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This website is dedicated to promoting the hobby to all. It is non-commercial and is not funded by anyone other than us. We buy and sell Meccano to increase our stocks sell off any surplus through our separate website: Ralph's Shop.
Interest in Meccano can be split into two main areas, building and collecting. Although it is true that you can combine both – and many people do, we are first and foremost builders. Having said that, as you will see reading our news items, Sue has an empathy with the collectors. Although I will not deliberately destroy a collectable item it has no appeal to me and I would rather pass it on to a collector in return for parts I feel happy using.
We enjoy building all sorts of models large or small, from plans or created by us. All models can be challenging and for me that is the fun. As soon as the model is finished it loses its appeal and I am itching to dismantle it. The usual plan is to build the model, photograph it, take it to a few meetings/shows and then dismantle it. The only models we keep assembled are our factory-built display models. Just keeping these assembled causes enough problems of storage! Display models are usually bought in poor condition and then refurbished using the original parts wherever possible.
We try to stay true to Frank Hornby’s original concept of using universal standard parts that can be assemble to build all sorts of different models. That means we do not modify parts to fit, preferring to find a Meccano solution to the problem. Having said that we will use replica and developed parts made by the present day manufactures. We will also have parts made where no such part exists so long as it falls into the ‘universal’ category.
We are members of several clubs and societies both locally and far-flung and try to support as many shows and meetings as we can. You can follow our adventures on our NEWS pages.
The website is split into various sections. The NEWS pages are a chronological record of what we are doing in our Meccano world both at home and away. You will find accounts of our adventures visiting shows and meetings as well as what we are currently working on. The HELLO! page is about my own personal journey to where we are today. A selection of longer, more detailed descriptions of our model building and techniques can be found on the ARTICLE pages. The LINKS page is always going to be a work in progress so if you have any suggestions of LINKS or anything else you would like to say contact us via our CONTACT page.
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When we started to refurbish our ex-display windmill it became apparent that the curved strips were in need of ‘smoothing’ as well as cleaning. After blowing the dust off of some old magazines and a bit of Google-time I came up with a design that was a combination of published ideas and the availability of parts. I can not lay claim to the basic design as it follows established principles. Most of the constructional details of my version can be seen in the photographs but here are a few notes and observations. Click HERE to go to the article
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Do you live in or around London or are you planning a visit to London?
If you would like to know what is going on in and around London for whatever reason there is only one place to go. A real time guide to clubs, meetings and events in and around the London area can be viewed by clicking HERE. There is also a downloadable guide for you to print and distribute as you wish.
A full nationwide list of Meccano events can be found HERE
Ralph & Sue's Meccano website is published by Fox Martin Publishing Limited © 2014