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Models built for the 'Set Plus One' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

Let me explain the meaning of the title of this challenge: how many times have you tried to build a model from an old Meccano manual and found that the model could have been improved with the addition of just one part?  Or you look at the contents of a set and think that it's crying out for an extra double bent strip, or maybe a 6" pulley.

The challenge, therefore, is to take a standard set (from any era) and add a single part and make a model with those parts.  You don't have to use all the parts in the original set but, obviously, the additional part should be used!  The additional part should be from the same period as your chosen set.  Whether you improve a model from the manual or come up with a new model is up to you.


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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeAirboat

Built by Douglas Windibank

From the 1990 Creative System set no. 5. The additional part is a 4½" strip to turn the four blade propeller into a six blade propeller. The power pack in this set is 'naff', but the motor, gears and propeller work OK with a different pow...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeDrilling Machine

Built by Brian Leach

This is model 2.14 in a 1970's manual. It seemed to me the drill should retract to the up position when not in use. After looking on the Internet for real drilling machines I was none the wiser as to whether this was true or not. With n...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeInvalid Carriage

Built by Chris Warrell

From the 1950's set 0, it is an old style (Victorian?) invalid carriage. The additional part is a bush wheel (making two; one for the steering and one front wheel). All the parts in the set were used except three spring clips and two nuts.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeMonoplace F3 Car

Built by Geoff Carter

From a French Pocket Meccano set. I used the longer bolts for the exhaust pipes, and had to use an find an extra long bolt to hold the steering wheel (brass ½" pulley) in place! Apart from the brass pulley, other differences in the French set ...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeMotorcycle

Built by Alan Wenbourne

From a Marks & Spencer kit.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeRailway Breakdown Crane

Built by Chris Smith

An extra part, no. 147b, has been added to give a firmer turntable.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeRailway Service Crane

Built by Adrian Ashford

This is model no. 47 from the 1962 4/5/6 manual, with the addition of part no. 151, s Single Pulley Block, looking much more the part than a Loaded Hook tied to the end of the hoisting cord!
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeScooter

Built by Chris Fry

This model from a 1960's no. 1 is also used as the tutorial model in the VirtualMec computer-aided Meccnao modelling software. The extra part is one locking nut.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeShipyard Crane

Built by Ralph Laughton

The subject of this model is the Shipyard Crane from the 1962 4/5/6 set manual which adorns the front cover (model no. 6.2), but it is built from 1998 French no. 7 set parts. The trouble with most of the sets has always been a lack of duplicated parts...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeSteam Wagon

Built by David Smithers

A set 2 model from the 1950's. With the addition of a 1" pulley the steering can be made to work, which gives the model excellent play value.
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeThree Wheel Sports Car

Built by Ralph Laughton

This is model no. 4.14 from the 1959 set 3a manual. This was the first set of Meccano I was given as a child (not this actual set - the original has long since lost its identity and been swallowed up within our main collection). The car is fairly easy...
 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeVolkswagen Beetle Car

Built by Eric Smith

A classic Beetle car made from a kit with an added part no. 194b plastic plate for use as a floor.

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