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Built for the Film and TV Secretary's Challenge"The Mole" Drilling Machine

Built by Andrew Couzens

This is The Mole from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds . The Mole is a drilling machine for the rescue of those trapped underground, and it moves along the ground on caterpillar tracks. The idea for this model came from a 1967 Thunderbirds annual.
 
 
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4-6-0 Locomotive

Built by Andrew Couzens

This model is of no particular scale or design.  It is a freelance model with ideas taken from an old Hornby model railway catalogue.
 
 
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American Tractor Unit and Tanker

Built by Andrew Couzens

A model truck based on an American tractor unit, and built to no particular scale. The tanker unit is connected to the tractor unit by an axle rod.
 
 
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American Tractor Unit with Low Loader and Bulldozer

Built by Andrew Couzens

Unfinished.
 
 
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Built for the Braced Girders Secretary's ChallengeArticulated Low Loader

Built by Andrew Couzens

From the 1960's no. 6 manual with several alterations. The trailer contains braced girders and also a load built with braced girders.
 
 
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Built for the Rings and Circles Secretary's ChallengeBird Cage with Bird on Perch

Built by Andrew Couzens

The model incorporates several rings (for the Secretary's Challenge) by using curved strips.  All the curved strips are 2" bolted end-to-end.
 
 
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Built for the Military Models Secretary's ChallengeBofors Gun Tower

Built by Andrew Couzens

The Bofors gun tower from the Shivering Sands Army Fort is located in the Thames estuary. It was designed by Guy Maunsell and built during the 2nd World War. In the 1960's it was occupied by pirate radio stations.
 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeBus Shelter

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Caboose

Built by Andrew Couzens

A Railway Box Van with hinged doors, built using zinc and yellow parts with a few red and green ones. Andrew has now replaced the hinged doors with a sliding door which runs on two rods.  The same is yet to be built on the opposite side.
 
 
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Built for the String Secretary's ChallengeCabriolet Convertible Car

Built by Andrew Couzens

This model is based on the Cabriolet convertible in the no. 9 set manual, and is to no particular scale or make of car. It includes opening boot, opening bonnet with engine detail and steering. I have also added a removable roof and a hank of cord (to...
 
 
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Car

Built by Andrew Couzens

This model has an opening bonnet and opening rear door, and the interior details are modelled.
 
 
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Carousel

Built by Andrew Couzens

A small carousel with four horses. The model is hand-operated via a crank. I have used yellow and zinc parts and some French yellow parts.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeCoster's Barrow

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeCounter Scales

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the Set Parts List Secretary's ChallengeCrane

Built by Andrew Couzens

A small model of a crane for the Secretary's Challenge.  On the list of parts 4 of 9d were required (2" angle girders).  I only had 3 2" angle girders so I used two 2" strips as a substitute.  The majority of the specified parts were use...
 
 
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Built for the Harbour Secretary's ChallengeCruise Liner

Built by Andrew Couzens

This model is based on early 20th century liners with four funnels, and is of no particular scale or ship. Such liners include the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic which were all sister ships of the White Star Line.
 
 
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Built for the The Big 3-0 Secretary's ChallengeDog and Sledge

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Games Secretary's ChallengeDominos

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Year of the Bus Secretary's ChallengeDouble Decker Bus

Built by Andrew Couzens

The basic idea for this model came from a Corgi model of a Guy Arab. The model has steering, drive shaft, seating on both decks, and a rear staircase. It was built to no particular scale.
 
 
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Built for the Spanners and Screwdrivers Secretary's ChallengeDump Truck

Built by Andrew Couzens

An eight-wheel dump truck. The chassis has been used several times before on my previous models, and has four-wheel steering and a rear differential. The bucket is raised by strips which also support it when raised. The bucket is lifted by one screwdr...
 
 
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Built for the Spanners and Screwdrivers Secretary's ChallengeDump Truck

Built by Andrew Couzens

The eight-wheel chassis has been used in my previous models several times before, and it has four-wheel steering and rear differential. The bucket is raised by strips which support it when raised. The bucket is lifted by one screwdriver in the bucket.
 
 
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Extending Mast Vehicle

Built by Andrew Couzens

From the 1960's no. 4 set manual, built using yellow, zinc, and black parts. The mast has extra parts to strengthen it.
 
 
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Built for the 1" Pulleys Secretary's ChallengeFemale Robot

Built by Andrew Couzens

A fun model for the Secretary's Challenge.  I have used several 1" pulleys in the model - there are 42 pulleys (part 22a) and 31 pulleys with boss (part 22).
 
 
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Built for the Robots Secretary's ChallengeFemale Robot

Built by Andrew Couzens

A classic sci-fi robot.
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Models Secretary's ChallengeFemale Skier

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Fork Lift Truck

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the 1976 Manual Models Secretary's ChallengeGarden Seat

Built by Andrew Couzens

From a no. 1 set manual dated 1977 - the nearest I had to 1976! I have used authentic colours.
 
 
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Built for the Building Bridges Secretary's ChallengeGirder Bridge

Built by Andrew Couzens

This 24½" span bridge is made up from perforated strips, angle girders, flexible plates and flanged plates.
 
 
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Built for the Musical Instruments Secretary's ChallengeGuitar

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Least Useful Part Secretary's ChallengeLeyland Atlantean Bus

Built by Andrew Couzens

This bus is based on the Leyland Atlantean and uses as its roof four of what I decided is the least useful Meccano part - the braced girder (these can be seen in the second photo). For our June 2010 meeting I rebuilt the bus with an open top and inter...
 
 
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Locomotive

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Locomotive and Carriage

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Locomotive and Carriage

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Locomotive and Railway Breakdown Crane

Built by Andrew Couzens

A railway breakdown crane with 0-6-0 locomotive and brake van on a Meccano viaduct.
 
 
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Lorry-Mounted Crane

Built by Andrew Couzens

Unfinished.
 
 
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Built for the Sporting Models Secretary's ChallengeMale Weightlifter

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Three Supports Secretary's ChallengeMilk Float

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Andrew Couzens

Unfinished.
 
 
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Mobile Crane

Built by Andrew Couzens

Freelance crane in yellow/zinc.  It has a dummy catapillar track, hiding wheels.  The boom is balanced by two small bricks in the cab, which makes the model very heavy.  It is hand operated.
 
 
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Motorbike

Built by Andrew Couzens

Based on a model in an Evolution set, but with added detailing.
 
 
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Mountain Rally Car

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Railway Corridor Coach

Built by Andrew Couzens

Includes interior fittings and undeframe details, and runs on a track made from girders and strips, bolted to a piece of wood.  The model still has to be fitted with a roof.
 
 
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Road Tanker

Built by Andrew Couzens

A road tanker using mainly yellow French parts.  This model was shown at a previous meeting in its original form as a flat bed lorry with side chains.  The tank was made using flexible plates overlaid on a framework of strips.  The lorry...
 
 
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Built for the Curved and Circular Parts Only Secretary's ChallengeRoller Bearing

Built by Andrew Couzens

A roller bearing made from several circular and curved parts - hub disc, circular girder, 6" pulley, flanged wheels and face plate.  It also included more than its fair share of double angle strips, angle brackets etc. which are definitely no...
 
 
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Built for the Snow Secretary's ChallengeSkier

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the The Natural World Secretary's ChallengeSpider

Built by Andrew Couzens

Also called an eight-legged arthropod.
 
 
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Sports Car

Built by Andrew Couzens

Based on the sports car model in the 1960s no. 3 manual.
 
 
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Steam Locomotive

Built by Andrew Couzens

An incomplete 0-6-0 steam locomotive and the bogies for a railway carriage.
 
 
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Built for the Five Holes or Fewer Secretary's ChallengeSteps

Built by Andrew Couzens

A pair of steps for the box trailer model that I built.
 
 
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Tank

Built by Andrew Couzens

This tank is of no particular scale or prototype. I have built it using several photos of different tanks to get ideas. The model has dummy track made with strips, flexible plates and flanged wheels. Also reproduced is an elevating gun on a rotating ...
 
 
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The Eiffel Tower

Built by Andrew Couzens

This is from a 2015 kit by Spin Master. When building this model from the manual there was great difficulty as some parts did not fit properly. When the integrated LED lights and the electronics which are included in this particular set were added I ha...
 
 
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Thunderbird 2

Built by Andrew Couzens

Built from the manual instructions, but with modifications which required extra parts. The modifications I made were on the pod end and also to the foldable landing legs.
 
 
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Tractor Unit

Built by Andrew Couzens

A model of a tractor unit from the articulated Low Loader in the no. 6 1960's manual. I have built the tractor unit as in the manual but with several alterations. The trailer is yet to be built.
 
 
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Tractor Unit and Box Trailer

Built by Andrew Couzens

This trailer is hooked up to a revised version of my earlier tractor unit model and includes steps built for the January 2019 Secretary's Challenge.
 
 
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Tractor Unit and Low Loader

Built by Andrew Couzens

This model has steering and a rear drive shaft and is not built to any particular scale. 09/04/2016 Added a winch to the low-loader, as shown in the later photos.
 
 
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Tractor, Low Loader and Bulldozer

Built by Andrew Couzens

 
 
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Built for the Page One Models Secretary's ChallengeTwo Propeller Aeroplane

Built by Andrew Couzens

The parts used in this model are strips, angle girders, brackets, one double angle strip, one rod, pulleys, nuts and bolts - all parts 1 to 50.
 
 
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Built for the Pocket Meccano Secretary's ChallengeWharf Crane

Built by Andrew Couzens

A wharf crane, which appeared in the original instruction booklet, but modified by using the two blue plastic plates to extend the base.
 
 
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Built for the Beneath the Waves Secretary's ChallengeYellow Submarine

Built by Andrew Couzens

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