April 2011 Meeting

Saturday 2 April 2011
Eltham United Reformed Church
Eltham

This was one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members showed off their latest Meccano creations.

At around 2:00pm we had a short committee meeting, followed by the Model Tour in which members were invited to give a short talk about their models — in particular their entries for the Secretary’s Challenge!

Xtreme Dragster Races

At this meeting we held two Xtreme dragster races. The Xtreme kit includes a pull-back ‘motor’ and it’s the motor that members had to incorporate into their model.

Although the kit as bought is a dragster, using a no-nuts system for joining the parts together, members didn’t have to use the parts from the kit in their dragster – just the motor and other parts from standard Meccano or the Xtreme dragster to complete it.

The 14 Parts Plus Semi-Circular Plates Only Secretary’s Challenge

This Challenge was ‘borrowed’ from the Christchurch Meccano Club in New Zealand. The challenge, which they ran in Spring 2007, was to build a model using no more than fourteen separate Meccano parts. In addition members could use any number of part 37 (nut and bolt) and any number of part 214 (semi-circular plate). Most members have a box full of these in an assortment of colours so it was interesting to see what uses they could can find for this very common part.

Challenge models

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