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Tim Construction Sets

Tim was a construction system to make full size items such as scooters, barrows etc. which could actually be used by children. It was made in Switzerland from around 1948.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Metaucol, Monbijoustrasse 51, Berne, Switzerland

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for TIM

System Type
Non-Meccano type and Mainly Rods/Tubes()
Switzerland (probably)
known in 1949
Aluminium (Alloy) / Steel
M4; M8 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
no boss
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)
15 (see comment *2)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: countersunk
Bolts: countersunk (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8(see comment *4)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Set to make full-size Scooter & other models from an estimated 20cm Wheels & 19mm Tubes. *1 M8 for threaded ends of Axles. *2 Also 8mm. *3 1) Special conical shape. 2) M8 Nut is hexagonal. *4 Also 14 for 8mm Nut.

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

An instruction leaflet for Tim (in German and French)
(Added 25/10/2018)

An leaflet for Tim (in French)
(Added 25/10/2018)

A set of model plans for Tim (in German and French)
(Added 25/10/2018)

A set of model plans for Tim (in German and French)
(Added 25/10/2018)

Various photos of the Tim construction system
(Added 25/10/2018)