ULTIMATE IN MECCANO STORAGE?
by: Ian Mordue
For Meccano enthusiasts, one of the biggest problems (after deciding what to make next), is how to
For me, these phases have always been linked to the acquisition of more, or larger wooden boxes, of some description.Whether this has been as a result of convenience or convention, I am not too sure, however what I do know is that it does not work!
1. The division of space in the box (es), due to fixed partitioning, was unable to cope with the
2. Accessing parts in wooden boxes, trays etc. eventually becomes physically impossible due to weight,
With the impending upheaval of a house move, I decided the time was right to review storage of my Meccano
The Internet provided a wonderful resource for this task. I had come to the conclusion that wood was nice to look at, and to keep mint no 10's in, but was not very good for holding building stock.
1. The drawers of the units were on rollers and could each handle up to 100 kilos! A full 200kg load capacity with full extension drawers if required.
2. The drawers within the cabinets came in a variety of depths, from 50mm to 300mm.
3. The drawers were perforated on the bottoms and as such, would permit virtually any configuration of dividers, thus allowing for future changes. Additionally the perforations were such that they actually coincided with Meccano spacing at two inch centres, allowing for storage of strips, plates etc on pins bolted into the base.After measuring and calculating, I worked out that two pedestal units connected by a work surface would provide convenient and enormously capacious storage. The choice of fittings for the drawers was huge and included dividers and custom made plastic boxes, which will fit within the drawers exactly. I submitted my order to Polstore and they were extremely efficient in the delivery and after sales support that was offered.
I now have storage which will last my lifetime, and which will aid model building through the flexibility and ease of use of the units.
The photographs give a good impression of the solidity and flexibility of the units themselves.
If any enthusiasts want to talk to me about using the units, my UK telephone number is 0191 3789770
and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Mordue reports 30-09-2008:
As an alternative, may I recommend Lista products, available through
Lista (UK) Ltd,17 Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK13 9HA
Web site for the UK: http://www.lista.com/int-en/