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If you are not an engineer you will still appreciate this


Bing.alau
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Click link to see a miniature engine being built and assembled. Very interesting whether you are the engineering type or not. http://www.wimp.com/tiniestengine/

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Aitchbee

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try this tangram link please.... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tangram-Ancient-Chinese-Shapes-Games/dp/0140041818/ref=sr14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345490898&sr=1-4

all you need is a flat surface...to make the shapes.

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csqwared

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Just come back from a visit to Blists Hill Victorian village where they had an exhibition of Meccano models, yes, it's still alive and kicking. From beam engines to (relatively accurate) working clocks the highlight to me was a drag crane. Stood about a foot high to cab roof, three foot from back of cab to end of jib and everything worked. Taken the chap six months to build having researched dimensions etc. on the internet then scaled it down. Reckoned there was four figures worth of bits, the oldest acquired when he was four about 60 years ago. He is due to dismantle it shortly so he can build something else.!!! The art of the engineer is not dead.

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Blackhat

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csqwared

Interesting that you mention Meccano, my father is one of the Midlands leading Meccano builders, has had some of his models shipped over the world for exhibitions, here is just one of his prize winning models.

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Noldi

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Surprised no torque wrench and using slot headed screws. Got a lot more patience than me. Wonder what the time scale was from start to finish including all the calculations.

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Aitchbee

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Blackhat...was your Dad holdin' it steady (in the photo) 'cos he forgot about the special ballast leaded LEGO bricks? Hee Hee

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csqwared

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Blackhat

I'm pretty sure, going by your photograph, that he is the very chap we were speaking to. If he was an RAF pilot, Sabre jets I think, that's the man!! Can't remember the name of the meccano society involved but Blists Hill ain't that far from Ironbridge so certainly the right area. Small world!!

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