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Mécavion Construction Sets

Mécavion was a system for making model aircraft similar to Meccano Aero Constructor. It was made in France from 1928 to the 1950s. The system can be divided into a number of model types:-

Mécavion(1) - A range of pre-war sets with a good range of parts.

Mécavion(2a) - A range of pre-war sets using smaller parts than above.

Mécavion(2b) - Similar to (2a) above but different struts.

Mécavion(3) - A post-war set called Pilote d'Essais (Test Pilot).

Mécavion(3) - A post-war set to make jet aircraft.


Mécavion(1)

Manufacturer / Distributor

Mécavion - M. Coudray, Veaugues Cher, France


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

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
1928 to 1950s
Material
Steel (see comment *1)
Thread
M3.5
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
55 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Variable
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.5
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: fillister (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
Fair range of typical 'Aero' parts for good selection of models, including multi-engined. *1 Ads refer to aluminium but this may be colour, or wartime material.

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

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A Mécavion(1) manual.

Mécavion(2a)

Manufacturer / Distributor

Mécavion - M. Coudray, Veaugues Cher, France


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MÉCAVION [2a]

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
early 1930s to 1934
Material
Steel (see comment *1)
Thread
M3.5,M2.5*
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
22 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Variable
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6 (see comment *2)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
2.5
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: pan (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
(see comment *4)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.0(see comment *5)
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
Smaller range of smaller parts, fewer models, span 28¾cm. Probably 3 sets: 0-000, called Baby. *1 A few aluminium. *2 M2.5 on Axle ends. *3 Some 2.5 in some fuselages. *4*5*6 Need verifying.

NOTE - This system is covered in the MCS document above, so it is not repeated.

There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Mécavion(2a) available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.


Mécavion(2b)

Manufacturer / Distributor

Mécavion - M. Coudray, Veaugues Cher, France


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MÉCAVION [2b]

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
1930 to 19W2+?
Material
Steel (see comment *1)
Thread
M3.5 (see comment *2)
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
22 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Variable
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (see comment *3)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: Nuts: I
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Steel finish
(see comment *4)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
As MVN2a but different Struts, (eliptical) Wings, & probably no Motor. Span 28¾cm. Probably 3 sets: 0-000, called Baby. *1 A few aluminium. *2*3 Axle possible as MVN2a. *4 Possibly plated.

There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Mécavion(2b) available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.


Mécavion(3)

Manufacturer / Distributor

Mécavion - M. Coudray, Veaugues Cher, France


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MÉCAVION [3]

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
1950s
Material
Steel / Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
28 (estimated)
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: pan (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
A set called PILOTE D'ESSAIS (Test Pilot) with parts to make 3 basically similar, very realistic models with 2, 3, or 4 engines; all with twin Fins and 54cm span.

NOTE - This system is covered in the MCS document above, so it is not repeated.

There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Mécavion(3) available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.


Mécavion(4)

Manufacturer / Distributor

Mécavion - M. Coudray, Veaugues Cher, France


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MÉCAVION [4]

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
1950s
Material
Steel
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
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:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
One Set makes at least 2 similar jet aircraft. Its lid shows these & 3 others, including a Meteor twin-engined type, which can probably/perhaps be made with a larger or add-on set.

NOTE - This system is covered in the MCS document above, so it is not repeated.

There are currently no manuals, leaflets or photos etc. of Mécavion(4) available for downloading. If you can supply any, please get in contact with me.