|Les Megget's clever non-Evolution crane truck|
|New Multimodel10 set dumper|
Tony James wrote to us amused to see that he had produced a model of that dumper truck from the iconic original No.10 set and produced a model plan of the same. We made light of this and tongue-in-cheek suggested that Meccano had been looking at the Model Plan publications as inspiration, HERE.
Yesterday, Tony contacted us again to point out that the alternative model from the Evolution Crane set has a strong resemblance to his Model Plan MP 159! Of course we immediately dismissed that as pure speculation as we only had his word for these allegations. Our reluctance to conceded that Meccano were indeed copying his work was squashed on receipt of the photographic evidence he sent to us. The multiple image, supplied as evidence by Tony, can be seen to the left. You can click on the image to enlarge it.
As you can see, Tony was making models of recovery trucks long before the evolution models were even a twinkling in the eye of the designers at Meccano. We are now wondering when Meccano will be making the yellow version of Postman Pat's van to go with their model. In his e-mail to us here at Laughton Towers, Tony says "I won't mention the telescopic jib crane etc." So we won't either!
If you would like to see what Meccano will be producing over the coming years a full range of Tony's plans are available from MW Mail Order
Note to 'Your people'...
We are only joking... aren't we?