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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's Challenge"1901: A Space Odyssey"

Built by Frank Paine

 
 
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"Lend to Defend His Right to Be Free"

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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's Challenge"Murder on the Orient Express"

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A small locomotive with three wagons - one with a body!
 
 
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"Rocket" Locomotive

Built by Frank Paine

Binns Road toyshop display model of George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive. Cost 18-12-6p when new in the late 1960's.
 
 
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4-4-0 Schools Class Locomotive and Tender

Built by Frank Paine

Constructed in 1950's red/green Meccano, loosely based on the Special Model no. 10 set leaflet. Several modifications have been made, and it is powered by a P.D.U.
 
 
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Bing Projector

Built by Frank Paine

A 1920s German Bing dual-purpose projector for loop cine films and magic lantern slides, created for the '30 years' challenge at Runnymede Meccano Guild.
 
 
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Biplane

Built by Frank Paine

With British aero markings.
 
 
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Blocksetter Crane

Built by Frank Paine

Built in mixed colours.  It slews, travels and lifts via a single PDU and gearbox.
 
 
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Car Chassis

Built by Frank Paine

A 1920's style car chassis in pre-war Meccano.  Includes Ackerman steering, 3-speed and reverse gearbox, working clutch, differential gear, and leaf springing.
 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeClothes Rail

Built by Frank Paine

This model utilises girder frames (an almost useless part).
 
 
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Crane

Built by Frank Paine

From the model depicted on the wartime National Savings posters.
 
 
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Dealer's Display Models

Built by Frank Paine

These models were likely part of a Meccano dealer's display - they are designed to be mounted side-on to a board and driven via axles that would have gone through the board to gearing and a motor hidden behind. Each model is taken from the manual for ...
 
 
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Differential Mechanism for Reciprocating Drives

Built by Frank Paine

A demonstration of a drive-axle differential mechanism for reciprocating drives, e.g. from a single-cylinder steam engine. The 1" pulley with tyre represents the piston.
 
 
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Dockside Crane

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Double Decker Tram

Built by Frank Paine

Unpowered model tram in red/zinc representing a 1930's double decker.
 
 
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Eiffel Tower

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Emmetts Meccano Train

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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeExcavator

Built by Frank Paine

 
 
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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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Ferris Wheel

Built by Frank Paine

A Dealers display model of a Big Wheel fairground ride, in 1940's/50's medium red and green Meccano. This is mains powered, has coloured lights round the circumference of the rotating wheel, which has eight seats suspended from it, and it has an illum...
 
 
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Ferris Wheel

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Gearless Differential Mechanism

Built by Frank Paine

This is a demonstration of a drive-axle differential mechanism that uses no gears at all. The idea was the result of idly speculating whether the "Chinese South-Seeking Chariot" had been produced before gears were invented, and if so, how the necessar...
 
 
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Built for the Executive Toys Secretary's ChallengeGeodesic Sphere

Built by Frank Paine

A geodesic sphere made from just 2½" strips, nuts and bolts.  This is in the pattern of a series of 12 pentagons linked by hexagons, familiar to most people as the arrangement of panels on a modern football, and is one where a series of 60 ...
 
 
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H.M.S. Royal Sovereign Battleship

Built by Frank Paine

A waterline model of battleship 'Royal Sovereign' (built in 1918 and broken up in 1949), adapted from the 'Revenge Class' model in a late 1920s Meccano Instruction book. (In fact the 'Revenge' was just one of the ships in the 'Royal Sovereign' class, s...
 
 
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Helicopter

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Horizontal Single-Cylinder Double-Acting Mill Engine

Built by Frank Paine

Built in 1940's red/green.  Operated by a push-button, it's my tribute to Fred Dibnah.
 
 
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Mill Engine

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Modern Tram

Built by Frank Paine

Inspired by the Croydon Tramlink trams.
 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeMole

Built by Frank Paine

"I'm a mole and I live in a hole!"
 
 
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Motorcycle Engine

Built by Frank Paine

A full size 4-stroke Twin-Cylinder Motorcycle Engine with overhead valve based loosely on the 1950's Special Model leaflet. It is 'cut away' to show its operation and includes working valve gear, sparking plugs, and most other details.
 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge Train

Built by Frank Paine

 
 
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Philishave Razor

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Built for the Other Systems Secretary's ChallengeRacing Car

Built by Frank Paine

A no. 1 Meccano Motor Car Constructor racing car.  Brought out in the early 1930's, it is the "little brother" of the impressive no. 2 Car, and also has a range of alternative parts that can be fitted to make different styles of vehicle.  Wit...
 
 
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Racing Seaplane

Built by Frank Paine

Built in light red/green 1950's Meccano.
 
 
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Seaplane

Built by Frank Paine

Made from an export outfit (not sold in the UK) with tapered wings, corrugated parts and Belgian aero markings.
 
 
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Built for the Harbour Secretary's ChallengeShip

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Skeleton Clock

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Built by Peter Lucas.
 
 
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Steam Crane

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Built for the Famous Works of Art Secretary's ChallengeTent

Built by Frank Paine

The model consisted of a hinged plate (part no. 198) standing on its two long edges to simulate that well-loved, much praised and skilfully executed piece of installation art - Tracy Emin's tent! Scrawled all over the original were the names of all th...
 
 
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Tower Bridge

Built by Frank Paine

A Meccano Dealer's display model in yellow/zinc with coloured lights and raising bascules.  Powered by a mains 'Enicron' motor.  A favourite at exhibitions.
 
 
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Traction Engine

Built by Frank Paine

Built in 1920s dark red and green Meccano, the original design for this came out at about the same time,. It is typical of the traction engines that were produced from the middle of the 19th century up until the 1930s.
 
 
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Wheel-Mounted Mobile Crane

Built by Frank Paine

Built from a 1912 Royal Meccano Set. The set is basically a set O, but was given the label 'Royal' for 2 years only (1911 and 1912) to commemorate the coronation of George V.
 
 
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Windmill

Built by Frank Paine

A dealers display model of a windmill in 1990's French yellow/zinc.  It is mains powered with moving sails and fantail, and is one of a series of 36 models made for distribution to the shops.

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