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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

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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

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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)