Timothy Edwards - Meccano

Welcome to my Meccano and 'Other Systems' pages.

I have been a life long Meccano enthusiast and I am a member of several Meccano Clubs/Societies and also webmaster of both the North Eastern Meccano Society and the Meccano Society of Scotland.

On this website you can see pictures of many of the models which I have built. Some of these have several detailed pictures.

I am very interested in the history and literature of Meccano and other constructional systems and have been involved with several projects which are detailed below.

I have now added a new section to my website - Brian Rowe's Model Plans and Treatise- see below - 14/04/2024

Meccano Indexes and Information

(For the 'Other' Constructional Systems see the bottom of the page)

I have lots of information for the Meccano enthusiast. There are scans and downloads together with a comprehensive seachable index to several Meccano Magazines, Meccano Ltd engineering drawings which cover most Meccano parts, details of Meccano Ltd. Patents and Designs, Meccano set contents lists and also detailed information and downloads of Meccano Instruction Manuals and Meccano Brochures.

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Meccano Ltd. Meccano Magazines

(Last updated 11th April)

NEW - I have now put ALL Meccano Magazines through OCR software. This means that you can now select and copy the text in the OCR'd PDFs of ALL Meccano Magazines. There is also a text search facility of all the text in ALL the Meccano Magazines.

This section includes scans and downloads of all the UK Meccano magazines and most of the French and American Meccano magazines. It includes a comprehensive searchable index to the complete UK magazine, the USA Magazine and part of the French Magazine. Also included is an index to the Meccano Engineer and the Meccanoman`s Journal. It has been produced by Timothy Edwards with Stephen Jenkins compiling the Advertisers section of the Meccano Magazine.

The index is split into several sections and then further split into individual topics to allow easy access to articles on any subject. In addition it includes a user defined search facility which allows custom searches on either the whole index or parts of it.

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Johnny's Meccano Magazine

(Last updated 21st March)

This section contains Johnny's Meccano Magazine in pdf format. You can either read them on-line or download them to your computer. There is also a searchable index covering all articles in the magazine.

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Sheffield Meccano Guild Magazines

(Last updated 5th June)

This section contains back issues over five years old in pdf format of the club magazine of the Sheffield Meccano Guild. You can either read them on-line or download them to your computer. There is also a searchable index covering all articles in the magazine to the present day.

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Schrauber und Sammler Magazines

(Last updated 14th June)

This a German language magazine in PDF format and it mainly deals with Märklin and other German construction systems. But there is also some Meccano in it. In addition, many other lesser-known construction systems are featured from time to time. You can either read them on-line or download them to your computer. There is also a searchable index covering all articles in the magazine.

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Other Meccano Club Magazines

In addition to the magazines noted above, I also host back issues of club magazines for both the North Eastern Meccano Society (NEMS) and the Meccano Society of Scotland on their respective club websites for which I am webmaster.

If any other Meccano club would like me to host back issues of your club magazine, please get in touch

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Meccano Manuals

(Last updated 28th April)

This is a comprehensive guide, analysis and downloads to all English or multi language Meccano Manuals together with some foreign language ones from 1908 to the present. It is logically split up into the various eras/sections, denoting when their were major changes to the Meccano Outfits and/or Manuals.

NEW - A search facility for manuals has been added, as it can be sometimes be difficult to find the desired manual(s).

The following information is given for the manuals for each era/section:-
1. Overview of the manuals
2. Data on the manuals, including dates, print codes and details of the pagination etc.
3. Details of all changes and variations in the manuals
4. Pictures of the front and rear covers of the manuals
5. List of all the models in the manuals together with pictures of every model
6. Includes manual downloads (using thumbnails) covering nearly all Meccano manuals from 1908 to the present day.
7. Includes details and downloads of Plastic Meccano manuals.
8. Includes details and downloads of Meccano Motor instructions.
9. Includes the other Meccano systems (i.e. Dinky Builder, Aeroplane Constructor, Motor Car Constructor, Elektron, Kemex, Speed Boats, System X etc.).
10. Meccano Plastic/Junior manual downloads to the present day.
11. Foreign Language Manuals - Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

There is also a comprehensive search facility on all the traditional Meccano manual models from 1908 to 1981.

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Meccano Ltd. Engineering Drawings

(Last updated 26th March 2023)

This section of my website has scans of Meccano Ltd. engineering drawings covering almost all post-war Meccano Parts. Scans of 377 Liverpool factory drawings, 79 French factory drawings and (NEW) 530 part drawings by Niels Gottlob can be downloaded at 300dpi. These are fascinating and give an insight into the development of Meccano parts.

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Meccano Ltd. Patents and Registered Designs

This lists all those patents and designs registered by Meccano Ltd. throughout the world which I have so far managed to discover. This covers all products of Meccano Ltd. Where available, copies of the original patents/designs can be downloaded.

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Meccano Set Parts Lists

(Last updated 12th January)

Myself and Oscar Felgueiras have produced comprehensive parts lists for most of the Meccano Sets. I have done from 1901-1981 and 2017 to 2022. Oscar has done from 1970 - 2016. I have also produced set parts list for the old style plastic Meccano. These are all available from this site.

There is also an index to all outfits/sets. By clicking on the relevant outfit/set, a listing of all its parts is displayed. There is also the option of displaying this as a PDF for easier printing or saving. Alternatively these part lists are also available as a spreadsheet that can be downloaded.
In addition a search facility is now available for Oscar Felgueiras' set parts lists to enable one to find:-
1. What colours a particular part has been available in.
2. What parts have been available in a certain colour.
3. Which sets has a particular part been included in.
4. Search on Part Descriptions to find parts.
There is also the option of displaying the results as a PDF for easier printing or saving.

NEW (12/01/2024) - Meccano Junior set parts list and photos of parts added.

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Meccano Brochures

(Last updated 27th May)

NEW - A search facility for brochures has been added, as it can be sometimes be difficult to find the desired brochure(s).

Meccano Ltd published a wide range of advertising brochures to promote its products. These are fascinating documents for those interested in the history and development of Meccano and Meccano Ltd

This section of my website provides downloads of a large variety of Meccano Ltd's Catalogues, Price Lists, Advertising Leaflets etc.

Also included in this section are the servicing leaflets published by Meccano Ltd in the early 1960s for Hornby and Hornby-Dublo Locomotives and some Meccano Motors.

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Virtual Mec File Downloads

(Last updated 14th March)

In this new section of my website I have some Virtual Mec .mdl files that you can download

Virtual Mec is a CAD drawing package for producing 3D computer drawings of Meccano models.

If anyone else has Virtual Mec files which they would like me to host, please get in contact with me.

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Brian Rowe's Model Building Instructions

(Last updated 13th May 2024)

In this new section of my website I have some of Brian Rowe's Model Building Instructions that you can download. His Treatise has now been added.

From the 1970s to the 1990s Brian Rowe designed and built a large number of Meccano models. These were mainly models of steam engine of various types. For many of these he produced building instructions. He would sell the instructions and associated photos by mail order and at exhibitions. Following Brian's death in the late 1990s, these building instructions have virtually all disappeared from the Meccano scene and I felt that it would be good to resurrect them.

If anyone else has any more of Brian Rowe's Model Building Instructions, please get in contact with me.

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'Other' Constructional and Allied Systems

(Last updated 14th June)

NEW - Now includes Tony Knowles' 'Other System Newsletter'

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.

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.

There is also a discussion forum to allow people to discuss any aspect of the 'Other' Constructional Systems.

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S.R. Borrill Reproduction Meccano Parts

Mr S.R. Borrill has now stopped producing Reproduction Meccano parts. He thanks all his customers over the past years.


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