NORTH WEST MECCANO GUILD
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News Early 2022 and AGM
6th. March 2022, Small Display at the Ellenroad Steam Museum.
5 members were able to exhibit at the Museum. There were fewer visitors than at our previous visits but all the yummy cakes quickly disappeared. The 3 large engines were running a lot of the time. The boiler is now hand fired. The stokers have managed to acquire the skill needed to get coal down to the far end of the grates of the Lancashire boilers.
In spite of the unavailability of Fred Dibnah, the chimney has been laddered in the traditional way and repair work has started.
Chris. Harris took some photographs (shown below) at a quiet time.
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We were, at last, able to hold, a proper meeting. About 18 members were able to attend.
Because building works are in progress at our usual venue, we went to Whittle-
Unfortunately, only a few photographs are available at present, mostly taken by Brian Elvidge. An incomplete list of the models exhibited is shown below.
In some cases, photographs of the models are available on other pages. Clicking on the blue “page” words takes you the page which shows a picture, sometimes more than one, and usually a description. Clicking the “back” button takes you back to this page.
List of Models.
1. Steam Wagon from Manuals from around 1930, but fitted with an E20R Motor. Picture below.
There is a real one on page
2. Racing Car. A 2022 Spinmaster creation.
3. Buggy from the 2013 Dump Truck Set.
1. LBSC class A1 Terrier 0-
2. Simple Meccano Robot, designed by Dave Heathcote.
3. Hansom Cab., From MM June 1963.
4. Canal Side Crane, copied from a model by Tony Seed. Pictures on page.
1. Triple Expansion Steam Engine, as used on the Liberty Ships. He found this hard to build.
2. Traction Engine. This, he found, rather surprisingly, easy to build.
A large Building Site Tower Crane. He bought it from a Mr. Bob Brown with a lot of other Meccano.
1. 6 Seater Buggy.
2. Liver Bird -
Neville brought his model of the late lamented Runcorn-
1 Three reproductions of Pierre Bastien’s Mecanogie Models.
2. A model of Napier’s Side Lever Engine, based on an MM model.
3. One of Cartwright’s Steam Engine, with interesting straight-
4. His modification of a “Travelling Gantry” which appeared in Manuals between 1910 and 1914.
These models can be seen in the recent “Virtual Meeting” Pages.
More information can be found by clicking on the pictures.
Meeting at Whittle-
Some Recent Spinmaster Introductions.
Chris Harris has been experimenting with some recent Spinmaster introductions.
A recently produced “STEAM” set includes a punch for making holes in home made cardboard parts.
The red object on the right is a punch which makes several cross shaped holes in suitable cardboard. Chris. used a standard drift to make the holes big enough to get bolts though them. The webmaster used his Podger, made by grinding a point on a 50p 5 mm screwdriver. They are usually made from old screwdrivers but Märklin actually sold them. The punch makes it possible to produce several holes an accurate ½” apart. The set comes with suggestions for models using cardboard parts.
Below is one of suggestions for models which do not use them. This one was built to amuse the webmaster’s grandson.
The new plastic plastic parts have depressions in them to take nuts, but only if you use them the right way round. This makes construction a bit tricky.
The Treasurer’s Model of the Runcorn-
Neville Bond, Derrick Murdie,Chris. Harris, Mark Rolston and the Nightingales went to this major event.
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Smallwood End of May.
This is a field event for veteran and vintage machinery.
Only Roger Marsh was able to exhibit at this 3 day event.
Here are some pictures of his interesting selection of models.
They include working models of a rolling lift bridge in both Metal and Plastic Meccano.