Meccano Manuals 1908 - 1981

Old Style Plastic (Junior) Meccano

Details and Downloads of the Manuals

Meccano Ltd introduced Plastic Meccano for younger children in 1965, It was renamed Junior Meccano in 1979. It lasted until 1993 when it was replaced by a totally new Junior Meccano system. Details of the various set manuals are noted below. Also included are the Study Kits produced by Educational Productions Ltd in collaboration with Meccano. The instruction leaflets/manuals can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.


UK MANUALS

1965-71

Plastic Meccano was first introduced in 1965 with three sets - 'A', 'B' and 'C'. At present I only know of the one combined instruction leaflet during this era covering all sets. Were there any others?


The combined instruction leaflet for the sets A, B & C. It was a large double sided sheet.
(Ref 72937)

1971-77

There were four main sets during this era - '100', '200', '300' and '400'. The manuals were reprinted several times during the era. The various printings can be identified by being either 'Meccano Tri-ang Ltd', 'Meccano (1971) Ltd', '©1973', '©1974' or '©1975'. If anyone can supply scans/information on printings not shown below it would be appreciated.
NOTE - The Track Pack remained in production until Meccano production stopped in the UK in 1981


The instruction leaflet for set 100. It was a single double sided sheet.
(Ref 160035, Meccano Tri-ang Ltd)
Other printings
Ref 160035, Meccano (1971) Ltd

The instruction leaflet for set 200. It was a single double sided sheet.
(Ref 160035, Meccano Tri-ang Ltd)
Other printings
Ref 160035, Meccano (1971) Ltd
Ref 160035, © 1975 Meccano Ltd

The instruction manual for sets 300 and 400.
(Ref 162180, Meccano & Airfix Logos, ©1975)
Other printings
Other printings of this manual will exist and scans of them would be appreciated

The Caterpillar Track Accessory Pack instruction leaflet.
(Ref 153041, Meccano Tri-ang Ltd)
Other printings
Ref 153041, Meccano (1971) Ltd

Due to Trade Mark objections by Caterpillar Ltd it was subsequently renamed the Flexible Track Accessory Pack.
(Ref 153041, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

1977-79

There were four main sets during this era - 'Playpack', '1', '2' and '3'.


The instruction leaflet for the Playpack set. It was a single double sided sheet.
(Ref 160039, ©1976, Airfix Logo)

The instruction leaflet for set 1. It was a single double sided sheet.
(Ref 160041, ©1977, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

The instruction manual for set 2.
(No Ref No., ©1977, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

The instruction manual for set 3.
(Ref 162182, ©1977, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

The Plastic Meccano Parts Check List for the 1977 range.
(Ref 160040, ©1977, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

1979-81

There were two main sets during this era - 'A1' and 'A2'. These were the last sets produced by Meccano(UK) before production stopped due to the Airfix group collapsing


The instruction leaflet for set A1. It was a large double sided sheet.
(No ref no., ©1979, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

The instruction leaflet for set A2. It was a large double sided sheet.
No ref no., ©1979, Meccano & Airfix Logos)

FRENCH MANUALS

1970s

Meccano France relased three sets in the 1970s, Sets '1', '2' and '3'. These were idential to the UK '100', '200' and '300' sets.


The instruction Manual for the French set 1

The instruction Manual for the French set 2

The instruction Manual for the French set 3

1986-88

Following the closure of the UK factory, Plastic (Junior) Meccano was reintroduced in 1986 from France with three sets - '1 Star', '2 Stars' and '3 Stars'. At present I have not seen any manuals for these sets. If anyone can supply scans it would be appreciated.


1988-91

There were two sets during this era - 'A' and 'B'.


The combined instruction leaflet for sets A & B. It was a large double sided sheet.

1991-93

There were two sets during this era - 'A' and 'B'.


The combined instruction leaflet for sets A & B. It was a large double sided sheet.

STUDY KITS

1968

Two series of Study Kit cards utilising the new Plastic Meccano were produced by Education Production Ltd in collaboration with Meccano Ltd in 1968.


The instruction cards for Study Kit 1 - Geometry and Structures

The instruction cards for Study Kit 2 - Pulleys, Gears and Levers