Horseless Carriage


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The instructions for  this attractive simple and realistic little model were published in Canadian Meccanotes Issue # 2 June 1996 . I believe the model was originally designed and built by Don Redmond,  then editor of Meccanotes . It depicts a typical "Horseless Carriage" from the 1890s .

 It is driven by a clockwork "Magic Motor" the model makes a decent and fairly speedy run before the spring winds down. I found the instructions were not always easy to follow, which lead to a bit of  making it up as I went along. This resulted in the model being one hole shorter than the original I only discovered this when I compared my model with that of another builder.  I also found it difficult to fit the motor in horizontally as instructed so I fitted it vertically this aided the drive to the rear wheels but necessitated making an extended key to fit through the side. The motor on/off is controlled by a linkage through the driver's seat ending with a boss this was an another advantage in mounting the motor vertically.

The only unusual parts used were a pair of spoked wheels p/n 19a. The steering tiller requires a crank rod to be cut down but it is a part most Meccano builders have more than enough of ! I fitted rubber bands to the rear wheels to serve as tyres to give better grip and protect the paint finish. 2 inch rubber "O" rings for plastic waste pipes are used for the front tyres, kindly supplied by a CMAMAS member in Toronto, Canada. The two inch size were unobtainable here in the U.K. I built the model using a combination of dark blue, nickel and zinc parts.

Revised October 30 2012

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