So I have just been cleaning my old Meccano for my grandchildren to play with, having been inspired by the “Windup Toy Tank” WIP here that reminded me of my childhood and the Meccano that my parents bought me. Every Xmas and birthday from the age of 4 up to around 14, when girls and motorbikes became more interesting, I got Meccano presents. I was also provided with a sheet of the required gauge of steel and a drilling jig that Dad made from an old file. I already had the tin snips, files, and other hand tools by the age of 8. Whenever my requests for many new parts fell on deaf ears, I would make and paint them myself. I even made folding jig to be able to bend the tight corners on Meccano parts. Thin “skinning” plates were made from old food tins, so they could be bent to fit the model being made.
Then I thought “Why not make some pieces in Blender and recreate some of the old models I used to build?” So I had a go:
I am going to make all the parts I need as I go along with the model. This is much easier in Blender than it used to be in the real world I might add. I started off with an image, which has a white background and a gazillion black circles at even spacing as my “Holes” texture, I then use this in the material to cut the holes by mixing in a transparent node. For the plate with the holes around the edge, I just painted white over some of the black circles. The Meccano is brand new at this stage, but may well get scuffed and the paint chipped as I go along.
The model will begin to emerge as progress is made - it will be a mechanical model and will be rigged for animation. In my childhood I used an adapted old clock as a clockwork motor until I have enough pocket money to be able to buy an electric motor. I intend creating gears and chains as I have in my Meccano set still to this day, so at least I have something physical to work with as my patterns. Some of the parts I made were not standard Meccano so if you spot something that was never in the official catalogue, it was “Clock-made”.
Comments and critiques most welcome as ever. :eyebrowlift: