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Built for the Space Exploration Secretary's Challenge"Sputnik" Satellite

Built by Chris Fry

Using the same sphere construction used in The Gadget , this approximately 1:6 scale model of the prototype carries four aerials of aluminium, and yes, these are genuine Meccano - I happen to have a good stock of clock kit pendulum rods!
 
 
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1920s Racing Car

Built by Chris Fry

Based on Frank W. Weber's model in Constructor Quarterly issue 80.
 
 
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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's Challenge2007 - A Spares Odyssey

Built by Chris Fry

Thought of this at January 2007's SELMEC meeting where the Secretary's Challenge was to build something representing a TV or Film theme - wish it had occured in time to meet the Challenge. "My God - - - It's Full of Holes" For the mathematically mind...
 
 
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4x4 Car

Built by Chris Fry

A fairly straightforward model from the Evolution set which is pleasing to the eye.
 
 
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Built for the Sci-Fi Secretary's ChallengeA Scene from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Built by Chris Fry

Astronaut Dave Bowman surveys TMA-2, Tycho Magnetic Anomaly 2 close to Jupiter - a much larger version of TMA-1 found earlier on the Moon. He utters the words "My God, it's full of stars" before being transported through some sort of star-gate. The st...
 
 
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Bell Ringing Ball Roller

Built by Chris Fry

This model draws on some of my previous ideas where a ball will slowly descend through non-parallel rods eventually falling through with a significant spin applied. I have deliberately used standard length shafts and hole spacing should anyone else wis...
 
 
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Built for the Clothing Secretary's ChallengeBelt

Built by Chris Fry

With working buckle.
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Chris Fry

The winning entry for the Powered Bicycle Race at the SELMEC Meccano Show 2014.
 
 
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Biplane

Built by Chris Fry

From a Marks & Spencer kit.
 
 
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Bottle Opener

Built by Chris Fry

I needed one!
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus Stop and Shelter

Built by Chris Fry

Complete with those annoying swivel seats that keep the homeless on the move.
 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeCaterpillar

Built by Chris Fry

A very simple model made for "The natural World" Secretary's Challenge. I am afraid I had to 'mutilate' a 5" crank handle (19h) as I don't have any of 3½" (19s). The head is a 4-hole collar with two hex grub screws for eyes. The legs are f...
 
 
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Centre Lathe

Built by Chris Fry

Based on a model from the 1920s. I was inspired to build this model having acquired several of the pleasing hand wheels from - I think - the Marklin system. The model has several working motions - adjustable tailstock, saddle and cross-slide. Instead o...
 
 
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Children's Toy Train

Built by Chris Fry

Designed by Bernard Perier, from Constructor Quarterly issue 78.
 
 
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Chopper "Trike"

Built by Chris Fry

The original from a Marks & Spencer kit, and my own version of it with 'tubular' forks and VW engine.
 
 
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Chopper Motorbike

Built by Chris Fry

I really like this little model, from the Evolution set, which looks great on a shelf or mantelpiece, even though there are flaws in the published design which means the wheels don't turn very well.
 
 
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Built for the Curved and Circular Parts Only Secretary's ChallengeClock

Built by Chris Fry

I built this clock in response to the Secretaries Challenge - to make a model using only curved or circular parts. I also chose to make the mechanism as simple as possible. The time-keeping is achieved using a 5 RPM mains synchronous motor so will kee...
 
 
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Built for the Canals Secretary's ChallengeCoal Barge

Built by Chris Fry

This waterline model of a fully laden working narrow boat is of very simple construction and based upon four no. 52 flanged plates. The graded 'coal' of black bolts, spacers and rubber collars is added for extra realism.
 
 
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Crane

Built by Chris Fry

My version of the 'level luffing crane' featured in the instruction manual of the 1970s Crane Construction set. My version has an improved base, hand-operated slewing, ball bearing turntable, and hand wound luffing and hauling.
 
 
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Crane Lorry

Built by Chris Fry

From an Evolution set.
 
 
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Built for the Model Village Secretary's ChallengeCricket Green

Built by Chris Fry

The village cricket green, including: Pavillion Stumps Sight Screen Pitch cover
 
 
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Digger

Built by Chris Fry

The original from a Marks & Spencer kit, and my own version of it.
 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeDigital Counter

Built by Chris Fry

A design by John Nuttal from the December 1982 issue of Meccanoman's Newsmag . The mechanism utilises four of the 10-tooth plastic sprockets from the caterpillar track kit which I last used in about 1975!
 
 
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Donation Box

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Ducati 1200 Monster Motorcycle

Built by Chris Fry

I always like motorcycle models as they take me back to my own days as a motorcyclist. I really like the wheels on this model but remain unsure about the parts used for forks and fuel tank, and may make a modified version at some point in the future.
 
 
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Dump Trucks

Built by Chris Fry

Both of these models are from Evolution sets, but one has been modified to include a tipping mechanism.
 
 
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Embroiderygraph Mk I

Built by Chris Fry

Built from Andreas Konkoly's original manuscript and photographs. A detailed write-up will be featured in a future issues of the Runnymede Meccano Guild Magazine . The paper can be re-positioned on a ½" grid relative to the centre of the turnt...
 
 
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Executive Toy

Built by Chris Fry

The pendulum moves randomly thanks to the magnet at its lower end being of opsed polarity to the small magnets on the base (with stars on their face). The magnets used in this model are not Meccano parts - they were obtained from the "Staples" statione...
 
 
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Experimental Roller Bearings

Built by Chris Fry

Using multiple various double angle strips with the flexible strips it is easy to produce various sizes of channel rings. I made up these two roller-bearing 'spiders' for demonstration purposes.
 
 
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Ferrari Sports Car

Built by Chris Fry

From the 2016 Spin Master set.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeFootbridge

Built by Chris Fry

Made from flanged plates and strips.
 
 
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Formula 1 Car

Built by Chris Fry

An attractive model from Spin Master, with especially good wheels.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Set X N Secretary's ChallengeGirder Bridge

Built by Chris Fry

This model was constructed entirely from multiples of parts taken from the Pocket Meccano parts list for a Secretary's Challenge.
 
 
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Go Kart

Built by Chris Fry

Made entirely from a single Maxi Kit Forklift set.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeGuards/Brake Van

Built by Chris Fry

This van is built along similar construction lines to my other rolling stock shown at our September 2013 meeting. I have also modified the locomotive to run from the powerful evolution helicopter geared motor, added some ventilation grilles and used t...
 
 
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Built for the Page One Models Secretary's ChallengeGuilloche Machine

Built by Chris Fry

A Meccanograph made from only parts in the range 1 to 50. Adapted from an Andreas Konkoly model from the November 1972 issue of Meccano Magazine . The main problems encountered in staying within the challenge criteria were that no long bolts, brasswa...
 
 
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Guilloche Meccanograph

Built by Chris Fry

Designed by Andreas Konkoly and described in November 1972 issue of Meccano Magazine . This was a model I was fascinated with in my youth and is still probably the favourite amongst the models I have constructed. I had to cut a lot of lawns and wash ...
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Models Secretary's ChallengeGymnast

Built by Chris Fry

Just a simple fun model to give one of the Crazy Inventors figures some exercise!
 
 
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Built for the Crane Building Kit Models Secretary's ChallengeHole Punch

Built by Chris Fry

A hole punch for making plastic Meccano plates. Most good model shops stock a range of "Plasticard" sheets in a variety of thickness and colour. The model was restricted to the contents of the meccano "crane kit" parts list as one of the SELMEC Secreta...
 
 
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Kepler 16 Orrery

Built by Chris Fry

Designed by Michael Whiting, this orrery is based on an extra-solar double star system - the two stars rotating about a common centre of gravity - the barycenter - about which a single planet has also been detected by the Kepler Space Telescope by infe...
 
 
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Light Aircraft Monoplane

Built by Chris Fry

Made from the model building instructions on the Meccano website for a 3 model set to be launched later in 2014.
 
 
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Built for the London Underground Map Secretary's ChallengeLondon Underground Map Section

Built by Chris Fry

A section of the Central London Underground Map, built for the Big Challenge at our April 2017 meeting.
 
 
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Magazine Rack

Built by Chris Fry

A magazine rack made from the contents of two Special Edition 1930s sets.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeMaraca

Built by Chris Fry

A maraca made using a boiler with a large number of plastic spacers inside. I thought of several methods of adding the handle - including using a wooden roller - but settled on a wooden handled screwdriver extended by a coupling and short rod.
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Ping Pong Put Machine

Built by Chris Fry

This machine won a gold medal at the MeccanOlympics, being the only competitor to get a ball in the bowl!
 
 
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Built for the Olympic Games Secretary's ChallengeMeccanOlympics Push-Of-War Vehicle

Built by Chris Fry

A preliminary example of a "Push of War" machine in readiness for the demonstration event our 2011 Meccano Show. The model utilises a no. 2 clockwork motor through a gear train of 3 x 4 x 4 x 4 = 192:1 reduction driving a rubber roller which presses a...
 
 
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MG-T Car

Built by Chris Fry

This model was designed by Bernard Perier and was featured in issue 89 of Constructor Quarterly . Although a simple model it captures the main shape and features of the prototype well. Since the MG-T was first sold in the late 1930s I thoug...
 
 
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Mig-21 F-13 "Fishbed" Aeroplane

Built by Chris Fry

Original by Bernard Perier from Constructor Quarterly issue 72. Non-purists will note the use of plasticard to fill in the holes! This model can be constructed from the Meccano Concorde set plus a few extra parts such as corner brackets.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeMKI Girderscope

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Motorcycle

Built by Chris Fry

My derivative of the cover featured motorcycle from the recent 5-Model 'multimodel' 3550 kit. The shock absorber can easily be uprated by disassembly of the unit by carefully indenting the plastic latch just inside the slotted recess on the 'damper' an...
 
 
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Nine Men's Morris Game

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Hornby O Gauge Trains Secretary's ChallengeO Gauge Tanker

Built by Chris Fry

With independent bogies.
 
 
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Built for the Architectural Carbuncles Secretary's ChallengeOdeon Cinema, Redhill

Built by Chris Fry

This Art Deco architecture cinema was opened in 1938, closing in 1975 until conversion to a succession of night clubs commencing 1976 until final closure in 2011. The Art Deco facade is a listed structure so now poses a significant problem for the town...
 
 
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Built for the Optical Illusions Secretary's ChallengeOptical Illusion

Built by Chris Fry

Which span, A or B, looks the longest?  While span A looks bigger, in fact span B is longer by 1"!
 
 
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Optical Illusion

Built by Chris Fry

An optical illusion model based on an article in the Runnymede Meccano Guild Journal . The original was by Bert Halliday and then adapted by Andreas Konkoly. The top blue disc and fan should appear to "float" unsupported when the assembly is spinning ...
 
 
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Paper Disc Cutter

Built by Chris Fry

A convenient and effective device for accurately cutting paper discs for use with my Universal Design Maker. The blade position and pressure is controlled by pressing down the 1" bush wheel whilst rotating by the hand-rail support.
 
 
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Built for the 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary's ChallengePig Trough

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Piper Cub Aircraft

Built by Chris Fry

A slightly modified version of Bernard Perier's model from Constructor Quarterly .  My version has a more realistic nose assembly, improved engine cylinder detail and an attempt at true dihedral wings with slight aerofoil sections.
 
 
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Pirate Ship

Built by Chris Fry

This Spin Master model is essentially a re-release of the Calais produced Tintin Galleon. It is tricky to construct the hull, and I have made a few modifications to the deck and gunwale for my own satisfaction. I think this is quite a nice display mo...
 
 
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Built for the Elastic Band Powered Models Secretary's ChallengePost-Office-Band Powered Vehicles

Built by Chris Fry

Two models: Powered for 90', then coasts. Powered for 94', then coasts.
 
 
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Rabbids Racing Trolley

Built by Chris Fry

I made this for fun whilst watching TV - quite straightforward but takes about an hour to complete.
 
 
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Rabbids Washing Machine

Built by Chris Fry

Fiddly to construct and the washing machine door a disappointing single piece of plastic part which would require much imagination to re-use. The model does however vibrate convincingly as though on a spin cycle.
 
 
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Racing Car

Built by Chris Fry

From the Mechanical Workshop kit, with simulated V-6 engine, working differential and steering. Made to run on a plinth as an exhibition model.
 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeRacing Wheelchair

Built by Chris Fry

This model was made for the "Three Supports" Secretary's Challenge. It is based on the racing wheelchairs we see in use during major endurance events like the London marathon. The seat is made from two of the recent dished triangular pl...
 
 
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Radio-Controlled Car

Built by Chris Fry

From a Marks and Spencer kit.
 
 
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Railway Breakdown Crane and Match Truck

Built by Chris Fry

Based on Bernard Perier's model from Constructor Quarterly issue 45.
 
 
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Built for the Birthday Models Secretary's ChallengeRailway Service Crane

Built by Chris Fry

Born in May 1960, I obtained a copy of the appropriate Meccano Magazine . It was interesting to see a clutch design in the magazine by our own Alan Wenbourne! The model I selected from the magazine was the set 7 Railway Service Crane on pages 252 and...
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeRailway Viaduct for 'O' Guage Locomotives

Built by Chris Fry

A 30½" span made from narrow strips and angle girders.
 
 
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Reciprocal to Rotary Motion Mechanism

Built by Chris Fry

A demonstration model showing how a shaft can be continuously driven by pulling and pushing a lever when opposed ratchet and pawls are linked through gearing. For smooth operation the pawls engage under gravity. Four pawls are arranged around each...
 
 
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Red Arrows Hawk Aircraft

Built by Chris Fry

From a Marks and Spencers set.
 
 
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Rope Making Machine

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Set Plus One Secretary's ChallengeScooter

Built by Chris Fry

This model from a 1960's no. 1 is also used as the tutorial model in the VirtualMec computer-aided Meccnao modelling software. The extra part is one locking nut.
 
 
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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeSeesaw

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Something Else Secretary's ChallengeSegway Scooter

Built by Chris Fry

Following some discussion with Ralph Laughton about making recognizable models from current times I wondered what I might be able to make from a "spare" Evolutions 4x4 kit which I had to hand. My current interest in flywheel drives got me thinking abo...
 
 
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Sho-Lin Linograph

Built by Chris Fry

Designed by Andreas Konkoly and recently described by Nick Rodgers in Andreas Konkoly Supermodels Nos. 51-55 available from Runnymede Meccano Guild. This is one of Andreas' more quirky Meccanographs and produces patterns with the pen moving only in ...
 
 
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Built for the Castles, Forts and Siege Engines Secretary's ChallengeSiege Tower

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Silver Ghost Rolls Royce Car

Built by Chris Fry

An elastic-band powered model from a Constructor Quarterly article by John Herdman.
 
 
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Simple Tool Station

Built by Chris Fry

Somewhere to keep my commonly used Meccano tool set without cluttering up my study. A few magnets on the base help keep various spanners from straying far.
 
 
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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSledge

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Space Quest Launch Vehicle and Gantry

Built by Chris Fry

This appealing model by Spin Master Meccano has been mounted on two no. 52 black flanged plates for stability ad added visual aesthetics.
 
 
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Spacecraft

Built by Chris Fry

Two models from the Space Chaos kits.
 
 
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Spheres

Built by Chris Fry

The dished triangular plate included in many of the recent "Design" sets can be joined to its peers (20 in total) to form a sphere of about 85mm (3") leaving 10 pentagonal holes. Alternatively an identical structure can be assembled from the "Design" ...
 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeStarfish

Built by Chris Fry

This simple model was inspired by the shape of the recently introduced bent flexible strips. Five of these are arranged such that each overlaps the next, and are free to pivot about a bolt and self-locking nut. Holding one leg and pivoting an adjacent ...
 
 
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Steam Excavator

Built by Chris Fry

Based on the 1920 Special Instruction leaflet S.31 (or SML 19a, as it's usually known). This is an electrically driven version of the steam powered original. Overall dimensions will be identical. Improvements in strength/gearing/detailing have been a...
 
 
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Subbeteo Player

Built by Chris Fry

A figure from a Crazy Inventors set atop a base made from a face plate and plastic dome from the Rabbids Yellow Submarine kit. An internal weight is included for stability.
 
 
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Swamp Buggy

Built by Chris Fry

Made entirely from the contents of two Maxi Kit Motorcycle sets. This was quite a challenge.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeTambourine

Built by Chris Fry

A simple working instrument using 1" conical discs for the 'zils'. I have incorporated a wheel disc between each pair of conical discs to enhance the sound made. Pleasingly, because the conical disc edges are closely matched, the sound can be abruptly ...
 
 
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Tapping Guide

Built by Chris Fry

A tapping guide with nut holder, boss holder and V-block.
 
 
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Telescope and Tripod

Built by Chris Fry

This model was inspired by some discussion on Spanner II of a simplicity model digital camera by (I think) Greg Webb. Someone commented that it needed a tripod. Having some interest in astronomy I thought a simple telescope and tripod would make an int...
 
 
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Built for the The Great Fire of London Secretary's ChallengeThe Fire Grate of London

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Nuclear Power Secretary's Challenge'The Gadget' Atomic Bomb

Built by Chris Fry

An impression of the worlds first atomic bomb, detonated at the Trinity test site in New Mexico, USA on 16th July 1945. I made this for the SELMEC Secretary's Challenge to build a new model with a nuclear power theme - my model may not illustrate power...
 
 
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The L Game

Built by Chris Fry

A two-player game devised by Edward de Bono in which the object of the game is to manoeuvre the other player into a position on the board where he cannot move his L piece.  The game is explained fully on Edward's website .
 
 
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Built for the Le Tour De France Secretary's ChallengeThe Peloton

Built by Chris Fry

An impression of a tightly packed group of racing cyclists. Winner of the 2014 Geoff Carter Cup .
 
 
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Triumph TR3A Car

Built by Chris Fry

This approx. 1:12 scale model of a Triumph TR3A was constructed by following an article by Bernard Perier in issue 77 of  Constructor Quarterly . It is hopefully much improved by the addition of spoked wheels, and I found that the spoke...
 
 
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Built for the The Festival of Britain Secretary's Challenge'Unit Single' Motorcycle Engine

Built by Chris Fry

Amicro model reminiscent of a BSA C15 Star 250cc motorcyle engine. This was the first 'unit' single introduced by BSA in 1958 where the clutch and gearbox were all contained within enclosures beside the crankcase.
 
 
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Universal Design Maker Meccanograph

Built by Chris Fry

A slightly modified version of the Universal Design Maker Meccanograph by Andreas Konkoly. The motion is as per the original, but I have made some minor structural changes and made adjustment of the pen-arm more convenient with the addition of special ...
 
 
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Built for the A Novel Motor Secretary's ChallengeWeight-Driven Motor

Built by Chris Fry

This motor was inspired by the No. 2 Meccano Clock Kit which I built as a teenager. The boiler is filled with spare nuts and bolts and acts via chain on the single sprocket. A 125:1 step-up gear train drives the air vane which regulates the speed. Powe...
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Models Secretary's ChallengeWeightlifter

Built by Chris Fry

More exercise for the Crazy Inventor.
 
 
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Wind Turbines

Built by Chris Fry

Three wind turbines driven by a variable drive so that they ramp up and down in speed.
 
 
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Xtreme Dragsters

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