Six delightful clockwork creations from Chuck Donovan, using Meccano and Hornby motors.
“I used a Hornby model 30 wind-up engine which I obtained off of
eBay. In doing some test runs, I found that the little engine does
not take to carrying much weight and the travel distance would be
greatly reduced by the addition of a few ounces. So weight
became a major consideration in choosing materials for constructing
what became my first wind-up steam engine and
christened "FIRE DRAGON." The side rods and steam chests are
parts left over from a Hornby model 40 locomotive. The boiler is
a tin can (string beans) and the cab is a large pepper
can. The brass rings on the boiler are 3 inch decorative
rings purchased from a "Hobby Lobby" store and fit nicely with little
modification. Working with tin cans has been an education
as the metal is very thin and therefore difficult to cut and
trim. The roof is aluminum stock and cowcatcher is from a
Bachmann engine. Weighing in at 20 ounces it will run in the 140
foot range on my circular test track.”
used a Hornby Model 40 clockwork motor. I also added two
batteries and incorporated 4 blinking red LEDs in the tops of the end
cowls which were made from sheet brass. The cab section
is guards van ends from Mamod. The frame and roof are 0.32
inch brass sheet. It has been christened the "SILVER SHARK"
and gets approximately 150 feet per winding. Not prototypical but
very appealing, at least to me."
chassis parts are from a Mamod wagon and the wheels from IP Engineering
in England. The motor is a large Meccano wind-up and is geared directly
to rear wheels. The body is all brass stock with Plexiglas
windows and the pantographs are from G. Tebolt train parts. An on-off
switch handle extends to rear from underneath frame. "
"My favorite clockwork (although another is under construction) is MR
ROGERS. Chassis is Mamod freight van and motor is old #1 Meccano
as well as gears and chain. Figure is old Barclay. The body
is brass stock and bell is pre-war Lionel. Roof vents are from
rifle ammo box liner."
"TERMINATOR is rough around the edges and still is but
runs well with old large #1 Meccano motor and gears. The wheels are
steel from PPS in England, chassis is from a Mamod goods van, figure is
old repainted Barclay, and cab is modified Mamod, and rest of body is
salvaged Mamod or brass stock. Ladders are Lionel and grille is from
Hobby Lobby crochet department. Cab roof antennae are Lionel. "
carried away and the result is called "Dragonfire." The decals I
found are made for Boy Scout pinewood derby cars. The
orange strips cover up the bolts that hold it all together. It's
power comes from a Meccano #1 wind-up motor and the gears and chain are
also. Rear wheel drive. Body is a mix of Mamod and brass
stock and I think the most interesting part is the opening door
(Mamod). The wheels are from PPS in England. Even
though I gave it a front leaning rake to emphasize its speed."
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