The Meccano Society of Scotland
Menstrie Meeting 2019
In May 2019 we held our annual Menstrie Meeting and Challange.
This year the challenge was to carry a load over an obstacle course. See the Menstrie Challenge Rules page for more details.
Menstrie Challenge - Report
The challenge was to build a vehicle to carry 50 ball bearings in a boiler end over an obstacle course. There were 8 heats each with a different obstacle. The score for each heat was the number of balls left in the boiler end when the vehicle reached the finish line added to the number of seconds left from the 60 seconds allowed for completion of the heat. Seven members entered vehicles for the challenge.
There was no obstacle in the first heat. The next two heats featured first the ramp then the see saw. Two vehicles entered by Dave Stanford and Alan Bair had difficulty getting a grip on the ramp. They just slipped. These vehicles did not get any further in the contest and finished sixth and seventh.
The fourth heat featured the 5-hole high wall. This proved very difficult to get over. This saw the withdrawal of Douglas Carson’s vehicle, he came fifth. George Roy’s vehicle got stuck on the wall which meant he dropped behind the only three vehicles to get over the wall. These were entered by Brendan Harris, Andy Knox and Gordon Stewart.
The remaining four heats were the half cylinders, the cubes, the prisms and the rollers. The leading four vehicles all performed well in these heats. Georg Roy could not make up the points he lost on the wall and so finished fourth. Gordon Stewart’s vehicle got a bit stuck on the rollers in the last heat so lost time and finished third. Andy Knox’s and Brendan Harris’s vehicles were very close in performance. Andy’s was slightly better at getting more balls to the end of the heat, Brendan’s was slightly faster. Adding up the scores Andy came second and Brendan first.
The scores were:
|Time left Left||44||40||40||41||31||44||33|
|Time left Left||43||39||38||40||24|
|See Saw||Balls Left||39||49||45||42||46||39|
|Time left Left||43||37||41||41||19||41|
|Time left Left||44||35||35|
|Time left Left||43||38||39||38|
|Time left Left||40||35||34||28|
|Time left Left||40||30||31||37|
|Time left Left||42||43||29||40|
Pictures from Menstrie 2019
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