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MECCANO SETS 1970-2014

Until 1970, Meccano UK and Meccano France used different colour schemes. In the UK, it was already blue-yellow-zinc, but in France it was blue-gold-red.
In 1970 important changes take place, giving birth to what might be called the Modern Meccano Period.
The UK and French productions are rationalized, using the same colour scheme (blue-yellow-zinc), and offering the same entirely new range of sets. It should be said, though, that there were differences on the shades of blue and (mainly) yellow, and that all the sets 1 to 8 were "promoted" to the next number, being the old set number 9 dropped altogether. In other words, a new set number 5 was basically an old set number 4...
In 1981, following the collapse of Meccano owners, Airfix, all the production is shifted to Calais, France. Close to 500 new Meccano sets were introduced since then.

From the point of view of the Meccano range of products, four differently characterized periods can be identified on the 1970 to 2014 time span.

 

 

1970 - 1981 (UK)       
To the core of the range, consisting mainly of Sets 1 to 10, two Clock Kit sets are added in 1972. These were soon to be followed by five new Theme Sets, the Multikits. In 1978 all sets 1 to 8 are phased-out and a new range of sets 1 to 5 is introduced.
In November of 1979 the legendary Binns Road factory is closed.
Production in the UK continues, albeit at a low level, in Airfix facilities. A new series of One Model Sets, the Action Packs is introduced in 1981.
Still in the same year, Airfix collapses, and all the Meccano production is shifted to France.
One list is available for download. It includes all the Sets of the period, organized on three different categories: Standard (progressive) Sets, Theme Sets and Ancillary Sets & Products. Within each category, the Sets are organized by Series.

To download the list click on the picture at the right.


1970 - 1985 (France)      
From 1970 to 1981, the French range consists mainly of Sets 2 to 10, identical to the 1970-1977 UK ones, complemented by Meccakit sets, similar in concept to the UK Multikits, but different from these.
After the transfer of all production to France, in 1981, sets 2 to 10 remain unchanged (but available only to the French market). The Meccakits are dropped.
New sets are introduced for the UK market. Most of them were already in the development stage at Binns Road, prior to its closure, in 1979.
One list is available for download. It includes all the Sets of the period, organized on three different categories: Standard (progressive) Sets, Theme Sets and Ancillary Sets & Products. Within each category, the Sets are organized by Series.

To download the list click on the picture at the right.


1986 - 1998      UPDATED (Mar 2015)     
Following Meccano takeover by Mark Rebibo in 1985, the whole range is reassessed.
Some changes take place already from 1986 to 1988, but it is from 1989 onwards that major developments start to show up.
With the phasing out of the No.10 set, in 1992, the old range becomes history.
New Series are introduced. Yet, the core of the range still consists of progressive sets, now numbered 1 to 6.
One list is available for download. It includes all the Sets of the period, organized on three different categories: Standard (progressive) Sets, Theme Sets and Ancillary Sets & Products. Within each category, the Sets are organized by Series.

To download the list click on the picture at the right.


1998 - 2014      UPDATED (Mar 2015)
In 1998 the progressive sets concept is abandoned. From then on, the range consists mainly of Theme Series, complemented by Special Edition sets.
Two different set lists are available for download. Including all the sets released during the period, one of the lists is organized by set number, the other by Series.
There is a third list, organized by Series, including only the 49 new sets introduced in 2012 - 2014.

To download the lists click on the picture at the right.


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