Automaton 1

Here is my first automaton made in Meccano (using vintage, ie pre 1980s, parts only). This is a reflection of the company logo I made for my wife’s business. It takes the form of a shovel-nosed lizard from the Namib desert doing its celebrated ‘thermal dance’ in order to avoid burning its feet on the hot sand.

Every working subsystem was built and rebuilt at least four times to ensure that it worked as smoothly and reliably as possible. This was given as a birthday present but I’m more than happy to design and build other automata on a commission basis (Send your ideas and requests to