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Models built for the 'Braced Girders' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

Prompted by the thought of new club badges, this Challenge is to build a model using as many Braced Girders as you can lay your hands on (the Braced Girder is the club's logo, displayed on our badges).

There are three (or possibly four) designs of Braced Girder in varying lengths and you can mix and match as required. Don't forget that you can use other parts, including nuts and bolts, as well.


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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeArticulated Fire Escape

Built by Geoff Carter

From Master Builder set 7064.  This is the featured model in the set and, though not outstanding, it is quite pleasant to build and reasonably attractive. Geoff thinks that the Master Builder could be called the 'Last Real Meccano Set'!
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeArticulated Low Loader

Built by Andrew Couzens

From the 1960's no. 6 manual with several alterations. The trailer contains braced girders and also a load built with braced girders.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeChair Ride

Built by David Jarvis

Incorporating 33 braced girders.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeChild's Arm Chair

Built by Jim Ellicott

Made with 39 braced girders (4 left over).
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeContractor's Crane

Built by Geoff Carter

From the 1970s set no. 6, though Geoff's set is one of those re-issued by Marc Rebibo when he first bought Meccano. As the jib is very unbalanced, Geoff added a counter balance (34 5-hole strips) to the rear of it, and gave it the roller bearing first...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeElectric Crane with Elevated Jib

Built by Chris Warrell

A crane in blue/gold from a 1930s Set C.   It was taken from a French instruction leaflet (obtained from a website and printed off).   It is model C25 Grue Electrique Flche Surleve which translates as Electric Crane with Elevated Jib.  ...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeFairground Chair-O-Planes

Built by Frank Paine

A simple set of fairground Chair-o-planes with six seats, to be mounted by a short flight of steps, and powered by a PDU via pulleys and Meccano string. The model can be operated by all and sundry using a press button, to delight the kids (of all ages...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeFan

Built by Brian Leach

Model made for a challenge to use as many braced girders as possible. A very simple fan wth three blades. The braced girders provide finger chopping protection. Ideally they should all be double braced, but I am limited on parts. The 3,000 rpm sh...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeMKI Girderscope

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeOpen Lorry

Built by Douglas Windibank

My own design with help from some old manuals. There is no motor or steering.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengePower Saw

Built by Peter Clay

 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeRocket and Launch Pad

Built by Geoff Carter

From the Space Centre set. This has a white rocket, with black trim, and a tower made from bright red braced girders and looks to be a very attractive model - from a distance! However, it is not well designed - it being difficult to make the rock...
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeSculpture

Built by Jim Ellicott

 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeTissue Box Holder

Built by Cathy Claydon

A box to hold tissues.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeTower Crane

Built by Thomas Greatrex

This model was based on the tower crane in the 1970's Crane Multikit Set and built without plans. There is still room for improvisation and by the next meeting I hope to have the model completed.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeTravelling Crane

Built by Eric Smith

From an early instruction manual with modifications. The trolley is driven by an electric motor that collects its power from bus bars mounted on insulated strips. The changeover from hoist to travel is by a bell crank which is operated by hand with t...

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