Model Maker Activity Badge
How to earn your badge
Choose one of these five options. Then complete all steps for your chosen option.
- Choose one of these activities:
Show that you know the different types of kits or parts available in the material you chose.Talk about the experience of building the model with a knowledgeable adult.
- Build a model using a plastic or white metal kit or pre-cast figures.
- Design and construct a model from a wood, plastic or metal construction set, such as Lego or Meccano.
- Build a model aeroplane, using a kit if you want to. It must meet one of these target flight performances:
Talk about the experience of building and flying the model with a knowledgeable adult.
- A hand-launched glider must fly for 25 seconds.
- A tow-launched glider must fly for 45 seconds, with 50 metres maximum line length.
- A rubber-powered aircraft must fly for 30 seconds.
- An engine-powered aircraft must fly for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds maximum motor run.
- A control line aircraft must show a smooth take off and landing, with three laps of level flight at about 2 metres, with a climb and dive.
- Build an electric or engine-powered model boat or yacht at least 45 cm in length. Show that it’s capable of maintaining a straight course of at least 25 metres. You can use a kit if you like.
- Talk about the experience of building the model with a knowledgeable adult.
- Choose one of these two activities:
Talk about the experience of building the model with a knowledgeable adult.
- Build an electric slot car racer. Drive it a minimum distance of 122 metres on any track, without stopping or leaving the slot more than four times.
- Build a free running car of any type. Show that it can run for at least 18 metres. Airscrew drive is allowed and you can use a kit if you like.
- Build a model coach or wagon. Show that it can run properly behind a scale locomotive.
- Build a scaled scenic model, such as a station or farmhouse for a railway layout. You can use a kit if you like.
- Talk about the experience of building your models with a knowledgeable adult.
Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility