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.
Virtual Meeting 2021
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.
A You -
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.
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-