| The model is based on the 1930 Meccano Super Model No.33
and Double Fly boats.
Not quite in same league as "The Millennium Eye" in London but a fun model to build and operate. The drive on my version is by Meccano cord running around the circumference of the wheel and used as a crossed belt driven by a Temsi 300 motor, very similar to the Meccano/Märklin power drive motor. I built it as an excuse to use my newly purchased girder frames p/n 113 a lovely part with not too many uses!
I made small cabins instead of the "Fly boats" used on the
original model these did not somehow look right with the massive structure of the supporting frame. Someday I will get around to building the double one published in the same SML leaflet with two contra rotating wheels. A similarly proportioned but smaller model that I have also built appeared in the Meccano Magazine Model of the Month in December 1957 this model has in addition a rotating base.
The original model was sprocket chain driven, was not very practical, see original illustration above from SML No.33. The use of a cord gave a very smooth and steady drive.
New picture scan and text January 30 2008 revised February 26 2015