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Models built for the 'Magic Motor Models' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

This challenge goes back to our second challenge in September 2001 when Geoff Carter wanted us to build a model powered by a Magic Motor (that's the small clockwork motor, if you didn't know).

There's no record of what was built, so I've got no qualms about using the same challenge again well, almost the same: The difference this time is that it will be a race, two years after our last race with elastic band driven models.  Unlike that race, where there was some confusion over how many elastic bands you could use, this time there will be no question about it: You can use only one Magic Motor and nothing else to power your model.

There will be two races:

  • The fastest model over a fixed distance, say 5 yards.
  • The model to travel over the greatest distance.

If you want to build two models, one for each race that's fine, but if you build just one model and it wins both races think of all the extra kudos.

If we need heats to determine a winner then that's what we'll do.

The Results:

There were two races; the fastest over a fixed distance, and the endurance (distance) race.  Some members used a different model for the each race while others chose to enter the same model in both.  The races took place down one side of the hall, using the lines for the badminton court as the start and finish lines, although, in the case of the endurance race, the end wall was used.

There were ten entries in total, with Brian Elvidge, John Gay, Ralph Laughton, Alan Wenbourne, Chris Warrell, Brian Leach entering both races; Doug Windibank, Eric Smith and Geoff Carter in the speed race only and Adrian Ashford just in the distance race.

Three heats took place for the first race, with three models in each heat, the winner of each going forward to the final. There were a number of collisions in the heats making the race quite exciting to watch.  The finalists were Ralph Laughton, Brian Leach and Geoff Carter with Ralph Laughton being the winner.  In the endurance race cars were set off and, once they had reached the wall, were taken back to the start and released again without rewinding the motor!  Cheating was not allowed!  Brain Leach was the winner with four lengths of the hall, easily beating his nearest rival by a length.


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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeBuggy

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeChallenger Buggy

Built by Brian Elvidge

The Challenger can be used in two ways, one geared, the other with minimal reduction drive. It has one Magic Motor on the frame and four wheels, using HD tyres for outdoor use.
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeChassis

Built by Douglas Windibank

Powered by a Magic Motor.
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeFoden Steam Lorry

Built by Douglas Windibank

Created for a North East London Meccano Club challenge to build a model from the parts of a no. 5 set (1955), with gear set 'T3' and a Magic clockwork motor.
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeGo-Kart

Built by Brian Leach

This is similar to the go-kart in the 1970s manual model 2.15. It is designed for long distance running. Special design factors are: Use gears instead of a band drive. A 1" Electrikit Bush Wheel with three Pivot Bol...
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Buggy 1

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Buggy 2

Built by Ralph Laughton

 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Chassis

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeSports Car

Built by Adrian Ashford

A sports car based closely on model 4.15 in the 1962 manual, powered by a Magic Motor driving the front axle. Tin-plate road wheels are used with the idea of reducing friction on a wooden floor!
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeTipping Lorry

Built by Geoff Carter

'Camion a Benne Basculante' . I think that means 'Tipping Lorry' - it is from the French Meccano Magazine for February 1956. It was modified slightly, in the hope of increasing the speed for my Magic Motor Secretary's Challenge speed entry. It's fir...
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeTricycle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

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