1937-1940 BLUE & GOLD NUMBERED SETS

Ask a boy in the 1950's or 60's what present he would like quite a number would say, 'A Meccano Set 10, this famous meccano set was only introduced in 1937. In fact the Set 10 is not the largest set Meccano ever produced that honour fell to the set L of the range the set 10 replaced. Things are not that simple though, whilst the set L had the greatest number of parts, set 10 had a greater variety of parts owing to a number of part introductions during the time the set 10 was produced. Set 10 was not the only set to be introduced, out went sets A-L and in came sets 0-10 although the colours stayed in Blue and Gold.

As before there was a big shake up in the contents of the sets partly to better utilize the flexible plates which had not been given there full use during the brief lettered sets period. It was more than likely that economics had a great part in this change. The world was just coming out of the worst depression it had ever faced. Set L sold for 400 shillings (£20) whilst Set 10 sold for 231 shillings (£11.55) thus putting the largest set in reach of much more customers. Effectively sets where moved down one with the smallest set of the new range being smaller than the smallest set of range it replaced, where the new set 10 was nearer to set K that set L

Blue and Gold Cranes

Along with the new sets came new boxes and manuals. possibly the biggest change in models Meccano had made up until that time. Things where looking increasingly promising. There where more new parts as well, a number of Driving Banks, another gear wheel and pinion further gave modellers more options.

Unfortunately World Events would encroach on Meccano Ltd. In 1939 Britain once again declared war on Germany. By 1940 the Binns Road factory was given over the War materials. Ironically the last item to be introduced by Meccano Ltd before the outbreak of war was a Mechanized Army Set.

 

Meccano Periods

1901-1908

1909 -1926

1927-1934

1935-1937

1938-1940

1945-1958

1959-1962

1963-1970

1971-1978

1979

 

Manuals for this period

Set 0

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Set 5

Set 6

Sets 7 & 8

Sets 9 & 10

Mechanised Army

   
Sets in this Period
Number Year Description
(A) 1 1931 Aeroplane Constructor
(A) 2 1931 Aeroplane Constructor
(A) 0 1932 Aeroplane Constructor
(C) 1932 Car Constructor
(AS) 1 1933 Special Aeroplane Constructor
(AS)2 1933 Special Aeroplane Constructor
0 1937  
1 1937  
2 1937  
3 1937  
4 1937  
5 1937  
6 1937  
7 1937  
8 1937  
9 1937  
10 1937  
  1939 Mechanised Army
Motors in this Period
Number Year Description
1a 1912 Renamed No 1 Clockwork Reversing Motor
  1925 Electric 100/240 volt
  1929  
1 1931 Clockwork Non Reversing
1 1931 Clockwork Reversing
Magic 1932  
E-606 1938

New 6 Volt Motor

E020 1934 New 20 Volt Electric

 

Parts Introduced in this Period
Original Part Number Later Part Number Year Description
19g 19g 1937 Crank Hanfdle 3.5 inch with grip
19h 19h 1937 Crank Handle 5.5 inch with grip
69c 69c 1937 Grub Screw 1/64 inch
80c 80c 1937 Screwed Rod 3 inch
155a 155 1937 Rubber Ring 1 inch
186a 186a 1937 Driving Band 6 inch
186b 186b 1937 Driving Band 10 inch
186c 186c 1937 Driving Band 10 inch heavy
186d 186a 1937 Driving Band 15 inch heavy
212 212 1937 Rod and Strip Connector
213 213 1937 Rod Connector
214 214 1937 Semi Circular Plate 2.5 inch
215 215 1937 Formed Slotted Strip 3 inch
216 216 1937 Cylinder
217a 24a 1937 Disc 1 3/8 inch
217b   1937 Disc 3/4 inch
219   1937 Wheel Disc
A1083 36c 1937 Drift
26b 26b 1941 Pinion 1/2 3/4 inch
27c 27c 1941 Gear Wheel 3.5 inch
190a 190a 1941 Flexible Plate 3.5 x 2.5 inch