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EPA(ΕΠΑ) Construction Sets

There seem to be three basic types of EPA(ΕΠΑ) construction sets. These were all made in Greece

1. EPA[a](ΕΠΑ[a]) which was a copy of the Erector construction system made under licence. It was made in the 1950s.

2. This was superseded in the 1960s by EPA[b](ΕΠΑ[b]) which was similar to Meccano/Märklin. This was made from the 1960s to 1970s and maybe into the 1980s.

3. EPA[c](ΕΠΑ[c]) which appears to be very similar to Trix or Tecno. Not certain when this was produced. Was this meant for the German market as is says 'Metallbaukasten' in the box and manual cover.

EPA[a](ΕΠΑ[a]) - Erector style sets


Manufacturer / Distributor

EPA (ΕΠΑ), Greece


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for EPA [a]

Maker
 
System Type
ERECTOR type
Country
Greece
Dates
1950s
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
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
Name from Greek ???; EL MECANICO ARGENTINO in MCS. Parts similar to ERECTOR, manual cover shows ERECTOR model. *1 12.5 reported earlier.

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

NOTE : If the MCS document does not appear in the window below, then refresh the page.

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


Below there are photos which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.


A photo of an EPA(a) set.
Added 08/03/21

EPA[b](ΕΠΑ[b]) - Meccano/Märklin style sets


Manufacturer / Distributor

EPA (ΕΠΑ), Greece


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for EPA [b]

Maker
 
System Type
MECCANO & MÄRKLIN features and Hole pitch <12.7mm()
Country
Greece
Dates
1960s to 1970s
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
25 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
40 (more than)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.7 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.4
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Iridescent finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.9

Comments
Unusual Braced Girders with 2 rows of rectangular cutouts. Other parts have MÄRKLIN look to them. Many sets, some of which include 'aero' & 'army' parts. An Aero set (with holes at 12.7mm pitch) is called MEKANO. *1 Mod.1.

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

NOTE : If the MCS document does not appear in the window below, then refresh the page.

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


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


Photos of an EPA(b) set 1.
Added 08/03/21

Photos of an EPA(b) set 2.
Added 08/03/21

Photos of an EPA(b) set 7.
Added 08/03/21

Photos of EPA(b) Mekano aircraft sets.
Added 08/03/21

EPA[c](ΕΠΑ[c]) - Trix/Tekno style sets


Manufacturer / Distributor

EPA (ΕΠΑ), Greece


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


Photos of an EPA(c) set.
Added 08/03/21