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Astronomical Models

Asteroid Orrery
(Code: MP165)
£ 7.40
These instructions describe the building of a Orrery which has been designed to show the motions of asteroids. The bodies inlcluded are: The Sun, Mars with Eureka, plus Ceres, Sylvia, Romulus and Remus, Jupiter with some if it's un-named Trojans, plus Chiron. The sixteen pages of instructions include colour photograps and cross-section diagram. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Five Orreries (SET10)
(Code: MP163)
£ 16.00
Instructions for building five different orreries from the contents of a Set10. These are: Pluto/Charon, Mars/Phobos/Diemos, Jupiter/6 largest moons, Uranus/6 largest moons and Neptune/frst 8 moons discovered/2 rings - which vary in degrees of difficulty. There are twenty pages of text, three tables of periodic calclations and four gearing diagrams plus eleven large colour photographs.
Keplerian Solar System
(Code: MP197)
£ 7.60
This ModelPlan describes the construction of Meccano models representing three of the Extra-Solar systems so far detected by the Kepler Space Telescope launched in March 2009 - Kepler 11, Kepler 16 and Kepler 20. The models are the ideal ‘coffee table’ size, have no overhead gantries, and use standard Meccano gears and vary the size of the modelled planets to give an indication of their relative sizes The normal aim of accuracy to within 1% is maintained. No figures for the rotation periods of the various stars are available so sensible guesstimates have been used The model is in five modules of similar appearance and most parts are standard; celestial bodies are represented by non-Meccano small balls or spheres. The modules are linked together and driven by a single motor. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Large Object Orrery
(Code: MP181)
£ 14.90
Instructions for the construction of an Orrery which demonstrates all the known objects in our Solar System larger than 250km diameter. It consists of seven units, each of which can be built as a standalone model, and all units can be interconnected with periods of motion related within an accuracy of 1%. There are 40 pages of instructions, pictures, diagrams and tables describing the instructons. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Plutolabe (Set 10 Model)
(Code: MP220)
£ 6.40
Instructions decribing the construction of an Orrery of dwarf planet Pluto and its 5 known moons, the smaller of which are irregularly-shaped and tumble erratically, the motion of which requires a novel and intricate design of Meccano gear train to reproduce. Can be driven, optionally, by a Power Drive Motor. With text, colour photographs, diagrams and historical information.
 
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers. This plan is intended to be built with the contents of a Set 10. These are instructions only.
Science Faction Orrery
(Code: MP177)
£ 8.90
Building instructions for this unusual Orrery. The model is a mixture of fact and fiction. As well as the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth/Moon it includes 5 bodies observed by astronomers, sometimes authenticated, but ultimately proved to be non-exsistant. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Three Mini-Orreries
(Code: MP185)
£ 7.60
This Modelplan contains complete building instructions for three compact Orreries; two which demonstrate the major moons of Saturn and Neptune, and a simple Orrery of Dwarf Planet Pluto and its recently discovered moons. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Tiltarium
(Code: MP188)
£ 7.40
Instructions for a model which shows the axial tilts and relative rates of spin of the Sun, 8 planets and Dwarf Planet Pluto. Axial tilts cause the elevation of the Sun in the sky to vary throughout the year and hence give rise to seasonal variations, even on the outermost planets. The model also demonstrates the widely differing relative rates (and direction) of spin of the bodies, accurate to 1%. The model is in five modules of similar appearance and most parts are standard; celestial bodies are represented by non-Meccano small balls or spheres. The modules are linked together and driven by a single motor. Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.