March 2024 Meeting

Saturday 16 March 2024
12:00 noon – 5:00pm

Falconwood Community Centre
31–39 Falconwood Parade
DA16 2PG

This is one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members show off their latest Meccano creations.

Light refreshments will be available and our resident Meccano dealer Ted Muggridge will have new and used parts for sale.

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

You are welcome to come along to view the models and chat to our members. If you want to bring along a model of your own, we’d love to see it! Only if you attend our meetings regularly will you be asked to pay our annual subscription charge.

Please contact our Secretary Chris Warrell if you would like membership information, or just turn up at this meeting if you’re curious and are thinking of joining us.

The Meccano Magazine Cover Models Secretary’s Challenge

This Challenge celebrates the centenary of the first Meccano Magazine to have a full-colour illustrated cover in May 1924. The first Meccano Magazine was the September/October 1916 edition. It was a very slim publication with just four pages in black and white. It was issued bi-monthly until 1922 when it went to monthly, then with 12 pages, but still black and white with a few illustrations.

Although limited colour was introduced in 1923 (with a full colour Christmas edition that December) it wasn’t until 1924 that the first full-colour covers appeared every month, the first being of a crane in a steelworks. Generally, the cover illustration would tie in to an article inside. During the classic era of the magazine the artwork would feature not just engineering, but wildlife or predictions of the future!

The Challenge, then, is to build a model based on a Meccano Magazine cover — the more unusual the subject the better!

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