SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Model Maker

The Scout must complete all the requirements in one of the following alternatives.

Alternative A

  1. Construct a model aeroplane - the use of a kit is permitted. When flown, it must meet one of the following minimum flight performances:
    1. Hand-launched glider to fly for 25 seconds.
    2. Tow-launched glider with 50 metres maximum line length to fly for 45 seconds.
    3. Rubber-powered aircraft to fly for 30 seconds.
    4. Engine-powered aircraft with 15 seconds maximum motor run to fly for 45 seconds.
    5. Control line aircraft to show a smooth take-off, three laps level flight at approximately two metres and climb and dive with a smooth landing.
  2. Have a knowledge of the basic principles of flight, including the three axes and their effect on stability and control.
Alternative B
  1. Build an electric or engine-powered model boat or yacht, not less than 45cm in length (kits permitted) and show it to be capable of maintaining a straight course of not less than 25 metres.
  2. Give a clear explanation of Archimedes' Principles.
Alternative C
    1. Build an electric slot car racer, not from a kit, though a commercial body and other parts may be used, and drive it a minimum distance of 122 metres on any track without stopping or leaving the slot more than four times.
    2. Build a free running car of any type (kits permitted) and demonstrate that it will run for at least 18 metres. Airscrew drive is allowed.
  2. Choose one of the following two activities:
  3. Know how track and wheelbase are measured and sketch and explain Ackerman steering.
Alternative D
  1. Build a coach or wagon and demonstrate that it runs satisfactorily behind a locomotive.
  2. Build a scenic model, such as a station, farmhouse and so on, to scale for a layout (kits are allowed).
  3. Draw an electric circuit for a simple track layout.
  4. Detail the safety precautions to be taken when assembling such a layout.
Alternative E
  1. To a standard agreed with the assessor, complete one of the following two activities:
    1. Build and fully finish a model involving the use of a plastic or white metal kit or pre-cast figures.
    2. Design and construct a model from wood, plastic or metal construction set (such as Lego or Meccano).
  2. Discuss with the assessor the difficulties encountered whilst building the model and the advantages and the disadvantages of using the material chosen.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the different types of kits or parts available in the material they chose.