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Part 10: Fishplate
|10||Fishplate (flat bracket)||1914||-||24||30||24||N°00|
The partsThis part wasn't introduced until 1914. Once it was introduced, however, it became one of the very few Meccano parts included in every single outfit made, even the tiny 000 and "Pocket" Meccano outfits. It was named "Flat Bracket" until 1945, when it was renamed "Fishplate".
Chronological variationsThe very first flat brackets were thicker gauge steel, almost rectangular, with slightly rounded-off corners. Very soon after they were introduced they were changed to the fully-rounded ends we're all familiar with. Since then there have been no significant changes other than to the finish.
This image is taken from the original set of Meccano blueprints used by the factory.
These originals were scanned by Tim Edwards, and the scans can be viewed
on www.meccanoindex.co.nz by clicking on the link in the text.
Changes noted on the drawing are as follows:
|18/7/45||Meccano marking deleted|
|16/8/51||Finish changed to Brunofix|
|9/2/54||Finish changed to Nickel Plate|
It is interesting to note that the blackened finish ("Brunofix"), necessitated by the restriction on the use of Nickel during the Korean War, was in place until February 1954. It is commonly thought that this finish was only used during 1951-52, but this blueprint would seem to indicate that it was used all through 1953 as well.
The original blueprint for this part can be seen by clicking here.
Variations and odditiesNone known
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Individual part numbersPart numbers for the parts on this page are as follows: Unique part numbers
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The button above turns on and off the display of DMS numbers (where they are known). The DMS (Development of the Meccano System, Hauton and Hindemarsh) published in 1972 and added to in 75 and 82, suggested part numbers for every variation of every Meccano part. These numbers aren't perfect, but they are recognised and also referenced in the EMP (Encyclopedia of Meccano Parts, Don Blakeborough).
|Flat bracket, thick gauge, partly radiused ends||14||.ni1|
|Flat bracket, Radiused ends (standard pre-war part)||15||.ni2|
|Flat bracket, Matt olive green (Mech Army) ||39-41||.ma|
|Fishplate, nickel plated (standard post-war part)||45||.ni|
|Fishplate, Black (Korean war part) ||51-52||.bs|
|Fishplate, Zinc plated||66||.zn|
|Fishplate, Brass plated||76||.mb|
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Richard Payn (at 9:00am, Fri 11th Feb, 11)
I have some dark blue metallic small parts too. Actually, if you look at the 1 set manual from 1978, the pictures of models in colour show various small brackets in dark blue instead of the more usual dull brass (iridescent appeared later)even though those on the front colour show dull brass.
Rob Mitchell (at 7:43am, Fri 11th Feb, 11)
I'll partially confirm Tim's metallic blue 10s: I've a pair in DB and both the colour match and finish make it look factory applied.
T Gant (at 2:50pm, Tue 8th Sep, 09)
Painted fish plates sometimes show up in pre-war colours. I have an example in dark green.