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Models built for the 'Birthday Models' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

This Challenge has been taken from an idea by Rob Beijersbergen of the Netherlands, featured in International Meccanoman, which both Chris Fry and I spotted. It's simply this:

Build a model published in the month and year of your birth (or as near as you can get). Ideally it would be from Meccano Magazine, but other Meccano-related magazines or a manual will do. You can modify the model if you wish. Apart from seeing a range of models from the past, this is also a crafty way of finding out how old everyone is!


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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's Challenge"Sporting Meccanitians" Cricket Scene

Built by Les Chatfield

From the June 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeBlacksmith

Built by Richard Marsden

From the October 1948 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeCounting Machine

Built by Brian Leach

This was taken from the August 1964 issue of Meccano Magazine . By co-incidence it is similar to the digit counter of my current pinball machine model. The operation is fairly simple. A plunger is pressed for a short time allowing the inp...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeDerrick Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

This was built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a model using ones birth date; mine is September 1957 so I have used the Meccano Magazine for September 1957 and built this very simple model using set 3. As I have no red/green parts, I have us...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeDrill Press

Built by Bob Palmer

From the June 1957 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeFlatbed Lorry

Built by Ian Sharp

From the December 1945 set 4a manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeGuards/Brake Van

Built by Chris Fry

This van is built along similar construction lines to my other rolling stock shown at our September 2013 meeting. I have also modified the locomotive to run from the powerful evolution helicopter geared motor, added some ventilation grilles and used t...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeHammer Head Crane

Built by John Marsh

From the July 1950 set 7.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeHarbour Crane

Built by Bob Palmer

From the June 1957 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeHorse and Tipping Cart

Built by Cathy Claydon

From the 1953 outfit no. 2 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeHuff-A-Bolt Game

Built by Peter Clay

From the December 1953 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeKiddie Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

Sue was not able to attend the meeting, and had not finished her model in time for me to take it and show it at the meeting. Sue had decided to build the kiddie car from the No. 1 set, as found in the manuals of the 1950's. This was probably a ploy to ...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeLathe

Built by Stuart Jones

From the November 1943 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeMobile Canteen

Built by Viv Endecott

From the August 1961 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeMobile Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Built for the January 2013 Secretary's Challenge ( Meccano Magazine model from month and year of your birth) I chose the mobile crane from the October 1954 Meccano Magazine . It is in the style of a yard crane, whether based on any particular protot...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeMotor Omnibus

Built by Eric Smith

From the June 1931 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengePair of Compasses

Built by Ralph Laughton

A flick through the English Meccano Magazine of February 1956 revealed a very appropriate article, that I had not noticed before, titled appropriately "Meccano to the Rescue!" The article describes several ways Meccano can be used to solve all sorts ...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengePower Fretsaw

Built by Tim Surtell

The January 2014 Secretary's Challenge was to build a model published in the month of your birth. I chose and slightly modified this model designed by Harold Taylor from the April 1979 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeRacing Seaplane

Built by Cathy Claydon

From the 1953 outfit no. 3 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeRailway Service Crane

Built by Chris Fry

Born in May 1960, I obtained a copy of the appropriate Meccano Magazine . It was interesting to see a clutch design in the magazine by our own Alan Wenbourne! The model I selected from the magazine was the set 7 Railway Service Crane on pages 252 and...
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeRattletrap

Built by Jack Edwards

From one of the 2005 Crazy Inventors sets.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeRoad Sweeper

Built by George Foard

From a 1956-57 set no. 8 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSaloon Road Coach

Built by John Gay

From the 1940-1944 outfit no. 5 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSingle Deck Tramcar

Built by Douglas Windibank

Built as per the instructions in the April issue of Meccano Magazine, except for the use of the no. 1 clockwork motor which was left out as the winding shaft fouled the frame on the lower deck and I could see no way of winding up the motor.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSteam Tug Boat

Built by Alan Wenbourne

From the June 1938 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSwing Water Cart

Built by Viv Endecott

From the August 1961 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeTowers of Hanoi Puzzle

Built by Guy Loveridge

A model from the December 1970 issue of Meccano Magazine , modified by using gears instead of pulleys and a flat girder as a base instead of a flanged plate.

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