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MECCANO PARTS 1970-2015

1970 can be seen as the starting year of the Modern Meccano age. More than 800 New Parts were introduced until the end of 2014. At first, New Parts were allocated numbers of the traditional Meccano type. The system was clumsy, but it made some sense, and Meccanomen were used to it.
In 2001 a new Parts Numbering System was introduced. From then, approximately 400 New Parts were added to the system, to which Numbers were attributed on a purely sequential basis. As might be expected this procedure brought about a complete chaos. Parts of the same type appear scattered all over the present day Parts List, making it practically impossible the search for a specific part on the List.
To try to bring some sense back to the System, by eliminating the search problems posed by both the old and the new Part Numbering Systems, I compiled a Parts List covering the complete 1970-2015 period, organized by Part Families.

Regarding both existing and new parts, several well-defined colour schemes were used from 1970 to 1996.
From 1998, though, there has not been a single defined colour scheme. Instead, each new set comes in a different colour, making it a very hard task to keep record of them all...
This led me to produce All Parts Lists featuring all colour variations, covering the 1970-2015 period. Four sub-periods were established (see below). Three lists are now completed and work is in progress to complete the remaining one.

Meccano introduced hundreds of New Parts during the 70s, and since the end of production in the UK, in 1981.
Many New Parts were welcome additions to the Meccano System. Many others are of little or no use outside the set they were introduced with.
To my knowledge, a comprehensive list of such parts had never been produced. To fill the gap I compiled Illustrated New Parts Indices and Lists for the 1970-1981 (UK), 1970-1988 (France), 1989-1998 and 1998-2015 sub-periods. 

As pointed out above, the introduction of a New Parts Numbering System, in 2001, brought about a complete chaos, for lack of any sense in the new part numbers. Yet, the New Part Numbers are there, and I felt the need to produce two Conversion Tables to help to use them. They are detailed at the bottom of this page.

I have the pleasure to invite you to download the lists presented below. All feedback on their usefulness and suggestions for improvement, as well as eventual corrections, will be most appreciated.

 

 


ILLUSTRATED MECCANO PARTS LIST (1970-2015)                  NEW (Jun 2015) 


ALL the UK and French made Meccano Parts, included in sets or available as spares during the period are listed.
To overcome the problems posed by both the old and (mainly) the new Meccano Part Numbering Systems, the Parts are grouped into five main Sections: Building Components, Mechanical Components, Electrical Components, Decorative Components and Series & Special Set Components.
Within each Section the Parts are grouped into Families, most of which are further divided into Sub-Families.

To download the List (.pdf file, size 4.6 Mb) click on the picture at the right.    

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATED LISTS OF ALL PARTS 1970-1981 (UK), 1970-1992 (France), 1993-2001  and 2001-2015     
UPDATED (Jun 2015)
 
For the sake of fully documenting the 1970 to present day period, I thought it would be interesting to produce lists of all the Meccano Parts available throughout four different sub-periods.
The lists include all parts, either used on sets or available only as spares, and all colour/finish variations of each part. 

At this point in time (Jume 2015), the lists for 1970-1992 (France), 1993-2001 and 2001-2015 (NEW) are ready, and can be downloaded. Work is under progress for the  remaining sub-period.

To move to the download page click on the picture at the right.

 

 

 

 

 

INDICES TO NEW PARTS 1970-1981 (UK), 1970-1988 (France), 1989-1998 and 1998-2015  
UPDATED (Jun 2015) 


The Indices consist of collections of thumbnail size pictures of all the 116, 98, 115 and 422 New Parts of each of the periods, organized by Part Number.
The last pages of the two latter Indices provide comparative details on Nuts & Bolts, Tri-flat Axles and Wheels & Tyres.

To move to the download page click on the picture at the right.    

 

 


ILLUSTRATED LISTS OF NEW PARTS 1970-1981 (UK), 1970-1988 (France), 1989-1998 and 1998-2015      
UPDATED (Jun 2015)

The three earlier lists are organized by part number.
To overcome the problems posed by both the old and the new Meccano Part Numbering Systems, the list for the 1998-2015 period is organized by Part Families.
The Parts are grouped into five main Sections: Building Components, Mechanical Components, Electrical Components, Decorative Components and Series & Special Set Components.
Within each Section the Parts are grouped into Families, most of which are further divided into Sub-Families.

A description, year of introduction, picture and Sets where it has been included are provided for each part.

To move to the download page click on the picture at the right. 

   

 

 

CONVERSION TABLES OLD-NEW AND NEW-OLD PART NUMBERS
UPDATED (Mar 2015)
 
In 2001 Meccano introduced a new Part Numbering System. A*** part numbers (meaning the capital "A" followed by three digits) were allocated to existing parts. To entirely new parts, numbers of the type B***, C***, etc. were allocated, on a strictly consecutive basis. 

As a result, the new Part Numbering System generated a complete chaos, since the numbers attributed to each part make no sense at all.
Concerning the old existing parts, and since there is no logical way to convert old to new part numbers (and vice-versa), I produced two Conversion Tables which can be downloaded from this site. One of them is for Old to New and the other for New to Old part numbers.

To move to the download page click on the picture at the right.

 

This Page was last updated on 27-06-2015

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