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Models built for the 'The Festival of Britain' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

For this challenge I've been inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain or, more specifically, a free exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank celebrating its 60th anniversary.  The original Festival ran from May to September and, similarly, this exhibition runs until 4th September 2011.  It features photos, films, memorabilia, models and a copy of a Meccano Ferris wheel that was part of the Land Travelling Exhibition which was for those who couldn't make it down to London.  Anyone with access to Meccano Magazines of 1951 will find an article in the March edition and an editorial in the August one.

So, the challenge is to build a model either from a 1951 (or '50s) manual, or something from the 1950s.  Alternatively, you could try to build a model of the Skylon or the Dome of Discovery from the original Festival site.


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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeCaravan

Built by Chris Warrell

From a 1954 no. 4 set manual.  I wanted to build a model that was evocative of the 1950s for the Festival of Britain challenge.  This caravan fitted the bill, but I gave it a two tone colour scheme with dark red below the windows and lig...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeElectric Truck

Built by Brian Leach

From the May 1951 issue of Meccano Magazine . Part of a club challenge to build something from the Festival of Britain or something of that year. I chose this because the Festival of Britain opened in May.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeFell Diesel Mechanical Locomotive

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is a model of what is described as a Diesel Express Locomotive in the October 1953 issue of Meccano Magazine . It is in fact based very closely on the experimental Fell Diesel Mechanical Locomotive which was completed at the Derby Works of Britis...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeGiant Lorry

Built by Peter Clay

This was in the no. 3 set manual around 1951 and reused in later manuals - in fact it was still in the manual of the 3 set I got in 1962. My model was a hybrid version from both sources, copies of which were shown. Hence it was in silver and yellow col...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeHand Trolley Car

Built by Douglas Windibank

From the manual for accessory outfit 3A.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeMotor Lorry

Built by Cathy Claydon

Made in 1950s red/green Meccano, with round holes in the flexible plates. This model is based on a type of light lorry used by market gardeners. A Magic Motor drives the model at good speed.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeThe Festival of Britain Logo

Built by John Gay

 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeThe Festival of Britain Site

Built by Stuart Jones

A model of the site of the Festival of Britain, held on London's South Bank in 1951. The scale of the principle buildings is approximately 1":150'.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's Challenge'Unit Single' Motorcycle Engine

Built by Chris Fry

Amicro model reminiscent of a BSA C15 Star 250cc motorcyle engine. This was the first 'unit' single introduced by BSA in 1958 where the clutch and gearbox were all contained within enclosures beside the crankcase.
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeWindpump

Built by Brian Elvidge

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