set 4

1970 saw New Meccano Sets in New Dark Blue Boxes. In reality though these sets where not new. They where the same basic sets as had been organized in 1962 repackaged and with a minor change of colour on the flanged and plastic plates from black to blue. The set numbers had been reorganized too, Set 9 had been a poor seller during the 1960's most who could afford the Set 9 would go the whole hog and purchase the set 10. So this set was deleted. Set 8 became set 9 and was given a new wooded box, the rest of the sets moved up one.

70s colour manuals

What this change lacked in substance it made up in new manuals and models. Sets 1-7 had new manuals with very much up date models. However what was so different was that these manuals where all colour. A colour illustration of the model along with colour exploded views that where shown with arrows indicating the order these should be built. However sets 8 and 9 where the same black and white manuals from the 1960's with new covers. The old sets 9's exploded models had been incorporated into the set 10 set of leaflets, the true set 10 models continued in the 1950;' written form.

There where a few introductions notable a new multi purpose gear wheel in part plastic that could mesh at any angle and a new electronic control set,. This was put into a new 5ME set that replaced the power drive set, set 4M replacing the junior power drive set.

For the second time in a decade Meccano ltd came under new ownership, thiss time the plastic model company Airfix. Airfix made no initial changes to the main range but started to introduce a series of special sets so that you had Clock Kits 1 & 2 (1972). Army and Highways Kits in 1973 and a Crane Set in 1976.

army set

Meccano Periods


1909 -1926











Manuals for this period

Set 1

Set 2

Set 3

Set 4

Sets 5,6,7

Set 8

Set 9

Set 10

Pocket Set

Army Multikit

Combat Multikit

Clock Kit 1

Clock Kit 2

Set 4EL

Electronics Set

Gears Set

Mechanisms Set

Highway Multikit

Super Highway Multikit

Crane Multikit



Parts Introduced in this Period
Original Part Number Later Part Number Year Description
27f 27f 1970 Multi Purpose Gear Wheel
57b 57b 1970 Loaded Hook
Sets in this Period
Set No Year Notes
1 1970 Smallest Set
2 1970  
3 1970  
4 1970  
5 1970  
6 1970  
7 1970  
8 1970  
9 1970 Now in Wooden Box
10 1970 Largest Set
4EL 1970 Replaced Elektrikit
5ME 1970 Expanded Power Drive
6 1970 Replaced Set E
  1972 Clock Kit 1
  1972 Clock Kit 1
  1973 Army
  1973 Highway
  1976 Crane
Motors in this Period
Number Year Description
1 1912  
Magic 1932  

Emebo Electric Motor

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