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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] (Ref:CHAa)

System Type
Non-Meccano type
after World War Two to 1955 (some significant doubt)
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 comment *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'.

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

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