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Constructor(1) Construction Sets

Constructor(1) was a development of the Constructor(0) system where it moved away from the rhombus shaped main element to a more Meccano-like system. It was produced in France from 1920 to the mid 1960s.

Constructor(1a) - (1920-33)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
France
Dates
circa 1920 to known in 1930
Material
Steel
Thread
3x.75
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
3x.75
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
38 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11.0 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: tapered cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
(see comment *3)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.4
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.3

Comments
Lid has boy with Tower & river/bridge scene behind. More & smaller parts than CNR0 above. 2 widths of Strip known, 8.2 & later 8.8mm (8.1 known). *1 50 later reported. *2 10.0 in Braced Girders. *3 Square Nuts in manual.

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

The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A 1920s Constructor(1) manual for sets 0 to 2

The 1920 Constructor(1) manual for set 3

The 1930 Constructor(1) manual for sets 0 to 2

An early 1920s price list for Constructor(1)

Constructor(1b) - (1933 to mid 1960s)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
France
Dates
  to 1964 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel (see comment *2)
Thread
3x.75
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
3x.75
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
43 (probably)
No. of Parts in System
82 (see comment *3)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Aluminium (Alloy) with a Aluminium (Alloy) finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
5.8(see comment *4)
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.0

Comments
Lids: 2 boys with Transporter Bridge or H'head Crane & Loco. Final phase with more parts, some changed. Strip(s) 9.8 wide, later 10.8, also 10.1. *1 '70 reported. *2 Some light alloy in WW2. *3 from 50 initially.*4 5.3 may exist. Check all N&B data.

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

The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A 1950s Constructor(1) manual for set 000

A 1950s Constructor(1) manual for set Special

A Constructor(1) manual for sets 00 to 1 with a dark blue cover

A Constructor(1) manual for sets 2 to 4 with a dark blue cover

A Constructor(1) manual for sets 00 to 1 with a light greeny blue cover

A Constructor(1) manual for sets 2 to 4 with a light greeny blue cover

A Constructor(1) manual for sets 00 to 1 with a yellow cover

A 1950s Constructor(1) manual for sets 00 to 1

A 1960s Constructor(1) manual for sets 00 to 1

A 1960s Constructor(1) manual for sets 2 to 4
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

A leaflet giving set contents for Constructor(1)

A 1950 price list for Constructor(1)
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

A 1956 price list for Constructor(1)
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

A 1961 price list for Constructor(1)
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

An advertising leaflet for Constructor(1)

Various photos of the Constructor(1) construction system
(Scans from Urs Flammer)