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"Bluebird" Racing Car

Built by Chris Warrell

From the 1940's no. 5 set manual.  This is in the original blue/gold colour scheme. The prototype was of course driven by Malcolm Campbell and held the world land speed record in 1928, 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1935.
 
 
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"Enterprise" Space Ship

Built by Chris Warrell

The "Enterprise" featured in the original Star Trek series, created by Gene Roddenberry, from the start in 1966 (1969 in the UK) to 1969 when the series was cancelled. (It was a few years before the films and spin-off series came along.) The only pict...
 
 
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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's Challenge"Liberator" Space Ship

Built by Chris Warrell

The original featured in the first three series of Blake's 7 , the sci-fi series created by Terry Nation (it ran from 1978-81). I couldn't find any decent photos of the ship (nothing that I could easily scale off) but I managed to buy the Corgi model...
 
 
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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's Challenge"Lunokhod 2" Lunar Rover

Built by Chris Warrell

A moon rover, based on a Russian design from 1973 (when it was the USSR).  They successfully launched two of these vehicles onto the surface of the moon.  They were operated remotely from Earth, traversing many miles, and sending thousands of...
 
 
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"Thunderbolt" Speed Car

Built by Chris Warrell

Modified from the 1940's no. 5 set manual.  The original model was in blue/gold colours.  In the later red/green era the model was simply called a speed car. The prototype car was driven by Captain George Byston and held the world land speed...
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's Challenge20 Fenchurch Street, London

Built by Chris Warrell

This is a model of 20 Fenchurch Street in London, nick-named "The Walkie-Talkie" building due to its curvy design. It was awarded the Carbuncle Cup in 2015 after being voted the ugliest building in Britain. My version is a sort of cartoon of the build...
 
 
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Aeroplane

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is from the no. 1 Aeroplane Constructor kit produced from 1931 to 1941.  This set dates from the late 1930s and is in need of restoration. There was also a larger no. 2 outfit.  Both sets were interchangeable and could be used wit...
 
 
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Aeroplane

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is from the no. 1 Aeroplane Constructor kit produced from 1931 to 1941.  This set dates from the late 1930s and is in need of restoration. There was also a larger no. 2 outfit.  Both sets were interchangeable and could be used wit...
 
 
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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeArt Deco Table and Chairs

Built by Chris Warrell

This model uses eight semi-circular plates and exactly 14 other parts, plus nuts and bolts. It was inspired by some Frank Wright furniture from photos in a book. It's not so much a copy - it was more suggested by his designs.
 
 
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Battle Cruiser

Built by Chris Warrell

This is model 3.15 from the late 1930s no. 3 set. The model is built closely to the instructions, but with additional brackets, nuts and bolts etc. for improved strength.
 
 
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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Chris Warrell

Built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a model using part No. 113 the Girder Frame, this bicycle uses two of these for the frame.  The style of bike is a hybrid between a BMX with its stretched out frame shape, and a mountain bike with front...
 
 
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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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Bride and Groom

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Bugatti 35 Racing Car

Built by Chris Warrell

By Bernard Perier, as featured in the March 2011 issue of Constructor Quarterly , but in blue/gold.
 
 
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Built for the Spanners and Screwdrivers Secretary's ChallengeBus Shelter

Built by Chris Warrell

This model uses two old-style "bent wire" screwdrivers as end supports on a 5½" x 2½" flanged plate base. Spring clips are used to retain the screwdriver supports on the base, and to secure the roof brackets to the handle part of the scre...
 
 
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Cable Car

Built by Chris Warrell

This was built for the North East London Meccano Club's Secretary's Challenge. It is a complete cable car within the 4½" cube limit, and it fits on a 3½" x 2½" flanged plate. A 3½" narrow girder is the mast at one end; the l...
 
 
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Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotive

Built by Chris Warrell

This was going to be a copy of model 7.14 Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotive from the 1928 set 7 manual. Superficially, it looks good in the photo. It was only when I started to build it that I discovered a few things I didn't like: the loco and tende...
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCanal Lift Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This model based on a typical lift bridge found on many narrow canals in Britain, mainly used by farmers to get across the canal. Some are fixed permanently open for canal traffic; others you have to open yourself - hence the chain hanging from the end...
 
 
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Built for the Curved and Circular Parts Only Secretary's ChallengeCanalside Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

A canalside crane, smaller than that by Steven Jarvis, this uses two pairs of curved 5½" strips for the jib and the post is an axle overlaid with a stack of black spacers.  The base is a 5½" hub disc.
 
 
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Car and Caravan

Built by Chris Warrell

A saloon car from the 1950s set no. 4 in two-tone dark red/light yellow colour scheme to go with the caravan ( built in 2011 for the Festival of Britain Secretary's Challenge) from the same set. Unfortunately they're not to the same scale, but I'll ...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's ChallengeCaravan

Built by Chris Warrell

From a 1954 no. 4 set manual.  I wanted to build a model that was evocative of the 1950s for the Festival of Britain challenge.  This caravan fitted the bill, but I gave it a two tone colour scheme with dark red below the windows and lig...
 
 
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Built for the Odd Parts Secretary's ChallengeChild's 3-Wheel Scooter

Built by Chris Warrell

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Built for the Christmas Model Secretary's ChallengeChristmas Pudding Stirrer

Built by Chris Warrell

Based on a drawing by W. Heath Robinson entitled Mechanical Aids for Christmas . It is a mechanical device for stirring the Christmas pudding with various gears and the obligatory knotted string!  Cardboard cut-out figures (based on WHR's origin...
 
 
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Built for the Rings and Circles Secretary's ChallengeCircular Narrow Gauge Railway with Quarry Train

Built by Chris Warrell

This model originally had a simple track made from 18 formed slotted strips joined end-to-end.  The gauge was maintained with plastic spacers.  (This was designed for the Secretary's Challenge).  The locomotive is a freelance narrow gaug...
 
 
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Built for the Card Parts Secretary's ChallengeCompass

Built by Chris Warrell

Using printed card from the 1970's 4EL set (model E4).
 
 
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Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Built from the Trix system - bought in an auction at the Holy Trinity Meccano Club in October 2015. I've yet to try it out!
 
 
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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeDaleks

Built by Chris Warrell

A yellow Dalek from the BBC TV programme Doctor Who . The design is based on a collection of Daleks made by Chris Harris that I saw at Meccanity 2011. Mine has a different head section and arms, and also has wheels. 13/10/2013 The yellow dalek has ...
 
 
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Built for the Clothing Secretary's ChallengeDerrick Crane Hat

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Built for the Set Parts List Secretary's ChallengeDockside Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Normal functions of a crane (slewing, luffing and hoisting) are all operated by built up crank handles.  15 parts from the Secretary's Challenge list are not used in the model.
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's ChallengeDragster

Built by Chris Warrell

This elastic band powered model is entirely freelance. It started as a basic trapezium shaped frame with which to test the mechanics. Having found a design that works a seat, engine casing and (dummy) steering wheel were added. The rear axle has a rat...
 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeDragster

Built by Chris Warrell

A dragster, of sorts, made from the contents of the large tinned orange robot set.
 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeDrum Kit

Built by Chris Warrell

This has been built for the Secretary's Challenge which is to decide on your own least useful Meccano part and use at least four of them in a model. I have chosen the Conical Disc - part no. 187a of which I have six, all of which came with the no. 10 s...
 
 
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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 Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeFlamme Rouge

Built by Chris Warrell

The "Flamme Rouge" - a red flag suspended from an inflatable arch - indicates to the riders that they're 1km from the finish in the Tour de France.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Secretary's ChallengeFork Lift Truck

Built by Chris Warrell

A fork lift truck with rear steering and the forks, represented by a flat trunnion, raised by pulling a cord.  It uses all the parts except 6 bolts and 2 nuts. The model was built soon after the previous meeting but, at the last minute on th...
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Model Secretary's ChallengeHang-Glider

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Built for the Optical Illusion Secretary's ChallengeHermann Grid

Built by Chris Warrell

This model was built for the January 2010 Secretary's Challenge which was to build a model demonstrating an optical illusion. It uses square cut 2½" x 2½" blue flexible plates on a sheet of white card, all in a frame of gold angles. You s...
 
 
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Horizontal Rope Race Model

Built by Chris Warrell

This is my entry (Mk I) for the SELMEC Horizontal Rope Race in October 2013, using a Magic Motor.
 
 
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HR1 London Tram

Built by Chris Warrell

This is a 1:12 scale model of a prototype that was introduced to operate over steep gradients such as Dog Kennel Hill in Forest Hill, in South London.  These trams had equal traction trucks (i.e. both axles are powered) rather than the more u...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's ChallengeHunslet Narrow Gauge Locomotive

Built by Chris Warrell

This model runs on O gauge track, which I think is 7mm to 1 foot, but this model, being narrow gauge, is 16mm to 1 foot with the 32mm track being equivalent to 2 foot gauge. The model is 3½" wide. The locomotive is an 0-6-0 saddle tank engine, ...
 
 
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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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James May's Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This is my attempt to recreate the bridge that James May walked over in the 2009 BBC TV programme James May's Toy Stories . A version was built by Chris Shute and featured on Spanner . Having looked at his design, I then tried to forget what it look...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Model Secretary's ChallengeJumbo Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Built from the contents of a 1970's no. 5 set. It generally follows the design from the manual, but with one or two alterations to improve steering and the addition of a brake to stop the jib from lowering by itself.
 
 
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Locomotive Coaling Plant

Built by Chris Warrell

From the 1951 no. 9 set manual. The 12½" strips forming the support legs have been replaced by angle girders.
 
 
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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Chris Warrell

The first section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's ChallengeLunar Bug

Built by Chris Warrell

This model came from the Meccano Magazine Quarterly for January 1976.  This is the same edition in which my plea for people to join my proposed Meccano club (which became SELMEC) appeared, so it's quite an appropriate model for this challenge, i...
 
 
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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 Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Ping Pong Put Machine

Built by Chris Warrell

This machine won a bronze medal at the MeccanOlympics.
 
 
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Built for the Useful Model Secretary's ChallengeMini Camera Tripod

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeMobile Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

Built for the January 2013 Secretary's Challenge ( Meccano Magazine model from month and year of your birth) I chose the mobile crane from the October 1954 Meccano Magazine . It is in the style of a yard crane, whether based on any particular protot...
 
 
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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeMy House

Built by Chris Warrell

Only half built! My house is on the left, with the neighbours' on the right. Originally built in 1937/38. The mid-yellow plates represent pebbledash, and the light yellow plates represent brickwork. September 2015 Complete!
 
 
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Built for the Executive Toy Secretary's ChallengeNewton's Cradle

Built by Chris Warrell

This is an attempt to construct a "Newton's Cradle" for the Executive Toy Secretary's Challenge. This one is so called because it demonstrates, to some extent, Newton's Laws of Motion. Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, has this to say: Newto...
 
 
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Built for the Nuclear Power Secretary's ChallengeNuclear Flask Railway Wagon

Built by Chris Warrell

On gauge 1 track. General outline of model taken from online photos, so only approximately to a scale of 10mm to 1 foot. These vehicles are used to transport spent nuclear fuel rods from power stations to Sellafield for processing. They are often in a ...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeOlympic Torch

Built by Chris Warrell

This is an almost full-size model of one of the Olympic torches being used in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. It's made of various lengths (but mainly 12½") of gold perforated strips from my blue/gold set.
 
 
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Perrier Water Bottle

Built by Chris Warrell

I made this model 30 years ago when I was inspired by an advert for Perrier where the French word eau (water) was substituted for an 'o' in the caption, such as Eauasis , Picasseau . I gave my bottle the caption Meccaneau .
 
 
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Built for the Page One Model Secretary's ChallengePit Head Gear

Built by Chris Warrell

This model was built for the September 2008 Secretary's Challenge and so uses only parts 1 to 50 inclusive. I'm not sure how many other Meccano models of this subject have been constructed, but I could only find instructions to one and that was mode n...
 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengePond Life

Built by Chris Warrell

This model shows a pond with three lily pads (yes, I know the colours are wrong). A toad amd a frog are poking their heads out of the water and there are various plants growing in the pond. There are also some tadpoles - unusual ones because they app...
 
 
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Pontoon Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is taken from model 9.7 in the 1937-48 instruction manual for Set No. 9.  It's making use of my built up blue/gold set. The model is not quite complete with all the motions being hand operated. The model has been modified, most obviousl...
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Model Secretary's ChallengeRacing Car

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is based on the 1970s set 3 model 3.7. The main alterations are the tyres; two different types from the 1990s (I think) have been used, and the seat is changed to allow for the drive mechanism through. The steering mechanism has been om...
 
 
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Railway Breakdown Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is based on the same prototype as that used for my entry in the the "Pocket Meccano x N" Secretary's Challenge, i.e. a mixture of a Ransomes and Rapier 10-ton accident crane, built between 1880-90 (from a picture) and a Great Eastern Railw...
 
 
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Railway Breakdown Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeRailway Breakdown Crane

Built by Chris Warrell

This model has been built for the 'Pocket Meccano x N' Secretary's Challenge for March 2012. It's a Railway Breakdown Crane, based partly on a Ransomes and Rapier 10 ton accident crane, built between 1880 - 90 (from a picture) and a Great Easter...
 
 
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River Gun Boat

Built by Chris Warrell

This is model 4.17 from the late 1930s no. 4 set. A few modifications have been made, most noticeably to the hull where I have replaced the gold strips with blue plates. The stern has also been given a more solid feel.
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeRoyal Victoria Dock Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is of the Royal Victoria Dock Bridge (1998) in London's Docklands. It is however proportionally too short and some of the rigging is simplified. Also I've yet to add guard rails and the lift/stair towers to take pedestrians to the deck leve...
 
 
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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengeScrap Paper Holder

Built by Chris Warrell

This is a practical item that I made several years ago (to keep all the A6 size scrap paper tidy) and it's in constant use by Cathy for shopping lists etc.
 
 
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Built for the Self Portrait Secretary's ChallengeSelf Portrait

Built by Chris Warrell

The self portrait Secretary's Challenge was a difficult one to attempt.  In the end I didn't give myself enough time for anything elaborate.  Effectively, it?s a bust, with the head being just a black square plate with three closely spaced ho...
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeSmall Crash Tender

Built by Chris Warrell

From the 1996 4068 set instructions found online (Rescue Vehicles set).
 
 
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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSnow Plough

Built by Chris Warrell

Based on the Meccano Snow Plough features in the November 1961 issue of Meccano Magazine . It was designed to constructed from a set no. 7 and hence is somewhat limited in some of the details: no suspension, and a rather nasty diagonal fold across two...
 
 
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Sports Car

Built by Chris Warrell

In blue and gold from a 1930s Set C instruction leaflet. Due to shortage of parts in the correct colours some alterations were made to details such as seat backs, mudguards etc. The manual suggested (at least I think it does - it's in French, bu...
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeSports Car

Built by Chris Warrell

From a 1950s No. 4 set, with various modifications made: The back of the body has been changed from two pairs of obtuse angle brackets bolted together to a 2½" x 1½" flexible plate. The whole rear section has been lengthened by ha...
 
 
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Steam Excavator

Built by Chris Warrell

No .19a in the 1930's Super Model series, but modified to accommodate the 1970's steam engine (the original steam engine had a vertical boiler).
 
 
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Stiff-Leg Derrick

Built by Chris Warrell

1:4 scale version of the 1930's Meccano super model no. 6. See separate article for details.
 
 
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Built for the Military Model Secretary's ChallengeSubmarine

Built by Chris Warrell

This model is from the no. 4 set from the early 1940s, with a few minor alternations to improve the conning tower etc. The original instructions require you to take the pin out of a hinged plate and use the two plates on either side of the hull. S...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeThe Mathematical Bridge

Built by Chris Warrell

This model was built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a bridge with a span of 24½". Using my newly acquired blue/gold no. 9 set (more correctly, newly built up, since it's taken a while to get the full contents) this model is based on a b...
 
 
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Time Ball

Built by Chris Warrell

Built for the North East London Meccano Club's 'Clock' Challenge, this is a rather crude representation of the Time Ball on the top of Flamsteed House in the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.
 
 
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Built for the Famous Work of Art Secretary's ChallengeVan Gogh's Chair

Built by Chris Warrell

This model represents the painting 'Van Gogh's Chair' painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. The original hangs in the National Gallery in London. To suggest the odd perspective of the painting (the floor appears to slope down towards the viewer and the...
 
 
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Various Chinese Set Models

Built by Chris Warrell

These four models were bought in an auction at the SELMEC meeting in January 2010. I was the only bidder on the lot so I got all four for 3.00. I've seen similar sets in a local charity shop for around four quid each! The models are a quad bike, aeropl...
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's ChallengeWagons

Built by Chris Warrell

Built to show the coupling arrangement required for the Hornby O Gauge Train Secretary's Challenge.
 
 
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Xtreme Dragster

Built by Chris Warrell

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