The Meccano Society of Scotland
There is an award for the best model at our annual show. This competition was first held in 1985. We currently hold our annual show at the Scone “Farming Yesteryear” show. In recent years the result of the competition has been decided by a vote by exhibitors.
There is also an award for the best Meccano Society of Scotland (MSS) Model.
- This was first presented in 1994.
- It is a Trophy held by winner and returned at the next award.
- The Trophy is a Shield donated by Bob Middlemass. It is presented to the highest ranking MSS member on the best model list.
- The winner of the Bob Middlemass Shield is underlined on the following list.
1985 - - -
1986 - 1st Albert Howe: Steam Engine.
2nd Douglas Cooper: Derrick Crane.
3rd Jackie Inglis: Traction Engine.
1987 - 1st Douglas Cooper: Range of excavators.
2nd Bob Middlemass: Railway Breakdown Crane.
3rd Frank Beadle: Corliss engine.
1988 - 1st Jackie Inglis: model display including bus, steam cultivator, windmill & cable car.
2nd Jim Finlayson Jnr: Jack-up Oil Rig.
3rd Bob Middlemass: Supermodel twin cylinder steam engine.
1989 - 1st Derek Strickland: Skew Rotating Aeroplanes.
2nd2nd Jim Etheridge: Vintage Motor Car.
3rd Dave Stokes: Forth Railway Bridge.
1990 - 1st Derek Strickland: Road Repair set.
2nd Bob Middlemass: Gallopers.
3rd Douglas Cooper: South Goodwin Lightship and Destroyer.
1991 - No awards made due to lack of new or novel models.
1992 - 1st Tom Paxton: VW Golf GT.
2nd Joe Etheridge: Grass Hopper Steam Engine.
3rd Bob Middlemass: CQ Rocking Cylinder Steam Engine.
1993 - 1st Jim Berrie: Old Time Working Locomotive.
2nd Jackie Inglis: Divers Helmet.
3rd Bob Middlemass: Glasgow Corporation Tramcar.
1994 - 1st Jackie Inglis: Models including 40 Oar Galley, Beam Engine and Divers Helmet.
2nd Alistair Nicoll: Meccanograph and Pin Ball Machine.
3rd Joe Etheridge: Country Fair inc. Gallopers & Traction Engine.
1995 - 1st George Roy: Traction Engine and Threshing Machine.
2nd Tom Paxton: F40 Ferrari.
3rd Chris Freeman: Stephenson’s Rocket
1996 - 1st Ken McDonald: Animated building site.
2nd Jackie Inglis: Tricky Track.
3rd Alistair Nicoll: Miniature Blocksetter.
1997 - 1st Tim Edwards: Bulldozer.
2nd Ian Mordue: Crawler Crane.
3rd Joe Etheridge: Shay Locomotive.
1998 - 1st Ed Rebecca: Ping Pong Machine.
2nd Joe Etheridge: Railway Breakdown Crane.
3rd Ian Mordue: Crawler Crane.
1999 - 1st Joe Etheridge: Level Luffing Crane, Tank Loco, Dockside and Ship.
2nd Tim Edwards: Braiding Machine.
3rd Bob Brown: Lorry Mounted Telescopic Crane.
2000 - 1st Chris Shute: Model Display including Gargantua and Matchbox Manipulator.
2nd Bob Brown: Flying Scotsman.
3rd Ed Messenger: Ball Roller.
2001 - 1st Tim Edwards: LMS Beyer Garratt locomotive.
2nd Bob Middlemass: Tower Bridge.
3rd Ed Rebecca: Ball Handler.
2002 - 1st Bob Middlemass: Tower Bridge.
2nd George Roy: Traction Engine and Threshing Machine.
3rd Chris Shute: Ping Pong Ball Machine.
2003 - 1st Bob Brown: Tower Crane.
2nd Ed Rebecca: Astronomical Clock.
3rd George Roy: Dockside Crane.
2004 - 1st Joe Etheridge: Track Mounted Excavator.
2nd Ken McDonald: Boat in Harbour.
3rd Bob Middlemass: Lifting Bridge.
2005 - 1st Ian Mordue: South Shields Titan Blocksetter Crane.
2nd Ken McDonald: Automatic Racer.
3rd Tim Edwards: Braiding Machine.
2006 - 1st Ed Rebecca: Pithead Complex.
2nd George Roy: “Harvest Past”.
3rd Alan Blair: Gallopers Roundabout.
2007 - 1st Ken McDonald: Cliff Railway.
2nd Ed Rebecca: Remote Controlled Crane.
3rd Joe Etheridge: Shay Locomotive.
2008 - 1st Bob Middlemass: Middlesbrough Lifting Bridge.
2nd Ken Mcdonald: Automatic Racer.
3rd Jim Berrie: Petrol Engine Driving a Water Pump.
2009 - The Scone show and therefore our annual exhibition was cancelled due to waterlogged ground.
2010 - 1st Ken McDonald: Tower Ball Roller.
2nd Andy Knox: Electronically Controlled Lift.
3rd Alistair Nicoll: Clydebank Titan Crane.
2011 - 1st Andy Knox: BMC Engine.
2nd Bob Seaton: Locomotives.
3rd Andy Knox: Titan Crane.
2012 - 1st Ken McDonald: “Unremitting Labour”. Ball mover with Gandy Car.
2nd Joe Etheridge: Newport Bridge.
3rd Gordon Stewart: Tractor and Binder.
2013 - 1st John Sharp: Fork Lift Truck.
2nd Bob Middlemass: Tower Bridge.
3rd Andy Knox: Petrol Engine.
2014 - 1st Bob Seaton: Remembrance Locomotive.
2nd John Sharp: Tug tractor.
3rd Alistair Nicoll: Glasgow Tram.
2015 - 1st Andy Knox: Pumping Engine.
2nd Alistair Nicoll: Kangaroo Crane.
3rd Gordon Stewart: Tractor and Harvester.
2016 - 1st Andy Knox: Ball Roller.
2nd Ian Mordue: Grange Ironworks Crane.
3rd John Sharp: Grignion Clock.
2017 - 1st Chris Shute: Wem Treacle Mine.
2nd Alan Blair: Locomotive.
3rd Ken McDonald: Ball Roller.
2018 - 1st Chris Shute: Automatic Writing Machine.
2nd Andy Knox: Lawnmower Man.
3rd Rob Mitchell: Hole-in-One Machine.
2019 - 1st Dave Stanford: Playpark.
2nd John Sharp: Grignion and Anfield Clocks.
3rd Douglas Carson: Finnieston Crane.
Jim Finlayson Memorial Trophy
This trophy was first presented in 1986. It is held by the winner and returned at the next award. It is presented at our annual show by the previous winner for a good display, good contribution or any other reason.
1986 Jim Berrie: Iru Bru Factory.
1987 Derek Strickland: Animated Group of Meccano Musicians.
1988 Douglas Cooper: Roundabout with galloping horses and rotating gondolas.
1989 Bob Middlemass: Blocksetter Crane.
1990 Jackie Inglis: Good selection of models.
1991 Derek Strickland.
1992 Kirkcaldy Young Engineers Club: Models including a rail mounted crane.
1993 Tim Edwards: Analogue Computer.
1994 Jackie Inglis: Models including 40 Oar Galley, Beam Engine and Divers Helmet.
1995 Derek Strickland,
1996 Bert Hutchings: Models for youngsters to operate.
1997 Tim Edwards: Models for youngsters to operate.
1998 Alistair Nicoll.
1999 Bob Brown: Operation of telescopic crane and overhead gantry crane.
2000 Tim Edwards: Model display including “Sleeping Meccanoman”.
2001 Chris Shute: Ping Pong Ball Lifter Man.
2002 Bob Brown: Colourful Fairground Display.
2003 Jim Gregory: Tram Layout.
2004 Jackie Inglis: Paddle Steamer.
2005 Alan Macdonald: For services to the society.
2006 Dick Martin: Marklin Excavator.
2007 Bob Middlemass: Beam Engine Models.
2008 Joe Etheridge: For display of models and services to the society.
2009 Ken McDonald.
2010 Alan Blair.
2011 Andy Knox.
2012 Douglas Carson.
2013 Angus plumb.
2014 Gordon and Sheila Stewart.
2915 Bert Hutchings.
2016 Andy Knox: Ball Roller Crowd Puller.
2017 Angus Plumb: Display and contribution to exhibitions.
2018 Dave Stanford: For his outstanding contribution to the Club and the hobby.
2019 Douglas Carson: For his outstanding contribution to the Club and the hobby.
2020 Alan Blair and Ken McDonald : 2020 has been an exceptional year; the pandemic has halted our usual programme of meetings and exhibitions. This has made our Newsletter even more important as a means of demonstrating the vitality of the Society and as a way of keeping in touch with all members. I believe the job of Newsletter Editor is the most onerous one in the Society so this year I have decided to depart from the usual practice and award the trophy jointly to two editors.
There is an award presented to the winner of the annual Menstrie challenge. The first challenge was in 2002. For details of the winners see the various Mentstrie Photo galleries
Alistair Nicoll Memorial Trophy.
This trophy was first presented in 2018. The Trophy is a Cup presented for the best newsletter article in each year. The Cup is held by the winner and returned at the next award.
2018 Douglas Carson: For the article on the History of the Meccano Society of Scotland which appeared in the April 2018 Issue.
2019 Andy Knox: For his “Lawnmower Man” article. which appeared in the August 2019 Issue.
2020 Dave Stanford: For his “Extended Play Park” article. which appeared in the April 2020 Issue.
(The judges chose a model-building article which, in their opinion, displayed original thought and innovation. It also showed how a combination of relatively simple mechanisms using fairly common parts can be combined to create a model of sophistication and charm.)