1979 – “Meccanoids” Meccano Kit – (British)
Meccano put out a robot models kit called "Meccanoids" in 1979, with instructions and parts for any of 10 models.
See Instruction booklet pdf here.
Venusian Desert Bug
Comments from some Meccano Men :
"Then there are the Meccanoids – nice models, but Bert Love was very critical of them. He thought that the gearing was wrong and that the feet were badly designed. He wrote an article on them – was it in an early Constructor Quarterly? -showing one of them rebuilt."
"Roger Hall presented a model from the manual for the Meccanoids set of the late 1970s. To make it move along without falling over, Roger followed the advice of Bert Love and substituted a 60:15 gear pair for the 57:19 pair that would have been supplied in the original set. (The models were originally designed to use the 60:15 pair, but typical of the disorganisation of Meccano Ltd just before its demise the correct pair was unavailable so they used the 57:19 pair – with disastrous results for the operation of the model!)"
Does anyone know of the Meccano employee who designed this kit?