instructions for this
attractive mantel piece clock
were published in the pre- war and post war 1948-1953 number 9 manuals using the
No.2 clockwork motor. The clock
evokes very much the 1930s Art Deco style and that was the big appeal
fro me want to construct it.
The original instructions
were published during the period of the blue and gold colour scheme and
have made a stunning model in those colours. However I think the zinc, red, blue and
black colour scheme I have used give the clock the right feel. This was
my first attempt at
Meccano clock building so a simple mechanism was good starting point.
My clock is driven by a pre-war Meccano No.1 clockwork
motor through a
series of chain sprockets and gears. It was a real pleasure the
first time I set it going to hear the lovely tick tock as the pendulum
swung. After carefull adjustment the clock ran well and kept
reasonable time, although I never had it running for more than
hour with the number 1 clockwork motor.
Since originally building the model I obtained a 1930s Number 2 motor. Although the clock runs in a much more positive manner i.e. a nice steady tick I still find it does not run for as long as I had hoped certainly longer than with the original motor though. I manged to get it to run all day but with several windings.
same mechanism was also used in the later 1955 Number 9 clock model but
using the No.1
clockwork motor. The more powerful No.2 motor was discontinued
after the Second World War. The 1955 model however does not have
or style of this "Deco style" clock.
Revised August 08 2020