PAGE STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT  Looking at my web site you will have probably noticed how much I enjoy building the vintage models published as "Super Model Leaflets". This page is all about these and those I have built over the past few years. In that time have constructed a fair section of these models shown on the left. Click on the image to take you to a page about the model. Most I have made changes to, some have inspired a virtually new model but retaining the feel of the original model, click on the illustration to take you to the page about that model. When I was a growing up in the nineteen fifties my monthly Meccano Magazine had in the "Readers Sales and Wants" requests and sales for Meccano Super Model Leaflets such as SML No. 4. at the time I had no idea what these mysterious publications were.  Then in the nineteen eighties when I was getting interested in Meccano again to play with my kids, a colleague at work showed me a book he had bought entitled "The Meccano Super Models" by Geoff Wright I looked through it and immediately felt an affinity with all those old models but all new to me!  Most of which were far beyond the Meccano set of my childhood, a built up number 9 set that I still had. However undaunted by the prospect of probably not being able to build the models I decided to purchase the book even though at £30 it was very expensive. The enthusiasm for these models has stayed with me ever since and if I am stuck for an idea for something to build I often return to these old models. The first model I built from the book was the Single Cylinder Horizontal Steam engine SML No.11 even this involved the purchase of several parts from Geoff Wright at MW Models in Henley on Thames. The Super Model Leaflets (SML) were published between 1928 -1937 some had previously been published in the Meccano magazine and several had been contained in earlier manuals, several of those were to become SMLs were also included in the 1927 Instruction Book Number 1 cover shown, below a weighty manual of over 200 pages. The need for individual leaflets really came about because of the increasing size and complexity of sets also models in the manuals were taking up more and more space and often instructions were becoming fairly minimal leading the builder to do a lot of guess work. The decision was made by Meccano Ltd. to embark on a leap forward with a new range models of subjects that would appeal to Meccano boys of the time. When the first 28 leaflets were  published in 1928 they must have caused quite a stir amongst Meccano enthusiasts priced at 2d - 6d (1p - 3p) dependent on the amount of pages. Each leaflet was of the highest quality printing on glossy art paper, the photographs were too of very high quality with retouching to bring out details. The text often went into great detail but sometimes became over complicated in using all the correct engineering terms that many today would find baffling.  The largest and most complex model was the Giant Block setter (SML 4). A further eight leaflets were published between 1929-1930, making a total of thirty seven. The leaflets were produced at the time of great popularity and prestige for Meccano with sales of sets of 279,000 in 1930 a peak for the inter-war years. All of these leaflets were reprinted in The Meccano Super Models by Geoff Wright, first published by New Cavendish in 1978. Cover is shown below. Several other models that would have made excellent SMLs were published in the Meccano Magazine between 1930 and 1935 such as the The Giant Girder Transporting Lorry, The Aerial Ropeway, Outboard Motor, Printing Press and the L.N.E.R streamline locomotive that was based on an earlier Meccano competition winner but this was not to be. Changes were in the air with the coming introduction of the strip and flexible plates in 1934. The parts used in all the Super models were built just using the older traditional parts. I imagine the Meccano Company wanted to promote the new parts in other ways and move on . In 2016 I purchased a 1930 Number 7 outfit  to my delight included with the set was a great deal of original literature including most of Super Model Leaflets many in near pristine condition these had been kept in their original brown envelopes. From 1928 SML leaflets were supplied with the large outfits 5a, 6,  6a, and 7, all the leaflets came with set 7. In 1934 when the parts changed to Blue and gold the SML  leaflets were supplied with sets Ha, K and L again L contained all the leaflets. Some of the models and leaflets were modified at this time to show the new cross hatch finish on the plates. The popular Single cylinder Steam Engine was even rebuilt using some of the new plates. In 1937 the lettered series of sets came to an end and the 0-10 series were introduced the parts in these new sets was quiet different to those used in the Super Models and the leaflets were withdrawn. Above is an illustration from the 1927 “Instruction Book Number No.1” showing showing the Traveling Gantry Crane that was to later become SML no.24 although the original model dates back to a competition winning entry of 1919-1920. One that got away! The Giant Girder Carrying Lorry  published  in the May 1932 Meccano Magazine would I am sure been a popular SML had it been published as such although needing a vast amount of parts when you include the huge trailer. Page created October 17 2017
"The Meccano Super Models" by Geoff Wright was published in 1978 and reprinted 1986 and can still be obtained from second hand booksellers on line or from Meccano dealers. Much the of information on this page is taken from Hornby Companion Series, Volume 2" The Meccano Super Models" and The Meccano System, Hornby Companion Series, Volume 6, New Cavendish Books, London, 1986.by Bert Love, and Jim Gamble.