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February Folly 2011

February Folly
New Zealand Federation of Meccano Modellers’ Meeting

When: Saturday 26 February 2011, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Where: St Andrews Church Hall, 91 Titiraupenga St, Taupo Town Centre, Taupo.
Reason: Fellowship, bring models (any and all), bring items of Meccano interest, participate in clockwork motor challenge, meeting.
Agenda: This is a guideline only;
Gather from 9.00am onwards.
Fraternise, model examination and play.
Meeting and discussion of NZFMM Constitution.
Clockwork motor challenge.
More fraternisation, models and play.
Tidy up and leave hall at 5.00pm
6.30-7.00pm meet at restaurant for meal and social time.
Registration: The hall costs $15/hour +GST ($138 including GST at 15% for 8 hours). Registration: $10 to cover hall hire, morning and afternoon tea condiments.
Refreshments: The hall has kitchen facilities so morning and afternoon tea will be on hand. (Tea, coffee & Milo). Lunch to be obtained by you.
Accommodation: If you are coming to Taupo for more than the day, I suggest you book accommodation early. Summer in Taupo is busy with many events and accommodation fills quickly closer to the day. (Sue and I are already booked at the Baycourt Motel in Taupo for Friday and Saturday nights)

Clockwork Motor Challenge:

  • Number 1 Meccano clockwork motor.
  • Meccano parts and replicas only.
  • 1 wind of motor only.
  • Model to have one wheel only (ground contact wheel). No tracks or other propulsion system.
  • A 5:1 reduction, overall, at least, between the normal motor output shaft and the wheel.
  • Aim; To make the model go as far as possible in a straight line. The winner will be the model that has the largest number derived from the distance covered divided by the length of deviation from the straight line, (millimetres) except if the deviation is 1mm or less.
  • Prize: liquorice allsorts. (what else?!)
  • Judge’s calculations can be checked but subsequent decision is secret, final and absolute.J

See you there.

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