5:04 pm, Fri 14 Dec 2012
Meccano enthusiast give model bridge its swan song
A Meccano enthusiast has been showing off his model of a Teesside landmark - just before he dismantles it.
It took Joe Etheridge, who is president of the North East Meccano Society, almost a year to build this version of the Newport Bridge.
The model is four feet high, made up of thousands of parts and has five motors.
It was built in the study of Mr Etheridge's Peterlee home and has won him several construction prizes.
Its creator now needs the parts for his next project - an excavating machine.
7:52 am, Fri 14 Dec 2012
Meccano model to be dismantled
Joe Etheridge has been making Meccano models since the age of three.
A Meccano model of Teesside's Newport Bridge, which took an enthusiast a year of painstaking work to construct, is about to be dismantled.
The Newport Bridge Model, comprising thousands of parts and including five motors, was built in a small study at Mr Etheridge's home in Peterlee, County Durham.
It won fifth prize in an international competition in Skegness and has scooped a number of other prizes.