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A Simple Meccano Robot
(Code: MP153)
7.00
These instructions describe the construction of this simplified model of an industrial robot,
 
The majority of Meccano robots featured in other Modelplans are complicated constructions. This has been designed without the use of non-standard parts to replicate the movements of the prototype. 

These 12 pages of instructions are in the form of Isometric drawings, broken down into Support Base with motor, Rotating Column, the Robot Arm (left and right sides), Grab Support Arm and Grab. The builder is required to use these as a visual aid to construction so some experience of Meccano model building is required.                                                                         

 

       
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.

ArcAngle Robot
(Code: MP149)
18.60
The Arc Angle Robot is a small version of an industrial machine, designed for computer control. It has three axes of movement with base rotation, a horizontal arm, a vertical arm, and an end effector/hand or gripper. Motors are standard low voltage gear motors, but all movements have potentiometer feedback or can be easily adapted for optical encoders or limit switches. The hand is activated by a servo motor, but a gear motor can be substituted for this.

This 20 page instruction booklet describes the construction of the model through text and colour pictures. Included is a second 16 page booklet of isometric drawings and a parts list.

NB: This model uses non standard electric motors and control.        
                         

 

       
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.

Asea IRb6 Industrial Robot
(Code: MP168)
14.95
These instructions describe the construction of a model of a sophisticated but compact Meccano robot which has all the features and reproduces all the movements of the prototype. The model is designed specifically for use with the Meccanisms Motorvator, an interface system between a computer and model so it can be controlled easily by hand, using a joystick, or by an electronic processor controller linked to the computer.

This is a 24 page booklet describing the construction with some colour photographs and parts list. There is a separate 20 page booklet of 3-D diagrams included to aid construction.


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.

 

 

 

Automatic Elevator
(Code: MP58)
2.70
These instructions describe the construction and use of this intriguing model. Features the correct operation of doors closing, movement of the cage to the correct floor and doors opening.

Please note this model requires careful construction by an experienced model builder. It can be built to operate in a simplified form if required.
 
16 pages including text, b/w photographs, 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.
Coal Loader
(Code: MP245)
16.00

These instructions describe the building of a model which automatically follows a sequence of operations in which two coal wagons are loaded, in turn, by a conveyor picking up coal from a reservoir.  Once loaded the trucks are  pulled by the locomotive to the unloading drum which rotates discharging the coal into a chute re-filling the reservoir.  The trucks are then reloaded and the sequence of operations is repeated.  These operations are controlled electronically by a microprocessor using Picaxe software ensuring precise sequencing and positioning of the trucks.

 

The model requires a modest collection of Meccano parts and additional components including three motors, magnetic switches and the Picaxe software plus microprocessor components (these can be purchased from suppliers online).

 

The control program to operate the model and accompanying software are supplied on a CD with the ModelPlan, which describes how to build the model, how to set up the microprocessor and load the software.

 

24 pages including text, colour photographs, parts list and CD-ROM.

 

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.

 

 

 

Computer Control of ArcAngle Robot
(Code: MP171)
8.95
These instructions describe the construction of a model designed to illustrate how a Meccano robot can be controlled by a computer, and demonstrates a manufacturing process using industrial software.

 

The ArcAngle robot (see ModelPlan 149) is of simple design, with motors and mechanisms easily accessible, and is very similar to an industrial prototype.  Each motion has feedback to the operating computer, provided by potentiometers.

 

The conveyor moves coloured blocks to the robot which picks them up, sorts them by colour and places them in appropriate boxes - yellow blocks are accepted, blue blocks rejected.  The controlling program records the total number of blocks processed using photocells and colour recognition cells. When activated, an interrupter situated on the conveyor stops the machine and the time of inactivity is recorded. A speed control is provided for the whole operation.

 

The model, which demonstrates part of a production process, has been used  to demonstrate commercial OEE (Operation Efficiency Evaluation) software at a trade exhibition in Sweden, and provides an excellent introduction to robotics and Meccano

24 page instruction booklet with text description, b/w photographs and parts list. The parts include a number of non-Meccano motors, electrical parts and reference to ModelPlan 149.



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.

Farm Elevator
(Code: MP102)
18.40
These comprehensive instructions describe the construction of this 1 inch to 1 foot scale model. The final model raises to just  over 23 inches. Power is from a small low voltage Meccano motor
 
 The 44 pages of text, colour photographs, three dimensional drawings and parts list make this ideal for those less familiar with Meccano construction.
 
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.
Fishguard Titan Giant Block-Setting Crane
(Code: MP169)
19.95
These instructions describe the construction of an immense model of the Fishguard Titan Block-setting crane which has for generations been the most iconic of Meccano subjects, and Peter Harwood's model is acknowledged to be the finest and most accurate representation of it ever, built to 0.35" to the foot to utilise the geared roller bearing plate at exact scale, and everything works!  The model was designed from scratch in every detail, down to the size of the individual gears, using the original engineering drawings of 1914-16, with input from the best-known Meccano crane experts.

These very comprehensive instructions are in six sections, intended to be followed consecutively, with every assembly, sub-assembly and detail illustrated by two-dimensional drawings with extensive reference to the 1914-16 plans and close-up colour photographs. There are three booklets totaling 116 pages.


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.

 

 

 

 

Industrial Robot
(Code: MP70)
8.40
These instructions describe the construction of this large model which replicates a typical Industrial Robot.
The model requires 5 Meccano 6-ratio Motors, a small 5v Motor (non Meccano) and a 3 amp 6 volt power supply.

This model is intended for advanced model builders  

  26
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.
Maypole Tubular Braider
(Code: MCS13)
5.70
These instructions describe the construction of a model which produces a patterned braid around a core at high speed. The mechanism creating the braid appears to execute a "dance" reminiscent of a Maypole Dance.

20
pages including text, b/w photographs, 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.
Paper-Folding Machine
(Code: MP60)
2.00
These instructions describe the construction and use of this representation of a Paper Folding machine used for the folding of newsletters, sales leaflets, etc.

The finished model is capable of folding up to 750 sheets per hour when correctly adjusted.
 
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.
Planimeter
(Code: MP189)
6.90
These instructions describe the construction and use of this precision instrument for determining the area of any two-dimensional, regular or irregular shape scale drawing by tracing around its outline. This amazing device was originally designed by H.F. Lane using abstruse applied mathematics, way beyond the comprehension of the author. It was first published in the No. 3 1929 Meccano Magazine. However, the author Freddie Nicholls, with over 70 years Meccano experience, has extensively redesigned it, and included a much larger Scale to improve the accuracy and readability from above. Correctly built and calibrated, it can actually be used as a Planimeter when run on the correct base materials. The accurate Scale, which is the 'heart' of this device, was the most difficult part to reproduce and two high quality scales, with detailed instructions for mounting, are included in the ModelPlan. 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.
Pound Change Giving Machine
(Code: MP116)
3.60
These instructions describe the construction of this model which is designed to give change of 3 x 20p and 4 x 10p coins for a £1 coin.

8
pages of text, three dimensional assembly drawings and colour photographs. The text and diagrams help with the construction but the builder will also have to interpret the 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.
Rhino Charged Robotic Arm
(Code: MCS04)
6.50
These instructions describe the construction of a "pick and place" robot. The model replicates the prototype with six axes plus grip. Powered by a variety of motors, seven in total, this model is for advanced model builders with a large collection of parts at their disposal.

20
pages including text, b/w photographs, 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.
Stainless Steel Heat Treatment Plant
(Code: MCS16)
7.25
These instructions describe the construction of an immense model based on an actual plant in Sheffield (or was at the time of these instructions being written in 1994). The model is a condensed version with crane, furnace with cooling hood plus three furnace bases. The model mimics the processes of the real thing.

16
pages including text, colour and b/w photographs and parts list split into three parts. The builder will require a substantial collection of parts and experience of large model building.

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.
Super Meccanograph
(Code: MP182)
16.00
Instructions for this unique model. Unlike other Meccanographs, manually-programmed to produce single drawings, the Super Meccanograph is self-programming; it generates a continuous and endless sequence of unique drawings, the design of which cannot be predicted in advance. Illustrated in VirtualMec, the ModelPlan includes the full background history of this model and a CD containing the full set of 3D VirtualMec drawings, high-resolution photographs of the original and the replica, explanation of the precise differences between them, examples of drawn figures, and a Dutch-language translation.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.
The XY Meccanograph (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP174)
6.00
These instructions describe the construction of a ubiquitous meccano model. The basic feature of this Meccanograph is two cams, one which controls the pen arm in the transverse (X) direction and the other in the longitudinal (Y) direction, enabling the pen to draw "figure of eight" patterns. 

 

A ratchet mechanism under the designing table allows the machine to draw either continuous or intermittent patterns, and the Meccanograph can be motorised or hand-driven.

      
12 page instruction booklet with text description, large format 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.

 

 

Treadle Fretsaw
(Code: MP186)
9.95
These instructions describe the faithfull reconstruction of an award winning model designed as a full sized working tool. Slight modifications have ben made to use the contents of a Set10 plus some additionional parts. They are illustrated by colour photographs throughout. 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.
Two Meccanographs
(Code: MP147)
9.00
This instruction booklet describe the construction of two Meccanographs which are a development of those in MP138. Both produce patterns with up to fourteen peaks or sides, by gearing the table rotation and reciprocal motion so that one relates to the other by factors of two to seven. Once again the Schmidt coupling provides the means of driving the table rotation when the table is moving to and fro.

Either may be constructed from the largest Meccano Set (No.10) with a few extra parts. The Mark III is the simpler of the two. Instructions include Frame, Designing Table   Support   Cage,   Schmidt Coupling, Pen Cam & Drive, Primary Drive,   Table   Rotation   Gearbox, Designing Table & Rear Pen Support Transverse Motion (Optional), Pen Arm, Designing Table and operation. The Mark IV incorporates a more elaborate gearbox to allow table rotation speeds to be varied through five  different  ratios.  Instructions include Frame, Primary Hand Drive, Pen Cams, Reduction Lay Shaft, Table Rotation Gearbox, Schmidt Coupling, Designing   Table   Support   Cage, Transverse Motion drive, Cam, & Table Link, Pen Support Parallelogram & Arm Support, Pen Arm Drive Strips and operation

20 pages of text, b&w and 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.

Two New Meccanographs incorporating the Schmidt Coupling
(Code: MP138)
8.40
These instructions describe two new designs for Meccanographs.

These were inspired by a desire to demonstrate the Schmidt coupling in use. The Schmidt coupling was evidently invented for use in offset printing machinery. Its function is to transmit a steady rotational motion from an input shaft to a parallel but non-aligned output shaft the position of which may change continually.

This model shows how the Schmidt coupling worked with an actual moving output shaft. Once this function is achieved then it is a simple matter to add a pen holder, and pen arm cam to put the device to practical use. Once a mechanism is devised to both rotate a designing table, and move it to and fro, it is evident that a pattern may be drawn even when the pen is fixed in one position. By adding pen movement the pattern becomes more complicated.

The Schmidt Meccanograph Mark 1 is the simpler of the two. Its instructions cover the Frame, Designing Table Support Cage, Backlash Control, Schmidt Coupling, Pen Cam Support Structure, Pen Cam Drive, Pen Cam, Designing Table Transverse Motion, Fulcrum Adjustment, Primary Drive, Pen Arm, Designing Table, and Operation of the Meccanograph.

The Schmidt Meccanograph Mark 2 incorporates three gearboxes which allow the cam speeds and the table rotation speeds to be varied. Its instructions cover the Frame, Primary hand Drive, Cam Drive Layshaft, Cam Drive Gearbox, Pen Cams, Table Drive Layshaft, Table Rotation Gear Change, Designing Table Support Cage, Transverse Motion Cam, Transverse Motion Table Link, Pen Support Arm, Pen Arm Support, Pen Arm Drive Strips, and Operation of the Meccanograph.

With the 18 page instructions are five colour and fourteen black and white illustrations. and a Parts List for each Meccanograph.                      

     

       
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.

Vending & Change Machine
(Code: MP116a)
12.00
These instructions describe the construction of this model which is a development of the Pound Change Giving Machine (Model Plan 116). It is designed to dispense a box of matches and give change for a 20p coin. The design allows adaption for other products and change.

12
pages of text, three dimensional assembly drawings, 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.