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Meccano-Moorcraft Construction Sets

In 1930 A.C. Gilbert owner of the Erector company bought out the American Meccano factory from Frank Hornby. Gilbert continued to use the Meccano brand name in America for a while, but over time the sets became increasing different from British Meccano. The Meccano-Moorcraft sets were produced from 1935 to 1936. They were then sold to a different company who sold them under the name Modern Moorcraft.

Manufacturer / Distributor

A.C Gilbert Co. New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MECCANO-MORECRAFT

Meccano USA
System Type
Non-Meccano type
1934 to 1936
Boss Type
single-tapped (see comment *1)
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Data may be for MODERN-MORECRAFT [a], which replaced MECCANO-MORECRAFT. *1 Key fixing for some parts. *2 Most, not all, 12.7x. *3 Snap Rivets also.

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

The instruction manual for the Meccano Morecraft sets.

The model blueprints for the Meccano Morecraft sets.