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Midlands Meccano Guild
(Author: John Rogers & Colin Bull)
101st Meeting Model Report
Midlands Meccano Guild
101st Meeting – Saturday 14th October 2017
By John Rogers & Colin Bull
(Photographs taken by Bob Thompson & Mick Burgess)
The model reporters this time are John Rogers, who kindly stepped in at the last minute and Colin Bull. Reporting on the meeting is hard work but we know it s greatly valued by members who like to see their own and other models covered, and there are always models that we don’t get a chance to see during a hectic day. The 101st meeting was busy with a good range of models. Please provide a written description of your model as this makes the model reporting much easier.
Brian Edwards. His Cement Mixer Lorry has a very neat appearance and al-though it seems to be a moderate size, it is of course quite heavy. The Meccano motor provides a very convincing grinding sound when the model is in mixing mode.
Dave Phillips displayed the 1934 Morgan Super Sports model which we have seen previously.
Ken Senar demonstrated another anniversary - his 80th year of Meccano involvement. His model crane in red and zinc finish represents a model built for him by his father from a 1937 No 4 Meccano outfit which started his continuing interest in Meccano modelling.
Colin Bull had positioned the display of his model of the Boeing 777 Jet Airliner in prime position at the entrance. And it was a spectacular sight. This very large model was a very worthy 3rd place winner at Skegex this year. It has an excellent appearance as a very modern aircraft.
Roger Burton’s rotating Big Wheel model comes from the Model of the Month of Meccano Magazine, December 1957. The design was based on a real life Ferris Wheel which operated in Battersea Park, London. Roger was keen to be able to include his otherwise rarely used Geared Roller Bearing. The Ferris Wheel rotates whilst it is being revolved on the base until it lines up with the steps - twice each circuit.
Dave Bradley displayed the recent Spinmaster Mechanical Digger - the import only mostly plastic model which is equipped with an effective water/hydraulic system. The outfit carries the name John Deere 380G Excavator with Working Hydraulics. Colin Bull has also demonstrated this model.
Tim Gant showed a huge Meccano caterpillar track, which is work in progress for a final full model, but does present a detailed finished model of a complete single track. Tim has used pristine zinc Meccano original parts - some of which had been very hard to acquire because of the very large quantities required and their scarcity. The details of his design are very complex and have many unusual features. Richard Payn, Tim Gant and Clive Weston had combined to present a display of a large number of gears to show their different stampings. The greatest varieties occurred of course in the very early years and some formats seemed to have been almost unique.
New member, Richard Dunster-Sigtermans came to his first meeting with a well turned out version of the Optare Solo Midibus (right) in Binns road yellow (Model Plan167). Richard is a musician (a proper Classical chap who was away early to a rehearsal of Haydn’s Creation with his choir and orchestra) and clearly has a sense of humour with the destination of his bus set for deBUSsy! We hope to see more Richard!
Gregg Worwood was demonstrating four Meccanographs including his model built from Plastic Meccano. Gregg explained that the square rod on which he had based part of two of his models had been a particular challenge to connect to Meccano parts.
Richard Gilbert showed three original Meccano Display Models: A wonderful Meccano illuminated sign from the 1950’s; a 1954/55 Ferris Wheel and a small Elevated Jib Crane. Their message “The Toy that grows with the Boy” seemed very appropriate for the meeting.
While John covered the models on the centre tables. Colin was hard at work on the outer sides.
First on Colin’s round was Eric Wright’s demonstration model of Home & Distant railway signalling. Eric has provided an article on signalling described next in this bulletin.
Mark Rolston’s model was under construction from Model Plan 222, the J.C.B. Backhoe Excavator in yellow and Zinc.
Colin Reid showed his 1913 Radio Controlled Yorkshire Steam Wagon and his ball rolling clock: the ball ran around a ring segment and he tells me it’s accurate to 7 seconds.
Next we have George Sayell’s Double Decker bus chassis partly completed from March 1954 Meccano Magazine. He hopes eventually it will work by radio control.
Mick Burgess showed a display of small models in blue and gold.
Paul Hubbard’s Model was I believe a Bulldozer based on the late Eric Taylor model.
Trevor Batten, clearly had been working hard as he showed several models: a Cargo plane from the No. 8 manual, a delightful Meccano Blues Band, an Electric Guitar, a Tractor and Low loader and lastly a Swing Bridge.
Michael Bent showed a Bedford Truck from the 1950’s No. 7 set manual
Still with smaller models, Sid Beckett had three models built by school children; two mobile cranes and a small car.
Tony Knowles displayed a No.2 Alpha Construction Set of German origin from 1931 with a hole pitch 12mm and Marklin style wheels. He also bought along an early style Omnibus which appeared to be made out of American pre-war Erector, i.e. before it became American Meccano.
Jim Gamble showed three original shop display boards with various mechanisms. Jim had restored these to working order and presented them in excellent condition. The variety of these mechanisms boards is quite sur-prising. They were clearly quite a popular display model for dealers and produced throughout the post war period in various colours.
Pete Evans has left his MG’s at home and presented a Type 35 Bugatti that I thought I had seen before, but he informs me he had made some modifications. Pete does like his vintage cars as I’m sure most of you will know.
Fellow Bristolian, Philip Drew showed his computer controlled Gantry Crane which uses four Chinese motors.
Two visitors joined us for part of the meeting: Stan Knight from Idaho, USA contacted the secretary to say he would be visiting his son Dave who lives in Wales and would like to come along to the MMG. We hope he felt welcome; Dave bought along a build of the Motor Chassis (SML 1) in yellow and zinc.
John Bland displayed a Supermodel Traction Engine and a Racing Car built from 1963 Outfit 2/3 manual.
Our retiring President, Geoff Wright, gave us another showing of his fabulous ‘Boris’ London Transport Double Decker Bus built from the contents of a 1954, No9 set.
Roger Marriott showed a small scale nicely proportioned Fort Lift Truck in red & green described in the May 1955 Meccano Magazine and built from about a No. 5 or 6 set of the period.
What can I say about George Illingworth? Would you believe he brought along another(!) Fire Engine. A Commer Karrier Gamecock Water Tender; George has recreated the model with a modified roof so the ladder would fit, the doors at Kenilworth Fire Station were not high enough for the original to fit!
Stephen Wilson’s model was the 1941 No.10 model of the Giant liner, model 10.7 in Blue & Gold. His wife, Yvonne, has named the model Queen of the Ocean Liners. It is certainly an impressive model on a large scale.
John Palmer showed an Electric Articulated Lorry from a 1948 Outfit 5.
Terry Pettitt showed the Front and Rear Axles for his Leyland Martian Lorry.
A Bern Steam Tram, with self-propelled modular trailers was shown by Geoff Devlin.At a scale of 3 ¼" to 1 Metre, the Saloon length was 40", Engine length was 21". Engine 0-6-0.
To end today's models, Terry Wilkes showed his Muir-hill 171 Tractor Chassis, which in the early stages of construction.
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