Analysis of Meccano Manuals

Themed Sets

Data on Meccano Manuals

 

Note - The numbers in green are the reference numbers from the list of USA Meccano manuals produced by Kendrick Bisset. Kendick Bisset's website on Meccano in the United States.
Information on copyright dates etc. is available for many of the American manuals on the USA © Info page.

Pagination/contents of Hornby System of Mechanical Demonstration (HSMD)
Liverpool and America (Ref 10.2)
Introduction Pages 1 - 2
Section A : Models 1 - 13 Pages 3 - 15
Section B : Models 1 - 9 Pages 16 - 24
Section C : Models 1 - 14 Pages 25 - 39
Explanation of the Metric System Pages 40 - 41
Contents of Outfits Page 42
Separate Parts
Price List of Additional Parts
Page 43
Price List of 'Hornby' Scientific Series Page 44
 
  Print codes of 'Mechanised Army' Model Leaflet
  Black print on off white/slightly pinkish paper.
Model leaflet was a single sheet of paper
Size 19½in. x 13 5/16in. (495mmx339mm) approx, folded twice
1939 15/369/25
1940 --
1941 15/341/4

Print references of Multikit/Contruction Set and Clock Kit Manuals
The Army, Highway, Super Highway and Combat manuals were all A4 portrait size
The Crane manuals were 13 3/8" x 7" (340mmx180mm)
The No.1 Clock kit was a folded leaflet of 7¾in. x 7¾in. (198mmx198mm) which opened out to 7¾in. x 23¼in.
The No.1 Clock kit supplementary sheets were 8in. x 10in. (English) and 8in. x 13in. (Foreign languages)
The No.2 Clock kit was a folded leaflet of 8in. x 8in. (205mmx205mm) which opened out to 16in. x 24in.
The No.2 Clock kit Foreign Language supplementary sheets were 8in. x 13in.
The No.2 Clock kit Important Notes sheets were 8in. x 10in.
  Army
(46/44 pages)
Highway
(38 pages)
Super Highway
(38 pages)
Combat
(28/24 pages)
Crane
(44/40 pages)
Clock No.1 Clock No.1
Sup notes*2
Clock No.2 Clock No.2
Sup notes*3
Clock No.2
Important Notes
*4
1971 -- -- -- -- -- 162173
M. (1971)Ltd
152303 162174
M. (1971)Ltd*6
No print ref 152034
M. (1971)Ltd
1972 162175
1972
162176
1972
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1973 -- -- -- -- -- 162173
1973
-- -- -- --
1974 162175
1974
162176
1974
162177
1974
-- -- 162173
1974 (Airfix) *1
-- 162174
1974 (Airfix) *1
-- --
1975 162175
1975 (Airfix) *1
162176
1975 (Airfix) *1
-- 162178
1975 (Airfix) *1
-- -- -- -- -- --
1976 -- -- -- -- 162179
1976 (Airfix) *1
-- -- -- -- --
1977 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1978 162175
1978 (Airfix) *1
-- -- 162178
1978 (Airfix) *1
162179
1978 (Airfix) *1
-- -- -- -- --
??? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Clock
No.2 *5
-- --

Note *1 - These manuals have the Meccano Logo on the rear cover.
Note *2 - The No.1 Clock Kit Supplementary Notes are known in both English and eight Foreign Languages. The Foreign Languages are known in both single and double sided versions.
Note *3 - The No.2 Clock Kit Supplementary Notes are eight Foreign Language translations of the English notes on the No.2 Clock Kit manual.
Note *4 - The No.2 Clock Kit Important Notes are known in both English and eight Foreign Languages. The Foreign Languages are four to a double sided sheet. (Only one of the two Foreign Language sheets and been examined so far)
Note *5 - A version of the No.2 Clock Kit manual exists printed all in a blue ink. It has no copyright address, date or print code. It looks to be genuine, but when was it printed? - Does anyone have any information on it?
Note *6 - This manual is also known with a stuck-on label with a large '2' on it.
Note 7 - Manuals identified with (Airfix) have the Airfix Logo on the rear cover.

 

Pagination/contents of Multikit/Contruction Set and Clock Kit Manuals
  Army
(1972-5)
(46 pages)
Army
(1978)
(44 pages)
Highway
(38 pages)
Super Highway
(38 pages)
Combat
(1975)
(28 pages)
Combat
(1978)
(24 pages) *1
Crane
(1976)
(44 pages)
Crane
(1978)
(40 pages) *1
Your Electric Motor -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
1-2
Page 2
How to Use This Book -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 3
Basic Constructions -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
4-5
Bending & Straightening etc. -- -- -- -- IFC Page 5 -- --
Please Read Carefully IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
page 1
-- -- -- --
How to use Meccano IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
pages
1-3
IFC,
page 1
Pages
1-3
Pages
2-4
Pages
2-5
--
Models Pages
4-40,
IRC
Pages
4-40,
IRC
Pages
4-32,
IRC
Pages
2-32,
IRC
Pages
4-21
Pages
6-23
Pages
6-37
Pages
6-37
Bridge models from the crane set -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
38-39
Pages
38-39
Adverts for Multikits -- -- -- -- Pages
22-23
-- Page 40 --
Illustrated Set Contents IRF RC IRF IRF IRC Page 24
(RC)
IFC Page 40
(RC)
Advert for Meccano & Motors ORF -- ORF ORF Page 24 -- IRC --

Note *1 - Page numbering includes the covers for these manuals.
Note 2 - Note that the 1972-75 manuals had an extra folded 'flap' page attached to the rear cover - IRF & ORF above.

 

Print references of Meccanoids and Space 2501 Manuals
The manuals were all landscape 11¾in. x 7in. (297mm x 178mm)
  Meccanoids (20 pages) Space 2501 (20 pages)
1979 162174
1979 (Airfix) *1
 
1979 (Airfix) *1

Note *1 - These manuals have the Meccano Logo on the rear cover.
Note 2 - Manuals identified with (Airfix) have the Airfix Logo on the rear cover.

 
Pagination/contents of Meccanoids and Space 2501 Manuals
  Meccanoids (20 pages) Space 2501 (20 pages)
How to use Meccano / Please read carefully / Basic Constructions Pages 2-5 Pages 2-5
Your Electric Motor Page 6 --
Assembling missiles and nose cones -- Page 6
Illustrated Set Contents Page 7 Page 7
Pattern for assemblies Page 8 --
Motor Framework construction common to all models Page 9 --
Models Pages 10-19 Pages 8-20
Advertisement for all Meccano Products Page 20 --

Note 1 - Page numbering includes the covers.

 
Print details of all 1980 Action Model Leaflets
The leaflets were all landscape 12½in. x 6¼in. (315mm x 159mm)
Series Model Model Ref Print Ref
Series One Stellar Missile Pad 7801 No print ref
Series One Star Striker 7802
Series One Lunar Chariot 7803 No print ref
Series One Cement Mixer 7804
Series One Farm Tractor 7807 No print ref
Series One Prairie Express 7809
Series Two Cosmic Raider 7950 ???*1
Series Two Mobile Rocket Launcher 7951 No print ref
Series Two Moon Marauder 7952 No print ref
Series Two Container Truck 7953 No print ref
Series Two Tractor And Trailer 7955 No print ref
Series Two Dragster 7956 No print ref
Series Two Stock Car Smasher 7957 No print ref

Note *1 - So far the 'Cosmic Raider' leaflet has not been seen. Does it exist? Was it ever produced with a separate leaflet, or was the model only released later with instructions on the box when the bi-lingual versions were released?
Note 2 - Series One leaflets had two models per leaflet, paired as noted above and Series Two had one model per leaflet.

 

Page last updated - 9 October 2013


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