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"Bristol Bulldog" Fighter Plane

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1930s RAF fighter plane.
 
 
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"Mamode" Model Toy Steam Engine

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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's Challenge"Sporting Meccanitians" Cricket Scene

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From the June 1952 issue of Meccano Magazine .
 
 
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0-4-0 Saddle Tank Locomotive

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0-6-0 Saddle Tank Locomotive

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This entry for the Geoff Carter Cup revolves on a non-Meccano turntable.
 
 
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4 Stroke Engine

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4 Stroke Petrol Engine

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A model of a small 4 stroke petrol engine of the type frequently seen in motor mowers and generators etc.
 
 
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Built for the Beneath the Waves Secretary's ChallengeAdmiralty Type 4 Fluke-Less Anchor

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Back Gear Lathe

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Model of a 1910 back gear lathe. This lathe, originally driven by overhead line shafting, is now fitted with its own electric motor and is inspired by a photo of an old Herbert lathe.
 
 
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Ball Roller

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Beam Engine

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Based on an Airfix "Museum Models" kit. Airfix brought out several museum models of famous engines of various types. I purchased and built the Beam Engine and then built this Meccano model of it. In its exhibiting lifetime it has gone through many chan...
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Les Chatfield

An entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014. It is powered by a "magic motor" (the pedals are purely cosmetic).
 
 
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Bristol Propeller Aeroplane Engine

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Mounted on an inspection stand.
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus Stop

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Canoeist

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Cement Mixer, Wheelbarrow and Shovel

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Centrifugal Fan

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Collapsible IPod Stand

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Donald Trump's Lecturn

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Complete with teleprompter!
 
 
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Built for the A Novel Motor Secretary's ChallengeElectric Beam Engine

Built by Les Chatfield

A horribly inefficient but interesting twin solenoid-driven "beam engine" built to my own design. However, it does run very smoothly and sounds rather like a sewing machine!
 
 
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Electric Truck

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Elevator Loader

Built by Les Chatfield

I have owned a Dinky Toys model of an Elevator Loader for many years and had lots of fun with it down in the garden loading dirt into various lorries and trailers. Whilst looking for a new model to build I realised that this old toy would make an eye-...
 
 
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Fairey Rotodyne Gyroplane

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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeFire Engine

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I never realised that fire engines had such a long history until I researched the Great Fire of London, discovering this charming-looking 17th-century device pictured in a newspaper recently. It could pump eight pints of water for every stroke, and the...
 
 
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Flat Bed Lorry

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Upon obtaining a multi-kit vehicle cab I decided to build an ordinary flat bed lorry based around it. This was to be a 'toy'-standard model rather than an accurate depiction of any particular lorry as the cab itself is not particularly realistic. At e...
 
 
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Goods Yard Crane

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This model represents a hand-operated crane of the sort often seen in branch line goods sidings.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeGoods Yard Crane

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Built using only the Pocket Meccano Set parts, not an unlimited amount as specified in the Challenge.
 
 
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Gyrocycle

Built by Les Chatfield

Model bicycle inspired by a 1950s Tri-Ang toy known as a GyroCycle. Like the original, this model has a heavy disc spinning inside its front wheel. Spun up by an external motor, the spinning disk drives the front wheel of the bicycle so that it "rides"...
 
 
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Gyroscope

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Gyroscope

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Horwich Works 0-4-0ST Shunter "Wren"

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A model of Horwich Works' quaint-looking narrow gauge 0-4-0ST shunter "Wren". Built in 1887, this 3½ ton locomotive had 1' 4¼" driving wheels and 5" x 6" cylinders, and was used for transporting materials on the 18" gauge system at Horwic...
 
 
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Inverted Beam Engine

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A model of a model! I spotted a model of an 1808 Matthew Murray inverted beam engine by James Fox in the London Science Museum and built my own model of it. The engine is interesting as it requires no crossheads or parallel motion for the piston rod. D...
 
 
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Inverted Steam Engine

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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeK-9

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A robotic dog from the BBC TV series Doctor Who.
 
 
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Lathe

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Built for the No Right-Angled Parts Secretary's ChallengeLazy Tongs

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Locomotive and Wagon

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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Les Chatfield

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Lower Quadrant Semaphore Signal

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This model attempts to show many features of a full-sized signal post including counterweights, oil lamps (working) and even a realistic 'bounce' action when the levers are operated! The model was suggested by Guy Loveridge who mentioned that he had ne...
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMagic Motor Racer

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Meccanograph

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Based on a Super Model.
 
 
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Millenium Falcon

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From Star Wars.
 
 
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Mini Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter

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A miniature version of my Sikorsky helicopter model.
 
 
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Motorcycle

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A small "Special" motorcycle representative of home built small wheel motorbikes that start out as motor scooters. It has working suspension, a fairly detailed engine, and fat tyres.
 
 
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Much Modified E15R Motor

Built by Les Chatfield

This comprises the sideplates and reversing switch of an old unreliable motor which had consistently been a source of problems in the past. So I "re-engined" it with a large 12V motor originating from a VCR. I turned down the motors pulley to fit a sta...
 
 
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Outboard Motor

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Paint Mixer

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A practical working paint mixer, used every day for mixing modelling paints.
 
 
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Ping Pong Pandemonium

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Plate and Strip Bending Tool

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My version of a familiar tool which has appeared in many versions, many times before on Meccano sites and publications. This one is the result of much rebuilding and has laminated side struts made up from several strips to add strength and bearing surf...
 
 
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Powered Hacksaw

Built by Les Chatfield

A clockwork/dynamo driven model hacksaw. This model was built with some of my oldest Meccano and represents a typical scruffy overworked workshop power hacksaw. Fitted with a Junior Hacksaw blade it actually works but would not break any records for c...
 
 
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Powered Hacksaw

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Propeller Aeroplane

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A (better!) Meccano version of the Lego aeroplane shown in the photo.
 
 
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Ramsomes MG2 Crawler Tractor

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A model of a Ransomes MG2 crawler tractor designed for smallholdings, market gardens, allotments and similar small patches of ground under cultivation. Looking rather like an overgrown child's toy, I first saw one of these when I was a child and thoug...
 
 
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Ransomes MG2 Crawler Tractor

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A model of a Ransomes MG2 crawler tractor designed for smallholdings, market gardens, allotments and similar small patches of ground. Looking rather like an overgrown child?s toy, I first saw one of these when I was a child and thought that is what it ...
 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeRoller Skate

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Rotating Meccano Display Sign

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Scooter

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A full-size ridable Meccano scooter!
 
 
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Built for the Self Portraits Secretary's ChallengeSelf Portrait

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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeSignal Box

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Sikorsky R-4 Helicopter

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The Sikorsky R-4 helicopter first flew around about 1948. It was the world's first production helicopter and flew with the RAF as the Hoverfly 1. My model has fully working flying controls through a spring-loaded swashplate giving both collective and...
 
 
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Single Stroke Engine

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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSnow-Trac Car

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Solenoid Engine

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South-Seeking Chariot

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Steam Engine

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Semi enclosed high-speed steam engine driving a dynamo. This model in yellow Meccano is inspired by a 1948 design engine seen at Brede waterworks near Hastings.
 
 
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Steam Locomotive

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Stuart Steam Engine

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A copy of a steam engine made by Stuart in a series of castings for assembly by model engineers.
 
 
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Table Saw

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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

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The Surrey with the Fringe on Top

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A model from a song! Fellow members may not know that one of my many other pastimes is singing in public! And part of my repertoire is "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from the musical Oklahoma! For those of you who do not know it, the song descr...
 
 
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Tower Crane

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This is a model of a 'T' tower crane built especially for the 2015 Brighton Modelworld. It is the second tower crane model I have built (the first was actually purchased by a visitor to last year?s Brighton Modelworld!) The model is powered by three m...
 
 
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Tracked Vehicle

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Traction Engine

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Traction Engine

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Small matchbox toy inspired traction engine. Winner of the 2012 Geoff Carter Cup .
 
 
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Tram

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Variable Speed Drive

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This is a model demonstrating a continuously variable ratio drive. I have driven it with a Meccano clockwork motor so as to show the varying speeds are down to the CVR drive and not motor speed. The centrifugal govenor is purely to demonstrate the sp...
 
 
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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's ChallengeVoyager 2 Spacecraft

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Windmill

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Workshop Gantry Hoist

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A manual workshop gantry hoist with worm and wheel drive, typical of the type of hoist seen in workshops for lifting engines out of cars. I have built a tiny Meccano car engine and stand for it to hoist.
 
 
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X-Wing Fighter

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From the Star Wars films.

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