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

The Challenge:

This challenge was to build a 'walking' model - not so easy!

There have, however, been quite a number of walking models published, including an impressive-looking 8-set model in the 1950 manual (an earlier version is also in a pre-war manual) and various models by Andreas Konkoly, including a Centipede, one version of which is powered by a Magic Motor.

There have also been attempts at some 'serious' walkers - I remember a 4-legged machine in the Meccanoman's Newsmag and a 2-legged one in a recent Constructor Quarterly.

Then there are the Meccanoids - nice models, but Bert Love was very critical of them. He thought that the gearing was wrong and that the feet were badly designed. He wrote an article on them - was it in an early Constructor Quarterly? -showing one of them rebuilt.

I suspect that the problem with a Walking Machine will be setting it up.


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Built for the Walking Models Secretary's ChallengeMr. Clockwork Motor

Built by Geoff Carter

 
 
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Built for the Walking Models Secretary's ChallengeSix-Legged Walking Device

Built by David Smithers

This walking model has the ability to walk regardless of which way up it is placed on the table. It has two tripods that reach the ground alternately and lift the framework along, but it is very inefficient mechanically, as the whole weight has to be ...
 
 
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Built for the Walking Models Secretary's ChallengeThe Meccanosaur

Built by Nigel Pope

This is a walking dinosaur model that performs very slowly and deliberately.
 
 
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Built for the Walking Models Secretary's ChallengeWalking Tractor

Built by Brian Elvidge

Powered by a no. 1 clockwork motor and taken from the 1972 Meccano Magazine article by Bert Halliday, a modification of Liverpool's pre-war model from a no. 6 outfit. It operates very well straight from the magazine, with minimal modifications.

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