Author Archives: Philip Webb

About Philip Webb

Chairman of the International Society of Meccanomen

Double Fly-boats

While I design most of my own models, sometimes I also been build “off-plan”. Occupying myself during lockdown, I was drawn to the impressive double “Big Wheel” fairground ride that featured in Geoff Wright’s wonderful Cavendish-series volume of old Meccano … Continue reading

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Porthmadoc Heavy Lift Crane

Our late friend Phil Bradley was renowned for his models of cranes, among many other things. Such was his knowledge of them he was able to build great models sometimes from very little primary information. A case in point is … Continue reading

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“Some long-haired friends of Jesus in a Chartreuse Microbus”

Planning a “staycation” this year? This might just be what you are looking for! Your very own camper-van. Where did this “Chartreuse microbus” title come from? From C.W. McCall’s song “Convoy” (1975). The song is about a fictitious trucker rebellion … Continue reading

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Finishing a project …….

The last 10% of a project always seems the hardest – or is that just me? Months – even years – can be spent on a model only to run into the sand on the home straight. It might be … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

There’s something about bridges – it may be the sense of adventure they offer – a chance to see what is on the other side which would otherwise be unreachable. It may be the history they represent. Or it may … Continue reading

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Autumn Days

The late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire) used to say that in her later years when she and her contemporaries met up for a social gathering, these events always began with what she called “our organ recital”. … Continue reading

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Suzuki GSX 1300R

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Some models take a long time to come to fruition. This one began from my ambition to build another bike with 4.25″ tyres Years ago I tackled the rear suspension and came up with a version of the modern swinging … Continue reading

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Cable Stayed Bridge

Cable Stayed Bridge   Those of us of a certain age will always remember our local cycle/toy/hardware shop and its tempting displays. In the run-up to Christmas there would often be a marvellous Meccano model in the window, often lit … Continue reading

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Laughton-in-the-Autumn

If a trip to the Henley show is the last day of Summer, then the run up to the quaintly-named village of Laughton-en-le-Morthern is surely the first day of autumn for Meccano modellers. The stylish residents of Henley-upon-Thames are usually … Continue reading

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An Australian Kenworth Truck and Trailer

Now here is a model which has been a long time coming. Some bits of it like the design for the sleeper cab and the seats have been around for a while, and so has much of the running gear. … Continue reading

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