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Tecnico Construction Sets

Tecnico was an unusual construction system. It was mainly used for building framework type structures and the parts had few holes in them. It was made in Switzerland from around 1940 to mid 1950s. It was however marketed in both France and Switzerland.

The French sets and manuals are in French only and the manuals have a Paris address on the rear cover. The Swiss sets and manuals are in dual French/German, with the manuals having a Geneva address on the back. Was Paris address just an office or did they also have a factory in France?


Manufacturer / Distributor

Switzerland: Tecnico, Geneve, Switzerland
France: Tecnico, rue de Courcelles, Paris (8)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for TECNICO

Maker
 
System Type
Non-Meccano type
Country
Switzerland
Dates
known in 1935 to 1950s
Material
Steel
Thread
2.6x.55 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
3.95x.7 () (see comment *2)
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
46
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11 (see comment *3)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
2.9 (see comment *4)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: hexagonal (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
4.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
4.0

Comments
Black parts, some Strips/AGs have long slots. *1 Needs confirming. 2.35x.53 also reported, 6BA? *2 Needs confirming. *3 & multiples, but with exceptions. *4 Special larger holes for Axles.

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A Swiss manual for Tecnico sets 1-3 (in German and French)
(Added 25/10/2018)

A Swiss manual for Tecnico sets 1-3 with a different cover and in better condition (in German and French)
(Added 20/12/2020)

A French manual for Tecnico sets 1-3 (in French only)
(Added 06/03/2021)

A French manual for Tecnico sets A to C (in French only)
(Added 20/12/2020)

A Swiss range leaflet for Tecnico sets with prices dated 1941 (in German and French)
(Added 20/12/2020)

A Swiss range leaflet for Tecnico sets - no prices or date (in German and French)
(Added 20/12/2020)

Photos of French Tecnico sets A to F and 1
(Added 06/03/2021)

Photos of Tecnico sets
(Added 20/12/2020)

Photos of Tecnico models
(Added 20/12/2020)

The German patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

The Swiss patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

An additional Swiss patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

The Danish patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

The UK patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

An additional UK patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)

The USA patent for Tecnico
(Added 20/12/2020)