Monday 9 September 2013

Display model - Skyrider

Last week, there was some talk on the Spanner II list regarding the Skyrider (double Ferris wheel) display model. Sue and I have owned one of these for a few years now with the intention of refurbishing it. As there seemed to be a fair bit of interest in the model, I said I would get it out and take some pictures of it for anyone thinking of building a version of their own. It has not been touched since we bought it so it is in a rather poor state, but it is fairly close to how it was built. There have been a few modifications to the wiring and I am not sure about the strips holding the transformer (for the lighting) in place. There is a strange chain guide/tensioner arrangements that was obviously added after it left Binns Road. But it is what it is and I have taken half a dozen photographs that should provide enough information to build a replica from. If you would like any other photographs, leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will try and oblige.

Click on the photographs to enlarge the image...

An overall view of the model and wooden base...

... from a higher angle

The wheels are similar at each end of the rotating arm

Chain arrangement at hub - note the wiring for the lighting laced through the plate

The central hub is an open cage made from axles

Rear view of model - I think there is a plate missing here to cover the motor

It is going back into storage now but if you would like some more photographs please don't hesitate to  ask!



  1. I'm impressed by this. As a child I played with it but never to this extend.

    Hennie, Amsterdam
    Massage Amsterdam

  2. I also played with Meccano as a child - I just forgot to stop!


  3. Hi Ralph here is a link to a YouTube video of a skywheel i built about two years ago, i still have it and it attracts lots of interest at shows.

  4. Hi Keith,
    That is impressive, I like the nice clean reproduction Meccano, Ian and Mark Wilson's stuff, I assume...