Tobias Sunneräng's Merkur Brooklands Racer

Tobias writes: "I was interested in metal construction systems at the age of maybe 10 or 12, when my father bought some TRIX-metallbau. Nowadays he has a small collection of Meccano (Erector). I like the quality feeling you get with the sturdy plates etc, that you get with Merkur.

Since I'm not a 100% purist, I've added some elements to my merkursystem:

  • Some brassbushings of the same types that meccano (erector) has (homemade), theese are used in the steering gear of both the submitted models.
  • 4mm threaded rods cut in the same lenghts as the merkur axlerods, 4mm nuts & screws.
  • The 4mm screws are very useful whenever you don’t want the pretty big play that you get in moving joints with the 3,5mm screws in 4mm holes.
  • I've also cut a 6x4mm brasspipe in lenghts acc to the length of the merkur axlerods, these parts can be used as spacers here and there.

On the blue brooklands racing car, the exhaust/sidepipe is made by using the brass coupling from an ordinary 'sugarcube' electrical coupling. The ones I've found have the 10mm spacing and 3.5mm thread that Merkur uses. This part can be used to fasten strips to axles."