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Did you have Meccano ?
Yes
72%
 72%  [ 13 ]
Still Have Meccano
16%
 16%  [ 3 ]
Never Had Meccano
11%
 11%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 18

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Peter_L



Joined: 10 Apr 2008
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Location: New Brunswick. Canada.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:19 pm    Post subject: MECCANO Reply with quote

In a recent exchange of messages with Ray White, he revealed that he has Meccano and it is still in use. I was born in 1946. I had quite a large set, much of it in Blue and Silver and inherited from an Uncle. There was also a good quantity of the Red/Green, again either inherited or purchased second hand. During the 50's the collection expanded with more gear wheels, road wheels and electric motors.

It was from Meccano that "Righty Tighty" and "Lefty Loosey" became instinctive. It provided an insight into such things as structure strength, levers, fulcrums and gearing.

I have added a Poll. Did you have Meccano ?
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DM



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have mine (second hand in the early 60's), and recently was given a large box full in good condition to put with it for the grandkids to use.
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Penman



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed in that message fom Ray that his cheese heads appear to be allen key headed.

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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
I noticed in that message fom Ray that his cheese heads appear to be allen key headed.


Do you think those lattice wings will provide enough lift
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have hundreds of standard cheese head bolts but these cap heads are from a new Meccano set that my wife bought me.

I was given my first set by my Granny when I was a small child. She got into trouble for spending 5 (which bought a fairly big set in 1960). I was her favourite grandson and remained so until her passing.

I have a full size set in the garage!!!
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter_L wrote:


Do you think those lattice wings will provide enough lift


The wings have lift. You lift the plane up and pretend it can fly! Embarassed
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was always a few pieces short to build this.

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MVPeters



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a few elderly MECCANO (Magazines).
That's where I get most of my jokes.
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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I had my own sets (including that lovely box of gears) I inherited a lot which was gold in colour. What period would that have been from?
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
I have hundreds of standard cheese head bolts but these cap heads are from a new Meccano set that my wife bought me.

Meccano threads are a really odd size; 5/32" whitworth, coincidentally this is the same thread used in older fuel tanks where a round Smiths sender is fitted as seen on many British vehicles.

If anyone can point me to a supplier of cheese head 5/32" Whitworth screws I'd be grateful as we regularly get asked for them.

Dave
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some Meccano in the loft somewhere, but I don't do anything with it now. I remember getting it for Christmas, and being really into it for a while. I got a new set, and an older set in what must have been a home-made wooden box. I do see bits of it on car boot sales from time to time, but manage to resist buying it (which is unusual for me, given some of the junk I've bought on car boot sales).
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
Ray White wrote:
I have hundreds of standard cheese head bolts but these cap heads are from a new Meccano set that my wife bought me.

Meccano threads are a really odd size; 5/32" whitworth, coincidentally this is the same thread used in older fuel tanks where a round Smiths sender is fitted as seen on many British vehicles.

If anyone can point me to a supplier of cheese head 5/32" Whitworth screws I'd be grateful as we regularly get asked for them.

Dave


Have you tried Clerkenwell Screws? I haven't used them for years but they were very good.
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
If anyone can point me to a supplier of cheese head 5/32" Whitworth screws I'd be grateful as we regularly get asked for them.

Dave


When I was struggling to get the correct-sized screws to hold expansion cards into PCs, I got a box from Vulcan Fasteners in Stone.
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Penman



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Ray White wrote:
Peter_L wrote:


Do you think those lattice wings will provide enough lift


The wings have lift. You lift the plane up and pretend it can fly! Embarassed


To reduce drag slacken the bolts and turn the struts 90deg out-board, then re-tighten so they don't come loose in flight.
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
Hi
Ray White wrote:
Peter_L wrote:


Do you think those lattice wings will provide enough lift


The wings have lift. You lift the plane up and pretend it can fly! Embarassed


To reduce drag slacken the bolts and turn the struts 90deg out-board, then re-tighten so they don't come loose in flight.


There is always a damn expert !!! Laughing Laughing
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