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Part 108: Corner Gusset
|108||Corner Gusset||1918||-||8||6||4||N°8||'Architrave' pre-war|
The old photograph (presumably of a prototype part) continued in price lists and parts lists until at least 1920, which is a good example of how careful you have to be with Meccano literature.
Variations and oddities
Here's a common one – something that looks surprisingly like the original style of Architrave announced in the Meccano Magazine and shown in the early price lists. In fact, this part is Primus Engineering, and predates Meccano's introduction of the Architrave. It's fairly common in early Meccano collections, and often confused for the early Meccano part.
Personally, I wonder whether Meccano copied this part fairly closely from Primus, and made prototypes for their early models and manuals. Did they modify the production design to avoid trouble from Primus?
Dealer spare parts boxes
The photo to the right shows a dealer pack of six corner gussets, in medium green. The label doesn't have the newer five-digit product code, which dates it before 1954. It is thought that the sharp-cornered diamond dates from 1950 or before – later ones have rounded corners.
Outfit 8 (the first to include the corner gusset) was available in 1947, and so the parts are most likely from between these two dates.
Individual part numbersPart numbers for the parts on this page are as follows: Unique part numbers
For identification, each variation has been given a suffix to the main Meccano part number. These suffixes consist of a two-character code for the colour, and if there are many variations, a further number and sometimes letter code to identify each variation. See the bottom of the 'Parts' page for further details.
You don't need to worry what the codes are, just click on any one for a photograph.
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).
|Early red (pea-red)||26||.re|
|Dark green ¹||30?||.dg|
|Medium green (post-war)||48||.mg|
|Zinc plated (French)||18||.zn1|
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Nick Smith (at 11:54am, Mon 17th Mar, 14)
I assume 18, in the from column of Individual Part Nos, for French zinc is a typo - Calais wasn't open, 81 perhaps?
Thomas Lawry (at 9:32pm, Mon 5th Oct, 09)
Charles. Did this part form the basis for the "Flanged brackets, RH & LH";- p/nos. 139 & 139a?
Rick Moore (at 1:26pm, Fri 23rd May, 08)
Have a look at these corner gussets on sale with ebay now. Item number: 200224827845