|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 sizesThe 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 usedThe 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.
16 pages of written instructions, colour photographs, gear diagrams and tables. The builder is expected to be able to visualise the construction of a model from description and overall pictures.
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.