NORTH WEST MECCANO GUILD
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This model was made from the “Motorized Movers Set 5” by Chris. Harris.
He is hoping to put a video of it working on You-
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Ashley Simmonds has contributed this Model Fire Escape based on a Meccano magazine model from April 1961.
It was not intended to be built from a particular outfit but a No. 8 would probably have provided most of the parts. It is a modernised version of one of the 1937 manual models.
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Side Lever Paddle Steamer Engine
Built by the Webmaster.
The model is based on the engine designed by Robert Napier in 1821 for the paddle
steamer Leven. The engine is displayed outside the Scottish Maritime Museum near
Dumbarton. I also have obtained photographs from the museum web-
Other alterations include the use of Progress parts for the cranks to give it more rigidity. I have retained the use of strips for the cylinder, but they are held together by modern springy strips. It sits on a Märklin wheel which happens to be just the right size. A bossless 3” pulley is used for the top because it is difficult to find one with a boss which runs true. The dimensions of the parallel motion have been altered to be more like what I think they ought to be. The green Mettalus strips are used to allow adjustment. Numerous cranks have been added to allow the linkage to run freely without wobbling.
The motor is a small Mettalus geared one.
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Above, The Mechanism for the Two Small pumps and the Valves.
Right, view from above.
Gear Cutting Machine.
In order to make the Side Lever Engine, I had to take my Gear Cutting Machine to pieces. However, I did take some photographs first. The one above shows most of the works. The “Hob” is a ½” BSW machine tap (12 tpi) held in home made supports. This tap has nearly the correct pitch for Meccano gears but has a pitch angle of 27½° instead of 20°. The gear blank was made from Paxolin. The resulting gears should only mesh with other gears made using the same tap, but if you make the blank the right diameter, they will mesh with Meccano gears at the required centre distance reasonably well. Note that the tap is tilted so that the threads are at right angles to the gear beng made.
The motor had been removed when the photograph was taken.
To the right are close-
The model based on one published in the March 1972 Meccano Magazine. The original was made by H. Vollenhoven of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The cone pulley was used for an automatic vertical feed.
3 Wheeled Railway Inspection Trolley.
This is another model which I have just taken apart. It is of an inspection trolley
on display at the Severn Valley Railway Museum at Highley. They were popular in
countries where stations were very far apart so that inspectors and workers had long
distances to travel. Like the simple 4 wheeled trucks used on British railways, they
could be easily be lifted of the track when a train was expected. Many were built
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My model had to be fitted with two double flanged wheels so it would remain on the track. Some of the full size ones that are in regular use have them.
Dick Watson has made a You-
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It also deals with a mixture of tall thin models and long low ones.
Unfortunately, it rotates in the opposite direction to that chosen by You-
Brian Elvidge has been busy.
Following on from his group of models using a Highways Multikit Cab, here is a Breakdown Truck.
Brian has also used a modified version of the truck to make an Articulated Lorry.
Instead of steering by a lever at the back, a steering wheel has been fitted behind the cab of the tractor unit where it can be used easily.
More of Brian’s Models.
1. A Decorator’s Bench built for a completion for model using only 2 other parts in addition to nuts & bolts.
2. An “Elevated Jib Crane”. A motor supplied by Dave Taylor drives the hoisting, luffing and slewing motions.
3. A Stunt Aeroplane from a Spinmaster Manual.
4. A Beach Buggy, designed by Brian, using parts in a recent Blue & Silver Spinmaster Set.
5. A Tractor.
. The differential is a conventional design, but the two side gear pinions have cut down bosses, supplied by Dave Taylor, mounted on short pivot bolts, The crown gear is a 57 tooth gear.The steering system uses 5 hole strips with integral double brackets each side. These odd looking parts replace a combination of a double bracket and a 5 hole Strip used on models designed for outfits without any 3 hole Strips.
The wheels are standard wheels from the Motion sets, the rears are fixed to 6 hole bush wheels by long bolts. This enables them to be secured to round rods
The front wheels are loose on the round rods.
Travelling Gantry Crane.
Brian built this model from a 1911 Manual.
The manual picture, below, shows a slightly different version from a later manual. Brian has omitted the mechanism which is intended to keep the load level while the jenny is moved across the gantry. It needs modification to make it work properly. Instead, he took the end of the hoist rope to the other end of the gantry instead of tying it to the block.
The Manual was published just after the introduction of bosses with set-
Chris. Harris has built a Robotic arm.
It is based on a design by Dave. Heathcote published as Modelplan 153 in Aug 2004.
It is a simple Meccano robot but even so has 5 motors. Chris. has modified it slightly using different motors. Note the use of the Bowden cable from the 15 model set produced a few years ago. Chris. has also used a simpler bearing
The picture on the right was taken at the last AGM. before some modifications had been made to imptove its performance.
Dick Watson bought these Märklin Sets recently on E-
Set 101 (on the left) is the Märklin development of the 1914 Meccano Set 1. It is one of the first with 2 Universal Zahnrädern replacing 2 1” pulleys in the earlier version. A leaflet was included showing how they could be used, but no models in the manual used them. I decided that a 14 tooth Zahnkranz für Tell Nr. 22 (a “pastry cutter) was missing. Marks on the mounting card suggested that it was stored under one of the large wheels. The part 52 has been moved to show the otherwise hidden parts.
Set 101A on the right is the Märklin development of the 1914 Meccano 1a making the combination similar to a 1937 Meccano Set 5. The Flanged & Grooved Wheels with large tyres are much better and more versatile than the tinplate Meccano Roadwheels in Set 5. One part 60/7 has been replaced. The position of the Windmills Sails is pure guesswork. The manual shows some interesting models with good play value.
Travelling Gantry Crane (featured in early Manuals)
Dick Watson decided to see whether the mechanism of Brain’s Travelling Gantry Crane could be altered so that the original mechanism could do what he thought it should do. The cords controlling the motion of the trolley are now wound round the controlling Crank Handle instead of a pulley on the intermediate shaft. This means that all the cords move at the same speed. Two separate cords are used to control the trolley, wound in opposite directions. This method is used on the large cranes in the later Märklin Manuals and on Blocksetting Cranes such as “Cape Town one” shown in Constructor Quarterly No. 29, page 13, Fig. 10b.
Only the Bush Wheel used as a weight for the hook and the loose 1” Pulleys are “tunnel” key ones, the rest have bosses. The Clips have been replaced by Collars.
The hoist and racking shafts can be geared together by a chain of 2 pinions and a central gear. To hoist the load, the central gear is disengaged from the pinion on the hoisting shaft using the lever projecting from the left hand side. For racking the gear is engaged so that when the trolley is moved the load is raised or lowered, keeping it at a constant height.
The mechanism is sometimes used on the auxiliary hoists of hammerhead cranes, when a single part hoist is all that is needed.
Brian used the simpler method of taking the free end of the hoist cord to the far end of the gantry instead of back down to the top of the block. This method is used on builders’ Hammerhead Tower Cranes.
Dick thinks that the reason for the complicated and expensive mechanism is that the original crane was fitted with snatch blocks. The hoist rope could be unhitched from the blocks so that light loads could be raised quickly. For heavier loads, the rope could be hooked round the snatch blocks to give a triple purchase.
Chris.Harris has built the Petrol Tanker, model 9.9 in the 1970 Meccano Manual. Most people would not regard this as a “proper” No.9 set model, being published after 1 was added to all the outfit numbers except No. 10. However, 2 18½”Angle Girders were added. These were used to help make the tank. Like many large motor vehicles made with the larger sets, a mixture of wheel sizes had to used. Chris. has been able to correct this and add a bit more detail.
The original 3-