“An instructive architectural toy”
Invented by William Bailey and first patented in May 1915. Manufactured by William Bailey Ltd, Birmingham, England and sold during 1916-1930s.
First patent: GB 191500382A, date of application: 19th Jan. 1915:
More existing patents:
FR: 1915 Dec. : FR480566A
CH: 1916 Jan.: CH72742A
DE: 1920 April: DE320132C
AT: 1921 March: AT83015B
On the box cover, also other countries are mentioned:
Australia, Canada, Italy, and New Zeeland.
There are 6 basic sets, numbered from 0 to 5.
Set 0 contains 111 parts and Set 5: 1168 parts.
There are also ‘Accessory Sets’, from 0a up to 4a, for upgrading that standard set.
Parts & building instuctions
There are 27 different parts available.
Wenebrik: Building with Set No. 2:
The only manual I’ve (with BW front cover):
Another manual with colored front page: meccanoindex.com
Some system characteristics
Here a short list of some system characteristics and how it’s retrofitted into the virtual LeoCAD library:
|Steel plates||Metal, painted|
Thikness: ~0.35 [mm]
|Single color pieces|
|Bay size||1.5 [inch]||tbd [mm]|
|Draw line every X studs||–|
|Snap XY||1 [mm] 1/20 stud|
|Snap Z||1 [mm] 1/20 stud|
Here an overview of the parts library:
Still missing the 2 chimney parts (#19)…
Building in LeoCAD
To be ounest, I did not enjoy building the real model. I could have done a better job, by aligning the parts better, but it still a challenge. Building with LeoCAD was about the same experience. So in a sence, a good copy of the real building.