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The NZMeccano 10-set survey

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Welcome to the NZMeccano 10-set survey page.  This page is really just a bit of fun, but it might well throw up some interesting statistics about 10-sets in today's Meccano hobby.

In 1998, Melvyn Wright performed a similar survey of 10-sets on the Spanner mailing list.  Out of 125 members, he received replies from 42 people giving details of a total of 107 Meccano 10-sets.  Now, eleven years later and with a greatly increased number of members of Spanner, plus the thousands of people who regularly read this website but are not members of Spanner, I thought it would be interesting to try again and see what (if anything) has changed.

I suspect that the most significant change in the past eleven years is that many Meccano enthusiasts around the world now regularly buy and sell large Meccano outfits over the internet, whether through ebay or other means.  It could be said that the availability of 10-sets is now greater than at any time since the closure of Binns Road, and certainly for the further flung corners of the world this has been a very important development.

To see the results we have to date, see the results page here. This is a work-in-progress!

About this survey

Although it's not exactly deadly serious, it makes sense to attempt to do this survey properly.  Most importantly, we ask you to fill out the survey as accurately and honestly as possible.  There will be no link to your personal information, your personal details will never be published, and there is no financial information requested.  So there's no good reason why anyone would want to put fake information in here, I would have thought.

The survey asks for some personal information, such as your name, year of birth, and email address.  These are all optional, although please put in at the very least a nickname so that the system will recognise your outfit and match it with others (if you have more than one).  In addition, if you would like to change anything about the information you've given (for example, to make corrections), you will need that nickname to identify which 10-set you're talking about.

No personal information will ever be published in any way linking you to this survey. However, we urge you to enter your email address in case there are any questions about the information you've sent (then we can contact you).  In addition, if it is suspected that some users of the site have been entering false information or deliberately sabotaging the survey, we will probably revert to using only data where we have the email addresses for confirmation.  Entering your email address will ensure that your 10-sets will count!

About 10-sets

Please note that this is not a survey to see who has the most Meccano.  Lots of serious builders have enormous stocks of parts, several 10-sets worth of them.  "This survey is about attitides to the No.10 set", as Melvyn said in his original survey of 1998.  So to avoid any arguments, the definition of a 10-set as far as this survey is concerned is either:

Note that we are still interested in 10-sets that have been unpacked and used to build models, or incorporated within your stock of building parts, as long as the original purchase was of a 10-set.  The idea is to track the attitudes towards the contents list of a 10-set.

For the sake of completeness, we are including the 10-set's predecessors in this survey, the largest outfit that Meccano made in each year.  If you have an L outfit (1934-37), 7 outfit (1922-33), 6 outfit (1908-1921), or even Box E (1905-1908), please fill out the survey! These outfits are rare enough that if you aren't certain whether you have one of these, you almost certainly don't.

To clarify, please don't fill out the survey according to a list of the building parts you have, or according to MeccInv's "equivalent 10-sets" calculations.  This survey is about whether you care enough about the contents of a 10-set to have either bought a 10-set (because it was one) or assembled one (because you wanted one).

Are you ready to go?

If you've read the information above and would like to help us gather what might well be a very interesting set of information, please fill in the survey by clicking the button below! This button allows you to enter information about a single 10-set. If you have more than one, please fill out the survey once for each 10-set you own.


Total number of messages on this page: 13.  This is page 1 of 3.   Next

Nigel McBurney UK      (at 2:26pm, Mon 21st Mar, 22)

hello I have a no 10 set,red green early 1950s in the correct wooden box with trays,it came from the collection of a deceased collector,along with the 10 set there came a sloping front dealers cabinet,chock full of parts,though colours varied,i used parts from this lot to replace some missing and a few damaged parts in the no 10,So a 95% original outfit
I also have a replica no 10 4 drawer cabinet with a complete set of no 10 parts made up from my own collection and parts from the dealers cabinet. (red/green)
A third no 10 housed in a 6 drawer late type dealers cabinet,again made up from my own and old dealers cabinet parts,(red green) As you may guess I was brought up after the war and still favour the red/green, I think the light green was a big mistake,followed by too many colour changes.
Though not no 10 from the same deceased collector I purchase a red green no 9 in the wooden presentation cabinet eary 1950s in good condition and complete,I also agreed to buy a mint blue gold no 8 in blue gold,the best no 8 I have ever seen,no to be though the family changed their mind and kept it.

kbisset      (at 12:20am, Thu 20th Jun, 19)

Another website with LOTS of manuals for download is www [dot] meccanoindex [dot] co [dot] uk/Mmanuals/index.php

Richard      (at 6:49am, Mon 17th Jun, 19)

There are scans of all manuals in the Gallery section of this website.

William Reuben Brown      (at 11:18pm, Sun 16th Jun, 19)

Hello fellow MECCANO affectionados.
I have a number 9 set which was built up from a level 1 set over many years. It actually dates back to the mid 1950's.
Unfortunately, all of the manuals have been lost.
Can you tell me how I can get copies of same. I cannot find them in any form, printable or not, If they are in a web site, can you tell me the web site ID so that I can go to it and print some copies?

John W. Seager      (at 1:47am, Wed 29th May, 19)

To Whom it may concern,
I am wishing to purchase a Meccano number 10 set. I have been New Zealand advertising for some time.
My email address is: .
Kind regards,

Alan Keith      (at 2:34pm, Wed 26th Oct, 16)

Please remove my # 10 set from the survey, I've traded off the large circular parts for parts with more utility.

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