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Built for the The Big 3-0 Secretary's Challenge"30 Years" Sign

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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"Medway Queen" Paddle Steamer

Built by Eric Smith

The paddle steamer Medway Queen was built in 1924.  I have modelled her as she was in the 1930's and not how she will be when rebuilt.  It has been kept as much to scale as Meccano will allow.
 
 
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0-4-0 Shunting Locomotive

Built by Eric Smith

From a 1930s instruction book, but with some extra parts added.
 
 
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4x4 Car

Built by Eric Smith

From an Evolution set, but altered to extend the chassis to fit a 3-6V motor and to use some extra parts.
 
 
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Built for the Military Models Secretary's ChallengeArmy Recovery Vehicle

Built by Eric Smith

An army recovery vehicle with hoist for heavy loads, work bench and towing facilities. This was made from the Army Kit with extra parts added.
 
 
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Army Transporter Lowloader with Tank

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeBike and Rider

Built by Eric Smith

This nut would like to ride around the velodrome.
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeBritish Airways I360, Brighton

Built by Eric Smith

A 530ft viewing tower in Brighton. The model has a gear motor to lift the viewing gondola which is comprised of a lot of plastic plates to keep it light.
 
 
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Buggy

Built by Eric Smith

A motorised buggy from the Multi-model set using a 6V motor.
 
 
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Built for the Magic Motor Models Secretary's ChallengeBuggy

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Bus

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Crane Lorry

Built by Eric Smith

From an Evolution set, with hand controls, steering and stabiliser arms the crane has a jib that is can extend, raise/lower, and slew.
 
 
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Built for the Landmarks Secretary's ChallengeCrystal Palace Water Tower

Built by Eric Smith

A model of the last of Brunel's water towers for the Crystal Palace. The two towers were demolished in 1941 because they could have been used by enemy bombers in WWII.
 
 
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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's ChallengeDarracq Car

Built by Eric Smith

This is a model of a 1902 Darracq single cylinder 1800cc car that ran in the 2006 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It is powered by a Meccano 3-6V motor with worm gearing using a forward/reverse control lever. Alexandre Darracq's Gladiator bicycle...
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeDouble-Decker Bus

Built by Eric Smith

A double-decker bus built from instructions in a no. 8 set manual from 1976 and fitted with a clockwork reversing motor. Keeping to no. 8 set parts only allows you to build the shell of the bus.
 
 
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Elevated Jib Crane

Built by Eric Smith

This is the crane that the students tried to build in James May's Top Toys.
 
 
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Excavator

Built by Eric Smith

Made from set no. 15, using flexible cable for controlling the arm and shovel.
 
 
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Farm Tractor

Built by Eric Smith

This is my copy of a kit that was on sale in Marks & Spencer over Christmas 2008. It has a 3-6V motor driving the back wheels and a shaft at the rear.
 
 
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Farm Tractor

Built by Eric Smith

From Multi Model set 30, but made with Multi Model set 50 parts.
 
 
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Farm Tractor

Built by Eric Smith

From Multi Model set 30 with slight alteration to the cab.
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeFire Engine

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Fire Engine

Built by Eric Smith

City of Coventry fire engine, 1914.
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeFire Pump

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Fokker D1 Tri-Plane

Built by Eric Smith

From the 1916-17 era with a 3V motor driving the propeller. A mostly red plane, as flown by Manfred von Richthofen, who was known as the Red Baron.
 
 
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Fork Lift Truck

Built by Eric Smith

A fork lift truck based on the 1978 set 5 manual model, but using a MO 6V motor with gearing working on a keyway to select between operating the forks or driving the wheels.
 
 
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Fork Lift Truck

Built by Eric Smith

Taken from a Meccano Magazine article and using a No. 1 reversing clockwork motor to drive the truck and operate the forks, with a lever to change the drive.
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeGolden Arrow Locomotive

Built by Eric Smith

A Pacific 4-6-2 class locomotive designed by O.V.S. Bulleid and built from 1941 to 1950. The Golden Arrow runs between London Victoria and Dover.
 
 
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Hammerhead Crane

Built by Eric Smith

A hammerhead crane featured on early covers of Meccano instruction manuals and nut and bolt tins. The controls are two crank handles in the base. One raises and lowers the hook via two contrate wheels and an 11½" rod. The other one traverses th...
 
 
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Hammerhead Cranes

Built by Eric Smith

Two hammerhead cranes, one made up from a Nuts and Bolts Engineering Set with construction parts and plans, the other made up from Mecca parts.
 
 
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Built for the Useful Models Secretary's ChallengeHand Drill

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Built by Eric Smith

Electra Glide made from Steel Tec.
 
 
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Harrier Jet Aeroplane

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeJeep

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeLadybird

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Leyland Cub Bus

Built by Eric Smith

The rear-engined Cubs were born out of their time. The concept was much the same as for the Dennis Dart that followed fifty years later: small compact bus, rear-engined with one person operation capability. They were in a strong line of bus development...
 
 
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Leyland Cub Bus

Built by Eric Smith

The rear-engined Cubs were born out of their time. The concept was much the same as for the Dennis Dart that followed fifty years later: small compact bus, rear-engined with one person operation capability. They were in a strong line of bus development...
 
 
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Lorry

Built by Eric Smith

A lorry made from an early construction kit originally made in East Germany. This lorry is driven by a Meccano 3-6 volt motor through worm gearing.
 
 
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Lorry

Built by Eric Smith

From a pre-war Meccano Magazine article.
 
 
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Lorry and Trailer

Built by Eric Smith

A lorry made from a remote control kit with modifications pulling a trailer with a hand-wound tipping action and drop stabilising wheels.
 
 
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Lorry and Trailer

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeMeccanograph

Built by Eric Smith

A Meccanograph made from Plastic Meccano set 400, with some modifications and plastic parts from newer sets.
 
 
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Milk Float

Built by Eric Smith

Based on a three wheel 1958 design battery electric vehicle, driven by a Meccano 3V motor.
 
 
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Mini Cooper Car

Built by Eric Smith

Made to the same scale as the model in the Volkswagen Beetle set.
 
 
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Mini Moke

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Mk 1 Hurricane

Built by Eric Smith

The Spitfire received much acclaim in World War II and been very popular as a Meccano model putting the Hawker Hurricane in the background. My model of a Mk 1 Hurricane made from standard Meccano parts with the exception of the canopy and spinner.&nbs...
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

Made from parts from Mek-struct kits.
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

This model from the October 1980 issue of Meccano Magazine has two motors; one for hoisting and one for the jib. Following the instructions for raising and lowering the use jib means using a 19-tooth pinion and 57-tooth gear.  This combination m...
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

Made from the parts in a Special Edition Set, and having a 6V motor driving the hoist and raising and lowering of the jib.
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

The mobile crane is based on a model in the 1962 Meccano set 7 manual.  It has hand wound crank shafts to raise and lower the jib, hook and slewing the turntable.
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

Built from an Evolution set with modifications made to the crane base and winding drum.
 
 
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Mobile Crane

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Built for the Crane Building Kit Models Secretary's ChallengeMobile Quayside Gantry Crane

Built by Eric Smith

A rail-mounted mobile quayside gantry crane for handling containers.  This is not one of the designs in the 1976 Crane Kit manual.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeMotor Omnibus

Built by Eric Smith

From the June 1931 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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Motorbike

Built by Eric Smith

Includes a V-Twin engine, front suspension with springs, rear single shock, swing arm.
 
 
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Motorcycle

Built by Eric Smith

Built with EiTech.
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeMotorcycle and Sidecar

Built by Eric Smith

A transverse twin-engined motorcycle built from the Meccano Design set+. A single-seater sidecar was added for the September 2007 Secretary's Challenge (three supports).
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeNarrow Boat

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge Banana Wagon

Built by Eric Smith

A wagon with sliding doors in the yellow of Fyffes Bananas.
 
 
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Off Road Car

Built by Eric Smith

Evolution set car with spring suspension.  Part of the body is made from Met Struct system.
 
 
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Quad Bike

Built by Eric Smith

From an Evolution set, with some modifications.
 
 
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Radio Controlled Vehicle

Built by Eric Smith

This model from a Marks & Spencer kit has had some modifications from the initial instructions, with opening front doors, drop-down tail-gate, folding back seat, floor, and a longer body.
 
 
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Railway Dragline

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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeRailway Snowplough

Built by Eric Smith

A snow plough based on the Hornby Trains O gauge design with 3-6V motor to drive the fan.
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeRapier Mobile Crane

Built by Eric Smith

The steering is driven by a chain and 2" and 1" sprocket wheels meshed.  The hoist is driven from a 3V Meccano motor with a gearbox fitted.
 
 
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Red Arrows Hawk Aircraft

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Scooter

Built by Eric Smith

Similar in design to a Diana Durkopp.
 
 
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Scrambler Motorcycle

Built by Eric Smith

Built from Meccano set 4016.
 
 
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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeSeesaw

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeSkimmer Excavator

Built by Eric Smith

Made from Construction parts using a hand winder from lifting and lowering the jib and the excavator bucket.
 
 
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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeSkip Lorry

Built by Eric Smith

A skip lorry with a removable skip, operated by a pair of cords for raising and lowering the skip arm.
 
 
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Built for the Odd Parts Secretary's ChallengeSledge

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Rings and Circles Secretary's ChallengeSpinning Gyroscope

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Steamroller

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Submarine

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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeTank

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Thornycroft Type A 600 Gallon Petol Tanker

Built by Eric Smith

I have used perforated strips for the cab and bonnet to keep the model the same colour as the original tanker that was restored in 2004.
 
 
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Three Wheel Car

Built by Eric Smith

This version is based on an early model of a Morgan with an external 1000cc air-cooled engine.
 
 
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Thunderbird 2

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Thunderbird 3

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Train

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Trams

Built by Eric Smith

Two trams running on twin 3' long tracks. The trams have 3-6V motors and trolley arms for overhead current collection.
 
 
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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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Truck

Built by Eric Smith

Built from Constructor parts.
 
 
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Truck

Built by Eric Smith

A truck made from the Highway Kit. Based on the tipper but with a fixed body and a side opening for loading.
 
 
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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeUSS Enterprise

Built by Eric Smith

From Star Trek .  Built from a Steel Tec set, complete with sound effects.
 
 
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Vacuum Cleaner

Built by Eric Smith

Winner of the 2016 Geoff Carter Cup.
 
 
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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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Vulcan Aeroplane

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Walking Steamboat

Built by Eric Smith

Crazy Inventors set walking steamboat powered by motor and gearbox.
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Models Secretary's ChallengeWeightlifter

Built by Eric Smith

A weightlifter with too many weights (pulleys) to lift!
 
 
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Westland Whirlwind Helicopter

Built by Eric Smith

As used by the RAF. The rotor is driven by a 3V motor.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeZils

Built by Eric Smith

A pair of zils, or finger cymbals, used in belly dancing and similar performances.

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