Roman Johnston, from Weston, shows off one of the Meccano
creations that will be on display in Oamaru during the
Victorian Heritage weekend. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Local Meccano enthusiasts will team up with members of
the world's oldest continuously running Meccano club during the
Oamaru Victorian Heritage celebrations to display their
The Christchurch Meccano Club, which was formed in 1929, was
invited to join local enthusiasts and children from Weston
School to put on a display which will take place at the
Northern Hotel on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November
Working models and displays of historical sets will be on
show, and Weston schoolboy Roman Johnston (17) said he was
delighted to be able to show off five of his own creations at
He said he spent four hours a week building Meccano models
after his grandparents gave him his first kitset when he was
"I've been doing it ever since."
The display will also bring to fruition a six-year project
with local enthusiast Ross Mitchell to create a 2m model of a
Port of Otago crane, he said.