The Meccano System

Meccano was invented by Frank Hornby in 1901. It is a system of metal construction where standardized, preformed, re-usable perforated parts can be attached to each other. Structures and mechanisms can be built. The basic tools are a screwdriver and spanner. No special workshop machinery is required.

The Meccano System consists of a wide selection of strips, girders, wheels, rods, brackets, pulleys, sprockets and gears, electrical parts, motors, and a large range of specialized parts.

The standard hole spacing is " or 12.7 mm. The standard thread is 5/32" Whitworth, 32 TPI. The diameter of axle rods is 8 SWG or 0.160" or 4.04 mm. Gears are 38 DP i.e. 38 teeth per 1" diameter.

The name "Meccano" was registered by Frank Hornby on 14th September 1907 at the Design Registry of the UK Patent Office.
The registered name is now owned by Spin Master Ltd, Canada's largest Toy Manufacturer**.
Meccano's manufacturing base and industrial facilities will retain in Calais- France, to optimize servicebility to European markets**

The name Meccano has become a household word. The majority of common mechanisms and structures can be constructed, often with a very high degree of precision. Meccano clubs exist in many parts of the world which hold regular Meccano exhibitions.

Meccano can also be used in schools and universities to demonstrated mechanical and engineering principles.

It has an important place in industry where it can be used to advantage to build prototypes as it allows the rapid development and realization of ideas. It also has a place in the laboratory.

Meccano is available at retail outlets, and at specialized Meccano suppliers throughout the world.

**addition by the webmaster


  • Bert Love & Jim Gamble - The Meccano System and the Special Purpose Meccano Sets
    New Cavendish Books, London
    ISBN 0 904568 36 9