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"Ban the Bomb" Badge

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"Octopus" Fairground Ride

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Built for the Model Village Secretary's Challenge"The Bolt Hole" Public House

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AEC Flatbed Lorry

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From a 1950s no. 5 outfit in dark red and dark green.
 
 
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Airfield Baggage Loader Conveyor Vehicle

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Armoured Personnel Carrier

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Designed and built by my partner Cath from the Army Multikit set.
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeAutomatic Ship Coaler

Built by John Gay

This model is based on the automatic ship coaler in the 1950s no. 4 set manual, and it has 16 knots!
 
 
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Bacon Slicer

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A Co-operative shop bacon slicer made from 1950s set no. 2 parts.
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeBakery

Built by John Gay

Where it all started, a bakery on Pudding Lane...
 
 
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Beam Engine

Built by John Gay

This model is based on a Stuart and Turner Beam Engine featured in Building in Meccano by Bert Love. The model is electrically driven by an internal 6V Meccano motor, powered by battery and controlled by a push button on its base. Power is sent thro...
 
 
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Bedford O.B. Coach

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Built in 1970's yellow and blue, this model uses only the contents of the 1950's red and green outfit no. 6. The model is modified from a single-deck bus to a Bedford O.B. coach.
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeBlackboard and Easel

Built by John Gay

Yes, I know it's yellow!
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeBritish Olympic Four Man Rowing Team

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British Railways Horse Box

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From the 1955 outfit no. 6, with four extra 2½" curved strips acting as mudguards.
 
 
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Bugatti 35 Open Top Car

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From Constructor Quarterly .
 
 
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Bulldozer

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From the 1955 outfit no. 8 in red and green.
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Lock

Built by John Gay

Based on a canal lock on the Grand Union Canal in East London E2. The red Meccano is the lock and lock gates. The zinc Meccano represents the mechanism for the working of the lock. The yellow Meccano represents the tow path.
 
 
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Car Ferry

Built by John Gay

This model is based on a model from the 1950s No. 7a/8 outfit. The foredeck has been lowered, saloon and upper deck have been rebuilt and lowered, and the funnel is bolted rear of the bridge. The rear gangways are 1½" - 2½" flexible plat...
 
 
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Car for A Meccano Octopus Ride

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Car Transporter and MG Car

Built by John Gay

Built using only the contents of a 1950 red and green no. 7 outfit. The model is based on the Refuse Vehicle from this outfit.
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeChild's Tricycle

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Built for the Musical Instrument Secretary's ChallengeClarinet

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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's ChallengeDalek

Built by John Gay

From TV's Doctor Who .
 
 
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Fairground Traction Engine

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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's ChallengeFerrari Racing Car

Built by John Gay

Driven by a postman's elastic band.
 
 
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Foden Fun Fair Lorry

Built by John Gay

An 8-wheel Foden fun fair lorry in red and green, built to transport my Octopus fairground ride . The lorry carries a generator to power the ride.
 
 
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Gavioli Fairground Organ

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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeGun Boat

Built by John Gay

I misinterpreted the instructions for this Challenge - I thought it meant you could only use 14 different parts plus as many of part 214 as required!
 
 
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Half-Truck with Mobile Searchlight

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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeHigh-Rise Tower Blocks, East London

Built by John Gay

Lots of old housing with years of life left were demolished in East London in the 1960s and replaced with high-rise tower blocks like these. The bricks (by J. W. Spear and Son Ltd.) arranged around the Meccano box lid represent the remaining old housi...
 
 
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Hindle Smart Electric Articulated Lorry and Trailer

Built by John Gay

This model is from ModelPlan 183, with the head light moved to the right place on the cab front and the side windows made wider and smaller. The hand brake in the cab and the trailer brakes work, and I have added a front number plate.
 
 
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Ice Cream Vendor and Van

Built by John Gay

From the 1950's set 3 manual.
 
 
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Industrial Tractor

Built by John Gay

Taken from the March 1957 issue of Meccano Magazine and using plastic road wheels from the 1960s/70s.
 
 
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Isle of Mann TT Racing Motorcycle

Built by John Gay

Based on a model in the June 1956 issue of Meccano Magazine for outfit 0.
 
 
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Built for the Self Portrait Secretary's ChallengeJohn and Cathy's Selfie at the Seaside

Built by John Gay

 
 
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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's ChallengeK-9

Built by John Gay

The Doctor's robotic dog from TV's Doctor Who .
 
 
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Knife Grinder

Built by John Gay

This model came from the September 1955 Meccano Magazine.It was described as an easy model to build for juniors and could be built from outfit No. 2. I wanted to see some sparks to give added realism so tried sandpaper on the wheel but that didn't work...
 
 
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Land Rover Police Car

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Leyland Fire Engine

Built by John Gay

A streamlined Leyland fire engine used from the 1930s WWII until the 1950s. The model is fitted with a working bell, drive to the rear wheels, and detachable ladders.
 
 
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Locomotive and Tender

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From the 1950 red and green no. 7 outfit.
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeLondon Transport RF Type Motor Bus

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MG Saloon Car

Built by John Gay

An MG Saloon car from the 1950's in the old blue and gold Meccano. The model was built and based on the 3A/4 outfit from the 1960's.
 
 
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Milk Float

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Delivers milk from the Meccano Dairy in Binns Road, Liverpool!
 
 
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Mobile Anti-Aircraft Gun

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Motorcycle and Sidecar

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From the 1940's-1950s set no. 4 in red and green.
 
 
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Mountain Bike

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Based on the Multi Model kits - but my one works!
 
 
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Built for the Military Model Secretary's ChallengeNaval Quick-Firing Gun

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Built for the Optical Illusion Secretary's ChallengeNewton's Disc

Built by John Gay

This model shows that white light is made up of the three primary colours, red, green and blue.
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge Locomotive and Open Box Wagon

Built by John Gay

A red/green 0-4-0 locomotive powered by a Magic Motor, and a blue/yellow open box wagon.
 
 
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Packard Convertible Car

Built by John Gay

1950's Packard American convertible car based on a mode from a 1970's no. 9 set.
 
 
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Built for the Page One Model Secretary's ChallengePark Bench with Tramp

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Pawnbroker's Shop Sign

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Petrol Lawn Mower

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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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Printing Machine

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Based on a model in a 1936 no. 5 set manual.
 
 
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Printing Press

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From the October 1955 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Racing Car

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A 1940s racing car made from parts in a 1950s no. 2 outfit.
 
 
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Racing Seaplane

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A racing seaplane from 1950s No. 5 outfit, rebuilt for the 40th anniversary booklet.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeRailway Yard Crane

Built by John Gay

Contents of model: Fishplates 16 Angle brackets 16 Plastic pulleys 6 Flanged Plates 2½" x 1½" 4 Reversed Angle Brackets 2 Flat Trunnions 5 ...
 
 
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Rickshaw

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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeRoad Bridge

Built by John Gay

This bridge can be seen over the A12 at Colchester, Essex.  The span is over 24½".
 
 
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Road Sweeping Vehicle

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Built from instructions in the May 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine . By adding more parts, I have given the model twin road wheels, a differential, longer front mudguards, and a pipe for washing out drains.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeSaloon Road Coach

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From the 1940-1944 outfit no. 5 manual.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instrument Secretary's ChallengeSalvation Army Tambourine

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Built for the Crane Building Kit Model Secretary's ChallengeSand Transporter

Built by John Gay

This model is based on a tin toy from the 1940's - 1950's. Sand is poured into the hopper and fills the trolley which runs down to the bottom of the track and empties.  Gravity returns the trolley to the top. Pouring the sand must be done carefu...
 
 
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Ship

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A ship from a no. 1 set.
 
 
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Skiers

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Skip Lorry

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Based and modified and made to work from Model Plan no. 107.
 
 
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Square Plus One Puzzle

Built by John Gay

The pieces of this puzzle can be arranged to form a square (photo 1).  How then can another square piece be added to again form a square (photo 2)?  The solution is shown in photo 3.
 
 
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Stock Car

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Streamlined Fire Engine

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A 1950s streamlined fire engine complete with a bell that rings as the model is pushed along.
 
 
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Streamlined Sports Car

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From a 1960s outfit no. 4, but in 1970s blue and yellow.
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's ChallengeThe Cum-Bak

Built by John Gay

When the gadget is rolled along a level surface, it will always return to its starting point. Built by my partner, Cath from the December 1962 Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeThe Festival of Britain Logo

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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeThe Invisible Man

Built by John Gay

From the H. G. Wells book.
 
 
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USA Locomotive

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A small model of a USA locomotive from the Wild West, built as an entry for the Geoff Carter Cup.
 
 
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Volvo Skip Lorry

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Unfinished model from the Meccano Modelplan no. 107.
 
 
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WWI Big Gun

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A big gun from the First World War, built from 1940s no. 8 outfit parts.

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