Rules for Materials

You can use any of the following materials for your model, but no others.

  • Strips of MDF board up to 600mm long with cross-sectional dimensions of6 mm x 4 mm.
  • Sheets of paper
  • String
  • PVC hot melt glue
  • Glue stick .
  • A Single Square MDF base for your model. The base must be at least 0.5 cm thick and its sides must be exactly 25 cm long. It must be left solid. However, you may drill up to sixteen holes in the base to help fix your model to it. The diameter of the holes must not be more than 8 mm.

You will be sent the MDF base and 30 strips of MDF board (each 600 mm long) in the first week of January 2003. This means that you can design your model and cut the MDF to size before the challenges on the 10th and 11th March 2003. You are not allowed start assembling your model until the actual day of the challenge, when you will be given 4½ hours to construct it.

Warning! You will be disqualified from the competition if you start assembling your model before the day of the challenge.

On the day of the challenge, you will be provided with the rest of the materials and equipment to complete you model.

The equipment will be:

· Junior hacksaw
· Scissors
· Hand drill with 8 mm bit
· Glue gun
· Tape measure
· Pencil

MDF strips can be used for the main frame of your model.

Paper can be used to stiffen the floors and frame of your model.

String can be used in single strands, or several strands can be twisted together to make it thicker.

This is one way of fixing your model to the base.

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