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Database of Metal Constructions Systems

Alongside his Other Systems Newsletter (OSN) Tony Knowles has produced a database of all known Metal Constructional Systems and their most important parameters. By his kind permission, his database is now also available on this website. You can search this database using a number of different parameters as shown below. Note that more than one parameter can be selected at the same time.

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Shows all orders/combinations of materials.
N.B. Where there are several materials these are in order of importance

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Shows each thread size separately and also at the bottom it shows available combinations for searching

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Shows all Boss threads in the database.

Select Gear Diametrical Pitch

Select Hole Pitch

Select Strip Hole Size

Select Axle Rod Diameter



 

1278 Systems Found - will be displayed up to 40 systems per page.
[100] [ART] [BEA] [BRA] [C.I] [CON] [DEL] [DU-] [EL ] [ERE] [FRI] [HAU] [ING] [KIN] [KON] [LAV] [LYN] [MAT] [MEC] [MEC] [MET] [MET] [MIN] [MUS] [PFI] [PRO] [SAX] [STA] [STR] [TEC] [TRI] [VIN]

SYSTEM NAME : 100 IN ONE TOY, The

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
USA
Dates
circa 1916 (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel
Thread
 
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
7
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
19 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.7
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Strips & Double Angle Strip have cutouts inside edges between holes; joined by bifurcated Clips & N&B. Wheel Disc embossed with 8 spokes, or 4 each small(er)/large(round crosshead) holes. *1Scaled from 7 holes Strip; 1" from 3 holes Strip.

SYSTEM NAME : 100 TOYS IN ONE

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Maker
 
System Type
Matchbox & similar
Country
USA
Dates
1930s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
push fit
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
15
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Name on a card to which a Louis Marx 'Match Box' set is clipped. aluminium boy & a girl are shown on the card on either side of the set.

SYSTEM NAME : AAR

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Austria (some significant doubt)
Dates
1930s (some significant doubt)
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Ref: Baukästen p328. No details.

SYSTEM NAME : ABRA

An MCS document is available for this system and it can be downloaded from here

Maker
 
System Type
as TRIX (inc MCX)
Country
Denmark
Dates
  to 1980s
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
60
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
7.85 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.4 (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Like TRIX but wider range of parts, some of which are as TEKNO [1] & TEKNIK [1]. Chair-O-Planes on manual cover. *1 8.0 also reported.

SYSTEM NAME : ACQUAVIVA

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
 
Dates
 
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Name only.

SYSTEM NAME : AÉRO TECHNIQUE MACREZ

An MCS document is available for this system and it can be downloaded from here

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
known in 1929 to known in 1932
Material
Aluminium (Alloy) / Plastic
Thread
4x.75
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
20 (more than)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.1
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: fillister (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
5.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.0

Comments
PÈRE NOËL in MCS. Also known as AÉRO MACREZ NOËL, AÉRO- TECHNIQUE, AÉRO- TECK NIQUE (error). Some coloured plastic parts in some sets. Ready made, & sets for specific, models may exist.

SYSTEM NAME : AJET

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Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
late 1950s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel
Thread
4BA
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
28
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.0 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
---
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2(mean)

Comments
Development of DAN DARE, with no Angle Girders but some new parts to make a range of jet aircraft.

SYSTEM NAME : AJUSTO

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Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
France
Dates
known in 1933 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
27 (see comment *2)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
14
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
See comments *3
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Wooden rods made from semi-circular Rods (6mm rad.) held together, & joined one to another, by steel Clips. *1including 7 cardboard Plates. *2 Also patent date. *3 Wheels run on the ends of 2 Clips, 1 at each side.

SYSTEM NAME : AKRON (STAHL-LEICHTBAU-KASTEN AKRON))

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
Germany
Dates
after World War Two to early 1950s
Material
Steel
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
12
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
5.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
2.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
1.8
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Flex Strips with spiral spring fixing. Strips 3 holes wide: pattern is 3 holes, 3x1h with large semi-circular cutouts each side, 3 holes, etc.

SYSTEM NAME : ALA IMPERIALE

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
Italy
Dates
1940s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W,M3
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
---
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Known from a Bral ad in a manual said to be from the 1940s. The parts look like standard BRAL Aero and that is the source of the data shown here.

SYSTEM NAME : ALCON

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Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
1949 to after 1952
Material
Wood / Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
9
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
2.3
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
---
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Coloured match splints (to be cut to length) push into flimsy formed sheet aluminium Unions to make frameworks. Name not used in original ads by Balfour Supplies Ltd.

SYSTEM NAME : ALEMANI

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Italy (some significant doubt)
Dates
 
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Name only.

SYSTEM NAME : ALFLEX

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
France (see comment *1)
Dates
 
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
2.6x.45
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
2.6x.45
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
32
No. of Parts in System
150
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
6.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
4.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
4.0

Comments
One set is virtually same as a later MIGNON No.3 except the lid label. Data assumed as MIGNON.*1 The 2 known sets were found in Switzerland but the name was registered in France (in 1947).

SYSTEM NAME : ALLWRIGHTS MECHANICAL PRODUCTIONS

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
before World War Two (some significant doubt)
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
6BA (probably)
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
10
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
9.5 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
2.7 (see comment *2) (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
4.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
4.8

Comments
Unit sets with parts identical to CONSTRUCT but smaller range. Axle & N&B data from CONSTRUCT. *1 3/8" exactly. *2 Crank Handle, no Axles.

SYSTEM NAME : A.L.N.

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Maker
 
System Type
 
Country
 
Dates
 
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
See MÉCANO-A.L.N.

SYSTEM NAME : ALPHA [1]

An MCS document is available for this system and it can be downloaded from here

Maker
 
System Type
Certain Chinese
Country
China
Dates
after 1954 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
53
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.2
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.8

Comments
Parts like 50's MECCANO except Flanged Sector Plate 7 holes long, 7 holes 126,a & MÄRKLIN type Hook. *1 Some manual models from MECCANO 1954-61 period.

SYSTEM NAME : ALPHA [2]

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
Germany
Dates
1931 to after 1933 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel / Plastic
Thread
M4 (see comment *2)
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
17 (see comment *3)
No. of Parts in System
97 (see comment *4)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.0 (see comment *5)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *6)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Unusual parts including Bakelite Road/Pulley(s) Wheels, Helical Gear. *1c1970 possible. *25/32 W also reported with brass N&B. *3Mod 1.5, also small-tooth Gears, DP 39e (Mod .65). *4Including 9 for the Kanonen set. *51.5 also reported. *6Round also shown.

SYSTEM NAME : ALUMINIUM CONSTRUCTION OUTFIT

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Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
after 1945 to 1950s (some significant doubt)
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
4BA (see comment *1)
Boss Type
eyelet
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
23
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.9
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.9
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.2 (see comment *2)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Steel finish
(see comment *4)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2

Comments
Strips not square ended as shown. ELGIN parts same, also probably EASY-DO. *1 Standard 6BA N&B also known. *2 Crank Handle only. *3 Square Nuts on box. *4 Some Nuts plain brass not steel as in parts list.

SYSTEM NAME : ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION SET

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Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
USA
Dates
1950s (some significant doubt)
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
8
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.5
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (probably)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Quite similar to GIRDER BILT & by same maker. Also similarities to JUNIOR MECHANIC, made in same town. All have Strips wrongly shown with square ends.

SYSTEM NAME : AMERICAN MODEL BUILDER

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An MCS document is available for this system and it can be downloaded from here

Maker
 
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
USA
Dates
1912 to 1921
Material
Steel
Thread
8-32
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
6-32
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
30
No. of Parts in System
74
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *1)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
(see comment *2)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.5(see comment *3)

Comments
Ridged & flat Plates. compare with CASTLE BUILDER. Spanish version EL CONSTRUCTOR Denmark MODELOS MECÁNICOS. *1-*2 Also 7.1-7.5mm Round head. *3 Also brass, & nickel plated.

SYSTEM NAME : AMI

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Maker
 
System Type
MECCANO & MÄRKLIN features
Country
Italy
Dates
early 1930s to 1955
Material
Steel
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Many parts like MECCANO & MÄRKLIN. AMI, the maker, was taken over in 1955 and became AMILAC. Data probably as AMILAC except not as many parts, but needs confirming.

SYSTEM NAME : AMI LAC

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Maker
 
System Type
MECCANO & MÄRKLIN features
Country
Italy
Dates
1922 (see comment *1) to 2017
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
470
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.1
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.9
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: tapered cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.1
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.9

Comments
Many parts like MECCANO & MÄRKLIN, but some others. *1 Said to have produced sets for short period starting 1922/23, & restarted 1956 after take-over of firm AMI which made AMI sets.

SYSTEM NAME : ANCHOR ENGINEER

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Maker
Richter
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
1914 to circa 1928
Material
Steel
Thread
----
Boss Type
not tapped
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
20 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
1.7 (see comment *1)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.6
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.5
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
UK name for IMPERATOR. Strips clip into Hubs. Called LITTLE ANCHOR ENGINEER & ANCHOR ENGINEERING in 1914/22 G&T ads. Axle has flat. *1 In Hub.

SYSTEM NAME : ANDERS

Maker
 
System Type
Non-Meccano type
Country
Germany
Dates
1945 to 1950
Material
Metal
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
25 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Variable (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Specialised parts, mostly red, blue & gold, with few holes to make small range of models - Cranes, etc. Gnom & Gigant outfits. *1 To suit models.

SYSTEM NAME : ANKER [1]

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
known in 1956 to (see comment *1)
Material
Metal / Plastic (some significant doubt)
Thread
M3
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
47
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12 (estimated)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Lid not seen, manual cover has manual & boy at bench with model. Small selection of normal parts, including 5 holes Trunnions, but also 6 Gears including a Bevel. Wrongly said to have been made in Germany during WW2 & marketed in Japan.

SYSTEM NAME : ANKER [2]

Maker
Richter
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Germany
Dates
 
Material
Metal
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5 (estimated)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Lid has a boy looking at name made of Strips with METALLBAUKASTEN underneath framed with Strips. Parts include Plates & Strips which look black in snip. Also 5 holes diameter Plate & small Pulley.

SYSTEM NAME : ANKER-METALL, -INGENIEUR

Maker
Richter
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
Germany
Dates
1913 to early 1920s
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Alternative names for IMPERATOR q.v. compare with ANCHOR ENGINEER. Dates from IMPERATOR.

SYSTEM NAME : APENES

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
 
Dates
 
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Name only.

SYSTEM NAME : ARCHITECTOR

Maker
 
System Type
Buildings
Country
France
Dates
known in 1929 (see comment *1)
Material
Card / Steel
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
15 (some significant doubt)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
---
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Card Panels, metal Brackets, Paper Clips, compare with BUILDO [2]. *1 1927 patent.

SYSTEM NAME : ARGOS

Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
Brazil
Dates
after World War One
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
22 (more than)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
 
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4 (probably)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Wooden Blocks with Rods & J-Clamps as or similar to ROBO/LIL'N-GINEER, but a few extra parts and more sets/models.

SYSTEM NAME : ARKIRECTO

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Maker
 
System Type
Buildings and Non-Meccano type()
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
1934 to 1936
Material
Steel
Thread
1/4x40 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
collet fixing
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
32
No. of Parts in System
82
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.1 (see comment *2)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.1 (see comment *3)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Sets: mechanical, architectural & combined. Parts push/clip together; Collet fixed Wheels. Most parts stamped ARKIRECTO. *1 for Collet. *2*3 3.25; 2.6 also reported.

SYSTEM NAME : ARMA

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Czechoslovkia / Czech Republic
Dates
1955
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
No other details.

SYSTEM NAME : ARMAMEC

Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Argentina
Dates
1913
Material
Steel (probably)
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
30 (about)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
 
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
A small system with brightly coloured MECCANO-like parts. The featured models for the 8 sets, with 80-260 parts, look to be original.

SYSTEM NAME : ARMATURE

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Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
France
Dates
1929 to 1937
Material
Aluminium (Alloy) (probably)
Thread
 
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
10 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Rods probably screw into cube-shaped Joints. *1 14 also reported.

SYSTEM NAME : ARMCICLO

Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
Argentina (some significant doubt)
Dates
known in 1950
Material
Steel
Thread
8-32
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
15
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.8
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
(see comment *1)

Comments
Set as CASTCO's Make-A-Bike except for 2 extra parts and text in Spanish. Data taken from CASTCO. *1 Bolt is Set Screw for J-Clamp.

SYSTEM NAME : ARMEC

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Maker
 
System Type
Certain Argentinean
Country
Argentina
Dates
1945 to 1955
Material
Steel
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
60
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *1)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Poor quality parts including 3*3,5,9,11 holes Flanged Plates & 2*1*11 holes 'L' Girder. May be related to EL EXPERTO MECANICO. *1 Other heads may exist.

SYSTEM NAME : ARQUITECTURA METALING

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Maker
 
System Type
Buildings
Country
Spain
Dates
1930s
Material
Steel
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
27
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
---
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
---
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
---

Comments
Appears to be identical to WENEBRIK.

SYSTEM NAME : ARTE-MECCANICA

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Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Italy
Dates
 
Material
 
Thread
M4
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
34 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
52
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (estimated)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Unusual parts: 4 holes wide Perforated Plates with slots along on outer, & across on inner rows; flat topped Trunnions; Face Plate with 4 long radial slots. *1 Mod .75.

SYSTEM NAME : ARTIMÉTAL

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
France
Dates
circa 1950
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
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)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Name only.

SYSTEM NAME : ARTS ET MÉTIERS Série 1

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Maker
Walther
System Type
STABIL type
Country
France
Dates
circa 1910 to 1914
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
not tapped
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
148
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
STABIL sold under this name in France. Details taken from early 1920's STABIL parts & MCS entry.
[100] [ART] [BEA] [BRA] [C.I] [CON] [DEL] [DU-] [EL ] [ERE] [FRI] [HAU] [ING] [KIN] [KON] [LAV] [LYN] [MAT] [MEC] [MEC] [MET] [MET] [MIN] [MUS] [PFI] [PRO] [SAX] [STA] [STR] [TEC] [TRI] [VIN]