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La Meccanica Applicata Construction Sets

La Meccanica Applicata was a Meccano-like construction system. It was probably manufactured in Italy. Date unknown, but probably the 1930s or 1940s. The La Meccanica Applicata set shown in the pictures below has contents virtually identical to Fai Meccanica set 1. It is therefore assumed that these sets probably precede Fai Meccanica.

Brief Details - Distance between holes 12.00 mm., Diameter of holes 4.24 mm., Diameter of shafts 3.91 mm. It does not have a motor.

Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from Italy

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for LA MECCANICA APPLICATA (Ref:LMA)

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
50 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Same manual cover, lid label same with MOGO logo, boy with Meccano-like Crane, & boy with lathe in b'ground. Parts nickel, light & dark red & blue. Many Meccano-like, but 13 holes Strip(s), Angle Girder, brass Girder. See FAI. *1In set known.

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The manual front cover of a La Meccanica Applicata set taken from issue 48 of the Other Systems Newsletter published by Tony Knowles.
(Added 19/09/2020)

Some photos of a La Meccanica Applicata set. The contents of this set are virtually identical to that of Fai Meccanica set 1.
(Added 19/09/2020)