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Cranes

"Buckerill" Railway Breakdown Crane
(Code: MP105)
£ 11.20
These instructions describe the construction of this impressive large model. Scaled at 1:16 the finished model is over 2m long. It has four swivelling outriggers to act as support when in use. The model mimics the actions of the real thing, powered by four Meccano 6-ratio Power Drive motors.
 
18 pages of text, colour photographs and parts lists.

The builder will need to have experience of working from descriptive instructions and interpreting 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.
1890's Blocksetting Crane
(Code: MP155)
£ 7.80
These instructions describe the construction of a model based on an illustration of a Ransomes and Rapier "All-Round Titan" shipped out to Warrnambool, N.S.W., Australia in about 1890. The model comprises a Gantry, made up of a wheeled section, a tower section above with a square top. On top of the gantry is The Slew Ring which supports the Boom (or jib).
 
Two heavy duty motors are required for the traverse and slew motions, and two light duty motors for the drums.

These are basic instructions illustrated by a selection of eleven large coloured photographs of the model.       
                          

The builder is expected to have experience of having built similar models of a similar complexity.

 

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.

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.
Container Crane
(Code: MP113)
£ 15.20
These instructions describe the construction of this monstrous model which when finished measures 2.4m high and 2.7m long. The actions follow the prototype, powered by seven Meccano motors (four 6-ratio Power Drive and three 6v)

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pages of text, colour photographs and parts list. The builder will require experience of building Meccano models from descriptive text 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.
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.
Gantry Crane (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP154)
£ 6.40
These instructions describe the construction of a model based on the massive gantry cranes in Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard, The model is almost 8ft. long and 5ft high, yet can be built with a standard Meccano No.10 outfit. It is assembled in three parts - boom, portal leg and frame leg.            
                          

These 16 pages of instructions include 10 pages of text, parts list and four pages of colour photographs. The builder is required to be used to following text instructions and working from photographs of the finished model.

 

 
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.

Giant Dragline Excavator
(Code: MP87)
£ 17.60
These instructions describe the construction of a large model which was featured on the front covers of Meccano instruction manuals from 1954 to 1961.
 
The model has five movements - walking, slewing, luffing, hoisting and dragging - all independently operated from one Meccano E20R (or E15R) electric motor, or modern ME12R motor, via levers grouped at one side of the model.

18
pages of text, diagrams and parts list are accompanied by a 16 page booklet of colour and b/w 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.
Giant Level Luffing Crane
(Code: MP151)
£ 12.40
These instructions describe the construction of this massive model standing 7ft 8in high. When finished the model replicates the actions of prototype with all operations remotely controlled. 

These instructions are for guidance only and are aimed at an experienced Meccano model builder. No parts list is included, the assumption being that this will only be attempted by a modeller with a large collection of parts.

 

Reference is made to a Meccano Magazine article from September 1966 for the construction of the remote control.

          
The 32 page instruction booklet includes text and 20 large format b&w pictures to work from.
                                                   

         
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.

 

Jones KL66 Mobile Crane
(Code: MP227)
£ 18.60

This iconic model, a Meccano Ltd. competition winner, was designed  by Hugh Henry in 1955 and first published as  an MW ModelPlan (MP101) in 1998.
 
With the help of Richard Payn, who has rebuilt this complex model and incorporated many detail improvements, Mike Edkins has published new and vastly more detailed and clearer building instructions, now published as a set of 5 booklets, with text, isometric drawings and nearly 100 photographs. 
 
The plan is in two parts, covering the undercarriage and superstructure separately.
 
The complete model weighs approx. 28lb and copies all the features and functions of the original KL66.

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 Floating Crane
(Code: MP123)
£ 16.00
These instructions describe the construction of this model based on a floating crane which works in the dock system at Barrow-in-Furness. (This information was correct at the end of March 1999) This version was built without regard to any constraints on parts but a No.10 set at least is required. The crane makes quite a large model being approximately 5ft long,1Ĺ ft wide and 6 ft high (1.5x.45x1.8 metres).

16 pages cover the hull; winding mechanism; lower deck; superstructure; control room; upper superstructure; jib and hooks, fully illustrated with colour photographs. The builder will require experience of building from basic instructions and interpreting 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.

 

Level-Luffing Crane with Automatic Grab (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP92)
£ 9.60
These instructions describe the construction of this large model based on the contents of the largest Meccano Set (10), with the exception of a track to run it on. The model replicates the actions of the real thing powered by a single motor, a Meccano 6-speed Power Drive is used although the builder could use an alternative.

 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.
Level-Luffing Dockside Crane + 0-4-0ST Loco
(Code: MP72)
£ 9.20
These instructions describe the construction of this massive award winning model of a Dockside Crane, Wharf and Locomotive based on Princes Wharf in Bristol.

This model is intended for advanced model builders with a substantial Meccano parts collection

44
pages of text, 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.
Scissor Lift Access Platform
(Code: MP240)
£ 9.60

These instructions describe the building of a Scissor Lift Platform powered by a Meccano "Cube" motor, with steering, forward and reverse movement, and platform raise and lower functions controlled from the rear end.

 

To help the lifting action, the cord from the ram is routed to pull the front leg rearwards.

 

16 pages including text and colour photographs, plus a separately-stapled, 8-page booklet of diagrams with 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.
The Pinyon Blocksetter
(Code: MP143)
£ 14.00
These instructions describe the construction of the iconic model featured on the cover of Meccano instruction manuals. This was in fact never built by Meccano, but was the result of artistic and technical illustration skills by W H Pinyon. Pinyon was retained by Meccano Ltd to develop a set manual cover design for Meccano's thrust into the market place after the war years. He used original photography from the 1920s and, with fine artistry, modified and instilled the old photographs with the enthusiasm of childhood, and the added warmth and charm of a hearthside fire.

The Pinyon Blocksetter's history is entwined with the Classic long boom blocksetter of 1928, perhaps the finest creation of the Meccano model building room, and possibly the most important Meccano image of all time. This crane was used to grace the covers of Meccano publications and manuals right through the 30s, but instructions were never issued for building it. Instead, Meccano produced a simpler version as SML 4. Nevertheless, even this version could not be built with any of the then current outfits. It was particularly noted for its shorter, more centrally balanced boom, and for the use of the Meccano geared roller bearing Part No 167.

This model is based on Pinyon's illustration, with many hours of research (over a period of a few years), and incorporating some discoveries of the last few years.

The twenty page text instructions, with parts list and diagrams is supplemented by eight pages of colour & b/w photographs. Also included is a full colour A3 size reproduction of a 1950's Outfit No.9 cover.

 

       
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.

Tower Crane (1/20th scale)
(Code: MP61)
£ 2.80
These instructions are a general guide to the construction of the designer's model. When built this model is 52 inches tall and a jib to counterweight length of 5 feet

For the construction of this model it is assumed that the builder has experience with the use of Meccano.
 
12 pages including text, 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.
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.
Two Cranes: Tower & Dockside (Set10+ model)
(Code: MP158)
£ 9.00
These instructions describe the construction of two similar models The Tower Crane  stands just over 2m tall. The dockside crane represents a type which years ago was a common sight in every port. Although not based on an actual crane, it is about 900mm tall and its tower has Flanged Wheels so that it may traverse on its own rail track. The tower legs are spread so that a railway track may pass under the crane. The crane jib has a short hammerhead to extend the reach. The hoist rope is sheaved three times between the masthead and the jib so as to achieve the level luffing feature. The driver's cabin is well forward to allow good view of the operation. Both cranes employ three small motors in the machine room and are very suitable  for  operation   manually  or automatically.
Instructions are included for operation by the Meccanisms "Motorvator". 

This 20 pages booklet is reminiscent of traditional Meccano model instructions with text and fully illustrated with both black & white and colour illustrations. There are parts lists for both cranes

The models have been built using the contents of a Standard Meccano Set 10, but the Tower Crane model requires the addition of extra parts especially part no. 2 where an extra 50 are needed, and an additional 8 each of No.3, No.9b, No.12c and No.16b together with 18 of No.48a.
 
             
                      
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.