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Haynes Construction Sets

Demand Media Construction Sets

The Gift Box Company Construction Sets

Coach House Partners Construction Sets

In no later than 2015, Demand Media launched a range of Haynes branded construction sets under licence from that publishing company. Initially the Demand Media logo was on the side of the box, but in 2016, this was moved to the rear of the box. In late 2016 Demand Media launched The Gift Box Company marketing company, and from 2017 all sets had that logo on the rear. However Demand Media's name was still there in the small print. On March 5th 2020, Demand Media went into voluntary liquidation. Presumably another company was formed to take over some of the business, as all the new 2020 range of sets are sold with the 'Coach House Partners' logo and name on them. (This company also appears to be known as Coach House Outfitters). As of January 2021, The Gift Box Company's website is still live, showing both some of the old sets and the new 2020 sets for sale - http://thegiftboxcompany.co.uk/. Sets are also being sold on Ebay in the Coach House Outfitters shop - here.

Initially Demand Media just produced Haynes branded construction sets. However in 2016 as well as a number of new Haynes sets, they introduced one set in their own name - the Campervan. From 2017 they only introduced new sets under their new own brand name of The Gift Box Company. No new Haynes sets were released, although three existing ones got the new banding of The Gift Box Company. As of early 2021, the only Haynes branded set still on The Gift Box Company's website is the Apache Helicopter.

They have parts to similar to both Meccano and Eitech Construction and are classified as Polylong(1) type set. They were manufactured in China possibly by Polylong or a successor. Incidentally from the style of the box and packaging, these are almost certainly made by the same Chinese company that makes the Imperial War Museums (IWM) sets distributed through Smart Fox. Interestingly the Haynes model of a Spitfire, the IWM model of a Hawker Hurricane and the AtoZ model of a Spitfire all appear to be the same model.


Manufacturer / Distributor

Originally: Direct Media, UK - then from 2020: Coach House Partners, UK who both imported these sets from China


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for POLYLONG [1]

Maker
 
System Type
as CONSTRUCTION
Country
China
Dates
2003 to in production in 2018 and continuing
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
25 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
50 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
10.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2 (see comment *2)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: pan (crosshead)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Bright Zinc plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.5(see comment *3)

Comments
Various Sets (see separate list) from Polylong & other makers. Most parts as CONSTRUCTION [1] but some others. *1 Mod.1 & finer for Motor/Gear Unit.. *2 Square holes in some RCEE sets, see TRONICO [a]. *3 6.1 & 7.4 also reported.

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

Haynes Construction Sets

Initial Range in 2015 (or earlier) packaging with Direct Media's logo.


Photos of the 2015 Haynes Apache Helicopter set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2015 Haynes Haynes Battle Tank set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2015 Haynes Excavator Truck set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2015 Haynes Sports Car set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2015 Haynes Steam Train set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2015 Haynes Tractor set
(Added 03/07/20)

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Haynes Expanded Range in 2016 packaging with Direct Media's logo.

Note that the Battle Tank has been renamed Tank and the Excavator has been renamed as Digger


Photos of the 2016 Haynes Apache Helicopter set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Digger set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Dump Truck set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Motorbike set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Spitfire set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Spitfire set which also came with a magazine
(Added 24/01/21)

The instructions for the 2016 Spitfire set that came with a magazine
(Added 13/04/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Sports Car set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Steam Train set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Steam Train set which also came with a magazine
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Tank set
(Added 03/07/20)

Photos of the 2016 Haynes Tractor set
(Added 24/01/21)

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Sets 2017 and later with The Gift Box Company's logo

These Haynes sets are the only ones that are thought to appear with The Gift Box Company logo on them.


Photos of the 2018 Haynes Apache Helicopter set
(Added 24/01/21)

The Gift Box Company's instructions for the Haynes Apache Helicopter set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of the 2017 Haynes Sports Car set
(Added 24/01/21)

The Gift Box Company's instructions for the Haynes Sports Car set
(Added 24/01/21)
The Tractor set also exists with The Gift Box logo on it. However so far I have not seen it

The Gift Box Company's instructions for the Haynes Tractor set
(Added 24/01/21)

Other sets with Demand Media logo (2016)


Photos of the Direct Media Campervan set
(Added 24/01/21)

Other sets with The Gift Box Company logo (2017-2019)


Photos of The Gift Box Company's Campervan set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Campervan set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Chopper set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Concorde set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Concorde set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Fire Engine set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Fire Engine set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Flying Scotsman set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Flying Scotsman set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Land Rover set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Land Rover set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Red Arrows set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Red Arrows set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Spitfire set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Spitfire set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Dead Metal set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Dead Metal set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Matilda set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Shunt set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Shunt set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Sir Killalot set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Gift Box Company's Robot Wars Sir Killalot set
(Added 24/01/21)

Sets with The Coach House Partners logo (2020)


Photos of The Coach House Partners' Concorde set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Coach House Partners' Flying Scotsman set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Coach House Partners' Land Rover set
(Added 24/01/21)

Instructions for The Coach House Partners' Land Rover set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Coach House Partners' Grand Prix Racing Car set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Coach House Partners' Spitfire set
(Added 24/01/21)

Photos of The Coach House Partners' Lunar Lander set
(Added 17/05/21)

Instructions for The Coach House Partners' Lunar Lander set
(Added 17/05/21)