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Märklin Metall Construction Sets

Märklin Metall construction sets originated as Meccano. The German government took over control of the German Meccano operation during World War One and then sold it to the Márklin company in around 1919. There was a joint period until early 1919 when sets were jointly produced. See Meccano-Márklin. Märklin Metall was made in Germany from 1919 until around 2000. Although there have been a small number of special sets sold since then.

Information of Marklin Print Codes

Beginning in about 1922 most Marklin documents had a print code consisting of a 5-7 digit number with or without blanks: 'NNN MM YY' where:-
NNN - circulation figure in 1.000, i.e. 40 = 40,000
MM - month of impression
YY - year of impression

Starting in about 1933 the circulation figures were coded by characters according to:-
TOYMARKLIN = 1234567890, i.e. T = 1, R = 6, N = 0 etc.

A few years later a lowercase character indicating the printing firm was added to the code. This scheme has been used to at least until 1999, the last year of Marklin Metall.


Manufacturer / Distributor

Gebr. Märklin & Cie, Goppingen, Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MÄRKLIN

Maker
Märklin
System Type
MÄRKLIN type
Country
Germany
Dates
1919 to 2000 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W (see comment *2)
Boss Type
double-tapped (see comment *3)
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38 (see comment *4)
No. of Parts in System
260 (see comment *5)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3 (see comment *6)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0 (see comment *7)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: tapered cheese (slotted)
(see comment *8)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0(mean)
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2

Comments
*1plus '04 Digger set with parts by Metallus. *2+M6 for theme set Hubs. *3single tapped early/late. *4plus Rings 14.5. *5Excluding elec parts, & about 20, mostly plastic, in 80s theme sets. *6*7*8c'20: dST=4.2; inside diamenter of holes in strips=4.1; Plate head(s) Bolt. '89: circa Bolt head(s).

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Pre-War Literature

1 - Manuals


The Märklin instruction manual No.70 for 1924 - dated November 1924.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.70 for 1929 - dated November 1924.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.70 in Italian for 1940 - dated October 1940.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1919.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1920 - dated January 1920.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1921 - dated March 1921.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1922 - dated November 1922.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 in Italian for 1922.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1924 - dated July 1924.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1924 - dated Novemeber 1924.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1925 - dated May 1925.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1926 - dated April 1926.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1927 - dated January 1927.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 for 1929 - dated February 1929.

The Märklin instruction manual No.71 in Italian for 1930.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71a for 1931. - dated May 1931.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71a in Spanish for 1931. - dated October 1931.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71a in English for 1937. - dated May 1937.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71a for 1939. - dated May 1939.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71a in Italian for 1940. - dated October 1940.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual No.71b for 1933. - dated May 1933.
(Added 27/11/19)

The 1919 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated 1919 - Version 1.

The 1919 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated 1919 - Version 2.

The 1920 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated January 1920.

The 1922 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated March 1922.

The 1923 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated February 1923.

The 1925 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated October 1925.

The 1927 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated January 1927.

The 1928 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated June 1928.

The 1930 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated March 1930.

The 1936 Märklin instruction manual No.72 for using the various motors. - Dated May 1936.

The 1922 Märklin instruction manual No.73 for using sets 101/1 & 101/2 - Transportenlagen (Conveyer Hopper system). - Dated February 1922.

The 1922 Märklin instruction manual No.74 for using sets 102 & 104 - Clockwork & Electric Clocks. - Dated March 1922.

The 1923 Märklin instruction manual No.75 for constructing electric motors and clocks. - Dated June 1923.

The 1927 Märklin instruction manual No.76 for use in conjunction with sets 101/1, 101/2, 105/1 & 105/2. - Dated October 1927.

The 1929 Märklin instruction manual No.76 for use in conjunction with sets 101/1, 101/2, 105/1 & 105/2. - Dated October 1929.

The 1921 Märklin instruction leaflet for the Steam Engine. - Dated October 1921.

The 1921 Märklin instruction leaflet in English for the Steam Engine. - Dated October 1921.
(Added 27/11/19)

The 1921 Märklin instruction leaflet in French for the Steam Engine. - Dated October 1921.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction leaflet for the No.201 clockwork motor.
(Added 27/11/19)

2 - Pre-War Parts Lists


A Märklin illustrated parts list dated March 1926.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated August 1928.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list for 1928.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated May 1929. Ref M222A.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin set contents list dated November 1929. Ref M244.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated February 1930. Ref M262A.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin set contents list dated October 1930. Ref M244.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated June 1931. Ref M326A.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated September 1932. Ref M403.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated July 1934. Ref M511.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin set contents list dated September 1934. Ref M506.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin illustrated parts list dated July 1936. Ref M580.
(Added 06/08/21)

3 - Pre-War Märklin Price Lists


A Märklin price list dated August 1919. Ref M37.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated November 1919. Ref M37.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated January 1920. Ref M52.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated May 1920. Ref M54.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated September 1920. Ref M60.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated April 1922. Ref M85.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated April 1924. Ref M129.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated March 1926. Ref M156.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated May 1926. Ref M170.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated February 1930. Ref M253.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated March 1931. Ref M311.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated March 1932. Ref M371.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated May 1935. Ref M541.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin price list dated May 1938. Ref M619.
(Added 06/08/21)

4 - Pre-War Catalogues and Brochures etc.


A Märklin Metall catalogue dated November 1922. Ref M89.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated November 1922. Ref M89.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin Metall catalogue for 1926.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated August 1927. Ref M184.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated July 1928. Ref M207.
(Added 06/08/21)

The Märklin all products catalogue for 1930.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated August 1930. Ref M291A.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated August 1930 with a different cover. Ref M291A.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin dealers catalogue of shop display models. Dated April 1931.
(Added 06/08/21)

A letter to Märklin dealers. Dated May 1934.
(Added 06/08/21)

The Märklin Metall sets catalogue in English dated October 1934. Ref M509.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated July 1934. Includes Marklin Elex and Marklin Auto. Ref M537.
(Added 06/08/21)

A Märklin Metall catalogue dated October 1940. Includes Marklin Minex, Marklin Marbi, Marklin Elex, Marklin Flugzeug and Marklin Auto. Ref BP.40.D.
(Added 06/08/21)

Post-War Literature


The Märklin instruction manual 71z. Dated October 1947.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 170. Dated October 1948.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 170NL in Dutch. Dated May 1951.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 170F in French. Undated, but probably early 1950s.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 171. Dated March 1949.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 171a. Dated August 1952.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 171a. Dated February 1955.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 171b. Dated June 1959.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14910. Dated April 1958.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14920. Dated July 1957.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14920. Dated April 1963.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14930 for sets 1009 to 1034. - Dated April 1963.

The Märklin instruction manual 14911. Dated July 1966.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14920. Dated June 1973.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual 14930. Dated May 1967.
(Added 12/04/21)

The Märklin instruction manual 14920. Dated February 1969.
(Added 12/04/21)

The model cutouts from the Märklin instruction manual 14920.
(Added 12/04/21)

A leaflet on the use of the Universal Gears. Included with manuals in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Dated January 1956.
(Added 27/11/19)

A leaflet on the use of the Universal Gears in Dutch. Included with manuals in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Dated February 1956.
(Added 27/11/19)

A leaflet on the use of the Universal Gears. Included with manuals in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Dated April 1963.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual for set 14905 - Bauanleitung Baufahrzeuge (Construction Vehicles). Dated September 1980.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 14906 - Bauanleitung Lastkraftwagen (Trucks and Lorries). Dated September 1980.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 14907 - Bauanleitung Seilbahnen (Cable Car). Dated June 1981.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 14904 - Bauanleitung Landmaschinen (Agricultural Machines). Dated March 1982.

The Märklin instruction sheet for set 149441 - E60 Electric Locomotive. Undated

The Märklin instruction sheet for set 149442 - Adler Locomotive. Undated

The Märklin instruction sheet for set 149443 - BR50 Steam Locomotive. Undated

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1089 - The Eiffel Tower. Dated August 1989.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1007 - Roboter-Baukasten (Robot Arm). Dated August 1989.

The Märklin instruction manual for set ?? - Großbaukasten "Do-X" (Dornier Do X aircraft). Dated June 1991.
Improved scans 27/11/19

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1008 - Solar-Baukasten. Dated August 1991.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1035 - Seilbahn (Cable Car). Undated.

The Märklin instruction manual for the Steamboat set - Großbaukasten "Mississippi-Dampfer" (Mississippi-Steamboat). Dated July 1992.
Improved scans 27/11/19

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1062 - Mechanics Accessory set (Ergänzungskasten Mechanik). Dated November 1993.

The Märklin instruction manual for sets 1003 to 1006 - m10, m30, m40 and m60. Dated February 1994.
Added 22/02/2021

Photos of a Märklin set 1004 (m30).
Added 22/02/2021

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1060 - Ergänzungskasten Solar (Solar powered models). Dated November 1994.

The Märklin instruction manual for sets 1080 and 1081. Dated November 1994.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1083 - Themenkasten Unimog (Unimog Trucks). Dated January 1995.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 5629 - Geschenkpackung "Brücke" (Railway Bridge). Dated January 1995.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1511 - Themenkasten "Spur 1-Güterwagen"" (Railway Goods Wagons). Dated August 1995.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 1085 - Themenkasten Lastkraftwagon (Trucks). Dated September 1995.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 10821 - Großbaukasten "Wiener Riesenrad" (Vienna Ferris Wheel). Dated November 1996.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 10861 - Themenkasten "La Manche" (Early aircraft). Dated November 1996.

The Märklin instruction manual for sets 10852 - Themenkasten Laswagen mot Ladekran. Dated June 1997.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual for sets 1003 - 1017. Dated October 1998.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin instruction manual for set 10900 - Seilbagger mit Tieflöffel (Backhoe Dragline). Dated April 2004.

The Märklin instruction manual for set 10891 - Großbaukasten "Turmdrehkran" (Tower Crane). Dated September 2014.

A Märklin spare parts list dated February 1949.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin spare parts list dated March 1950.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin illustrated spare parts list dated April 1958.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin illustrated spare parts list dated March 1962.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin spare parts price list dated August 1976.
(Added 27/11/19)

A Märklin parts list dated 1996/7.
(Added 12/04/21)

A Märklin 1955 German, English and French Languages Instruction manual for the Universal Electric Motor kit 1322 G (later product number 1072). Print Code: R 0455 i.
(Added 11/05/21)

A Märklin leaflet on Steam Engines dated 1961.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin all products catalogue for 1949.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1956. Dated June 1956.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin all products catalogue for 1962.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1978. Dated August 1978.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1980. Dated September 1980.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1981. Dated September 1981.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1988. Dated July 1988.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1989. Dated August 1989.
(Added 27/11/19)

The Märklin Metall catalogue for 1997. Dated September 1997.
(Added 27/11/19)

A booklet on the history of Märklin Metall. Dated March 2004.