The International Meccanoman
the Journal of the
International Society of Meccanomen

John Westwood
John Westwood
Cover of the 50th!! International Meccanoman
Cover of IM 50
Michael Adler
Michael Adler
The ISM is very sorry to report the death of John Westwood on the 28th of January 2018.

John will be remembered by all Meccanomen for his love of the Meccano hobby 


In 1988 John Westwood published the first International Meccanoman.
The early issues were hand-typed on an electric typewriter.
All the text and images then were laid out by "cut and paste" on to large A3 boards to make "camera-ready" masters for litho printing.

About a year later Michael Adler founded the International Society of Meccanomen.

Both Meccanoman met later and the rest, as they say, is history.......

The results: a flourishing Society and, so far, more than 80 issues of a wonderful Meccano Magazine.

Today, the Editor of the International Meccanoman uses slightly more sophisticated techniques but the publication still continues in the spirit of the Founder
from issue Number 50 on, has colour photographs too!.

Below covers of recent issues

  • Meet the Meccanoman: Adrian Williams
  • The Gisclard Bridge (If you don't understand it... try make it in Meccano by Willy Dewulf)
  • My Favourite Meccano Model of All Times (by Les Megget)
  • Sydney Meccano Modellers'Association
  • The Future of Stokys
  • The Secret Life of John Westwood
  • Meccano Mensen - 35 Jaar - Meccano Gilde Nederland
  • The Hammerhead Crane, Garden Island NS Wales
  • Skegness 2018
  • Model Building Technology

Cover of the International Meccanoman # 84
Cover of IM 84
August 2018

Cover of the International Meccanoman # 83
Cover of IM 83,
April 2018
  • John Westwood Remembered
  • Meet the Meccanoman: Jean François Nauroy
  • The Michael Adler Founder's Prize 2017
  • Sydney's 250-Ton Hammerhead Crane
  • The Midlands Meccano Guild Celebrates its Jubilee
  • Generating Power from Nuclear Fusion
  • Nuts and Bolts: Meccano news from around the world
  • Stokys Metal Model Building Sets
  • Model Building Technology, 1.000 Not Out!
    Philip Webb MBT Editor since September 1998 kooks back at twenty years of history

  • Meet the Meccanoman: Jim Bobyn
  • STOKYS Metal Model Building Sets: Part of Swiss History
  • Three Exhibitions in Six Weeks
  • Golden Spanner Award 2017
  • My Favourite Meccano Model of All Times
  • Seventy Years a Meccano Boy
  • The Cornish Beam Engine
  • Model Building Technology

Cover of the International Meccanoman # 82
Cover of IM 82
December 2017

Cover of the International Meccanoman # 81
Cover of IM 81,
August 2017
  • With the Editor: Adrian Williams get all philosophocal
  • Meet the Meccanoman: John Wilson
  • Building a New Gresley Class P2 Locomotive by David Elliott
  • The New Zealand Federation of Meccano Modellers: Exhibition and Convention 2017
  • The Mighty Parabolic Arch by Colin Davies
  • My Favourite Meccano Model in this issue by Greg Webb
  • Nuts and Bolts: Meccano news from around the world
  • A Meccano Addiction: The Story Behind a Business
  • Model Building Technology by Philip Webb

Although a lot of Meccano information is available on the internet there's nothing that can compare with the touch'n feel (and smell) of a paper magazine.
Bear in mind that many fine and skillful Meccano men are not on the Internet.
However they - as well - are part of the worldwide Meccano Guild to which they contribute and inspire us with models, ideas and model reports etc..

So don't hesitate to indulge yourself with a regular copy of one of the best Meccano magazines (bringing the best of two worlds together) and join the ISM here

The International Meccanoman

is published three times a year.

To contact the Editorial Team of the International Meccanoman send your message to
the editor