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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.

Note that the bug which prevented results being displayed when a date range was selected has now been fixed.

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SYSTEM NAME : TECHNOKID [1]

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

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

Maker
 
System Type
Certain Hungarian
Country
Hungary
Dates
 
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
M3 (probably)
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
43
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
15.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.6
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.3
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts:
Bolts:
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Lid label has red Railcar, the featured model, & some parts specifically for it. Strips have square ends. Edges of Plates slightly crenelated & fit together.

SYSTEM NAME : TECHNOKID [2]

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Germany
Dates
after World War Two
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
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
Mentioned in Bauklötze Staunen, p111.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNIC

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

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
Belgium
Dates
known in 1944 to 1970s
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped (see comment *1)
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
25 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
147
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
13.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.5
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.5 (see comment *3)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.1 (see comment *4)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *5)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
(see comment *6)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2

Comments
Parts with long slots, most stamped TECNIC. *1 Some 2nd bores untapped. *2 Mod 1+finer, possibly 38. *3 Gears & some bosses, 4.2. *4 4.0 also reported. *5 & hex Nuts, as square ones. *6 Nuts also plain zinc.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNICA

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

Maker
 
System Type
MÄRKLIN type
Country
India
Dates
known in 1998
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
15 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
50
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.9
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Iridescent finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.0

Comments
MÄRKLIN copy, more or less, except Hook like M57c. *1 14t Universal Gear.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNICAVIA

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
France
Dates
after World War Two
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
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
Parts probably the same as Phase 1 AVIADYP but may have preceded it.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNICO

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

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.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNIKIT

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

Maker
 
System Type
Certain UK
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
after 1945
Material
Steel (see comment *1)
Thread
3/16W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
4BA
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
33
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.6
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.3
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *2)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Steel finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
9.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
8.1

Comments
As MECANIKIT. Parts include red Strips, 11 holes Flanged Sector Plate, 5 holes Trunnion. TECNIKIT cast into alloy Pulley. Parts with either round or square corners. *1 Some aluminium parts also exist. *2 Or Square Nuts, same Across flats.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNIO

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
No other details.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNO MECCANICO

Maker
 
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Italy
Dates
known in 1954 (see comment *1)
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
68 (see comment *2)
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 written as one word inside manual. Red & green parts like MECCANO except 7 holes Trunnions & 5*7 holes Flanged Plate. parts include Flex Plates & a few gears. *1 From Print Ref. *2 Probably a few more.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNOMECCANO

Maker
 
System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
Country
Italy
Dates
after World War Two (some significant doubt)
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
41
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: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
---
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
No.1 set in wooden box seen on Ebay with (now) no label. Rods joined by cast Clamps, each a pair with Bolt through one into tapped hole in the other. A few Pulleys, one with Tyre.

SYSTEM NAME : TECNOR

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
France
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
No other details. TECHNOR is a French system with plastic parts.

SYSTEM NAME : TECO

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

Maker
 
System Type
STABIL type
Country
Argentina
Dates
after World War Two
Material
Steel / Plastic
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
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: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Most parts look like STABIL but some fairly minor variations. Lid label & manual cover are fawn with boy & 3 models – Excavator; Hammerhead Crane; & Loco with Wagons.

SYSTEM NAME : TEE GEE BUILDER

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
USA
Dates
known in 1946
Material
Metal
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
Said to be 5 sets, similar to ERECTOR.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNIK [1]

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 1980 (see comment *1)
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
85
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
7.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.5
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: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Lid not seen but manual has boy's face on cover. Probably identical to TEKNO [1]. Some unusual parts similar to ABRA. *1 If true it continued after TEKNO [1].

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNIK [2]

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

Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Sweden
Dates
1936 to 1970
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
32
No. of Parts in System
92
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
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
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.4
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0(see comment *2)

Comments
Various lid labels. Parts include Single Flanged Plates, Double Angle Strip with centre boss, Gears including Curved Rack. *1*2 Longer Bolts round head 7.1 diameter. N&B data need checking.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNIKO

Maker
 
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Turkey
Dates
after 1962
Material
Steel / Plastic
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
52 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (probably)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
 
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: See comment *2
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Details from incomplete No.1 snip, probably as 1962 MECCANO No.1. *1 Needed for the MECCANO models on the lid. *2 Shallow head.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNO [1]

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

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
1932 to 1972
Material
Steel
Thread
3.5x.8 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
3.5x.8
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
36 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
76
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
7.86
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.6
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.5 (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: tapered cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
(see comment *3)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
Many sets & lid labels. Probably identical to TEKNIK [1]. Also a TEKNO-ELECTRO like TRIX. *1 As prewar TRIX. *2 36-38; Mod ?.7. Also gears with TRIX teeth. *3 Nuts plain brass.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNO [2]

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

Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Norway
Dates
known in 1935 to known in 1970 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel (see comment *2)
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
140
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
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 Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.3
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.8

Comments
Several lid labels. Many parts MECCANO-like. Unusual parts include Eccentric Wheel, 96mm diameter Pulley, 32x15cm Perforated Plate &, added to the Parts List, a 60mm plastic Wheel. *1 Reported, '64 for sure. *2 aluminium at one point postwar.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNO [3]

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
Israel
Dates
after World War Two
Material
Steel / Card
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
12
No. of Parts in System
137 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
13.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.9
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.8
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.0(see comment *2)

Comments
The lid labels seen have name in Hebrew & boy with 3-engined Monoplane. Parts generally like VASEK (many MÄRKLIN-style) but significant differences. *1Including many lengths of Fibre Plate(s), but long lengths in sets to cut up. *2& 6.7.

SYSTEM NAME : TEKNOSET

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

Maker
 
System Type
as TRIX (inc MCX)
Country
Sweden (see comment *1)
Dates
1935 (some significant doubt) to 1940s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
16
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
7.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.9
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: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.3
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.0

Comments
TRIX-like parts, painted dark red/green. Bright yellow lids with boy & models. *1 Danish in MCS.

SYSTEM NAME : TEMSI

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

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

Maker
Temsi
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Netherlands
Dates
known in 1948 (see comment *1) to 1999
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
128 (see comment *2)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (see comment *3)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
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)
7.0(see comment *4)
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.5

Comments
cf SPIROU.. *1 May be 1946. *2-*3 Current, earlier fewer parts and Nut was 7.8mm Across flats. *4 12.73 in many parts.

SYSTEM NAME : TEN IN ONE

Maker
 
System Type
Aerospace
Country
USA
Dates
1920s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
 
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
27 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Variable
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
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: hexagonal
Bolts: pan (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
 
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Aero set probably similar to BUILD-A-PLANE with twisted rubber drive. *1 There was also a set to build 30 models.

SYSTEM NAME : TEST

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

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
France
Dates
1950s
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
36
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.0
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.0 (see comment *1)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.9 (see comment *2)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: pan (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a silver finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
M-like parts except 27,13 holes Strips, 9x5 Flanged & 3x9 Perforated Plates, Trunnions with some slotted holes, M19b with no slotted holes, 3,4 holes long slotted Cranks. Square corners except Strips, etc. *1*2 4.3, 4.0 also reported. *3 mushroom head for long Bolts.

SYSTEM NAME : TETRIX

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
USA
Dates
2008 to in production in 2015 and continuing
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
6-32
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
6,10-32
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
32
No. of Parts in System
(see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.0 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.7
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.7,6
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (crosshead)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Stainless steel with a Stainless steel finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Kits & parts, mainly structural, gears, wheels, radio control, for Robots. Max & Prime series with some different but compatible parts. *1 Large range. *2 & multiples. *3 Max: also hex nuts and button crosshead bolts; Prime set has WC (thumbscrew) & plastic reusable Rivets.

SYSTEM NAME : TEXAS

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Spain (some significant doubt)
Dates
 
Material
Metal
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
Mentioned as TEXAS metal construction set in MACON leaflet.

SYSTEM NAME : THALE METALLBAUKASTEN

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

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

Maker
Krause & Co.
System Type
MÄRKLIN type
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
1970 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
28
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5 (probably)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
 
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
An educational set for schools. Only the manual (11 cards inside a folder) has been seen, & also has METALLBAUTECHNIK on it. Parts include 5x11h Flanged Plate not in THALE STAHLBAU TECHNIK below. *1 Print Ref: Plate 321/70.

SYSTEM NAME : THALE STAHLBAU TECHNIK

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

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

Maker
Krause & Co.
System Type
MÄRKLIN type
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
1946 to 1975
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
20 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
64 (see comment *2)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5 (see comment *3)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2 (see comment *4)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *5)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Steel finish
(see comment *6)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.9

Comments
Some hole patterns not as MCS. Sometimes 5.7mm holes instead of slots. *1 Mod 1.25. *2 including 10 in Geometrie set. *3 Early: 12.7. *4 Early: 4.1. *5 Round Bolts in MCS. *6 & black metallic steel Nuts. Early Bolt/Nut: steel plain steel 7.8/hex plain aluminium 7.9.

SYSTEM NAME : THE BRIDGE BUILDER

Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
known in circa 1914
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 MODEL BRIDGE.

SYSTEM NAME : THE CONSTRUCTIONEER

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

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
USA
Dates
1946 to early 1950s
Material
Steel
Thread
8-32
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
6-32
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
16
No. of Parts in System
55
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11.1 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.7
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.2 (see comment *2)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8.6
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.6

Comments
Mainly Strips (5-15h), Flanged Plates up to 24x6h, & some special parts eg fairground parts. A few parts are marked URBANA MFG. Colombia. URBANA. OHIO. U.S.A. *1 7/16". *2 A few up to 4.4.

SYSTEM NAME : THE ENGINEER

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Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Canada
Dates
early 1940s (some significant doubt) to 1940s (some significant doubt)
Material
Steel
Thread
6-32 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
6-32
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)
4.9
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.7
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)

Comments
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.

SYSTEM NAME : THE LITTLE ELECTROTECHNICIAN

Maker
 
System Type
Electrical/science
Country
United Kingdom
Dates
known in 1999
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
UK name for MEHANO(TEHNIKA) Electrical set, q.v.

SYSTEM NAME : THE SMART ENGINEER

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Maker
 
System Type
Non-Meccano type
Country
USA (probably)
Dates
before World War One
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
31 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
10.3
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
2.9
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
WALTHER'S INGENIEUR under this name. *1 In Set 8.

SYSTEM NAME : THEIß, WILHELM Jr

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Germany
Dates
1949
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
Maker's name. Ref: Baukästen p316.

SYSTEM NAME : TI-BA

Maker
 
System Type
MÄRKLIN type
Country
Germany
Dates
circa 1946 to circa 1950
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
M3
Boss Type
single-tapped (probably)
Boss Thread
M3
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
-
No. of Parts in System
37
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
10 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.6 (see comment *2)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.4
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
5.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
Pts anodised, look as MÄRKLIN: green Strip(s), Angle Girders; red steel/Plate, yellowish Flange(s) Disc Pulley(s), deep blue Brackets. Wood box, lid with 'Der Erfolgversprechende 1+2 Ti-Ba Metallbaukasten für Groß u. Klein' on it. *1*2Irregular.

SYSTEM NAME : TIBI

Maker
 
System Type
MERKUR type and Hole pitch <12.7mm()
Country
Hungary
Dates
1970s (some significant doubt)
Material
 
Thread
 
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
 
No. of Parts in System
 
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
10 (some significant doubt)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4 (some significant doubt)
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 No.1 set on Ebay has many parts that look like MERKUR [1], apart from their colours. Yellow lid & manual cover with stylised red/blue boy & models.

SYSTEM NAME : TIGVALE

Maker
 
System Type
Not enough data to classify
Country
Germany (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
Ref: name only in MCS.

SYSTEM NAME : TIM

Manuals/Photos from this system are available here

Maker
 
System Type
Non-Meccano type and Mainly Rods/Tubes()
Country
Switzerland (probably)
Dates
known in 1949
Material
Aluminium (Alloy) / Steel
Thread
M4; M8 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
37
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
---
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
---
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
15
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
Steel
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
8(see comment *4)
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
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.

SYSTEM NAME : TIN TOWN HIGH RISE

Maker
 
System Type
Buildings
Country
USA
Dates
1998 to in production in 2003 and continuing
Material
Steel
Thread
----
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
----
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
13
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
Selection of BILT-E-Z parts made with new tooling.

SYSTEM NAME : TITAN [a]

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
Germany
Dates
1948 to circa 1951
Material
Steel
Thread
M3
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
M3
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
47 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
9.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.4
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
2.9
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Dull plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.1(see comment *2)

Comments
Most sets have parts with dull grey metallic look but late on parts were painted. *1 In Set 1, perhaps more in Set 2. *2 5.5 fpr 10mm long.

SYSTEM NAME : TITAN [b]

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Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Country
Germany
Dates
circa 1951 to circa 1960 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
M3.5
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
M3.5
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
34 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
100
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
9.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.5 (see comment *3)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
3.4
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.4
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)
6.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.9

Comments
New thread etc & new parts including Gears. All parts painted. Parts including 77,118mm diameter Flanged Plates; Sprockets; Plates with top/bottom red/blue. *1Baukästen: circa.'70. *2Mod.75; & 24 DP, Mod 1.05, to mate with Sprockets. *3 Black parts 3.4.
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