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Block-setting Crane (Set10 Model)
(Code: MP217)
£ 9.60
A totally new model to be built with the contents of a Set 10 this is based on the iconic Meccano Supermodel (Leaflet No. 4) Much improved on the inferior Set 10 model this is new design is rugged and reliable. The new model incorporates major improvements such as an all-new gear box which provides four independent movements, with forward and reverse, controlled by levers grouped in the cab with the motor remaining in mesh with the main drive axle and running in a constant direction. With 28 pages of text and colour photographs. 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.
Building Site Tower Crane
(Code: MP192)
£ 8.90
These detailed instructions with photographs and IsoMec drawings describe the construction of this crane. Only slightly larger than the author's ever-popular 1990 Tower Crane, ModelPlan 61, this model, based on a Liebherr original, enjoys radical improvements in detail and handling, with all motors now boom-mounted and a hoist rope which follows the complex prototypical path. The mast bearing uses commonly-available large axle system parts, with an alternative pintle-bearing using only standard Meccano. A few non-system extras add finishing touches to the model's extraordinary realism, which has been achieved with an elegant economy of parts. 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.
Cape Town Crane
(Code: MP190)
£ 17.60
Instructions for a 1:12 scale model of a Cowans Sheldon 60-ton Dockside Electric Crane in Sturrock Dry Dock, Cape Town, South Africa. The overall construction and mechanisms closely follow the prototype in function, situation and appearance, and the model is built almost entirely in standard Liverpool-era Meccano parts. Standing at over 6' tall from table to top of jib, it is of a class of traditional Meccano super-models that draw crowds at exhibitions. The plan has 56 pages in total, with building instructions and over 50 colour photographs of the prototype and model, with separately-stapled IsoMec-diagram booklet and parts list. It includes a CD containing the photographs in full resolution and a video of the model working. 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.
Compact Capetown Dockside Crane
(Code: M-SAMS1)
£ 7.45
Instructions to build one of a series of medium-scale models by distinguished South African Meccano modellers, professionally edited and presented by Anthony Els, with full building instructions and amazing, full-colour, 3D VirtualMec drawings of every unit and assembly. A single speed motor powers four movements using control levers inside the cab for level luffing, hoist, slew plus forward and reverse travel.
Container Crane
(Code: MP180)
£ 9.00
Instructions for the construction of a working model based on cranes supplied in 2007 to the Otago Harbour Company in New Zealand. Built at a scale of about 1:80 using parts mostly found in a Set 10. 16 pages describe the construction including illustrations & diagrams. 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 origina modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Dry Dock Crane
(Code: M-SAMS5)
£ 5.95
Instructions from the South African Meccano Models series designed and built by the late Colin Cohen, a smaller-scale yet fully-functioning model of the same prototype as ModelPlan 190.
Electric Overhead Track Crane
(Code: MP175)
£ 7.90
32 pages of text and photographs form these instructions describing the construction of a model, based on type of crane used to perform major lifting work in steel making plants. The crane has 3 independen hoists plus 3 movement directions. 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 origina modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Folding Jib Crane
(Code: MP210)
£ 9.60
Folding-jib cranes are designed for urban building sites where long reach is required and access is restricted by neighbouring buildings. The model stands 5' tall (or 7' with tower extension) with a reach of 3', yet is stable enough for safe demonstration at public exhibitions. Powered by three C177 motors with infra-red control and battery pack from the modern multi-model sets, the model can also use M0 or other motors. 12 pages including colour photographs plus a separately-stapled 12-page booklet of coloured 3D constructional diagrams and parts list 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.
Takraf Crane
(Code: MP200)
£ 17.60
Instructions for the building of a modern German 35 ton level luffing electric dockside crane. Its prominent features are are a very long flying jib and prominent driverís cab and walkway. The crane stands on four floating bogeys which pick up power from a dockside cable lying next to the track which is rolled onto a gantry wheel and paid out and taken in as the crane moves. The jib luffing is controlled by a rack and pinion multi-angle racking mechanism. The jib and flying jib are fully counterbalanced from an overhead counterweight linked to the jib. There are four falls of wire from the end of the flying jib wound from four separate winch drums. The 1:16 scale Meccano Model follows the prototype in function and appearance, and the plan includes various options for remote control, a choice between a hook or opening grab, and three type of winch mechanisms of different degrees of complexity. There are 64 pages in total with building instructions, index, parts list and over 130 colour photographs and IsoMec diagrams. 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 origina modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Travelling Gantry Crane
(Code: M-SAMS4)
£ 3.95
Instructions from the South African Meccano Models series to build an excellent working model by Bill Steele, based on an advertisement illustration from an early 1950's Meccano Magazine, for which no plan was ever published.