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The Engineer

The Engineer was a Meccano-like construction system. It was made in Canada in (probably) the 1940s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

The Engineer, 136 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Canada
(Address for competition entries)

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for THE ENGINEER

System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
early 1940s (some significant doubt) to 1940s (some significant doubt)
6-32 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
43 (more than)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
5.0 (see comment *3)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *4)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Dull plated finish
(see comment *5)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.9(see comment *6)
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2(see comment *7)

Strips with raised edges; special pressed parts. *1 8-32 N&B also possible. *2 12.63-12.73. Also Strips with centre hole about 17.6mm from adjacent holes. *3 4.7-5.3. *4*5*6*7 For 8-32: square nut and slotted mushroom head bolt Nickel plated steel 9.7 8.3.

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