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Modello(1) Construction Sets

Modello(1) was a Meccano-like construction system. The system was made in Germany from 1919 to around 1928.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Johoen Brandner, Regensberg, Germany (1919-1920)
Then: Ernst Plank, Nürnburg, Germany

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

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
1919 to circa 1928
Boss Type
double-tapped (see comment *1)
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
32 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
36 (see comment *3)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.4 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.3 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

2 mfrs, 1st with JB circular logo on lid, 2nd an EP oval logo. Data from Set 4. All the basic 'early' parts plus Connectors to allow Rods (all with thread(ed)(s) ends) to be used structurally. *1except Pinion. *2Mod .8. *3Possible other parts in Mechanics Sets.

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

A Modello(1) manual for set 2.
Unfortunately the copy scanned did not have a cover and also had a torn page.
(Added 28/06/2019)

A Modello(1) manual for set 6.
(Added 05/03/2021)

Photos of a Modello(1) set 6.
(Added 05/03/2021)