Analysis of Meccano Manuals

1948-1953

Changes to the manuals during the era

General

The majority of the models are unchanged from the 1938 - 47 era. Most of these use the same pictures which have just been touched up to remove the cross hatching, although a few do have new pictures for an unchanged model. Most of the text is also unchanged. There are also a good number of new or redesigned models introduced. Only outfits 0 - 2 models have a parts list beside each model (except outfit 10 - see below). There was just one change to the models during the era - model 9.12 was replaced in 1953 (see below for details). Also Click here for more details which also show the relationship between the previous and subsequent eras. There were however a few minor detail changes which are noted below.

The 'How to begin the fun' page was different (and more basic) for manuals -> 2, than for manuals 3 ->.

It has been reported that models 2.9 & 2.12 were transposed in some manuals - Which manuals ??

The 1948 and early 1949 No.9 manuals were a reissue of the relevant models from the pre-war 9/10 manual and showed the blue & gold models. The first (very rare) 1948 No.9 manual had the pre-war cover. This is the only known post-war use of the pre-war cover on an English language manual. The new post-war version of the No.9 Outfit manual did not come out until mid 1949.

In 1953 the No.2 clockwork motor was withdrawn which resulted in minor changes to a number of models. Of note is that model 9.12 was replaced by a completely new model - notable as it only appeared for one year in 1953.

The No.10 manual came out in 1949 and was a straight reprint from the pre-war 9/10 manual. It had an introductory page explaining that the E120 motor was no longer available, but with a slight redesign, the E20R could be used instead. It also noted that some part numbers had changed and that modern parts were no longer hatched. Note that as the No.10 set was not released until 1949, the set contents list shown in the 1948 manuals is wrong.

On the 7/52 outfit 5 manual, the copyright address on the fron cover must have had an error, as a matching sticker has been pasted on showing the copyright address.

Whether there was a line a the bottom of each model page underneath the models varied from issue to issue with some of the manuals. So far the following has been noted.:-

Manual Details
0 Lines on the bottom of all pages
1 There are no lines on the bottom of any of the pages
2 -> 4/50 - None on any page
5/50 - Lines on the bottom of pages 2, 4, 10, 11
10/50 -> Lines on the bottom of pages 8-14 (i.e set 2 models)
3 1948 - None on any page
7/49 -> 5/50 - Lines on the bottom of all pages
10/50 -> Lines on the bottom of pages 5-> (i.e set 2/3 models)
4 -> 4/50 - Lines on the bottom of all pages
5/50 -> Lines on the bottom of pages 3-> (i.e set 2-4 models)
5 -> 4/50 - Lines on the bottom of all pages
5/50 -> Lines on the bottom of pages 3-> (i.e set 2-5 models)
6 -> 5/50 - Lines on the bottom of all pages
6/50 -> Lines on the bottom of pages 3-> (i.e set 2-6 models)
7-9 Lines on the bottom of all pages
0A No lines on the bottom of all pages
1A -> 4/49 - None on any page
4/50, 10/50 & 3/51 editions not yet examined
10/51 -> - Lines on the bottom of all pages
2A 3/48 - None on any page
6/48 edition not yet exmined
11/48 - Lines on the bottom of pages 1 &2
7/49, 3/51 -> Lines on the bottom of all pages
3A - 6A Lines on the bottom of all pages


Details of changes

Text and Formatting Changes
The accompanying text to a number of models was amended or reformatted during the period. This has been seen for the following models, but no doubt there are others.
It should be noted that these dates are approximate as the changes were not necessarily done at the beginning of the year. Also occasionally not all the manuals which a model appeared in would all be updated at exactly the same time.
Text amended
    0.13 - (4/49)
    2.1 - Text added - (4/52)
    2.7 - Text added - (4/52)
    3.5 (Para 2 & 3) - (4/52)
    3.7 (para 5) - (4/52)
    3.9 Para added - (4/52)
    4.7 (para 2) - (4/49)
    4.14 (para 4) - (4/50)
    4.20 (para 1) (4/52)
    4.25 (para 1) - (4/50)
    4.25 (para 1) - (4/52)
    5.1 (para 1) (4/52)
    5.2 (para 3) (4/52)
    5.9 (Fig 5.9b - Pointer 16 -> 13 (this is an error) (5/50)
    5.11 (Extra para added in at end) - (4/52)
    5.23 (para 1) (4/52)
    6.5 (para 3) - (4/50
    6.13 (new para at end) - (4/52)
    7.16 (para 6) - (3/53)
    7.17 - Text and figs amended due to motor change - (4/52)
    7.25 (2nd page, right hand column, para 4) - (4/49)
    8.13 - On Fig. 8.13a Number 19 -> 1 (This is an error introduced) (10/51)
    8.19 - Text and figs amended due to motor change in 1952 - see above)
    8.25 (middle column - extra para added in at bottom) - (4/52)
    9.14 - 'Hoisting Gear' Para 2 (6/53)
 
Text reformatted
    0.14 - (after 3/48 and by 9/48) - (No.1 7/48 not yet examined)
    0.18 - (4/49)
    1.4 - (7/48)
    1.22 - (Wider spacing) - (after 3/48 and by 9/48) - (No.1 7/48 not yet examined)
    2.12 (para 3) - (10/50)
    2.25 (para 3) - (after 4/49 and by 3/50) - (No.2 7/49 not yet examined)
    3.4 Note - (3/50)
    3.6 (para 1) - (3/50)
    3.6 (para 2) - (4/49)
    3.12 (para 4) - (4/49)
    3.13 - (10/52)
    3.16 (para 2) - (7/49)
    3.19 (last para) - (7/49)
    3.21 (para 1) - (3/50)
    3.23 (para 2) - (7/49)
    4.10 (para 1) - (4/50)
    4.13 (para 3) - (4/50)
    4.21 (para 2) - (4/50)
    4.24 (para 2) - (4/50)
    4.24 (motor note) - (4/49)
    5.7 (para 2 - (4/50)
    5.10 (para 2) - (after 5/50 and by 10/50) (6/50 manuals not yet examined)
    5.17 (para 1) - (4/50)
    5.17 (last para) - (4/49)
    5.24 (last para) - (4/49)
    5.25 (para 5) - (4/49)
    7.4 (page 2, para 5) - (4/50)
    7.8 (para 3) - (4/50)
    7.12 (para 7) - (4/50)
    7.14 (para 2) - (4/50)
    7.16 (para 4) - (4/50)
    7.16 (last three paras) - (1952 to make room for 7.17 when modified for different motor - see above)
    7.22 (para 8) - (4/50)
    7.24 (2nd page, para 4) - (4/50)
    7.25 (2nd page, right hand column, para 4) - (4/50)
    8.2 (para 3) - (by 10/51)
    8.2 (para 4 & 2nd column) - (4/50)
    8.3 (para 4 (4/50
    8.3 - (Motor note) - (10/51)
    8.5 (para 5) - (4/49)
    8.8 (para 1) - (10/51)
    8.12 (para 1) - (10/51)
    8.16 (2nd page, 2nd column, para 1 (4/50)
    8.19 (2nd page, para 7 & 3rd page, para 1 & 2) - (4/50)
    8.21 (para 3 & last para) - (4/50)
    8.23 (last para) - (4/50)
    8.24 (2nd last para) - (4/50)
 
Model Parts List
    1.7 - 1 of 40 added - (9/52 for set 1 - Not seen in 12/52 set 2 or 9/52 set 0A)


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