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Metalin Construction Sets

Metalin appears to be a copy of the Marklin construction system. It is thought to have been sold in Chile in around 1950. Was probably either made under license in Chile or imported from Germany

Manufacturer / Distributor

Either an unknown company in Chile or imported from Marklin, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for METALIN (Ref:MLN)

System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Chile (some significant doubt) (see comment *1)
after 1950
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
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

*1 An Ebay manual from Chile has METALIN Metallbaukasten on cover, with Spanish model names inside. Cover also shows fair sized set with red & blue parts. Likely to be a copy of MÄRKLIN.

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A Metalin manual.
The model pages were all single sided on see-through paper similar to tracing paper