I’m alarmed to see just how long it is since I last posted here! A sign of just how busy life has been with leadership in two churches, two growing grandchildren to help care for, and much more besides. But I am not exactly lost to the world of Meccano – the models keep on coming – but more of that another time. Today, a tribute to the clubs. there is a particular pleasure in being able to go along to a meeting for which one has no particular responsibility, show a model, chat with good friends, make some new ones, do whatever one can to help the day go well and then head home with another good set of photos and memories. (Check some out here – what a variety of subjects!)

World landmarks

Roman Galley

Meccano can be a solitary hobby but there is no reason for it to be if you have good clubs around, and here in the UK we really do.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of a trip to the Sheffield Guild, meeting in the village hall of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, not far from Rotherham. It is always an enjoyable day, but this meeting was vintage. The hall was packed with great models and their builders, a competition to find the best clockwork-powered hill climber was very entertaining, the food was excellent (as always) and so was the company. Topped off by the usual auction for some great bargains (personally I was selling rather than buying this time!) what more could one want?

All credit to Rob Mitchell and team for another great event. He modestly says it is nothing to do with him, and true enough – without the members’ efforts it wouldn’t happen, but without our club leaders it certainly wouldn’t happen either – all thanks to them once again!

SDkfz 251 half-track

Clock tower

World landmarks

Roman Galley

Tank Loco under construction

No 9 set ferry boat

Pen y Darren loco

“I’ve got a brand-new combine harvester!”

Rob Mitchell’s Mill Engine


About Philip Webb

Chairman of the International Society of Meccanomen
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