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Clocks

Arnfield Mantle Clock
(Code: MP104)
£ 16.00
These comprehensive instructions describe the construction of this clock which demonstrates the "Armfield" escapement, a type designed to minimise friction. The finished model stands about 18 inches high and is powered by a Meccano 3-6v motor.
 
 24 pages of text, and colour photographs , with an accompanying 36 page booklet of 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.
Astronomical Clock
(Code: MP65)
£ 10.75
These detailed instructions describe the construction of this clock. In addition to giving the local time is also can show time around the world, the day of the week, date of the month, high and low water times and has a Lunar dial.

 44 pages of text, b/w photographs, diagrams, technical notes 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.
Astronomical Clock (revised)
(Code: MP212)
£ 16.00
This Modelplan is a refined version of Modelplan 65 and can now be switched between GMT and BST As well as telling the time, this clock has a 24-hour Dial indicating time around the world, shows the Day of the Week and Date of the Month, has a Tidal Dial showing high and low water at a chosen port, and has a Lunar Dial showing the age of the moon and a Moon Globe displaying lunar phase. It requires a non-Meccano synchronous motor. These detailed instructions feature, in 56 pages, all-colour VirtualMec and IsoMec drawings throughout with 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.
Bracket Clock
(Code: MP184)
£ 16.00
Building instructions of 52 pages with pictures and drawings and a cd of pictures and drawings at full resolution describe the construction of a clock which is in skeleton form to show the inner workings. The clock is powered by three Meccano Magic motors giving a running duration of 30 hours on a single winding. The clock strikes the hour and includes dial adjustment of pendulum length without stopping the clock, a strike/silent switch, and a seconds dial, the hand moving in discrete half-second steps.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.
Clock Striking Mechanism
(Code: MP178)
£ 16.00


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.
Copley Clock
(Code: MP157)
£ 19.95
These instructions describe the construction of a model based on the original, designated H3, started in 1740 and took the originator, John Harrison, nearly nineteen years to build and adjust. He found that he just could not persuade the two large, heavy, circular balances to keep time well enough. Nevertheless, H3 incorporates two extremely important inventions both relevant today: the bimetallic strip (still in use worldwide in thermostats of all kinds) and the caged roller bearing, a device found in almost every modern machine
 
A 24 pages booklet describes the construction with technical data and parts list.  A second 16 page booklet contains Isometric drawings and a separate sheet has reproductions of clock faces to cut out.

                      
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.
Demonstration + Practical Clock Movements
(Code: MP221)
£ 16.00
Aimed at the newcomer to Meccano clock building, the Demonstration Clock Movement is a practical introduction to clock theory and construction methods. It had a basic type of gear train for a weight-driven clock fitted with a pendulum beating seconds, laid out in linear form, making the description and the gear trains and their relationship easy to follow. The mechanism is fitted with two chain-driven Sprocket Wheels which obviate the usual need for a 30-tooth escape wheel. The Practical Clock Movement goes a stage further and has a more traditional layout with fewer gears and a greatly reduced driving weight, but the mechanism incorporates several assemblies in common with the Demonstration Clock Movement, including the escape wheels. The design of a clock case is left to the builder; it can be a traditional long-case clock or installed on a wall-mounted bracket. A set of 3 booklets totalling 56 pages of text, IsoMec diagrams 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.
Descending Pendulum Clock
(Code: MP196)
£ 8.60
Instructions to build this novel clock in which the driving weight also serves as the pendulum. The mechanism is in essence very simple; from the great wheel of the fusee to the escape wheel is a step-up gear ratio, as in a normal clock. The anchor of the escapement is positioned below the escape wheel and fitted with a crutch as normal. As the line supporting the weight unwinds from the fusee, it is taken around a pulley directly below; this drives the hour and minute hands. The line is then taken upwards and routed over pulleys, for it then to descend between two rollers (the pendulum suspension point) and the forks of the pendulum crutch, and then is attached to the driving weight/pendulum. As the line unwinds from the fusee, the length of the pendulum increases, slowing the rate the pendulum beats; the fusee compensates for this by letting off the line at constant rate so that the motion work pulley rotates at a constant speed, allowing the hands of the clock to display the correct time. 24 pages including 26 colour photographs and parts list, plus a separately-stapled booklet of isometric 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 original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Grandfather Clock (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP120)
£ 17.20
These instructions describe the construction of this classic type of clock. As would be expected the finished model is fully working.
 
28
pages of text and b/w photographs. No parts list is included as this has been designed from the contents of the largest (now obsolete) Meccano Set No.10. The builder will have to have experience of working from text, some assumptions and interpretation of 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.
Grasshopper Longcase Clock
(Code: MP78)
£ 10.00
The Grasshopper escapement was invented by John Harrison about 1725 and used by him and his younger brother in all the clocks they made after this date.

These instructions describe the construction of the clock only along with technical data. A longcase will have to be constructed as a separate item from Meccano or wood. There are no instructions for this

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pages of text, b/w photographs, diagrams There is no parts list. so the builder will require a stock of suitable 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.
Gravity Escapement Clock
(Code: MP79)
£ 2.55
These instructions describe the method of construction of this electric re-wind weight driven clock. The builder will require experience of building similar models as these are basic instructions

8
pages of text, b/w photographs, diagrams There is no parts list. so the builder will require a stock of suitable 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.
Grignion Clock
(Code: MP145)
£ 13.60
This clock has a pioneering and unique escapement mechanism, invented in the early 1700s by Grignion. This can be best described as a dead beat escapement with impulse on alternate oscillations , one pallet giving impulse while the other locks the escape wheel. Designed to beat half seconds, it has seconds, hour and minute hands with the movement mounted in pivot bearings, and an electrical epicyclic rewind which runs unattended for months. The clock case is 18" wide and can be displayed on a shelf. The original can be seen in working condition in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers Museum at the Guildhall, City of London.

These instructions include sections on Clock Plates, Shafts and bearings, Escape Wheel, Escape Wheel Jig, Setting up escape wheel, Escapement, Escapement Stop, Setting up escapement, Adjusting escapement stop, The Going Train, Motion Work, The Hands, Pendulum, Suspension Spring. Bearer and Bob, Clock Case, Attachment of Pendulum, Clock Power, and Final Adjustment.

A twelve pages of booklet of instructions are supplemented with 4 pages of nine colour photographs. A separate 12 page booklet contains ten isometric drawings and parts list. There is also a separate gloss paper clock face reproduction to cut out.
                    
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.

H3 Clock with Remontoire
(Code: MP161)
£ 16.00
These instructions describe the construction of a John Harrison H3 Clock. This model is a very advanced model based on the Copley Clock described in Modelplan 157. The instructions assume the modeller has built the clock described in Modelplan 139 which has a similar Grasshopper Escapement, so is aimed at experienced builders used to building clocks.

This booklet consist of 36 page of detailed construction and help guide, including six pages of close-up colour photographs 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.
Krazy Klock
(Code: MCS06)
£ 4.95
These instructions describe the construction of a novelty clock powered by a synchronous motor built from Meccano Electrikit parts. The model features four mini-Meccanomen busy moving the mechanism via a system of cranks, levers and gears.
 
12
pages including text, b/w photographs 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.
Lantern Clock with Sweep Second Hand
(Code: MP137)
£ 8.20
These instructions describe in sixteen pages Construction, Building the Frame, Bearing Plates, Gear Train, Drive from Synchronous Motor, Second Hand Gear Train, Minute Hand Gear Train, Hour Hand Gear Train, Hands & Dial, Cupola, and Doors.

Contains text instructions, illustrations, sixteen diagrams created using IsoMec – both two and three-dimensional versions and a parts list

While this Plan is for a lantern clock, it is possible to use the motion for a Long Case Clock with pendulum escapement, using the second hand journal for the scape wheel.            

               
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.

 

Long Case Clock (Set 9 Model)
(Code: MP235)
£ 14.90

Insructions describing the construction of a model inspired by Geoff Wright's Grandfather Clock, through ingenuity this accurate and reliable clock is built using only the gears, sprocket wheels and other parts contained in a Set No. 9 plus a few extra nuts, bolts and washers.  A 10lb weight powers the clock, giving a running time between windings of thirty hours.

For stability, the clock requires a wooden base, or Meccano one of the builder's own design.
 

32 pages of test, colour photographs and parts list, plus a separate 12 page book of 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 original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.

Meccano Electric Chiming Clock
(Code: MP112)
£ 17.60
These instructions are for a clock which uses a synchronous motor for the movement of the hands and the chiming mechanism. The original instructions are in French, with English translation included.

 28
page copy of the original French instructions, b/w photographs, diagrams and parts list with a 22 page booklet of English translated instructions. The builder will require to have experience of building a model from text instructions with limited 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.
New Arnfield Clock
(Code: MP146)
£ 13.60
The Arnfield clock has justifiably earned a place in Meccano literature, and many examples have already been built. It has attracted considerable attention in the horological world as well. The special feature of this clock is the detached gravity escapement, where the pendulum is left almost free, the unlocking being carried out by the gravity arm, and not the pendulum itself. The action of the escapement is fascinating and visually attractive. 

These instructions describe the construction of a redesign of the clock described in MP 104. While keeping to the original principle it now has a completely rebuilt escapement which consumes very much less power, and the clock has an epicyclic planetary weight rewound by an electric motor powered by a simple torch battery and runs for months unattended. There is a large seconds hand and a greatly simplified pendulum which follows horological principles closely. 

A 16 page booklet describes the Principles of Operation, Assembly of Clock Plates, Going Train, Motion Work, Escape Wheel & Jig; Planetary Motor & Motor Control; Escapement-Impulse Arm, Lifting Lever, Locking Arm and Adjustment; The Pendulum:-Suspension Spring, Pendulum Bearer, & Bob and Operation; Clock Case, Faces, and Timing. It is illustrated with nine colour photographs and includes a parts list, sixteen drawings in a separate 8 page booklet and two printed clock faces to cut out.       

                
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.

Pensotti-Nichols Compact Clock
(Code: MP176)
£ 16.00
These instructions describe the construction of this, the smallest possible weight driven pendulum clock mechanism. The clock mechanism is mounted on a tower which built allows 16 hours running time which can be increased by building a higher tower

An 18 page booklet containing building instructions, 3-D colour diagrams, parts list for each stage with the exception of the tower and a printed clock face. Also included is a CD-ROM containing VirtualMEC 1.6 Demo and VirtualMEC 3D drawings, as used for this booklet, plus 5 video clips. Please note this is recommended for operating systems up to, but not including Windows 10..


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.
Precision Clock with Riefler Escapement
(Code: MP141)
£ 19.60
The need for ever greater accuracy of timekeeping led to the development of greatly improved escapements and at the end of the pendulum clock era when quartz and atomic clocks were about to take over, there were to all intents and purposes only three contenders left. These were the the Synchronome Company which produced the Shortt Free Pendulum Clock (see ModelPlan MP130), Le Roy et Cie manufacturers of a precision clock which had spring pallet escapement, and Riefler of Munich.

In the Riefler clock, the energy to keep the pendulum swinging is supplied by bending the suspension spring, The pendulum is not suspended from a fixed support, but instead the upper chops of the suspension spring rest on a bearer which has two co-linear knife edges on its underside.

A fourteen page of booklet covers General description, Clock Frame, Plates and Bearings, Reset Mechanism and Gravity Arm, Synchronome Reset Mechanism, Going Train, Maintaining Power, Gear Train, Clock Case, Pendulum Rod and Bob, and Final Adjustments. Illustrations include ten photographs in colour
A separate 20 page booklet contains seventeen isometric drawings and there is a separate gloss paper clock face illustration to gut out.

        
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.

Remontoire Clock
(Code: MCS03)
£ 4.95
These instructions describe the construction of a clock with Remontoire mechanism. By definition Remontoire is a device in a timepiece whereby the main source of power periodically winds a spring or lifts weights to drive the actual mechanism. In this case the remontoire is clearly demonstrated, rewinding every eight seconds by a 2kg weight. The clock mechanism is mounted in a tall case to provide for the fall of the weight and a long pendulum

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pages including text, b/w photographs, diagrams and parts list. These instructions are intended for an experienced builder with a substantial collection 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.
Riefler-Borrill Precision Regulator Clock
(Code: MP166)
£ 13.60
These instructions describe the construction of a clock with the unique Reifler escapement and tension spring, the prototype produced the highest accuracy ever achieved in a pendulum clock, comparable to a precision quartz movement. 

 

An 18 page booklet describes the construction aided by some close-up colour photographs. There is a separate 20 page booklet of isometric drawings and parts list plus a separate photograph of the dial to cut out.


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.

 

Shortt Hit and Miss Synchronometer
(Code: MP130)
£ 16.00

The best mechanical timekeeper known is a pendulum swinging freely under gravity, but in order to convert such a pendulum into a practical clock, the pendulum must be sustained in motion so that the oscillations do not die down, and the swings must be counted. In ordinary clocks, the sustaining and counting function are both carried out by the escapement and the clock mechanism, but the free motion of the pendulum is considerably interfered with thereby, with a consequential loss of accuracy in timekeeping. What is so special about the Shortt Free Pendulum Clock is that a free pendulum became a reality, and for a number of years, from about 1922 until it was superseded by the atomic clock, it served as the pre-eminent time-keeper, and was to be found in all the world's observatories.

Three instruction booklets describe the development history, technical details and construction of this fascinating mechanism which provides endless opportunity for Meccano construction, as well as an investigation of the theory of its operation.  One booklet consists of nineteen pages of information on the prototype, illustrated by ten technical diagrams. Fully comprehensive building instructions cover another twenty-nine pages A second illustrated section includes forty black & white photographs and a third has a further seventeen diagrams.

Also included are a Preface, Glossary of Terms, Parts List, List of Contents, List of Illustrations, Acknowledgements and References.

Educational and informative even if you do not build a model!

NB: The illustration is of the prototype

 
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.

Sinclair Harding Navigation Clock
(Code: MP139)
£ 16.00
These instructions describe a sea clock inspired by John Harrison, who won the Board of Longitude Prize established by the British Government in the 18th century for a clock which could accurately tell the time at sea and hence establish a ship's longitude at any moment. A pendulum is useless on a boat, and as a result, John Harrison invented the unique twin balance arms and grasshopper escapement.

Whereas latitude at sea had always been established by simple observation of the sun and other heavenly bodies, the method of arriving at one's destination had been to sail until the latitude of the destination had been reached, then to run along its parallel. Computing longitude by dead reckoning necessarily involved considerable and growing uncertainty of a ships position.

John Harrison spent six years from 1729 until 1735 in building his first marine timekeeper. The Meccano replica of this clock embodies two of its most important features - the linked balance arms, which give the clock a visually fascinating restful and attractive quality, and the unique frictionless 'grasshopper' escapement with the subtle lock and release action of the pallets.

Although not an exact replica of Harrison's Clock, it does follow quite closely the design of Sinclair Harding, a leading firm of clockmakers.

Instructions include the Clock Plates, Balance Shaft Roller Bearings, Going Train, Motion Work, Planetary Weight, Bull motor, Balance Arms and Pallets, Control Spring, Cross linking, Escape Wheel and Jig, Motor Fitting, Adjustment, Oscillation, Action of Grasshopper Spring, Faces, Timing, Clock Case, Glazing, and Plinth.

A 20 page instruction leaflet is illustrated with eighteen colour photographs, an additioanl 16 page supplement contains fourteen line drawings and parts list, and there are two clock face drawings on gloss paper to cut out.

                
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.

Skeleton Clock
(Code: MP193)
£ 7.60
20 page instructions for constructing this timepiece which was a Meccano 'first'. By the ingenious use of a single Meccano 'Magic' clockwork motor in conjunction with a fusee and spring barrel to compensate for the motor's weakening output as it unwinds, the clock runs for at least 24 hours on a single winding, and for 30 when the passing strike is turned off. The elegant, ornate framework is based on a John Wilding design and shows the inner workings of the clock mechanism. Includes 18 colour photographs and parts list, plus a separately-stapled booklet of isometric 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 original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Synchronous Clock
(Code: MP94)
£ 11.40
These comprehensive instructions describe the construction of this compact model which is 13-1/2" square. The clock records time in 12 and 24 hour modes, has an independent second hand, shows the phases of the moon, the day of the week and the month of the year. It is build from standard Meccano parts apart from a tennis ball and four magnets.

 24 pages of text, b/w photographs 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.
Warbey-Reifer Gravity Escapement Remontiore Clock
(Code: MP179)
£ 16.00
Instructions to build an accutate clock featuring a fascinating escapment. Power is from a Huygens continuous chain weight driven mechanism with remontiore or rewind mechanism (automated electrically driven). The written instructions are supplimented with a booklet of exploded diagrams and a CD-ROM containing video and full resolution 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.
Weight-Driven Striking Clock
(Code: MP205)
£ 8.60
This instruction Modelplan has 28 pages including full-size colour photographs and isometric diagrams, parts list, with a 4-page article by co-developer John Stark. The clock is fitted with a count wheel striking system and seconds dial indicating true jump seconds. A single stage of gearing connects the seconds and escape wheel shafts, eliminating the need for the "missing” 30-tooth escape wheel, the lack of which has been voiced by many Meccano clock builders over the years. Both winding drums of the going and striking trains are fitted with maintaining gear.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.