1963 - 1970 THEMED SETS PERIOD

set 2

In 1962 Meccano Ltd decided to make changes to the range. Plastic was becoming increasingly common as a cheaper material than metal, for the first time since the xylonite sheet of the early days, Meccano decided to introduce plastic into its range in the form of plastic plates that where easier to bend than flexible plates and as the colour was part of the material rather than painted on would not scratch or flake. If these new plates had a downside it was that they where thin and easily broke. At the same time these plates where introduced in transparent form meaning that meccano models could now have (glass) windows, particularly vehicles windscreens. The new sets took advantage of these parts. Along with new boxes but still in red, green and white and showing a model that could be made from that set.

exploded drawing

New manuals where introduced with a red cover, however it was the inside of the manuals that showed the greatest change. Up to this time manuals had shown a photograph of the finished model and written instructions also with a content list . In all but the set 10 the written instruction where replaced by an exploded drawing or in larger sets drawings showing how the model should be put together.

set 2

One set was deleted a conversion set 9a. This set had failed to sell in sufficient quantity for several years to make it viable. So for the first time in the Meccano range a buyer could no longer buy the smallest set and over the years convert to the largest.

Just after these sets where released Meccano Ltd went into new ownership, being bought by Lines Brothers the makers of Triang. Lines Brother got straight to work after the take over, changing the colour of most of the parts from Red and Green to Silver and Yellow along with some black. A much more modern look, the plastic trays where changed to expanded polystyrene. Whilst the basic content of the sets and the manuals stayed as they had been from 1962.

But it was the outside of the packaging that received most attention. Apart from the Set 10 every set was given a name. The first 3 where called Play Set (0) Junior Set (1) and Super Junior (2) These featured some models that could be made with the set on the front. However sets 3 - 8 where themed, each showing photos of models down the left hand side and the same models set in a drawing on the right. These where grouped round a theme so that set 3 Highway Vehicles Set showed a group of cars and lorry's, whilst Set 6 Ocean Terminal Set showed Ships and Dockyard Cranes. Set 9 was slightly different called Masters Engineer's Set it returned to the idea of the smallest sets and showed several models that could be made with the set.

set 3set 8

This was possibly the most colourful period for Meccano with modern boxes and modern colours. 2 new electric motors where introduced the larger with a gearbox, these 2 motors where added to sets 3 and 4 to produce the Junior Power Drive Set and Power Drive Set in 1968. Another innovation of Lines Brothers was Plastic Meccano. Basically larger strips, wheels axles flanged plates and nuts and bolts produced in plastic and described as, 'Big parts for Little Hands,' in other words aimed at younger children in the hope that they would go on to main stream meccano.

plastic meccano

What effect did this have on the fortunes of the company? Although Lines Brothers carried Meccano Ltd for several years the company returned to a small profit in 1968. In 1969 Lines Brothers renamed Meccano Ltd Meccano Triang in preparation for changes for the new decade.


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

Sets 0 & 1

Sets 2 & 3

Sets 4, 5 & 6

Sets 7 & 8

Set 9

Set 10

Elektrikit

Gears

Junior Power Drive

Power Drive Set

   
Sets in this Period
Set No Year Notes
  1956 Gears Set B
  1959 Mechanisms
0 1962  
1 1962  
2 1962  
3 1962

 

4 1962  
5 1962  
6 1962  
7 1962  
8 1962  
9 1962  
10 1962  
  1963

Elektrikit

  1965 Power Drive
  1967 Junior power Drive+
Motors in this Period
Number Year Description
1 1912  
Magic 1932  
  1962

Emebo Electric Motor

E15R 1962 12 volt Eletric motor
  1965 3-12 Volt Electric with Gearbox
  1965 Steam Engine
  1967 4.5 Volt Electric

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Parts Introduced in this Period
Original Part Number Later Part Number Year Description
11a 11a 1962 Double Bracket 1 x 0.5 inch
57d 57d 1962 Wire Hook
115a 155a 1962 Long Threaded Pin
193 193 1962 Transparent Plate 2.5 x 1.5 inch
193a 193a 1962 Transparent Plate 2.5 x 2.5 inch
193c 193c 1962 Transparent Plate 4.5 x 2.5 inch
193d 193d 1962 Transparent Plate 5.5 x 1.5 inch
193e 193e 1962 Transparent Plate 5.5 x 2.5 inch
194 194 1962 Plastic Plate 2.5 x 1.5 inch
194a 194a 1962 Plastic Plate 2.5 x 2.5 inch
194c 194c 1962 Plastic Plate 4.5 x 2.5 inch
194d 194d 1962 Plastic Plate 5.5 x 1.5 inch
194e 194e 1962 Plastic Plate 5.5 x 2.5 inch
201 201 1962 Flexible Gusset Plate
235 245 1962 Narrow Strip 2.5 inch
235a 235a 1962 Narrow Strip 3 inch