8171-401E-8F06-42366EEE2554

Built from a combination of modern parts.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:14:43 GMT
<![CDATA[Buggy]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=BECF1D59-0B6B-4019-A888-7B648F8ADAA6

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:13:16 GMT
<![CDATA[4x4 Off-Road Truck]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=90B2EB22-DFAE-4E72-A946-5CDB489A9901

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:11:25 GMT
<![CDATA[Biplane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6364E144-5CD0-4382-9EE6-B9F9EDB05B38

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:09:08 GMT
<![CDATA[Bomb Disposal Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=84D0A2A3-4172-4269-BCDB-FBA098C8B3E1

This robot has seven degrees of freedom: Grab opens/closes Grab rotates Grab elevates Boom raises/lowers Boom extends/retracts Drive forward/reverse Drive steers left/right

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:06:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Chinese Chariot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=69CEC806-4F58-4D24-A752-4EAA5198964B

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:50:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Chinese Chariot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=8253E365-47ED-45C1-9931-C1AA7AFEFA49

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:47:09 GMT
<![CDATA[Chinese Chariot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=764A297B-BA1D-4847-95E2-105B448393BA

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:46:26 GMT
<![CDATA[Chinese Chariot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=D54B26C3-73E2-436F-B258-F12DC2540877

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:45:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Ping Pong Periphrator]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A2A714BC-F428-44C6-ACF2-D2A20EF7723F

This device was my entry into the competition set by the Runnymede Meccano Guild to mark its 30th anniversary. The competition's rules were simple: The number of parts was limited to 30 (not counting nuts, bolts and washers) Models must not contains...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:43:48 GMT
<![CDATA[Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=8F40A9A4-7961-4657-8141-01AD903422B5

This is one of the Meccano France (now Spin Master) models of robots in metal tins. These have been reviewed by myself, previously, and I am bringing one of these models, of which there are three in all. There are also three smaller models as well that...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:34:03 GMT
<![CDATA[Reverse-Type Compact Steam Engine]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=558CA009-FDA1-491E-BFDC-4B667660E10F

One of the many Andreas Konkoly models currently being rebuilt by the Runnymede Meccano Guild and Nick Rodgers, with extra parts added by myself to solve issues with the crankshaft's strength. The piston rod is back-to-front in this version and is op...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:31:11 GMT
<![CDATA[Galacticus Ferris Wheel]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=0FA94FFA-9A00-4B46-9CAA-4E8EFD4662E2

It is over a year ago when I built this Ferris wheel. I have built few others over the years and never thought I would build another one of the same type, however thinking of a new design I started and finished this model. I called it Revolution , and...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 18:07:14 GMT
<![CDATA[Daimler V8 Engine]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=E464634B-05D8-4E27-BBB0-164A64AEC447

Work in progress.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:34:10 GMT
<![CDATA[Female Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=8717D8D0-2A35-4FAF-BEBF-1235DBB12197

A classic sci-fi robot.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:38:50 GMT
<![CDATA[Car]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=172B1B80-F30B-44D3-A108-49C20A650F8A

Work in progress.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:38:06 GMT
<![CDATA[Army Bomb Disposal Unit Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=E4E1509E-B9B3-4EE4-9AE5-F92143489FF6

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:32:39 GMT
<![CDATA[4x4 Racing Truck]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=35D78698-219D-443F-B5E9-B8E14AB34C1A

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:31:49 GMT
<![CDATA[Army Water Truck]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A4287927-2388-4B4D-AA45-4D982333A1AC

Built from no. 7 set parts and featured in the November 1959 issue of Meccano Magazine .

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:28:50 GMT
<![CDATA[Farm Tractor]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6DC8C550-444B-448C-8F5E-B7901FE688B4

From Multi Model set 30, but made with Multi Model set 50 parts.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:26:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Farm Tractor]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6593836D-0292-4E96-943D-85044F45AD6F

From Multi Model set 30 with slight alteration to the cab.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:24:44 GMT
<![CDATA[Austin A40 Farina Car]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=1070711F-29DD-4BF3-B375-BCE212BA0133

With working LED lights and some 3D printed parts.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:20:55 GMT
<![CDATA[Car]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=92EC42BD-2A99-4693-AA12-BE1416016A01

A purchase from a market; builder unknown.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:19:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Humanoid Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=D8091B34-E516-4D2C-87C5-BB0B55803290

This robot is based on 'Cygan', an Italian robot built in 1957. The original weighed 500kg and was driven by 13 electric motors via remote control. It was built by Dr. Piero Fiorito of Turin and was displayed at the Robots exhibition at the Science Mus...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:15:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Floating Crane]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=1E3C41D9-D490-4DA1-A61C-2CBF99B66E88

This is a 'scaled down' version of the Floating Crane featured in the November 1956 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is approximately 25% smaller than the original - so that it will fit in a suitcase for transport! The screw luffing and hoisting are ha...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:06:41 GMT
<![CDATA[Robot Family]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=AEC6DACF-2E93-4F36-B494-F078CEB92660

Meet the robot family: Dad, I. Ron Gerda Mum, Ima Gerda Baby Flange in the pram (he has his mother's eye!) Twin sisters Hinge and Bracket Son Rod, who likes to wear the latest gear!

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:53:25 GMT
<![CDATA[Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A4E9D7C0-842B-49DD-8FBE-8251418CEFD9

This robot features a hand with working pincer movement.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:59:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Ferrari 488 Spider]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=BE27DDC3-B3E9-4045-9C9D-BC342F7EB478

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:54:59 GMT
<![CDATA[Robby the Robot]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=B2FC1339-3F3C-4A32-9DDD-786CB89136B6

The robot from the 1956 MGM science-fiction film Forbidden Planet .

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:49:51 GMT
<![CDATA[Automatic Crane Brake Mechanism]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=4865F064-2468-482E-AE01-2FB5F6B2F874

This a variation on the Mechanisms Set manual back page model. It works using a differential which finds the path of least resistance. Initially it releases the brake as you turn the input and when there is equilibrium of resistance starts to turn the ...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:45:54 GMT
<![CDATA[Experimental Random Drive Mechanism]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=6AD46736-D061-4F50-82AB-09D4DD40FCB6

Four motors running into three differentials. The slight variations of motor speed should produce a random movement on the output. However it doesn't because the motors spin at a very constant speed (c.f. an E15R). Also the slightest load causes the ou...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:43:56 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccasaur]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F347F5BA-452F-4882-A22E-6A3F95A1EFC6

Not available in the UK. Best purchased from target.com. Takes about 6 hours to build. The manual is good but care is still needed. Meccasaur roars, walks, listens to questions, guards rooms and is programmable. There will be an article about this mode...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:41:56 GMT
<![CDATA[Mechagodzilla Head]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=A2012A19-274D-40D4-BD13-93C6650E80E1

This was a fun challenge being a Godzilla fan. It worked out quite well. There were problems with very tight areas to put nuts in. The only areas where it deviates from Mechagodzilla is the mouth is too far back into the head and the eyes need to be mo...

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:40:30 GMT
<![CDATA[Union Pacific Locomotive]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/gallery_model_view.aspx?ID=F5C21D7B-BEBC-46E1-B51D-65A532E4C908

The concluding part of an 8' long American freight train. The locomotive is packed with details - swivelling bogies, couplings, steps, extensive handrails, horns, lights, fans, seats, and the Union Pacific lettering.

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Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:35:37 GMT
<![CDATA[Eltham Park Festival]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2017_eltham_park_festival.aspx Brian Leach reports from the second annual festival at Eltham Park South.

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Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:18:41 GMT
<![CDATA[FOAL Farm Country Festival]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2017_foal_farm_country_festival.aspx Tim Surtell reports on our latest display at the animal rescue centre in Biggin Hill.

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Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:17:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Henwick Primary School Summer Fair]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2017_henwick_primary_school_summer_fair.aspx Peter Clay reports on our second year at this school summer fair.

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Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:16:48 GMT
<![CDATA[Vintage Hornby Train Show]]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/exhib_report_2017_vintage_hornby_train_show.aspx Peter Clay reports on this year's SELMEC display in Welling.

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Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:15:52 GMT
<![CDATA[Recalling 'Fireside Fun']]> https://www.selmec.org.uk/article_2017_03_recalling_fireside_fun.aspx Richard Marsden tells the story of Meccano Magazine's regular feature, the jokes and puzzles page.

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:56:33 GMT