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Parts and Changes 1958-64

See also Spare Parts Packaging

Small Parts Boxes and Tins

In all the sales leaflets of this period, the small parts boxes and tins in the outfits appear to be shown incorrectly.  They are either shown in the wrong colour, or with the wrong Meccano logo!  Seems like the Binns Road advertising department didn't know what the factory was doing!

As far as can be ascertained, these are the variations of small parts boxes and tins used in the outfits of the period.

Parts box

Cardboard box from the previous period up to 1958.  Although this design was not used in the light red and green period, it is the one incorrectly shown in the 1958 sales leaflets, but see here  (Photo courtesy R. Jaggard)

Parts box

Cardboard box design of 1958 only.  This box was shown in almost all the leaflets from 1959 onwards, after the box had been discontinued!  This box was used in outfits up to No.3. (Photo courtesy R. Jaggard)

Parts box

Cardboard box included with the early yellow tray sets of 1959.  This box was shown on the front of the 1960 sales leaflet, again long after the box had been discontinued!

Parts box

The outfit number was changed from green to black sometime after June 1959.  This design continued right up to 1964.  This box was by far the most common one, but never appeared in any sales leaflet!

Parts box

Cardboard box with cellophane window, used in the 1963 Elektrikit.  The cellophane was easily damaged and often became split during use, rendering the box useless.

Parts box

A later variation of the Elektrikit parts box, without the window (date not known, possibly after the light R/G period).

Gold parts tin

Gold parts tin used until mid-1960 (red or blue circular labels were used on these tins).  One of these tins was used in outfits 4 to 7.  Outfit 8 had two tins, outfit 9 had three tins, and outfit 10 had five tins.

Green parts tin

Green parts tin introduced in 1960.  Notice the different hairstyle!  This box never appeared in sales leaflets, even though it was the one most commonly used.  Blue circular labels were also used on these tins.  It seems that the blue labels were used for tins containing only nuts and bolts.  See the contents of the five No.10 tins (Courtesy of R. Jaggard).
Later green parts tin The green parts tin was later modified (around 1964) to remove the sharp edges from the lid, and to make it easier for small fingers to open.
Markings on back of tins show 6MB and 13MB, which probably stood for Metal Box Co. a well known maker of tin cans and boxes who produced tinplate items for Meccano Ltd.  No doubt 6 and 13 were different types of stock tin.  (Thanks to R. Jaggard for this snippet)

     

Braced Girders

Braced girders A selection of Braced Girders  in light red.  The double braced types were replaced by the single type (right) in 1962.

The three examples on the left are the lengths of Braced Girder that were discontinued in 1962, 4 1/2", 3" and 2 1/2".  These lengths disappeared because the length was incompatible with the new style of bracing.

See Spare Parts Packaging for more photos.

   

Steering Wheels

Steering wheels

The four variations of Steering Wheels during the light red/green period.  The small black one was changed to light blue in 1962.  The 3-spoked Steering Wheel was one of the new parts of 1962, introduced in black  This was changed to light blue in 1964.

Both Steering Wheels were changed back to black in 1970!  These have zinc as opposed to nickel plated caps.  The zinc caps were introduced sometime around 1968,  so blue Wheels with zinc caps also exist!

Despite the impression given in the parts lists of the time, these wheels were not supplied fitted with Axle Rods.

The light shade of blue is a bit of a mystery, as no other Meccano part was painted in this colour. But this same colour was also used for the Dinky Ford Anglia police car at about the same time, and probably other Dinky toys as well.

These Steering Wheels with light blue spokes and black rims were bought from a Meccano dealer around 1962.  Other overpainted examples have also come to light from other dealers.  They were almost certainly produced by the factory, but are a mystery.

The black paint has been added over the blue.  Could these have been experimental colours? (photo and information courtesy Joseph N Attard)

     

New Parts

 There was probably a record number of new parts introduced during the light red and green period.
The parts and items that were introduced into the system are as follows:

Year

No.

Description

Colour

Comments

1958 E15R Electric Motor Black Crackle
1958 T15 Transformer Grey Crackle
1958   Two new Storage Cabinets  
       
1959 E15R(S) Electric Motor Black Crackle Supressors added to E15R
1959   Marshal II & III Power Supplies Grey Crackle
       
1961 187 Plastic Road Wheel Blue/Grey Replacement for the tinplate version
       
1962 11a 1" x 1/2" Double Bracket Nickel
1962 14a 5 1/2" Axle Rod  
1962 57d Wire Hook Nickel
1962 74 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Flat Plate Red
1962 97 3 1/2" Braced Girder Red Single Bracing
1962 99 12 1/2" Braced Girder Red Single Bracing
1962 99a 9 1/2" Braced Girder Red Single Bracing
1962 99b 7 1/2" Braced Girder Red Single Bracing
1962 100 5 1/2" Braced Girder Red Single Bracing
1962 115a Long Threaded Pin Nickel with integral square shoulder
1962 185a 2 1/2" Steering Wheel Black, nickel cap changed to Light Blue in 1964
1962 187b 4 1/4" Road Wheel (plastic) Blue/Grey
1962 193 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   No central hole
1962 193a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   No central hole
1962 193b 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   No central hole
1962 193c 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   No central hole
1962 193d 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   Central hole
1962 193e 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" Transparent Plastic Plate   No central hole
1962 194 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" Plastic Plate Red No central hole
1962 194a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Plastic Plate Red No central hole
1962 194b 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" Plastic Plate Red No central hole
1962 194c 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Plastic Plate Red No central hole
1962 194d 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" Plastic Plate Red Central hole
1962 194e 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" Plastic Plate Red No central hole
1962 195 7 1/2" x 2 1/2" Strip Plate Red
1962 201 Flexible Gusset Plate Red
1962 235 2 1/2" Narrow Strip Green
1962 235a 3" Narrow Strip Green
1962 235b 3 1/2" Narrow Strip Green
1962 235d 4 1/2" Narrow Strip Green
1962 235f 5 1/2" Narrow Strip Green
1962   Emebo Electric Motor Red Green leads
       
1963 140y 4-Hole Collar (part of 140 and 165) Brass Introduced as separate part
1963 501 5 1/2" Insulating Strip Black Elektrikit Part
1963 502 2 1/2" Insulating Strip Black Elektrikit Part
1963 503 1 1/2" Insulating Strip Black Elektrikit Part
1963 507 2 1/2" Insulating Flat Girder Black Elektrikit Part
1963 508 1 1/2" Insulating Flat Girder Black Elektrikit Part
1963 510 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" Insulating Plate Black Elektrikit Part
1963 511 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Insulating Plate Black Elektrikit Part
1963 513 Insulating Fishplate Black Elektrikit Part
1963 514 Insulating Bush Wheel 8-hole Black Elektrikit Part
1963 516 Insulating Bush Wheel 6-hole Black Elektrikit Part
1963 518 1" Bush Wheel Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 520 Rectangular Coil Black/Red Elektrikit Part
1963 522 Cylindrical Coil Black/Red Elektrikit Part (740 turns of  0.226 mm wire. The E and S mean 'Entrée' and 'Sortie', which are French for Input and Output.)
1963 525 Core Holder for Rectangular Coil   Elektrikit Part
1963 526 Core for Rectangular Coil   Elektrikit Part
1963 527 Slotted Core for Cylindrical Coil Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 528 1" Core for Cylindrical Coil Nickel  Elektrikit Part
1963 529 2" Strip Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 530 Flexible Strip Brass Elektrikit Part
1963 531 1" Wiper Arm (flexible) Copper Elektrikit Part
1963 532 1 1/2" Wiper Arm Copper Elektrikit Part
1963 533 2" Wiper Arm, bent (flexible) Copper Elektrikit Part
1963 534 2" Slotted Strip Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 537 Permanent Magnet Red/Silver Elektrikit Part. (The red end was not standardised between outfits, and could be either N or S!)
1963 538 Magnet Holder Black Elektrikit Part
1963 539 Lamp Holder Black Elektrikit Part
1963 540c 12v Bulb (claire) Clear Elektrikit Part
1963 540r 12v Bulb (rouge) Red Elektrikit Part
1963 540j 12v Bulb (jaune) Yellow Elektrikit Part
1963 540v 12v Bulb (vert) Green Elektrikit Part
1963 542 Terminal Nut Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 543 Contact Screw Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 544 Contact Stud Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 545 1/2" Pivot Bolt Brass Elektrikit Part
1963 548 3 1/2" Pivot Rod Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 549 2" Pivot Rod Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 550 Short Pivot Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 551 Flat Commutator Brown Elektrikit Part
1963 554 Short Circuit Piece Copper Elektrikit Part
1963 555 Rod with Square End Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 556 Reel of PVC Sleeving Red Elektrikit Part
1963 557 Reel of Bare Copper Wire (22swg) Red Elektrikit Part.  Approx 15.5 ft long
1963 558 Coil of Connecting Wire Red Elektrikit Part
1963 559 Coil of Paper White Elektrikit Part
1963 560 Dial Card* Black on White Elektrikit Part  See here
1963 561 Thin Washer Brass Elektrikit Part
1963 562 Bell Nickel Elektrikit Part.  Early versions as part 162a.  Later versions had no slots (1964 or 65).
1963 563 2" Screwed Rod Nickel Elektrikit Part
1963 564 Insulating Spacer Black Elektrikit Part
1963 1585 Tube of Oil White Elektrikit Part
*This consisted of a compass dial, spiral, ammeter dial, impulse counter, rainbow disc, blank dial, DC voltmeter dial, AC voltmeter dial, +ve -ve tags, pointers and washers.  See here

Because the colour scheme was to be changed in 1964, the new red and green parts of 1962 would only be produced for two years.  Consequently these parts are now quite rare in their original forms, although reproductions and repaints are fairly common.

Part Deletions

There were very few parts deleted from the system during this period.
The parts and items that were deleted are as follows:

Year

No.

Description

Colour

Comments

1959 E20R(S) Electric Motor Black Crackle Replaced by E15R
1959 E15(R) Electric Motor Black Crackle Replaced by E15R(S)
       
1960 E020 Electric Motor Black Crackle 'Cricket Ball' motor
1960 10P No.10 Chest   Replaced by 4-Drawer Cabinet
       
1961 187 Tinplate Road Wheel Blue/Grey Replaced by plastic version
       
1962 97 3 1/2" Braced Girder Red Replaced by single braced type
1962 97a 3" Braced Girder Red Length obsolete
1962 98 2 1/2" Braced Girder Red Length obsolete
1962 99 12 1/2" Braced Girder Red Replaced by single braced type
1962 99a 9 1/2" Braced Girder Red Replaced by single braced type
1962 99b 7 1/2" Braced Girder Red Replaced by single braced type
1962 100 5 1/2" Braced Girder Red Replaced by single braced type
1962 100a 4 1/2" Braced Girder Red Length obsolete

   

Colour Changes

At the start of the period, all parts that were in medium green, changed to light green (strips, girders, brackets, etc.).  All parts that were in medium red, changed to light red (all plates and circular items, etc.).  The 2" and 3" Pulleys which were in black, changed to blue.  The tinplate Road Wheels which were red with a black tyre, changed to blue with a grey tyre.

Other 1958 colour references:  Rubber tyres were grey since around 1956.  Crank Handle grips were red.  6" Pulley was red, not blue as you might expect.  Hank of Cord was green.  Steering Wheel was black.  Boiler and Ends were red.  Cylinder, Sleeve Piece and Chimney Adaptor were all green.  2 1/2" Triangular Plate was green, not red as you might expect.  Propellor Blade was red with a green tip.  Windmill Sail was light green on dark green.  Ship's Funnel was medium red with a black tip.  No light red Funnels have yet been seen, and it is quite likely that none of these seldom-used parts were produced between 1958 and 1964.
See the full parts list for a complete colour reference.

Zinc plated Meccano is so common today, that many people assume that it has always been zinc plated.  In fact, this finish only dates back to 1967.  Before this, there was no zinc plating on any part, and this includes the whole of the light red and green period.  Silver-coloured parts were nickel plated, which produces a shinier finish, and is more resistant to corrosion.

The parts and items that changed colour during this period are as follows:

Year No.

Description

Old Colour New Colour
?? 19a Spoked Wheel Black Light Red*
1960 137 Wheel Flange Light Red Blue
1960   Parts Tin Gold Green
1960 187 Conical Disc Light Red Blue
1962 12a 1" x 1" Angle Bracket Light Green Nickel
1962 12b 1" x 1/2" Angle Bracket Light Green Nickel
1962 44 Stepped Bent Strip Light Green Nickel #
1962 45 Double Bent Strip Light Green Nickel
1962 62 Crank Light Green Nickel
1962 62a Threaded Crank Light Green Nickel
1962 62b Double Arm Crank Light Green Nickel
1962 102 Single Bent Strip Light Green Nickel
1962 116 Large Fork Piece Light Green Nickel #
1962 124 Reversed Angle Bracket 1" Light Green Nickel
1962 125 Reversed Angle Bracket 1/2" Light Green Nickel
1962 128 Bell Crank Light Green Nickel
1962 154a Corner Angle Bracket R/H Light Green Nickel #
1962 154b Corner Angle Bracket L/H Light Green Nickel #
1962 164 Chimney Adaptor Light Green Nickel
1962 185 1 3/4" Steering Wheel Black Light Blue
1964 185a 2 1/2" Steering Wheel Black Light Blue
The following mysterious colour changes are seen in the 1964 sales leaflet,
but are thought not to have been implemented , although some were implemented later.
1964 19c 6" Pulley Light Red Blue
1964 109 Face Plate Light Red Black
1964 118 Hub Disc Light Red Light Green
1964 146 6" Circular Plate Light Red Blue
1964 146a 4" Circular Plate Light Red Blue
1964 163 Sleeve Piece Light Green Light Red
*  Spoked Wheels exist in light red, but it is not known whether they
     changed from black to red at the beginning of the period or later.
#  Probable date

 
Although not strictly relevant to this period, here are the parts that changed colour after the Light Red & Green period, in August 1964.
(This is based on a Meccano Factory List dated April 1964)

No. Description Old Colour New Colour No. Description Old Colour New Colour
1-6 Perforated Strips Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 133a 1" Corner Bracket Light Green Nickel
6a Perforated Strip Light Green Nickel * 138 Ships Funnel Medium Red Yellow (Black top)
7-9f Angle Girders Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 139-139a Flanged Brackets Light Green Sprayed Aluminium
19c 6" Pulley Light Red Blue 143 Circular Girder Light Red Black
41 Propellor Blade Light Red Black 145 Circular Strip Light Red Black
46-48d Double Angle Strips Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 146, 146a Circular Plates Light Red Black
51,52,53 Flanged Plates Light Red Black 151,153 Pulley Blocks Light Red Black
52a, 53a Flat Plates Light Red Yellow 157 Fan Light Red Black
54 Flanged Sector Plate Light Red Black 160 Channel Bearing Light Green Sprayed Aluminium
55, 55a Slotted Strips Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 161 Girder Bracket Light Green Sprayed Aluminium
61 Windmill Sail Light Green Black 162-163 Boiler, Sleeve Piece Light Green Black
70-76 Flat Plates Light Red Yellow 167b Flanged Ring Light Red Black
77 1" Triangular Plate Light Green Nickel 168a,168b Ball Races Light Red Black
89-90a Curved Strips Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 187, 187b Road Wheels Blue/Grey Red/Grey
97-100 Braced Girders Light Red Yellow 187a Conical Disc Light Red Red
103-103k Flat Girders Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 188-192 Flexible Plates Light Red Yellow
108 Corner Gusset Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 194-194e Plastic Plates Light Red Black (Cobex strip)
109 Face Plate Light Red Black 195-201 Misc. Plates Light Red Yellow
113 Girder Frame Light Green Sprayed Aluminium 214 Semi-Circular Plate Light Red Yellow
118 Hub Disc Light Red Black 215 Formed Slotted Strip Light Green Nickel
126, 126a Trunnons Light Green Yellow 216 Cylinder Light Green Black
130,130a Eccentrics Light Red Black 221-226 Triangular Flexible Plates Light Red Yellow
133 1 1/2" Corner Bracket Light Green Yellow 235-235f Narrow Strip Light Green Sprayed Aluminium
* Sprayed Aluminium 6a's have been seen

We can infer that any parts not appearing in this list remained the same colour after the change-over.
For instance, many small Brackets are not listed because they had already changed to nickel in 1962.

 
Motors

These were the four motors which were available at the the end of the light red and green period.
The Magic motor was packed in the same style 'M' box as the Emebo from 1962.

(Servicing leaflets courtesy G.Jost)

Magic motor No.1 clockwork motor E15R motor Emebo motor

Magic Clockwork motor
M1
(introduced 1935)
see servicing leaflet

No.1 Clockwork motor
M2
(introduced 1948)
see servicing leaflet and
repair instructions

E15R Electric motor
M3
(introduced 1958)

Emebo Electric motor
M4
(introduced 1962)
see servicing leaflet

   Click here to see the motors available at the start of the period, in 1958
Motor print Refs.

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