'Other' Constructional and Allied Systems Info & Downloads
'Other' Constructional and Allied Systems
Manuals and Brochures
(For details of latest site updates see the bottom of the page)
The Meccano Construction System has spawned an enormous number of competitors over the years. Some made a virtual like for like clone whilst others were of a completely different concept together with all shades in between. There are very few systems that pre-date Meccano and those that do are very simple systems.
On this part of my website, I have downloads of a variety of manuals and other literature for some of these 'Other' constructional and allied systems. Also included in this section are some of the other systems by Meccano Ltd - Dinky Builder, Aeroplane Constructor, Motor Car Constructor, Elektron, Kemex, Speed Boats, System X etc.
Note that some system names have been used several times. In order to identify the separate systems, a suffix number in brackets is added to these. Also some systems which had distinct differences in different periods etc. are also listed separately with suffix letters. To avoid confusion, these suffixes are the same as in the MCS (Metal Constructional Systems) database produced by Tony Knowles.
I have now set up a Discussion Forum to enable people to discuss any aspect of any of the Other Constructional Systems. I hope that you will find this facility useful. You can access it via the 'Other' Systems Home Menu. In order to post an item one needs to be registered with and logged into the Forum. However anyone can read the posts. Note that I have been having problems with spammers posting on the forum. I have now done some changes to the forum registration and this appears (for the time being at any rate), to have stopped this problem.
MCS (Metal Constructional Systems) database
The MCS (Metal Constructional Systems) database produced by Tony Knowles is now available on this website. It covers all known metal constructional systems. It can be displayed and searched on several parameters on its own dedicated page. In addition all the metal construction system pages now include their entry from the database.
There are many modern simple sets sold by a variety of manufactures, which use Eitech type parts. These are all categorised as 'Polylong' type systems in the database. A list of these systems is available via the menu above. Note that whilst some of these names appear in the MCS database, many do not.
MCS (Metal Constructional Systems) Books
In the 1980s and 1990s Frank Beadle and Don Blakeborough published a series of Metal Construction Systems (MCS) books. These books have not been updated since around the mid 1990s when Frank Beadle died. They therefore are a little out of date. They were also produced on a photocopier and consequently many of the pictures are rather poor by modern standards. However they do contain much useful information which probably is not easy to get otherwise. I have therefore scanned in the whole of Frank Beadle's MCS books.
The available system MCS documents can be downloaded or viewed from the MCS Book page. They can also be viewed on the relevant system manual pages and links against the relevant database entries.
Non-Metal Systems (NEW)
This website contains manuals/photos of a number of systems which are made primarily (or wholly) of wood, plastic or other materials. In order to make these systems more visible a page has been created (accessed via the menu above) listing all these systems, together with links to them.
If anyone has manuals/brochures that they would like to add to this collection, please contact me. This collection of scans only scratches the surface of what has been made over the years and I would like to make it as comprehensive as possible.
18 October 2020 : Scans and photos of a Конструктор Механик (Konstruktor Mekhanik(6)) set added. This is a cross between Trix and Meccano X Series. With thanks to Dimitry.
14 October 2020 : Scans of a Pin-Tung instruction manual for set 3 added. With thanks to Mike Croft.
29 September 2020 : Photos of an Arma set added. With thanks to Urs Flammer
29 September 2020 : The Turm-Drahkran system has now been renamed as Sprio to align with Tony Knowles database. However for convenience the Turm-Drahken name has been kept as a cross reference.
21 September 2020 : Instruction manuals for Blix and Plastic Mechanix (both manufactured by Zephyr) added. Also another Merkur manual. With thanks to Dimitry
20 September 2020 : A lot of modern manuals for Mechanix(2) by Zephyr added. With thanks to Dimitry
20 September 2020 : Some photos of Fai Meccanica, Fischer Technik, Konstruktor(14), Maly Inzynier, Micro-Mecano "Guina" and Struktiron systems added. With thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios.
19 September 2020 : Some photos and information on Turm-Drahkran, La Meccanica Applicata and El Ingeniero Mecanico(1) added. With thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
16 September 2020 : Additional set photos added to Titan[a], to show that this phase of Titan can be split in two - unpainted and painted. With thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios.
16 September 2020 : The instructions for Erection sets 3 and 5 added with thanks to Urs Flammer.
16 September 2020 : The instructions for the Tronico RC Old-Timer Tractor set has been added with thanks to Dimitry.
26 August 2020 : Photos of a Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(2) set 6 have been added.
25 August 2020 : A document in German) by Frank Jünger on the Electric construction sets has been added. Also some more photos of a Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(2) set and some clarification of it with regards to its predecessor Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(1)
7 August 2020 : A scan of the stringing card for the Motor Constructor(1) Lighting set has been added.
5 August 2020 : Photos of a Toy Town(2) set 3 have been added.
30 July 2020 : A new system Yunyy_Elektrik (Юный Электрик) has been added. With thanks to Urs Flammer.
27 July 2020 : Additional literature for Exacto / Argentina Meccano. With thanks to Pepe.
8 July 2020 : Picture and manuals of the plastic Rasti construction system has been added. Also an additional Steel Tec manual. The page on 'Polylong' sets now lists those sets which are included on this website.
7 July 2020 : A page listing the non-metal systems available on this website has been added.
6 July 2020 : Scans of the Gilbert Clock Kit instruction manual.
4 July 2020 : More photos and instruction leaflets added to the Nuts & Bolts system. Also more photos to Construction, Mechanic(1), Mechanix(2), Mechanix(3), Mek-Struct and X-Tech systems. Also photos of the wooden Speedilox construction sets.
3 July 2020 : Photos and manual scans for AtoZ, Haynes, HMT, Metal Bricks and Metal DIY Model systems added. Also a Galt Toys Montage instruction leaflet.
2 July 2020 : Instruction leaflets for Mechanik(2) and Rig Out Oneself (both Polylong(1) type systems) added. Also Pin-Tung a very old wooden system from 1907. More manuals and photos added to Imperial War Museum and JCB systems.
26 June 2020 : Information about very early Scheffler sets without cut-outs in the flanged plated added. Also details of a very short lived Burgstädter(2), which appears to be identical to Burgstädter(1) except that it uses Plasticon 10mm parts instead of the normal 12.8mm parts. Almost certainly a transitional set.
21 June 2020 : An early Condor set 0 manual has been added which proves that the early Condor sets were identical (including manual) to the later Disco Ludendo sets. With thanks to Sergio Garbelli di Lodi for the photos of the manual.
18 June 2020 : As Schefflers, Metall-Baukasten(1), Burgstädter and Plasticart were all different phases of the same system and there was some confusion on this website between them, I have combined them altogether into a single page to hopefully make the situation much clearer.
17 June 2020 : Scans/photos of Technikus(4) and U-Build'Em systems added with thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
17 June 2020 : Scans of a Philips set ME-1200 manual added.
16 June 2020 : Scans/photos of Locarno and Tecno Meccanico systems added with thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
15 June 2020 : Scans/photos of Apolda, Campeon, Erko and El Pequeño Armador systems added together with amendments to the associated text of the Disco Ludendo and Condor systems with thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
13 June 2020 : Photos of a Disco Ludendo set added together with additional information to Disco Ludendo and Condor systems with thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
12 June 2020 : Scans/photos of the El Mecanico Argentino, Eureka! and Toka systems added with thanks to Angel Rodriguez Palacios and his wife Inés who takes the photos.
5 May 2020 : Scans of various additional Meccano Motor Constructor and Meccano X-Series manuals have been added.
4 May 2020 : Scans of various additional Meccano Aero Constructor manuals have been added.
24 January 2020 : I have now created a discussion forum for the Other Constructional Systems. Also a link to an external site with lots of information on Stabil has been added to the Stabil page.
15 January 2020 : It was noticed that although Flexo-Buildo is included in the MCS database, my entry on the website did not cross reference with it. This error has now been corrected.
14 January 2020 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Necobo, Onado, Opset Metalmec, Palikit, Philips, Pioner, Pionier, Plasticart, Plastikano(1), Plastikano(2), Playful Engineer, Playtown, Porter Electric, Premier, Press-Fix, Richter Architectural Models, Samlo, Schefflers, Signalling Equipment, Sio Montage, Sonneburger, Spirou Construit, Staba(1), Staba(2), Stabil, Sta-Lox, Sgtandard LR, Stanlo, Star, Stato-Bau, Sterling Toy Builder, Sticky, Stokys, Stokys City, Structator, Struto, Technokid(1), Tecnic, Tecnikit, Teknik(2), Tekno(1), Temsi, Thale Metallbaukasten, Thale Stahlbau Technik, The Constructioneer, Timbercraft, Titan, Trix(1)-Germany, Trix(2)-UK, Trix(3)-France, Trix(6)-Netherlands, Trix(7)-Italy, Umakit, Vogue, Vulcano, Walther's Record, Young Engineer(1). Thanks to Clive Weston for the loan of these manuals.
9 January 2020 : Scans of Meweka drawings have now been added thanks to Urs Flammer
27 November 2019 : Scans of additional manual etc added to Marklin Metall, Marklin Auto, Marklin Elex, Marklin Minex. Thanks to Clive Weston for the loan of the manuals and also to Andrew Lance and Pepe for scans.
19 November 2019 : Scans of a Meccano-Brik manual have now been added, together with some Meccano-Gilbert literature. Thanks to Clive Weston for the loan of the manuals.
14 November 2019 : Scans of a Meweka manual have now been added thanks to Urs Flammer
8 November 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Baufix (Batifix), Chili, Elmec, Flex, Meweka, Ti-Ba. Also additions to Globus Leichtbar and Stokys. Thanks to Urs Flammer for the scans/photos.
3 November 2019 : Scans/photos of the following USSR systems have been added - Detskaya Igra, Detskiy Konstruktor, Konstruktor(2), Konstruktor(3) including Constructor(5), Konstruktor(4), Konstruktor(6), Konstruktor(10), Konstruktor(11), Konstruktor(12), Konstruktor(15), Konstruktor(16), Konstruktor(18), Konstruktor(20), including Konstruktor Voennaya Tekhnika, Konstruktor(21), Konstruktor(22) including Konstruktor-Mekhanik and Konstruktor-Shkol'nik, Konstruktor(23), Konstruktor(24) including Konstruktor Malyutka, Konstruktor Shkol'nik and Konstruktor Universal'nyi, Konstruktor(25), Konstruktor(26), Konstruktor(27), Konstruktor(28), including Konstruktor K-115, Konstruktor(29) , Konstruktor(30) including Malysh, Konstruktor(31), Konstruktor(32), Konstruktor Mal'chish-Kibal'chish, Konstruktor Mekhanicheskiy, Konstruktor Mekhanik(3), Konstruktor Mekhanik(4), Konstruktor Mekhanik(5), Konstruktor Metallicheskiy, Konstruktor Shkol'nik-1, Konstruktor Universal'nyi(2), Konstruktors(1), Konstruktors(2), Mehaniskais Konstruktors Skolens including Elektromehaniskais Konstruktors, Metallicheskiy Konstruktor, Metallo Konstruktor, Sel'khoztekhnika, Tekhnicheskaya Igra Konstruktor, Vintik I Shputnik, Yunost, Yunyi Umlets, Yunyy Konstruktor.
CHEAZ has been renamed Konstruktor(20) as I have found that this was already the name for the system in Tony Knowles database.
Thanks to Dimitriy for the scans/photos.
10 October 2019 : Extra scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Betta Bilda and Brickplayer. Thanks to Nicholas Smith for these scans.
5 September 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Construction (both pre and post German unification), Iron Commander, Konstruktion, Konstruktor(14), Makeblock, Merkur(1), Metal Brick, Metal Builder, Metaltecnik, Mignon, Nuts and Bolts, Orsta, Plasticon, Polylong(1), Primus, Science Box, Stokys, Temsi, Trix(1), Tronico(a). Thanks to Dimitriy for the scans/photos.
30 August 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Märklin plus, Temsi. Thanks to Wilfried Vermeire for the scans/photos.
23 August 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - 10th Kingdom (10е королевство), CHEAZ (ЧЭАЗ), Samodelkin (Самоделкин), Technok (ТЕХНОК), TRIK (ТРИК), Constructor(5). Thanks to Dimitriy for the scans/photos.
4 August 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Avionoto, Chad Valley Hydro Dynamic sets, Globus Leichtbau, Märklin plus, Rivarossi, Roco, Temsi. Thanks to Phil Johnson, Urs Flammer and Wilfried Vermeire for the scans/photos.
28 June 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added (note that in a few instances an existing manual scan has been replaced with a better one) - Der Junge Konstrukteur, FAC, Fai Meccanica, Fairymark, Falcon Building Lumber, Falt, Fischer Technik, Flexo-Buildo, Forgeacier, Formator, Gilbert Science Toys, Globus Ingenieur, Handy Craft, Heller's Stahlbau, Ik Bouw, Ingenieria Infantil, Juneero, Junior Engineer, Kiddicraft, Kis Technikus, Kitano, Kliptiko, Konstruktion, Konstruktor Universal'nyi, L'edifice, Leonardo, Lionel, Lynx, Mac et Nick, Manufax, Master Builder, Masterbuilder, Mecanic(2), Mecavion(1), Mechanic(1), Mechanika, Mekanik(1), Mercator(1), Merco, Metalin, Metall-Baukasten(1), Metallo(2), Metaplan, Meteoor, Meteor, Mex(1), Mex(2), MFC, Mignon, Model Builder, Model-It, Modelit, Modello(1), Modern-Moorcraft, Moko's Simplex, Monteur, Multimoteur, Primus. Thanks to Clive Weston for the loan of these manuals.
14 June 2019 : There was a mix-up with Merkur in that some of the downloads were actually of the short lived German Merkur(2) system. This has now been corrected with entries for both systems.
27 May 2019 : The Metal Constructional Systems (MCS) books originally published by Frank Beadle and Don Blakeborough have now been added to this website.
23 May 2019 : The MCS (Metal Constructional Systems Database) has now been added to this website. There is both a dedicated database search page and also the relevant entry is added to all metal constructional systems. Info on 'Polylong' type sets also added.
23 May 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Airfix, Allwrights Mechanical Productions, Alpha(2), Aluminium Construction Set, American Model Builder, American Brick Blocks, Ami, Ami-Lac, Arkirecto, Arkitex, Arte Meccanica, Assemblo, Automat, A.W.S, Bayko, Beaver, Benco, Berbis, Betta-Bilda, Bildico(2a), Bildit, Bilofix, Bilt-E-Z, Bing's Constructor, Bob(5), Boites de Construction, Bral (replaces Il Costruttore Meccanico), Bral Voli/Airei, Buz Builder, C.I.G.E.A., Clou, Condor, Construction, Construction Kits, Construction Models(a), Construction Set(2), Constructo(1), Constructo(2), Construkit, Delta-X (a), Den Danske Ingenior, Disco Ludendo, Duplex Standard Construction Toy, Dux, Efel(2), Electric, Erector, Exacto, Ezy-Bilt. Thanks to Clive Weston for the loan of these manuals.
22 March 2019 : Scans of additional manuals for Märklin Minex and Meccano X Series have been added.
22 March 2019 : By courtesy of Pepe more scans of FAC have been added.
15 March 2019 : By courtesy of Norbert Klimmek, scans/photos of Der Junge Mechaniker have been added.
13 March 2019 : Scans/photos of the following systems have been added - British Model Builder, Dinky Builder, L'Ingenieur Français, Meccano Aeroplane Constructor, Meccano Motor Car Constructor, Meccano Elektron, Meccano Kemex, Meccano Speed Boats, Meccano System X, Montex(1)
30 January 2019 : By courtesy of Urs Flammer, scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Le Charpento[a], Le Charpento[b], Cruson, Electric, Il Costruttore Meccanico, Mechanika, Metal Baukasten, Seeger, Technical Trainer
26 December 2018 : Trix has been split into three pages - Trix (Germany), Trix (UK) and Trix (France) to align better with the MCS database, which it is hoped to shortly have on this website.
22 December 2018 : By courtesy of Urs Flammer, scans/photos of the 'Miniator' system have been added.
21 December 2018 : More scans of old 'Marklin' manuals have been added. Also some of the transitional Meccano-Marklin period. Also Marklin Elex and Marklin Minex have been given their own separate pages to align with the MCS database.
10 December 2018 : By courtesy of Denis, scans of 'Metall Baukasten mit Batterie-Motor' have been added
10 December 2018 : By courtesy of Urs Flammer, scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Benco, Der_Junge_Baumeister(1), FAC, Gerner, Konstruktor Malyutka, Konstruktor(13), Konstruktor(22), Konstruktor(23), Köster, Kran Podemnyi, Maly Inzynier, Mecanic(5), Mekanik(1), Merkur, Milo, Necobo, Neuer Stabchen-Bau-Kasten, Opset Metalmec, Palikit, Pehl's Technik, Perfector, Pfiffikus, Pionier, Polykon, Puck, Record, Rex(1), Riag, Sachsenmeister, Sako, Schwerka, Solid, Sonneberger, Spranger, Staba(1), Staba(2), Stahlo-Klemm, Standard LR, Stato-Bau, Steel Tec, Stihl, Struc, Structator, Structo, Structo Auto-Builder, Tanért, Techmaster, Technico, Technikus(2), Technofix, Technokid(1), Tecnic, Teco, Tekno(1), Thale Metallbaukasten, Thale Stahlbau Technik, Titan, Trix, Tuba, Tubus, Tupo, Unsere Takstrasse, Vasek, Wema, Westfalia, Yunost, Zick-Zack(2), Zogel_Metallbaukasten.
6 December 2018 : By courtesy of Jacques Longueville, some Merkur Manuals etc. have been added.
15 November 2018 : By courtesy of Urs Flammer, scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Ami, Ami-Lac, Blema, Clou, Condor, Constructa(2), Constructor(0), Constructor(1), Constructor(2), Constructor(5), Corus, Cruson, Den Danske Ingenior, Der Junge Konstrukteur, Der Kleine Ingenieur(1), Der Kleine Ingenieur(4), Der Kleine Konstrukteur(2), Der Kleine Konstrukteur(4), Der Kleine Techniker(3), Distler Giant, Ditmar, Dux, Dux Metall Flugzeug, Edison, Efel(2), Efel(3), Eiffel(1), Electric, Erection, Ferrox, Fifa, Fix, Forgeacier, Fri-Die, Frydagh, Genial, Geniatus, Gescha, Globus, Gloria, Gnom, Hassia, HB, Heiko, Hellers Stahlbau, Hersa, Hoha, Imperator, Industrie, Ingenio(3), Jolei, Juneero, Ka-Ka-Ha, Kinema, Kliptiko, Knirps(2), Konstruktionspiel, Konstruktor Stahl-Baukasten, Konstrux, KW_Metallbaukasten, Kwik Builder, Lionel, Maba, Mac et Nick, Manufax, Märklin Marbi, Maschinenbau, Matex, Mecabel, Mechanic(1), Metallbaukasten(7)-HO, Metallico, Metallo Trigon, Meteor, MKA(1), Molecki, Mowe, Olympia, Orsta, Pitt, Staba(2).
25 October 2018 : By courtesy of Urs Flammer, scans/photos of the following systems have been added - Akron, Alpha, Assemblo, Auki, Auto Constructor, Aviadyp, Benco, Bob, Boja, Burger, Bergstädter, Clip, Kobler, Stokys, Stokys-City, Tecnico, Tim.
18 October 2018 : By courtesy of Jean-Pierre, scans of the following systems have been added - Alcon, Arts et Métiers, Auto-Cycle, Aviadyp, Dux, Edobaud, Fantasie 'R', Gilbert Science Kits, KA-KA-HA, Köster, Kwik Builder, Manufax, Märklin, Metallic, Metallo-Trigon, Pajtás, Primus, Solido, Tuba, Tubeplac.
6 October 2018 : This section of the website published.