Trucks

Or lorries, if you prefer the traditional English name for road-going heavy goods vehicles.

Despite the fact that Meccano has rarely if ever included a realistic tyre that could be used in a truck model of any size, trucks have long been a staple of any exhibition or club meeting. Meccano is also sufficiently versatile as a medium that models can be made of vehicles from just about any period and in a whole range of sizes and scales. By the time you move up into larger scales there are all sorts of possibilities for internal detailing, including of course electric motors powering full drive trains with gearboxes, clutches, brakes and differentials. Look around any show and you will see models as varied as the prototypes that thunder along our roads every day.

I edited three manuals (published by MWMO) entitled “Everything Automotive” which have proved very popular – dealing with rear axles and differentials, front axles and steering, and then gearboxes: these drew together a whole range of ideas developed by some of the best Meccano brains of the time and remain a valuable reference for anyone wanting to develop their own vehicle.

Nowadays gifted Meccano engineers take the truck model to ever greater heights, but there will always be room for small and ingenious models that don’t require a hundredweight of parts and two men to lift them.

For the latest models from my “stable” check out my Flickr gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/46060578@N03/sets/72157626364792929/

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