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Models built for the '1976 Manual Models' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

Build a model from any instruction leaflet dating from 1976. If you can use the authentic colours so much the better. You can either build the model as instructed, or improve it but within the contents of the set.


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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeCoster's Barrow

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeCounter Scales

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeDockside Crane

Built by David Smithers

This model appears in the 1970 series set 9 manual, the renumbered set 8 pre 1970. David has used a PDU motor instead of a E15R motor, otherwise minimal modifications have been carried out. It works well.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeDouble-Decker Bus

Built by Eric Smith

A double-decker bus built from instructions in a no. 8 set manual from 1976 and fitted with a clockwork reversing motor. Keeping to no. 8 set parts only allows you to build the shell of the bus.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeExcavator

Built by Frank Paine

 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeGarden Seat

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeHeavy Tipping Lorry

Built by David Jarvis

From a 1973 no. 4 set manual.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeHelicopter

Built by Geoff Carter

Helicopter from a 1976 no .2 set manual.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeIntermittent Drive

Built by Brian Leach

From the 1973 gears set. The first Meccano I have shown at SELMEC for about 25 years. A criticism of the mechanism is that if the output shaft is under load the contrate gears disengage. A dog clutch would be a better solution.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeJumbo Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This model was built from instructions given in the July 1976 edition of Meccano Magazine. It was built from the contents of a 1970's no. 5 set.  Only very minor modifications have been made, the chief one being mounting all the 4 road wheels, ...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeJumbo Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Built from the contents of a 1970's no. 5 set. It generally follows the design from the manual, but with one or two alterations to improve steering and the addition of a brake to stop the jib from lowering by itself.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeJumbo Crane

Built by Brian Elvidge

The model was taken from the Meccano Magazine Quarterly July 1976. It is operated by hand. The model is built with a  Set 5 of the 1970 series and uses most of the supplied parts. It is well designed and works well. It features a nice...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeMeccanograph

Built by Douglas Windibank

A Meccanograph built from a set no. 5 instruction book dated 1978. The only improvement I have made is the addition of four wheels laid on their sides to form a stand.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeMeccanograph

Built by Peter Clay

A 1976 no. 9 set meccanograph that uses some parts outside of the set plus two 20-tooth pinions.  The latter could have been inherited, and the other parts brought as spares which were available in 1976. Powered by an E15R motor brought with the ...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeMobile Crane

Built by Geoff Davison

From a 1976 no. 7 set. I have used one of Bert Love's special crane hooks with pulley instead of the rather clumsy pulley block in the manual.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeMotorbike

Built by Jonathan Bones

From a 1976 Meccano kit.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeRacing Car

Built by Geoff Carter

From a 1976 set 2.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeRadial Crane

Built by George Foard

The trolley travel and radial movement are hand driven, while the hoist is driven by an electric motor.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeShipyard Crane

Built by Steven Jarvis

From a 1973 no. 3 set.

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