Meccano Show 2013
Saturday 12 October 2013
Eltham United Reformed Church
Our 35th Annual Meccano Show on 12th October was another resounding success! Once again we packed the three halls in the United Reformed Church with models, so that there was hardly a spare square inch of space left available.
The excitable crowd at our Meccano Show
Some 600 visitors streamed through the doors; up by 100 on last year’s total. The promotion of the show started at Easter with flyers being handed out at the various events that we support so that, by the time of the Show, all 5,000 of them had been handed out.
Ivor Ellard’s Hornby Harbour
Some 35 members and visiting exhibitors showed off their models to an excitable crowd. Models of note were a large harbour and pier, complete with boats and a railway, from Ivor Ellard; a waltzer fairground ride by visitor Nigel Lynn; an Armstrong-Saurer truck from Alan Wenbourne and, from James Plicio, the Megatron ride. At the other end of the scale was a collection of mini trucks neatly displayed on a vertical Meccano and wooden stand from Stuart Jones.
Nigel Lynn’s Waltzer ride
One model attracting a lot of attention was Brian Leach’s pinball machine. This was a reduced version of the arcade machine, standing on its own Meccano legs and worked just like the real thing, although you had provide your own sound effects!
Brian Leach’s pinball machine was a hit with the kids
New members (signed up on the day, along with two others) Viv Endecott and her eight year old nephew, Jack, brought a model depicting the recent recovery of the Dornier from the depths of the English Channel. The aeroplane was, appropriately, made from old rusty Meccano!
Following on from last year’s MeccanOlympics we decided to run the SELMEC Rope Races this year. The two events were a vertical climbing race in the morning with a horizontal one in the afternoon. The former proved too much of a challenge for many members, there being only two entries: a clockwork one from Alan Wenbourne and an electric one from Les Chatfield. Les’s was the winner, racing up and down the six foot length of rope (in reality thin cotton string from WH Smith) several times.
It’s Alan versus Les in the vertical rope race
The horizontal race attracted eight entries. Models were to drag themselves along a 15 foot length of string (laid along the floor), with the wheels just supporting the weight, but not providing any traction. Somehow four heats were run because of confusion as to who had entered models and one person was missed out, so the winner of the first heat also took part in the last one. It still gave us three finalists, the first, second and third places going to Brian Elvidge, Alan Wenbourne and Les Chatfield respectively. Other contestants in the race were Viv and Jack Endecott, John Gay, Brian Leach and Chris Warrell.
Watch our video of the Rope Races