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South Birmingham Meccano Club
(Author: Dave Bradley)
82nd Meeting Model Report
South Birmingham Meccano Club
Saturday 25th October 2014
by Dave Bradley
New member Mick Burgess showed two impressive displays commemorating 80 years of the blue/gold/red colour scheme 1934-1941.
The first display (shown left) shows, a Sewing machine model D16, a Two-wheeled trap, model B82 and a Carrier Tricycle model D12, a Tipping Motor Lorry model D8, a 3-2 Aircraft Carrier, a Motor Launch and finally an Organ and Monkey.
The main display (shown right) features a Clockwork Pacific Tank Loco from the F set manual as model L3, then two Sports Cars model 4.4, a Canadian Pacific Locomotive Model 7.14., a Petrol Tank Lorry. Model 5.2, a Streamline Electric Van, an Aerodynamic Autocar from the November 1935 French Meccano Magazine, then a Bluebird Speed Car model 6.16. and finally a 1935 Bluebird.
Jim Gamble showed his Steam Excavator, the supermodel 19A from the 1929 – 1936 era. A red/ green model powered by a steam engine from the time showing several functions realistically operated by levers including the jib, digging in various directions. It included varying the speed of the steam engine.
John Molden followed with some parts from a new fairground model he is constructing based on a Continental Haunted Mansion. John showed the pay box and some of the trailers which will finish in 2 of them with 8 end to end. John plans to make the model on approximately 16 feet of track.
Chris Instone brought 2 models. The first was a Lorry Tractor Unit from the current 25 Model Set with some nice modifications including the addition of headlamps, a redesigned bumper and grille featuring two 5 hole narrow strips. The front axle and chassis were improved by creating more sturdy designs. Additions included the lower half of
The second model was his Land Rover 101GS Service) Forward Control made from the currently available parts from June 2014. The model is roughly 1:20 scale and runs on 6 volts.
Geoff Bennett came with his SML 34 Armstrong Whitworth Argosy 3 Engine Bi-plane as used by Imperial airways in the 1920s. This was supported by an overhead gantry with the plane mounted on a GRB which simulated the plane in flight and operated by a control column to the side of the main model. This model contained some very complex electrics to make everything function. The aircraft was suspended on 3 cables to give it the appearance of climbing, descending, turning and banking. The original model needed 8 worms on each of the 3 engines but Geoff relaced these with the correct number of 14 cylinders in two banks of seven (constructed from washers). Each engine pod and the nose contained an electric motor for the propeller and there were 3 throttle controls in the cockpit enabling different engine speeds.
Dennis Backler was on the stage with a British Railways Two-car Diesel Multiple Unit which was designed & built by Dr Roger West of Basingstoke and built to a scale of approximately 1:16. This was mounted on a very realistic track.
Bob Latten followed with a small steam engine with some intricate mechanisms and a clever device that incorporated a sprocket wheel against two micro-switches which could operate flashing lights.
John MacDonald came with his freelance model of a racing car which incorporated a 3 speed and reverse gearbox, fully independent suspension and 4 wheel-drive.
Dave Phillips brought his Canadian 1903 Phoenix Centipede Log Hauler. The regular crew on this operation consisted of an Engineer, Steersman, Fireman, and Conductor, a six man crew being used in making non-stop round trips so that some men slept in the caboose at the rear while others worked. A shelter was built ahead of the engine for the steersman who operated the front runners. The locomotive was fired by coal, using from three to three and a half tons daily. A supply of water, being needed every 4 or 5 miles, was supplied by an extra tank on the engine and one pulled on a sled behind. To maintain an icy road, water was sprinkled on the track. The 4 cylinder locomotive, developing 100 horsepower with 200 lbs. steam pressure, had been capable of handling up to 32 sled loads of logs, each sled being equal in capacity to a railway flat car.
Alan Covel showed a railway on an oval track with a locomotive pulling 3 carriages. His other model was a G.W.R. “Bulldog” which was 45” long and 7“wide. The four leading wheels were 3” pulleys with the four driving wheels built up from 5 ¼” discs. As the G.W.R. Duke Engines were similar, Alan named it the “Duke of Cornwall”.
Finally, Tony Wakefield demonstrated his model of an Austin Healey 3000 similar to the one built by Les Megget (New Zealand) which appeared in a recent edition of Sheffield Meccano Guild Journal No.120 June 2014 P28-31. Built to a scale of 1:4.5, similar to the Mini Tony made 2 years ago it has a skeletal construction showing a wealth of detail including seating, opening doors, bonnet and boot lid with a removable engine / gearbox unit in order to clearly demonstrate the detail inside the passenger area.
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