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Midlands Meccano Guild
(Author: Colin Bull & Richard Smith)
99th Meeting Model Report
Midlands Meccano Guild
99th Meeting - Saturday 8th October 2016
by Colin Bull & Richard Smith
(Photos taken by Bob Thompson & Mick Burgess)
Mike Cook is occupied with writing the last 25 years of the guilds history and so has relinquished the model reporting role having been our main scribe for most of that period. In future reporting the meetings will be shared by two reporters at each meeting.
This time it was the turn of Colin Bull and Richard Smith – many thanks to both for stepping up to the plate.
I hope you enjoy their summaries – please make the job of reporters easier by doing a write up of your models and preferably emailing to the secretary.
Geoff Burgess is next in line with a Thorneycroft Amazon /Coles Mobile
Crane of WW2 Airfield Vintage in red & Green and a Leyland Martian chassis.
wife, ( his words not mine.)
Roger also showed a Remagnetising Permanent Magnet Machine used on his Hornby Dublo railway locos.
Mick Burgess showed six small vehicle’s from 1950’s and 60’s MMs: including a Momentum Tractor from August 1953; Motorcycle & Sidecar - July 1952; Saloon Car April 1948 and a Delivery Van from November 1964. (seen below)
John Rogers takes the next space with two Andreas Konkoly models: the Picador Knight and secondly, the Spanish Bull constructed in red & green. These models are featured in the Runneymede collection of Konkoly models published by Nick Rodgers and RMG.
SML 19a Steam Excavator is John R Hornsby's model using a ‘Tyco’ replica
1929 Steam Engine that has never been used. Built in red & green, the motions are driven by a small electric motor that drives the engine crankshaft. Power is supplied from batteries hidden in the underslung water tank.
Work is still in progress, in what I think is going to be another great model. It seems that after transport by rail it then becomes a road vehicle to continue to its destination. Large rear road wheels, smaller wheels at the front, rail wheels represented by plastic road wheels Part No A537 bolted to faceplates and on a short, yes! a short length of track.
David also showed a 0-4-0 Trix Loco and a ’Tronico’ systems Junkers aircraft.
Colin Bull displayed his Winning model of the Laxey Waterwheel as described in the last MMG magazine, complete with’ The John Linder Memorial Shield’ and the Runnymede Award for ‘Excellence Shield’ it also came second at Skegex2016.
Pauline Bull also showed a cross-stitch of the Laxey Waterwheel.
Richard Smith takes over the couch
Sid Beckett bought along his Countryman Traction Engine, a model that Sid built about 30 years ago. It has been a great hit at so many shows that Sid has supported over the years. It will pull a youngster on a trailer and Sid demonstrated it in the garden at the meeting.
Pete Evans’ masterpiece 1930s Brooklands Garage got a lot of attention at our meeting as it has all through this summer. The model is of a typical 1930s motor racing garage at Brooklands in Surrey. Pete has built four complete and one partial 1930s MG cars and one Type 35 Bugatti. Each one being a work of art in itself. The garage building is adorned with most of the garage equipment typical to that period.
Two 1960’s Binns Road built Shop Models were displayed by Tom and Matthew McCallum. Both the Traction/Showmans Engine and a Windpump and associated ephemera for these models, although many years old were in lovely condition. An unusual feature of the wind pump was the wind sail containing eight propeller blades. ( Maybe the model room/factory had a surfeit of these redundant parts.)
There was very little Nickel Meccano in evidence at this meeting, Richard
Smith’s nickel lorry was an exception. This lorry is similar to that shown in the
New Cavendish Vol 6 by Bert Love and Jim Gamble on plate 4. It has added steering and leaf springs but is a model still in development.
Still under construction Dave Bradley bought along his ¼ scale Lamborghini Espada inspired by Pete Wood’s (RMG) Lamborghini Contach. The model is at the rolling chassis stage and has gearbox/differential and steering wheel and seats. It will be great to see the two ‘Lambos’ side by side when the Espada is complete.
Geoff also showed a Speed Play 9902 Dragon which looked impressive but was difficult to build for its’ intended 7 year plus modelers. Geoff pointed out several shortcomings with this model system.
George Illingworth left his fire-engines at home and showed a model of the
1972 RAF Truck Aircraft Crash Rescue vehicle built in Army green Meccano. One of a huge number of this type of vehicle expertly modeled by George over the years.
Roger thinks this was probably done by a bored shop assistant for amusement. (Also seen on the model is the 50th anniversary metal Meccano sign we will be providing to each member as a momento of our 100th meeting in March 2017).
Brian Edwards displayed his 1960 Ford Thames Trader tractor unit with Carrimore Car Transporter Trailer modeled in medium green/red. All the character of the period is achieved in this model. The tractor contains an electric drive and the trailer has a motorized upper deck raise and lower.
The model has a direct drive transmission to the back wheel and will have steering. Dave’s model, slightly more complete, incorporates homemade aeroscreens and a revised motor drive. The model is built from a mixture of Meccano colours/periods but has a nice predominantly red and zinc body which looks finished.
John added a diorama (above) with a workshop scene that he says is his wife’s idea.
Dave’s Grandson James Philips was the youngest (9 years) modeler on the day and showed a selection of six models which he has built. They include a racing car, helicopter and digger. All the models had been finished to a good standard of build.
Another masterpiece from Terry Allen is his 1914 Swiss Piccard Racing Car
(above). Terry’s has now got to the rolling chassis stage with this model. We all marveled at the quality of the V8 engine a year ago and now the rolling chassis is of equal quality. The model is to a 1:5 scale. The engine was turning with all 16 pushrods doing their stuff. The back wheels were turning as was the clutch and gearbox.
The spoked wheels are to Terry’s design and manufacture and we are sure to see this design emulated in the future.
machine format but also included were the vertical head and the slotter head
Relatively new member Carl Gill had developed the SML Goods Warehouse with Elevators to provide a model built in Yellow/zinc from a Meccano instructions but including some personal touches such as a table and crane.
John Palmer gave very helpful assistance to our outgoing treasurer in collecting subs and so did not have much time for discussion about his model. Built using Army green parts, John’s 6 x 4 Lorry is a freelance model using ex John McDonald wheels.
The Routemaster LT2 ‘Boris’s Bus is another lovely bus built by Geoff Wright from a No.9 red/green set. This bus is the double-decker promised by Boris Johnson to replace the hated ‘bendy buses’ in London. Built to a 1:14
scale which allowed the use of 2" pulleys for the wheels. How this model is built from a No.9 set is amazing.
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