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Metaling Construction Sets
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Meccano Spain Construction Sets

In around 1930, a Spanish company (Novedades Poch. SA) started to sell a Meccano look-alike system under the 'Metaling' name. In around 1932 this Spanish company came to an agreement with Meccano(Liverpool) to produce Meccano under license and the sets were renamed as Meccano. This continued right up to the mid 1980s. Note that in the mid 1970s, the system reverted to being called 'Metaling', although these sets still used the standard Meccano parts of the period. The system can be divided into a number of periods.

Metaling(a): c1930 to c1932 - Novedades Poch. SA sold look-alike Meccano sets under the 'Metaling' name.

Meccano Spain(a): c1932 to 1964 - Novedades Poch. SA sold 1930s Meccano sets and parts which then continued unchanged right up to 1964.

Meccano Spain(b): 1964 to 1969 - Meccano sets 0-8 from the then current UK range using UK manuals. In 1969 Novedades Poch. SA stopped selling Meccano sets

Meccano Spain(c): 1969 to 1970/1 - In 1969 Exin-Lines Bros. S.A. took over the manufacture Meccano sets in Spain. They sold Meccano sets 1 to 5 as per the 1970 UK range.

Metaling(b): 1970 to 1976 - Novedades Poch. SA reverted to the Metaling name to market their sets. However they did come to an agreement with Meccano during this period as in 1974 they started sell the Meccano Army and Highway multikits and the Clock kit.

Meccano (Metaling) Spain(d): 1976 to mid 1980s - Novedades Poch. SA started selling the current standard Meccano sets again - many under the Meccano-Metaling or Metaling name.


Metaling(a) (1930-32)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Novedades Poch. SA., Barcelona, Spain.
Agents were: Palouzie-Juguetes Seneca, 15 Barcelona-6., Spain


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

Maker
Poch
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Spain
Dates
1930 (see comment *1) to 1932 (see comment *2)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
183
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Lid has large fairground model with manual & wife beside it, and small boy looking up at it.. More or less identical to MECCANO. *1*2 33-35 also reported.

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An early 1930s Metaling(a) manual for sets 00 and 0.
(Added 07/07/2021)

An early 1930s Metaling(a) manual for sets 1 and 2.
(Added 07/07/2021)

Another early 1930s Metaling(a) manual for sets 1 and 2.
(Added 01/11/2021)

An early 1930s Metaling(a) manual for sets 3 and 4.
(Added 07/07/2021)

Photos of an early 1930s Metaling set 3.
(Added 07/07/2021)

Meccano Spain(a) (c1932 to 1964)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Novedades Poch. SA., Barcelona, Spain.
Agents were: Palouzie-Juguetes Seneca, 15 Barcelona-6., Spain


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MECCANO SPAIN [a]

Maker
Poch
System Type
MECCANO
Country
Spain
Dates
1932 (see comment *1) to 1964 (see comment *2)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
183
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.9
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.7
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.1

Comments
Sets 000-7 as early 1930s Liverpool MECCANO, made & sold by Poch (the METALING company) with parts identical to METALING. *1 1935 also reported.

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A 1930s Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for outfit 'Inicial Y'.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1930s Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for outfit 00.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1940 Spanish Instruction manual for outfits 0 to 3.
Added 10/06/21

A 1940 Spanish Instruction manual for outfits 4 to 6.
Added 10/06/21

A Spanish Instruction manual for outfit 7 plus outfit 6 super models
Added 10/06/21

A 1947 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for the Loom supermodel.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1947 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for the Printing Machine supermodel.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1949 Spanish Instruction manual for outfits 00 and 0.
Added 10/06/21

A 1954 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for outfits 0 to 3.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1956 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for outfits 0 to 3.
Note that this copy is missing pages 9 to 94. However they would be identical to those in the previous manual
(Added 15/03/2021)

A Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for the Gears Outfit. Dated March 1962.
Interestingly its cover is very similar to the Meccano (France) Gears manual.
(Added 01/11/2021)

Photos of the Spanish Meccano motor and transformer.
(Added 07/07/2021)

Meccano Spain(b) (1964 to 1969)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Novedades Poch. SA., Barcelona, Spain.
Agents were: Palouzie-Juguetes Seneca, 15 Barcelona-6., Spain


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MECCANO SPAIN [b]

Maker
Poch
System Type
MECCANO
Country
Spain
Dates
1964 to 1969
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
270 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.9
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
As MSNa but sets 0-8 as then current in United Kingdom.

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During this period standard UK Meccano Spanish and then multi-language manuals were used in the sets.


Meccano Spain(c) (1969 to 1970/1)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Exin-Lines Bros. S.A., Roger de Flor 86, Barcelona 13, Spain


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MECCANO SPAIN [c]

Maker
Exin
System Type
MECCANO
Country
Spain
Dates
1969 to 1970
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
68 (probably)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
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
Sets 1-5 as United Kingdom in similar bpxes made by Exin-Lines Bros. S.A. In 1970 Exin moved to Mexico.

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A Spanish Meccano instruction manual for sets 2, 3 and 4 published by Exin Lines Bros. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

Metaling(b) (1970 to 1976)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Novedades Poch. S.A., Barcelona 7, Spain


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

Maker
Poch
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Spain
Dates
1970 to early 1980s
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
260
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *1)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Bright Zinc plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.3
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.5

Comments
Typical lid has name in blue panel & panels with models. More parts than MTLa including plastic Gears & Sprockets (for plastic Chain), both with brass bosses. From '76 sets also sold under MECCANO METALING name. *1& square nut & cheesehead slotted bolt.

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Note - Note that the sets got renumbered (in the same way as Meccano UK) partway during this period. I.e sets 0 to 7 became sets 1 to 8.

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Early (sets 0 to 7)


A Metaling instruction manual for set 1. Without illustrated parts list in inside covers. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for set 2. Without illustrated parts list in inside covers. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A set contents list for Metaling sets 0 to 7. dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling illustrated parts list. dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

Renumbered (sets 1 to 8)

Note - The contents of the Metaling set 8 below are very similar to Meccano set 7 1962-1969, with the addition of 4 of Nos. 6, 235, 235a and 235b, 1 of No. 91, Plastic sprocket with brass boss insert for plastic chain 20 teeth, and 1 of No. 92, plastic sprocket with brass boss insert for plastic chain 10 teeth, and finally 70 plastic chain links No. 374 (it's the same as plastic Meccano junior).


A Metaling instruction manual for set 3. With illustrated parts list in inside covers. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for set 4. With illustrated parts list in inside covers. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for set M (An electric motor for assembly). With illustrated parts list in inside covers. Dated 1970.
(Added 01/11/2021)

Photos of Metaling set 8.
(Added 07/04/2021)

Multikits etc.


A 1974 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for the Highway Multikit.
(Added 15/03/2021)

A 1974 Spanish Meccano Instruction manual for the Army Multikit.
(Added 01/11/2021)

Meccano (Metaling) Spain(d) (1974/5 to mid 1980s)


Manufacturer / Distributor

Novedades Poch. S.A., Barcelona 7, Spain


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for MECCANO SPAIN [d]

Maker
Poch
System Type
MECCANO
Country
Spain
Dates
1975 to 1980 e
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
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
METALING sets also sold under the name MECCANO METALING, & also under this name the METALING versions of United Kingdom multikits etc.

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A Meccano / Metaling instruction manual for sets 2 and 3. Dated 1976.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for sets 2 and 3. Only mentions Meccano on the inside front cover. Square nuts on illustrated parts list. Dated 1976.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for sets 2 and 3. Only mentions Meccano on the inside front cover. Hex nuts on illustrated parts list. Dated 1976.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for sets 4 and 5. Only mentions Meccano on the inside front cover. Square nuts on illustrated parts list. Dated 1976.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for sets 4 and 5. Refers to Metaling instead of Meccano on the inside front cover. Square nuts on illustrated parts list. Dated 1976.
(Added 01/11/2021)

A Metaling instruction manual for set 10. Basically a set 2 with a magic motor. Only mentions Meccano on the inside front cover.
(Added 01/11/2021)