BAYKO - 'Architect' Articles
From 'MECCANO Magazine'

The really sad thing about this collection of articles is that they emerged so late in the life of BAYKO!
Architect Article - July, 1963 - the first one
The first Article appeared in the 'MECCANO Magazine' in July, 1963 and the last one graced the May 1964 edition, 3 months after the last BAYKO advert.
Gary Birch tells me that MECCANO surrendered editorial control of the 'MECCANO Magazine' in March, 1964 to MAP Magazines, which wouldn't have helped the longevity of the 'Architect' articles...
...indeed, the last three articles [e.g. below, right] are titled 'BAYKO Builds' rather than 'Architect', following the magazine's takeover.
In one sense, the 'Architect' Articles peaked early in that the September, 1963 contribution spilled over onto a third page - the only one to do so.
The aim of the Articles appears fairly simple - to encourage children with BAYKO sets "large or small" to experiment with new models and enjoy what we all know to be the world's greatest hobby!
The 'Architect' designed buildings aren't revolutionary, but the Articles included useful advice and encouragement to those teetering on the brink of experimenting with their own designs.
Encouraging people to grow is one thing but to go into print with the sentence, "After all, you cannot expect to build huge models with small outfits", [January, 1964] could perhaps have been better expressed - and better timed!
Architect Article - May, 1964 - the last one
As a general rule I have mixed feelings on the contribution MECCANO made to BAYKO, but I have to congratulate them on this initiative - even if it did prove to be unfortunately timed - and short lived - there's much more fun to be had from designing models from scratch. In fact I've heard from several real life architects that this was exactly what fired their initial enthusiasm.
The February 1964 article on a 'New Zealand Split-Level House' was based on plans submitted by a reader, an excellent development which augured well for the future...
...or, at least, that might have done, if BAYKO hadn't already died...
...there are also some fundamental flaws in the design as shown...
...was this a slightly petty attempt by 'Architect' to sabotage the series as he / she lost control of it?
All 11 'Architect' models built by Andy Harris
Regardless, none of the other 'Architect' models is difficult to build...
...if you're a BAYKO collector, why not have a go yourself - not many other people will have built them in the last 40 years.
I'm pleased to say that Andy Harris took up, and has now completed, my 'Architect' challenge and relevant photos of his excellent models have now been added to each individual 'Architect' page...
...I've also put all eleven into a small slide show [left].
 
You may also be interested in the 'Toyman' articles which, though intended to push DINKY TOYS, also used BAYKO models in the background...
 
In March, 1962, there was also a one-off article, in 'MECCANO Magazine' entitled "Famous Buildings in BAYKO"...
 
Click on the links in the table below to view the various 'Architect' Articles from the MECCANO Magazine.
The next three are
'BAYKO Builds'
 
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