Meccano Special Edition Retro Set
By James Grahame
This $55 vintage-styled 166 piece set includes everything you need to build a variety of freestyle models. It includes old fashioned red and green metal strips with 1/2" spaced perforations, along with plates and girders, wieels, pulleys, axels and nuts & bolts.
Meccano mechanical toys first appeared in Liverpool in the late 19th Century. Inventor Frank Hornby patented his metal nut & bolt assembly kits and started marketing Meccano in 1907. His toy construction sets became extremely popular and additional factories were opened in Germany and France.
Ownership of the company changed hands a few times over the decades – it was even owned by cereal maker General Mills for a few short years in the early 1980s. These days, Meccano is part of the Japanese Nikko group. And, almost 100 years after their humble beginning in Liverpool, they still manufacture metal construction sets, along with modernized plastic versions.
Meccano Special Edition Set [leevalley.com]