Winter 2018 Newsletter

Winter 2018 Newsletter cover

Winter 2018 Newsletter
Issue 169

September 2018 Meeting

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!

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Medway Model Show 2018

Firstly, apologies to Andrew Couzens who wrote a short report of this show, which I managed to lose, but had left it too late to do anything about. I got some notes from Alan Wenbourne — Ed.

This event was the Medway Model Show and Bridge Study Centre Open Weekend which took place on Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 September at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham. Alan Wenbourne had arranged the Meccano part of the show, at the invitation of the Medway Modelling Club, and four members from SELMEC attended. The display was in the shadow of the Museum’s military vehicles and artefacts.

Part of our stand, featuring models from Andrew Couzens and Chris Fry
Part of our stand, featuring models from Andrew Couzens and Chris Fry

The attendance was average for this event but worthwhile. They held an interesting talk about Bailey-type bridges this time, in a separate building displaying various types of bridge construction.

Along with Alan were Tim Surtell, Andrew Couzens and Chris Fry, all with a good display of models.

Another part of our stand featured Alan Wenbourne’s models
Another part of our stand featured Alan Wenbourne’s models

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Meccano Show 2018

Around 30 members and guests displayed models at our 40th annual Meccano Show on 27th October at the Eltham United Reformed Church, including a fantastic display of funfair models at the rear of Sherard Hall from Richard Marsden, Santiago Plicio and Nigel Lynn.

Nigel Lynn’s part of the SELMEC Fun Fair display
Nigel Lynn’s part of the SELMEC Fun Fair display
Richard Marsden and Santiago Plicio’s parts of the SELMEC Fun Fair display
Richard Marsden and Santiago Plicio’s parts of the SELMEC Fun Fair display

The Dobell Room was busy all day once again with people building models to enter into the Meccano Creative Challenge. The winners, judged by Chris Warrell and Ralph Laughton, were:

  • Age 4–7: Stanley Nichols — working roller coaster track and car
  • Age 8–17: Jack Edwards — racing car
  • Age 18+: Pawel Golebiewski (and his son Leon) — helicopter
Stanley Nicholls
Stanley Nicholls
Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards
Pawel and Leon Golebiewski
Pawel and Leon Golebiewski
All the winners of the Meccano Creative Challenge 2018
All the winners of the Meccano Creative Challenge 2018

Many thanks to everyone who helped with setting up, running, and clearing away at the show, with special thanks to Cathy Warrell and Cathy Claydon providing refreshments, Peter Clay for overseeing the paydesk, and Ralph and Sue Laughton for running the raffle and for transporting tables and equipment.

Models in Sherard Hall
Models in Sherard Hall

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