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|The truck starts to tip as it reaches the top of the slope|
Now we have cleared that up, the reason I am mentioning it here is that I have just built a version of the model for the 2016 Christmas Challenge that has just finished on the Spanner II list. The challenge is run each year with a different set of rules. This year the requirement was to produce an improved version of a manual model without detracting to far from the look of the original. The full rules can be found HERE, and all the entries are collected together in one gallery HERE on the NZ Meccano website.
|Model as illustrated in the 1948 set no.4 manual|
|The modified tipper truck|
|The body starts to tip as the truck approaches the top of the slope|
At the top of the slope, the cord that propels the truck up and down the slope, runs around a ½ inch Pulley that is held in place using rod connectors slid onto a 3 inch rod. These also retain the rod within the rails negating the need to use spring clips or collars to prevent the rod from sliding out of position, as arrowed on the right-hand side of the picture above.
|The tipper body is fully raised as the truck reaches the top of the slope|
|The modified winding house|
|The truck returns to the bottom of the ramp to collect another load|