South East London Meccano Club Our latest Meccano articles and models in our Model Gallery. en-gb Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:43:45 GMT 1440 <![CDATA[Recalling 'Fireside Fun']]> Richard Marsden tells the story of Meccano Magazine's regular feature, the jokes and puzzles page.

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:56:33 GMT
<![CDATA[The Nordic Invader Fairground Ride]]>

2017 started with the first Meccano meeting at SELMEC in January, where I displayed my newest model The Demoraliser . Finding that I had some extra time on my hands before our next meeting at the Runnymede Meccano Guild in February, I decided to k...

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:51:27 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]>

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

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:42:05 GMT

Designed by Andreas Konkoly.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:51:13 GMT
<![CDATA[Bing Projector]]>

A 1920s German Bing dual-purpose projector for loop cine films and magic lantern slides, created for the '30 years' challenge at Runnymede Meccano Guild.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:49:05 GMT
<![CDATA[4 X 4 Car]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:46:03 GMT
<![CDATA[Tow Truck]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:44:58 GMT
<![CDATA[Eight-Wheel Truck]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:43:34 GMT
<![CDATA[Atkinson Truck]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:41:12 GMT
<![CDATA[Fork Lift Truck]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:39:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Eiffel Tower]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:37:48 GMT

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:37:21 GMT
<![CDATA[Big Ben]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:36:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Tower Crane]]>

From the Spin Master remote-controlled tower crane set.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:34:15 GMT
<![CDATA[1000 Subscribers Plaque]]>

A plaque to mark the London Meccano Club YouTube channel attaining 1000 subscribers on 13th November 2016. The gears can be actually turned, even though they are not driven.

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:31:51 GMT
<![CDATA[Generic Office Block]]>

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:27:22 GMT
<![CDATA[Pumping Engine]]>

This model is based on the Pumping Engine described in the December 1936 issue of Meccano Magazine . It was built from a 1934-7 Blue/Gold outfit G, which corresponded, more or less in terms of parts, to the later Blue/Gold and pre-1970 post-war no. 7 ...

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:26:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Manitowoc 8000-1 Crawler Crane]]>

Work in progress.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:56:52 GMT

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:53:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Unite Stratford One]]>

A small section of the Unite Stratford One building. This is in my opinion a carbuncle and has also gone into the news as being a carbuncle. I particularly dislike the random bay windows.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:48:10 GMT
<![CDATA[1:3,125 Step Up Gearbox]]>

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:46:31 GMT
<![CDATA[Fairey Swordfish Aeroplane Bristol Pegasus Engine]]>

Work in progress.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:38:47 GMT
<![CDATA[Railway Service Crane]]>

Model 10.1 from the no. 10 set.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:34:37 GMT
<![CDATA[The Demoraliser Fairground Ride]]>

It was in November 2016 with 2017 fast approaching that I came to the decision that I needed a fresh take on the theme of my previous fairground Meccano models. Sure, I still love the thrill I get from creating fairground-themed models, but it has been...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:25:39 GMT
<![CDATA[High-Rise Tower Blocks, East London]]>

Lots of old housing with years of life left were demolished in East London in the 1960s and replaced with high-rise tower blocks like these. The bricks (by J. W. Spear and Son Ltd.) arranged around the Meccano box lid represent the remaining old housi...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:26:44 GMT
<![CDATA[X-Wing Fighter]]>

From the Star Wars films.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:23:35 GMT

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:21:56 GMT
<![CDATA[Fairey Rotodyne Gyroplane]]>

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:20:20 GMT
<![CDATA[Ball Roller]]>

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:18:37 GMT
<![CDATA[British Airways I360, Brighton]]>

A 530ft viewing tower in Brighton. The model has a gear motor to lift the viewing gondola which is comprised of a lot of plastic plates to keep it light.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:13:40 GMT
<![CDATA[Mobile Phone Mast]]>

A typical mobile phone mast. Such structures are considered unsightly.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:10:01 GMT
<![CDATA[Tipper Lorry]]>

This model is motorised and power is taken to the driving wheels via differentials on both back axles. Both front axles have Ackerman steering, so each of the four front wheels has to turn to a different angle, leading to some complex geometry with th...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:06:28 GMT
<![CDATA[Krazy Klock]]>

This clock is Canadian Special Model Number 6 from the Canadian Meccanoman's Newsletter , designed by Dr. Keith W. Cameron. As it was designed to be powered using a 60Hz synchronous motor, several changes had to be made in order to get it to keep tim...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:03:14 GMT
<![CDATA[Spitfire Aeroplane]]>

Build from the parts in a Haynes Spitfire kit, most of which are copies of Meccano parts in most respects apart from some that use metric hole spacing. The kit comes with a book detailing the history of the Spitfire.

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:56:02 GMT
<![CDATA[Connel Bridge]]>

Connel Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans Loch Etive at Connel in Scotland. The bridge takes the A828 road across the narrowest part of the loch, at the Falls of Lora. It is a category B listed structure. All of the orange plastic parts were pro...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:52:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Tower 42, London]]>

Tower 42 is the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the eighth tallest in Greater London. Its original name was the NatWest Tower, having been built to house NatWest's international headquarters. It is still commonly referred to as the N...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:39:23 GMT
<![CDATA[Odeon Cinema, Redhill]]>

This Art Deco architecture cinema was opened in 1938, closing in 1975 until conversion to a succession of night clubs commencing 1976 until final closure in 2011. The Art Deco facade is a listed structure so now poses a significant problem for the town...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:55:00 GMT

Prime model from one of the new 2016 Spinmaster sets. The model has suspension and settable steering systems. It builds well straight from the instructions provided, but some of the detail is lacking clarity in my copy of the instructions. The online ...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:50:44 GMT
<![CDATA[Hybrid Motorcycle]]>

This is my own design and build, using the front forks, wheels and some frame parts from the Ducati Motorcycle set of 2016. It is motorised by a silver coloured battery motor geared by a double reduction to the double rear wheels. It also has a steeri...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:49:11 GMT
<![CDATA[Jumbo Crane]]>

A set 8 model from 1954 set of Manuals, a deceptively simple model of a 1950's Jumbo crane. The model's steering system as built is very poor, and has been modified. The jib elevating is done using screwed rods and works reasonably. The jib head also...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:46:57 GMT
<![CDATA[Hammerhead Crane]]>

Douglas Laing from Johannesburg submitted a VirtualMEC drawing of a hammerhead crane to the spanner list back in October 2016. The crane looked interesting and relatively simple to build - or so I thought. It turns out that is very easy to unwittingly...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:42:36 GMT

At the Hainault Hangout, each December for the past few years, we have run some competitions to raise funds for the club. It has become my job to produce a model for the guess the parts/weight model. The truck chassis is from a manual model that just ...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:33:13 GMT
<![CDATA[Automatic Slag Dumper]]>

This might have been useful on a Friday night in my youth... ...but on closer inspection the 'slag' being referred to here is the waste generated during the process of coal mining. The model is an improved version of model 4.20 from the 1958 No. 4 set...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:26:16 GMT
<![CDATA[20 Fenchurch Street, London]]>

This is a model of 20 Fenchurch Street in London, nick-named "The Walkie-Talkie" building due to its curvy design. It was awarded the Carbuncle Cup in 2015 after being voted the ugliest building in Britain. My version is a sort of cartoon of the build...

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:16:33 GMT
<![CDATA[London Underground Map Section]]>

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

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:10:51 GMT
<![CDATA[St. Luke's Church Craft Exhibition 2016 Report]]> Peter Clay reports on the Meccano models from SELMEC at the St. Luke's Church Craft Exhibition 2016, which was part of the Eltham Arts Winter Festival.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:47:35 GMT
<![CDATA[Meccano Show 2016 Report]]> Chris Warrell reports on last October's SELMEC Meccano Show in Eltham.

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:44:33 GMT
<![CDATA[Henwick Primary School Summer Fair 2016]]> Chris Warrell reports on a recent addition to our round of extra-curricular events in July.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:08:17 GMT
<![CDATA[Greenwich Great Get Together 2016]]> Peter Clay reports from a damp marquee in a wet field in Woolwich...

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:07:42 GMT