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Clou Construction Sets
and
Match Box Construction Set(2) (100 Toys in One)
and
Match Box Construction Set(3) / Match Box Construction Set(4)
and
Macón Construction Sets

These are all very similar 'Matchbox' type construction sets which used wood and metal. All have very similar or identical parts except that the parts in Macón are about 50% larger that the others which are all around the same size. They are all thought to have made the same 100 models.

Clou was produced in Germany in the early 1930s.

Match Box Construction Set(2) and 100 Toys in One are both the same set. The confusion arose because the Match Box Construction Set(2) sets were mounted on a card which said '100 Toys in One', which originally was found by itself with no set attached. These were made in the USA.

Match Box Construction Set(3) and Match Box Construction Set(4) were made in Japan. These are the same, the only difference is that the name 'Limemar' is blacked out on Match Box Construction Set(4).

Macón was produced in Spain (apparently under an American patent) and made the same 100 models. However the parts are approx 50% larger.

Clou


Manufacturer / Distributor

Gebr. Schmid, Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for CLOU

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
Germany
Dates
1932
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
14
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.6
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
2.9 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.0 (mean)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Box sleeve has CLOU with boy, Train, Gun on top; SÄKERHETS TÄNDSTICKOR with cross, 4 medals on bottom. Parts (small Flanged Plate, 3,5 holes Strips, Pulley, Rod with push-on Washers) & models similar to MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [2]/3.

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The Clou model instructions (in English)
(Added 23/05/2019)

The Clou model instructions (in German)
(Added 14/11/2018)

Various photos of the Clou construction system
(Added 14/11/2018)

Match Box Construction Set(2) / 100 Toys in One


Manufacturer / Distributor

Louis Marx X Co., 200 5th Avenue, New York City, USA


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [2]

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
USA
Dates
1930s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
14
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.3 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Mfr: Louis Marx. Small parts similar to CLOU but Wheel insteaad of Pulley. Box top has boy with Buildings; bottom has Vest Pocket Builder, cross, 4 medals (not as CLOU).

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Manufacturer / Distributor

Louis Marx X Co., 200 5th Avenue, New York City, USA


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for 100 TOYS IN ONE

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
USA
Dates
1930s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
15
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Name on a card to which a Louis Marx 'Match Box' set is clipped. aluminium boy & a girl are shown on the card on either side of the set.

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There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.


Match Box Construction Set(3) / Match Box Construction Set(4)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Linemar, Japan


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [3]

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
Japan
Dates
1950s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
not tapped
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
14
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.4 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.3 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.1 (mean)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
OSN6: MBC1. Mfr: LINEMAR. Parts like CLOU. Box top as MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [2] except maker; bottom has Vest Pocket Builder & 100 Toys in One. Sets known without Linemar name or with it blacked out.

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Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from Japan


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [4]

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
Japan
Dates
1950s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
not tapped
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
14
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.4 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.3 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.1 (mean)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Name on folded card clipped to top of clear bag with blacked out Linemar (MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [3]) set inside.

There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Match Box Construction Set(3) or Match Box Construction Set(4) available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.


Macón


Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from Spain


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MACON

Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
Spain
Dates
 
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
14 (probably)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Parts similar to CLOU & MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [2/3] but approx 1.5 times larger. Models shown are identical.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

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There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Macón available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.