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Models built for the 'Other Systems' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

The Challenge for this meeting has come from the instigator of the Secretary's Challenge, Geoff Carter, it being ten years since the first of the Challenges was set, this being number 41.
 
His idea is to make a model using a Meccano "Other" system.  This would allow models from Car and Aero Construction sets, X-Series Meccano and Dinky Builder from the 1930s.  From after the war, you can choose from Plastic Meccano (later to become Junior Meccano) and, for a short time, Prima Meccano, Mogul and the recent Speedplay and Xtreme systems.  There's one other system, almost standard, but he thinks the strip construction is distinctive enough for it to qualify (standard wheels will have to be allowed, owing to the rarity of the original fixings).  It is, of course, Mechanics Made Easy.

Your model could also be built using Bayko (manufactured by Meccano for a while) and Cliki (Meccano imported it from Denmark, a Lego-type system).  There may be other systems we haven?t thought of.  Feel free to add some standard Meccano to your model if it helps.

Systems not allowed because they're not distinctive enough (they use mostly standard Meccano with only a few special parts - although, if you think they are different feel free to use them) are the Multikits, Mechanised Army and Electrikit.


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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeBleriot Monoplane

Built by Chris Warrell

Using some of my Aeroplane Constructor parts, this is a Bleriot monoplane from around 1910.  Based on a picture by Colin Ashford (Adrian's Dad!) in The Men Who Changed the World by Peter G. Cooksley. The caption in the book states that Britain'...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeDigger

Built by Geoff Carter

Built from Junior Meccano. A small model from a 1-model set.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeHouse and Car

Built by Peter Clay

I had a no. 2 Cliki set and the challenge was an opportunity to build something with it. I tried the house (the only model on the leaflet) and finished it second attempt. The system is similar to the Lego and Betta-Bilda systems of the time (1960's) b...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeImpulse Motors

Built by David Whitmore

Four impulse motors, two with horizontal armatures and two with vertical armatures. For each type, one model was built in Meccano from the manual and then copied (roughly) in Trix. One feature of this last model was the use of a four holed collar with...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeLorry

Built by Geoff Carter

A 1934 Dinky Builder Super Model. This is larger than usually seen for Dinky Builder and is from The 'Dinky Builder Super Model' leaflet.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeLunar Landing Module

Built by Ralph Laughton

Build a model from one of Meccano's "other systems" - that sounded like a good excuse to buy a Bayko set! A search on eBay soon showed that if I was going to build anything of any worth I would have to make a substantial investment. Second choice was p...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMeccanograph

Built by Eric Smith

A Meccanograph made from Plastic Meccano set 400, with some modifications and plastic parts from newer sets.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMotorbike

Built by Geoff Carter

This is from what I believe is the smallest Speedplay set. Finished in light grey and yellow, it is a pleasant-looking model.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMotorbike and Sidecar

Built by Ralph Laughton

Build a model from one of Meccano's "other systems" - that sounded like a good excuse to buy a Bayko set! A search on eBay soon showed that if I was going to build anything of any worth I would have to make a substantial investment. Second choice was p...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMotorcycle and Sidecar

Built by Stuart Jones

A Plastic Meccano motorcycle and sidecar.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengePirate Ship

Built by John Gay

Built mainly from Meccano with some additional Bayko parts.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengePortable Water Bowser

Built by Peter Clay

Made from Dinky Builder. This was made from the 1930's until 1962, in 3 periods. The parts I have, in blue and yellow (prophetic!) date from mid period. The rods, unlike later ones, are split along their length to grip the hinge joints. The health and ...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeRacing Car

Built by Frank Paine

A no. 1 Meccano Motor Car Constructor racing car.  Brought out in the early 1930's, it is the "little brother" of the impressive no. 2 Car, and also has a range of alternative parts that can be fitted to make different styles of vehicle.  Wit...
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeRailway Booking Hall

Built by Geoff Carter

Bayko Railway Booking Hall. This was built from a Meccano-made 13-set. Bayko looks good with Hornby O-gauge.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeSingle-Engine Low-Wing Monoplane

Built by Geoff Carter

From the Aero Constructor kit. This was 'different', as it has a 'nose-wheel' undercarriage, using a hole on the underside of the nose, not used in any published models. (Thanks to Brian Willis, of Gig Harbor, NY, for drawing my attention to this).
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeSkip Lorry

Built by Eric Smith

A skip lorry with a removable skip, operated by a pair of cords for raising and lowering the skip arm.

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