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Le Charpento[a] Construction Sets

Le Charpento[a] utilised frames, strips and girders which pushed together. It was made in France after World War Two until the 1950s. It is quite unlike Le Charpento[b]

Manufacturer / Distributor

J.A. Paris

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for CHARPENTO, LE [a]

System Type
Non-Meccano type
after World War Two to 1950s
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
13.0 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.1(See comments *2)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
(Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Lid label has an Arch Bridge with a Ship under it. Parts include Frames, Strips, Girders, which mostly push together, quite unlike CHARPENTO [b]. *1*2 In 5 holes Strip; 20.0/3.3 in 'Braced Girders'.

Below there are manuals/leaflets and photos which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.

A Le Charpento[a] manual
(Added 30/01/2019)

Various photos of the Le Charpento[a] construction system
(Added 30/01/2019)