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Ramon Wilson01/06/2012 11:11:33
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Hi , I thought that those of you with a Meccano bent might like to see these pics.

My good friend Derek Waghorn - Lee to me - has been beavering away on this trike for many a year. At last, on his eigthieth birthday the wraps came off and all can be revealed.

All the 'Meccano' parts are seven times larger - sheet parts from steel and strip parts etc from glass fibre as are the nuts and bolts


Happy Birthday mate - brilliant to see it out in the open


Hope all our members enjoy it as much as I have

Regards Ramon



Edited By Ramon Wilson on 01/06/2012 11:13:16

Martin W01/06/2012 12:43:09
792 forum posts
29 photos

Hi Ramon

Absolutely brilliant I love it, thanks for sharing the photos and be sure to tell him it looks great though I expect he knows that already. Used to be a Meccano kid, cranes, diggers etc so seeing something like this brings back those childhood dreams of driving full size Meccano creations smiley



NJH01/06/2012 16:13:07
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WOW ! - the enduring eccentricity of the British.

I love it - fantastic - who would have thought of creating something like this?

Ramon - please give him a big pat on the back from me.



Baldric01/06/2012 16:17:44
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Is that a BBC film crew for Bang goes the theory? If so any idea when it will be on?

Stub Mandrel01/06/2012 20:11:57
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Brilliant, briliiant and thrice brilliant! That has absolutely made my day.

Now the nitpickers can't look at a mecanno model and say it would look better without the holes

What number kit is it - I want one.


Ramon Wilson02/06/2012 00:19:11
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Hi Guys thanks for your comments. I know my friend will appreciate them.

Yes it was a TV crew doing a feasability shoot apparently but I guess they will be back!

I've watched this grow over the years from it's pencil sketch concept to what you see now - the work that he has put into this is just awesome - the lights alone took months to make and that top is a glass fibre moulding complete with 1200 stitches each put in individually around it's edge. Heres a 'couple' of detail pics there's more if you would like --

The steering wheel - I just love the lettering

And this is the gear change

All the distressing was carried out by Lees wife Sali - every nut and bolt

Regards - Ramon

Springbok02/06/2012 00:56:26
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utterly brilliant and fantastic


D Squire02/06/2012 02:17:37
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Please pass along my congratulations to Lee and Sali. Their attention to planing and detail is amazing. Will you be able to post any more photos showing some of the details? Thanks Ramon.



Mexican jon02/06/2012 09:57:33
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Nice to see it over here as well Del

Martin W02/06/2012 10:05:48
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I would love to see some more photos of this wonderful creation. This project has really struck a chord with many of us, probably because lots of us had Meccano sets when we were kids. I wonder if this could be called the ultimate 'Kit Car'.

Thanks again and best regards


Edited By Martin W on 02/06/2012 10:06:56

David Clark 102/06/2012 10:51:51
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Hi There

That is brilliant.

Where in the country is it?

regards David

David Clark 102/06/2012 10:53:40
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Hi There

AS a matter of interest, I believe MyHobbyStore owns the rights to the Meccano magazine.

regards David

Ian S C02/06/2012 11:06:57
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David there could be an artical there for ME. Ian S C

Ramon Wilson02/06/2012 12:35:54
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Hi guys, I will of course pass on all your comments, 'Lee' has been a good friend for many years - he's the guy who lets me use his bead blaster - and I've had the real pleasure of witnessing some pretty unusual stuff emanate from his workshop through that time.

He has posted some details on a 'chopper bike' site but I thought it would be nice to put it on here as so many of us have Meccano in our background.

I took a few 'detail' pics quite a while back - I'll post three or so at a time for you .......

I'm not sure what he used for the headlight itself as at one time he was experimenting with silvering, but the rims and housing were all spun up on the lathe

This is the rear end, a bit blurred but the only one I have -

It's nice to see the interest for him - I know he will be very pleased

Regards - Ramon

Ramon Wilson02/06/2012 13:24:29
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Sorry David, didn't mean to ignore you - PM sent


Stub Mandrel02/06/2012 20:53:42
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291 photos


I just boggle at this, not just the realisation but at the level of imagination and vision to take that from paper to reality.


Ramon Wilson02/06/2012 23:37:58
676 forum posts
72 photos

Yes I know exactly what you mean Neil - he's what we call in this part of the woods 'A real clever ol' sod' - a high compliment I might add.

Heres a couple of more pics - I think I made a mistake in saying that all strips were made of glass fibre - some are from steel I believe but he's such a canny guy with glass fibre its hard to tell

Those bolts are definitely 'GF' though (they're not structural just in case you are wondering)


This is the rear of the head light. Blurred again but still a viable pic. Note the 'distressing' on the bolt and square nut

There's a few more if you are still interested and not getting tired of them

Regards - Ramon


Edited By Ramon Wilson on 02/06/2012 23:38:45

Terryd03/06/2012 08:24:29
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Hi RAmon,

I can't speak for others but I would never tire of seeing pictures of such a lovely machine. It may be 12" to the foot scale but it is real "model engineering". Modelling in reverse so to speak. I love Meccano and still have a No 10 set as well as several other sets from various eras. Congratulate your friend and his wife for such wonderful work on my behalf. That distressing of the parts is as magnificent as the rest of the 'Model'. Let us know where he has posted his pictures.

Best regards,


Versaboss03/06/2012 13:36:57
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50 photos

Bigger pictures please, Ramon! Or such that we can enlarge them (although I don't know what enables this, but others could do it).

Greetings, Hansrudolf

Ramon Wilson03/06/2012 13:45:31
676 forum posts
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Hi Terry - you have me green with envy or rather would have done. A No 10 set was all I ever dreamed about as a youngster along no doubt with countless otherswink

Hansrudolf - I'm sorry but I don't think I can help in this instance. Since the process of posting pictures on here has changed posting them any larger appears to distort them and as you say it appears that it no longer has the facility to click on them to open them up to a larger format.

I'll get the link for you later Terry and post some more detail ones tonight

regards for now - Ramon

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