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Meccanuity 2016: Lecture Theatre Events, Members Only Meccano Set Auction

The lecture theatre is located in the main hall at Enginuity. As you enter the main hall from the museum itself, once down the access ramp turn right and walk approximately fifteen yards. It's here where we will be holding some extra activities over the period of the show, the first being a live auction of two Meccano sets, all in aid of society funds.

At the January Show Chris Shute came along with two Meccano sets that were donated to the club many, many years ago, and it was agreed at the society meeting that they would be auctioned off in aid of club funds, by auction, at this year's Meccanuity on Saturday 30th April at 2.00 pm. The sets will be available to view on the TIMS desk in the main hall, opposite the entrance to the hall from the museum itself, before the auction, but here's a few photo's and details kindly provided by Chris Shute...

1914 No. 5 Outfit

Chris Shute says "

A fine example of the Meccano Outfit No.5 from around 1914. The box appears original, with one replacement card tray.
Almost all nickel plated parts are present, and in very good condition, largely free from rust.

The following items are missing:

Two of the forty-four 2 2/2" perforated strips, part no.5.

Two of the four 3/4" wide (not the later 1/2" wide) Double Angle Brackets, part no.11.

The three 25 tooth pinions (with single tapped hole) part no. 25.

The six Couplings (with 2 transverse holes) part no.63.

The two Funnels (red, with wrap-around teeth) part no.2.

The six hanks of cord, part no. 40.

The instruction manual.

The following items may not be from the 1914 period:

Some of the nuts, bolts and spring clips.

The screwdriver and spanners.

The following period items are included, although not believed to be part of the No. 5 outfit:

One extra 20t Pinion.

Three Octagonal Couplings.

Two 36t Sprockets (small boss).

Two 18t Sprockets."

 

1961 No. 6 Outfit

Chris Shute says "All items present, little used, in excellent condition, including two hanks of cord. The manual cover is
detached, and the box sides have lost their printing.".

Dig Deep For Society Funds!

Yes folks, please dig deep for these rather nice items, all in aid of society funds. It helps TIMS do things at our shows having a good supply of funds, from providing new equipment, to perhaps putting on "special" things that wouldn't normally occur, and all points in between. At the very least, things like this help to keep society sub's low!

Not So Small Print

The auction will take place at 2.00pm on Saturday 30th April at Meccanuity 2016 at the lecture theatre end of the main hall, Enginuity. The auction will be a live one, with the sets being auctioned seperately, and bids must be made in person. Payments must be made to the society treasurer, or other committee member, after the completion of the auction. While the descriptions shown have been carefully prepared, TIMS shall not be responsible for any inaccuracies. All proceeds go to TIMS funds. Please note that due to funding restrictions put in place by Enginuity/IGMT, the auction is for members of TIMS only.

 

Missing parts

If anyone would like to donate any of the missing items for the 1914 set 5, please contact the webmaster, who'll forward the information on.

Exhibiting

Those wishing to exhibit their Meccano models and creations at this year's Meccanuity Meccano show, don't forget to book your table space for in the main hall or the Gadgetdom Room for any of the three days of the show, or indeed all three! Please email matt.goodman@tims.org.uk with the following, plus any special requirements you have...

 

Which tables size and how many do you require/what overall length? (Choices are 6' x 2'6 oblong trestles or a few 6' diameter round tables (all will be provided with mains power):

The event is over the May Day Bank Holiday from Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May 2016. Which days are you available?

We have a special model theme (Series & Defender Land Rovers) & The Meccanuity Challenge. Can you advise if you are willing to participate in either of these?

Can you help set up tables from around 2pm on Thursday 28th April, or general setting up from around 12pm on Friday 29th April?

Alternatively you can download the Meccanuity 2016 booking form here

         You can find more about Meccanuity 2016 on the Events page.

 

You Tube Search!

With this year being the 25th year of TIMS, I though I'd see what's around on You Tube on channels outside those of TIMS itself. There's not a lot about to be honest, but what there is is rather interesting. Obviously, with the advent of digital equipment being ever more popular it's easier to add such media to the web these days, so much of it is fairly recent, but there is a rather nice short video going back almost 30 years!

Here's what I've found...

Central News, circa 1987 https://youtu.be/1cbNlq3aL1k

Enginuity Museum 2008 https://youtu.be/bpl_C7tPFhk

Shropshire Star May 2012 https://youtu.be/E8xKcz_dwF4

Shropshire Star May 2103 https://youtu.be/yv7XNuYWtpc

Manchester Day 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y-fNco7KsE

Shropshire Star 2014 https://youtu.be/c-WLqU0LQaA

Shropshire Star 2015 https://youtu.be/PJoWIwTzCyU

Thanks to all thise who posted the above!

 

Meccanuity 2016: Safety/Codes Of Practice, Update

Morning all.

Operation of live steam engines and radio controlled models can, if used irresponsibly, spoil the fun somewhat. Whilst we can all make mistakes at times, we try not to encourage it (wink)!

To aid members, exhibitors and the general public, TIMS has two safety/codes of practice that will be in operation during Meccanuity 2016 (and are also used at our other events too), namely the Safety/Code of Practice for Operating Live Steam Engines and the Safety/Code of Practice for Radio, Infrared & Bluetooth Controlled Models.

It's not that we want to be "big brother" but, especially where live steam is concerned, many event locations will not even give a thought to allowing it these days, not that it is dangerous if properly used and operated. Thus, over the years, TIMS has came up with the safety/codes of practice for both live steam powered models and radio controlled models, to hopefully reduce any risks to anyone at our events.

They sometimes change too. As things progress, such as the advent of Meccanoids, the radio control code of practice has had to have been updated to include these, and, having had some experience of Meccanoids now myself, I've just tweaked it in regards to connecting your mobile device to the correct Meccanoid.

Here's the updated bit "Operators of Bluetooth controlled Meccano Spykee Robots or Meccano Meccanoid robots paired to an operating device, such as a mobile phone or iPad, do not come under these rules as the robots in question will only operate with the device they are paired with, but it is the operators responsibility to make sure they connect to the correct Meccanoid/Spykee robot by using the correct serial/i.d number of that robot during the scan by the mobile device being used (10/03/2016)."

The full codes of practice can be read by clicking on the links above, but in future, should you wish to read them, or indeed print a copy of them, just visit the TIMS Library, where you will also be able to find information on TIMS history, Meccanuity Challenges, Meccanuity Special Events and frequently asked questions.

More information on this year's Meccanuity for exhibitors and visitors can be found on the Events page and by scrolling down the various articles recently added to the News page.

Ralph Laughton, winner of last year's steam drag race, with his winning vehicle, a Meccano 1929 steam engine powered steam wagon, model 827 from the "How To Use The Meccano Steam Engine" manual. Ralph won and currently holds the then newly introduced "Newcomen Trophy", for his efforts. Owing to the steam shed being unavailable this year, steam and other activities planned to take place in there have been cancelled, but, if the weather is kind, it's possible to steam outside in the car park.

 

Meccanuity 2016: Two Halls In Use

Right folks, let's start having a closer look at Meccanuity 2016.

The main hall, often referred to as the engine house, is sited to the side of the Enginuity museum itself. Entrance to this hall, and indeed the other one, Gadgetdom, is via the main entrance to the museum. The size of the main hall means that this is where the vast majority of exhibitors will be located, along with the TIMS desk, where you will be able to vote for the best model in the John Linder Memorial Shield, the Keith Way Memorial Trophy, the guess the number of parts in the jar competition, guess the part in the tin competition and enter the guess the number of parts in the model competition too. You will also be able to join TIMS, and, yet to be confirmed, but exhibitors may well be able to get their mains equipment PAT tested.


The above photo' was taken during the table set up day, at Meccanuity 2015, from the stairs to the mezzanine floor, looking towards the main doors and where Dave "Meccanoman" Taylor will be situated. Entry to the hall will be via the doors and ramp to the left of the photo'. There's more table space around to the right of the photo', and indeed underneath the mezzanine floor. Due to not having the use of the steam shed and glass classroom this year, teas and coffees will be served up on the mezzanine floor, which, if you don't mind stairs, will be much more convenient.

 

That's not all though. Behind the camera in the above shot is the lecture theatre...


With ample seating, this is were such things as the Meccanuity Challenge competition will take place, and the members only Meccano set auction. Being the 25th year of TIMS this year, a small celebration is planned to take place here too.

 

The second room in use is the Gadgetdom room. Much smaller than the main hall, it's favoured by those that maybe prefer a quieter time of it than all the goings on in the main hall. In the past, as well as Meccano models, other former Meccano products have been on display, such as Hornby Series "0" gauge electric trains, Bayko and Dinky Toy vehicles.

If you'd like to exhibit at this year's Meccanuity Meccano Exhibition at Enginuity, please email Matt Goodman at

matt.goodman@tims.org.uk with your contact details and the following information completed...

"There are two kinds of table 6' x 2'6 oblong trestles or a few 6' diameter round tables (all will be provided with mains power). Which would you prefer and how much length overall do you require:

The event extends over the Bank Holiday Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May 2016. Which days are you available?:

We have a special model theme and three challenges. Can you advise if you are willing to participate and in what way?:

Can you help set up from 11am on Friday 29th April?:"

Alternatively you can download the Meccanuity 2016 booking form here

If you'd like to help on table set up day on the afternoon of Thursday 28th April, from around 2.00pm, or set up day from around 12.00pm on Friday 29th April 2016, please inform one of the committee members.

 

Meccanuity 2016: Treasure Auction!

Here's a couple of things to dribble over!

At the January Show Chris Shute came along with two Meccano sets that were donated to the club many, many years ago, and it was agreed at the society meeting at the show that they would be auctioned off in aid of club funds. Initially, Chris Shute came up with the idea of a sealed postal bid auction, but this, it is felt, would be a little long winded and time consuming, so it has been decided that an auction will take place at some point during this year's Meccanuity, although the exact format of the auction is yet to be finalised, and the permission of the museum sort.

Chris said he would take away the sets to check their contents and condition and feed back to us, so here they are...

1914 No. 5 Outfit

Chris Shute says "

A fine example of the Meccano Outfit No.5 from around 1914. The box appears original, with one replacement card tray.
Almost all nickel plated parts are present, and in very good condition, largely free from rust.

The following items are missing:

Two of the forty-four 2 2/2" perforated strips, part no.5.

Two of the four 3/4" wide (not the later 1/2" wide) Double Angle Brackets, part no.11.

The three 25 tooth pinions (with single tapped hole) part no. 25.

The six Couplings (with 2 transverse holes) part no.63.

The two Funnels (red, with wrap-around teeth) part no.2.

The six hanks of cord, part no. 40.

The instruction manual.

The following items may not be from the 1914 period:

Some of the nuts, bolts and spring clips.

The screwdriver and spanners.

The following period items are included, although not believed to be part of the No. 5 outfit:

One extra 20t Pinion.

Three Octagonal Couplings.

Two 36t Sprockets (small boss).

Two 18t Sprockets."

 

1961 No. 6 Outfit

Chris Shute says "All items present, little used, in excellent condition, including two hanks of cord. The manual cover is
detached, and the box sides have lost their printing.".

Dig Deep For Society Funds!

Yes folks, please dig deep for these rather nice items, all in aid of club funds. It helps TIMS do things at our shows having a good supply of funds, from providing new equipment, to perhaps putting on "special" things that wouldn't normally occur, and all points in between. At the very least, things like this help to keep society sub's low!

Not So Small Print

The auction will take place during the Meccanuity Exhibition 2016 (date & time of auction to be decided). Items will be available for viewing at Meccanuity on the run up to the auction. Bids must be made in person. While the descriptions shown have been carefully prepared, TIMS shall not be responsible for any inaccuracies. All proceeds go to TIMS funds.

 

Missing parts

If anyone would like to donate any of the missing items for the 1914 set 5, please contact the webmaster, who'll forward the information on.

 

Meccanuity 2016: Early Warning!

                                                                          More information here

TIMS January Meccano Show 2016

 

The TIMS meeting will be held at the lecture theatre end of the main hall at 2.00pm

 

                                                                 Full details here Events

 

Meccanuity Theme 2016

The first of several Meccanuity related articles, the details of the theme for this year's Meccanuity has now been posted in the Meccanuity Special Events section of the library Meccanuity Theme 2016.

Here's a clue, courtesy of Dave Bradley...

 

Dealer Sales At Meccanuity 2016

Dear all,

You may have noticed the announcement made recently on Spanner II by Dave Taylor.  Just in case you didn't here it is:

"ANNOUNCEMENT;-

... this is a convenient moment to announce our partial, not quite yet, retirement plans.

Marilyn and myself are now at/almost at, three score and ten and feel we need improve our work/life balance a bit. Over the last couple of years we've reduced our selling venues a bit and for 2016 we are now reluctantly giving up OXTON (mainly due to the distance) and SKEGNESS (mainly due to the time and effort required). We are still NMMG members and hope to be at Skegness maybe with a small model for the Friday/Saturday, treating it as a nice seaside break!

Otherwise we aim to trade normally at our other venues + on-line, at least for 2016. Thanks for the many years of support from our good NMMG friends and customers, though I'm afraid you haven't seen the last of us yet - the Meccano hobby is too permanently embedded in our souls."

 

I was surprised to read this, not because of Dave winding down a little but because he has chosen to drop Oxton and Skegness.  He has given distance from his home as the reason.  The distance he travels to Meccanuity at Coalbrookdale is further and this reinforces his loyalty to our club in that he had promised to support us for another year.  He has supported us very well in the past and given our membership numbers and that we get very few visiting Meccanomen due to the museum entry fee he can't be getting rich from the takings at our meetings.  We need to capitalise on Dave's support for the coming year.  There is no other dealer that carries the variety of stock that he does and his stuff is easy to browse.  The purpose of this message is to ask you to support him and in doing so to support TIMS.  Modellers will want to buy his stock and TIMS will be one of the places that they will be able to do that.

                                                                 Roger Thorpe, Secretary, TIMS.

 

TIMS November Meeting & AGM, Saturday 7th November 2015

The next TIMS event is the November Meeting and AGM on Saturday 7th November 2015 at Enginuity. If any members fancy getting more involved in the running side of TIMS, this is the meeting to volunteer your services. Depending on who volunteers to do what, or perhaps how many, will depend on how many positions are available. There is an idea to split up and rename the roles so each position is more clearly defined and has far less to do, hopefully making the positions more appealing. Currently there's the Meccanuity Assistant position vacant, but there will be at least one other. More on this in the latest newsletter, due on your doormat or in your email inbox soon.

Don't forget folks, 2015 marks 75 years since the Battle of Britain in the summer and early autumn of 1940, and as an extra aside to the November meeting, to commemorate this we are looking to gather together as many Meccano Spitfire and Hurricane models as we can. Models can be either the Meccano Spitfire set models from several years back now, or your own creations, either large or small.