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The Pinyon Blocksetter

(Code: MP143)
The Pinyon Blocksetter
These instructions describe the construction of the iconic model featured on the cover of Meccano instruction manuals. This was in fact never built by Meccano, but was the result of artistic and technical illustration skills by W H Pinyon. Pinyon was retained by Meccano Ltd to develop a set manual cover design for Meccano's thrust into the market place after the war years. He used original photography from the 1920s and, with fine artistry, modified and instilled the old photographs with the enthusiasm of childhood, and the added warmth and charm of a hearthside fire.

The Pinyon Blocksetter's history is entwined with the Classic long boom blocksetter of 1928, perhaps the finest creation of the Meccano model building room, and possibly the most important Meccano image of all time. This crane was used to grace the covers of Meccano publications and manuals right through the 30s, but instructions were never issued for building it. Instead, Meccano produced a simpler version as SML 4. Nevertheless, even this version could not be built with any of the then current outfits. It was particularly noted for its shorter, more centrally balanced boom, and for the use of the Meccano geared roller bearing Part No 167.

This model is based on Pinyon's illustration, with many hours of research (over a period of a few years), and incorporating some discoveries of the last few years.

The twenty page text instructions, with parts list and diagrams is supplemented by eight pages of colour & b/w photographs. Also included is a full colour A3 size reproduction of a 1950's Outfit No.9 cover.


Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.