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Condor Construction Sets
Condor was a Meccano-like construction system. It was produced in Italy from around 1960 to the early 1980s. It was preceded by DISCO LUDENDO and the earliest Condor sets were identical to it.
Early Era - In the earliest era there were six sets which went from 00 to 4 and part 28 was a circular flanged wheel with gearing (like Disco Ludendo) (see note below). The manuals for this era was identical to the later Disco Ludendo manuals (including the front cover) except that inside the manual the words 'Disco Ludendo' were replaced by 'Condor'. Note that in this earliest era the 'Condor' logo was circular (it had also been on the later Disco Ludendo manuals).
Middle Era - Following this, there were two further distinct periods to Condor sets. A middle era where there were seven sets (sets 1 to 7) in the range. The flanged circular plate was replaced by a pulley (see note below) and the design of the trunnions and curved strip changed. A few extra parts were also added. The 'Condor' logo was changed to a triangular shape.
Late Era - Finally in the later era an extra set was inserted in the range between sets 4 and 5. Sets 5 to 7 were then renumbered as sets 6 to 8. At some point during this later era, an additional set (number 9) was added to take the range to nine sets. This additional set essentially doubled the contents of the number 8 and only added two new types of flexible plates, namely 7x3 and 7x9 holes. The contents of set 9 can be seen in the MCS document below.
Note - the oldest version of CONDOR (like its predecessor DISCO LUDENDO) is characterized by incorporating (as AMI / LAC and BRAL do in their high numbers) circular flanged plates of 65 mm. diameter (part 28) (copied from MÄRKLIN) with their corresponding toothed couplings (which also exist for pulleys 25 mm in diameter), and by the peculiar design of the strips 5-hole curves and of flat and flanged trunnions. This 65mm flanged plate with toothed gearing was then replaced fairly early on by a 68mm pulley. Note that part 28 was assigned to both parts.
Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for CONDOR
Very like Meccano
1960 to 1983 (see comment *1)
38 (see comment *2)
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Steel with a Brass finish
Parts including: M52 with flange slots; 3 holes M11a; 5 holes Trunnion with 2 vertical side slots; BRAL Braced Girders with solid centres; 3x5-11h Flex Plates. *1 possibly after. *2 Also 14.5, Mod.1.75 (4-spoke Gears).
The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here
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(Part 28 is a circular flanged plate with gearing - see note above)
An early Condor set 0 manual. Note that this manual is the same as the later Disco Ludendo manuals except that 'Condor' replaces 'Disco Ludendo' inside the manual
Middle Era (sets 1 - 7)
(Part 28 is changed to a pulley - see note above)
Later Era (sets 1 - 8 (later 9))
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