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The NZMeccano 10-set survey results

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The NZMeccano 10-set survey is available here. If you are the fortunate owner of one of Meccano's largest outfits, please tell us about it by going to that page!

This page shows some of the results of our 10-set survey, from the live data collected so far.

If you can think of other information you would like to see (from the data we retrieved), please make a comment at the bottom of this page and we'll see whether it can be added!

The survey was launched on 7th September 2009, and the results to date are as follows:

Overall data set

So far, 390 people have filled in the survey form, describing 665 complete outfits.  These people have an average of 1.71 outfits each!

The outfits described are as follows:

All outfits, grouped by outfit number
Outfit 10479
Outfit 9+9A45
Outfit 723
Outfit L21
Outfit 620
Box E15
Outfit 6+6a13
Outfit K+Ka7

And here's where all the outfits are located:

All outfits, grouped by location
UK269
Australia61
New Zealand54
Rest of Europe42
USA42
Canada40
South Africa18
Rest of world11
Asia5
South America3
France2

Here's what people do with their 10-sets:

Outfits 10 and 9+9A only, grouped by how they are used
I build models199
I keep it in a box132
In my building stock84
Undecided80
Something else12

Looking only at the 10-sets, the colour schemes are as follows:

Outfits 10 and 9+9A only, grouped by colour
Medium red/green185
Blue/yellow/zinc134
Light red/green65
French blue/yellow/zinc48
Dark blue/Dark yellow23
Zinc/yellow/black18
Blue/gold17
Silver/yellow/black13
Other or mixed9
Blue/gold/green4
Dark red/dark green3
French blue/gold1
Nickel plated1

Meccano Builders results

If we limit ourselves to the Meccano 'builders', those who have said that they build models with their 10-sets or who have split the parts up into their building stock, we can split up the analysis by colour scheme. In the following graph, the builders are in red and the collectors are in green:

All 10 (or 9+9A) outfits grouped by colour, showing those used for building (red) and collecting (green)
Medium red/green
 

96

89

185
Blue/yellow/zinc
 

92

42

134
Light red/green
 

31

34

65
French blue/yellow/zinc
 

29

19

48
Dark blue/Dark yellow
 

6

17

23
Zinc/yellow/black
 

10

8

18
Blue/gold
 

5

12

17
Silver/yellow/black
 

4

9

13
Other or mixed
 

5

4

9
Blue/gold/green
 

4

4
Dark red/dark green
 

3

3
French blue/gold
 

1

1
Nickel plated
 

1

1

Collectors' outfits

George asked me to show the colour distribution of 'show' outfits, those that are in really super condition and are true survivors. To qualify for this, we need to look at only those outfits that are in better than 'excellent' condition, with at least the original cabinet, were manufactured by Meccano, and aren't used for building models. The colour schemes break down like this:

Meccano-made 10 or 9+9A outfits, in better than excellent condition, with cabinet, manuals, and parts boxes
Medium red/green23
Light red/green13
Blue/yellow/zinc12
French blue/yellow/zinc9
Dark blue/Dark yellow8
Silver/yellow/black4
Zinc/yellow/black4
Blue/gold1
Blue/gold/green1

As expected, the 'classic' medium red/green presentation cabinet is the most common, as it is seen as the definitive No.10 set, even by Meccanomen who were brought up on later colour schemes.

How did we find them?

So, where do people buy their large Meccano outfits? Here's an analysis of the source of outfits, broken down into those outfits bought before 2000 (in red) and since 2000 (in green):

All Meccano outfits, by source, showing pre-2000 (red) and 2000 onwards (green) purchases
Through eBay
 

1

84

85
From a dealer
 

33

36

69
Club member
 

17

19

36
Some other way
 

14

16

30
Toy auction
 

16

9

25
Classified
 

15

9

24
Bought new
 

23

1

24
Friend
 

6

14

20
From a lucky contact
 

9

8

17
Spanner
 

1

14

15
It was a present
 

10

1

11
Other internet site
 

3

6

9
Inherited
 

2

5

7
Can't remember
 

1

1

No surprises here, with eBay taking over as the primary source of Meccano outfits in the last decade. Meccano club members, friends, and Spanners make up the most common sources for more recently purchased outfits. What this chart does show us is that a large proportion of outfits have changed hands in the last few years.

Note that outfits where there was no purchase date, or no source information, are not shown in this chart.

Further breakdown of outfits

Let's have a look at all of the outfits now (of any size), and see how many are original and how many have been 'built up' from either spare parts or over a gradual period through various stages. The original outfits are in red, the built up ones in green:

All Meccano outfits, by colour, showing original (red) and built-up (green) outfits
Medium red/green
 

83

95

178
Blue/yellow/zinc
 

77

46

123
Light red/green
 

36

24

60
French blue/yellow/zinc
 

27

17

44
Blue/gold
 

16

9

25
Dark blue/Dark yellow
 

14

7

21
Nickel plated
 

9

9

18
Zinc/yellow/black
 

12

5

17
Silver/yellow/black
 

10

5

15
Dark red/dark green
 

6

7

13
Other or mixed
 

2

9

11
Blue/gold/green
 

1

4

5
French blue/gold
 

2

1

3

As expected, the most common 'built up' outfit by far is the medium red/green. Original nickel outfits surprisingly show only one entry. The unusual 'mixed colour' original outfit is an export one which was supplied in a mixture of medium red/green and light red/green.

Let's break down the outfits in the same way – red for original and green for built-up:

All Meccano outfits, by outfit number, showing original (red) and built-up (green) outfits
Outfit 10
 

245

234

479
Outfit 9+9A
 

26

19

45
Outfit 7
 

8

15

23
Outfit L
 

4

17

21
Outfit 6
 

9

11

20
Box E
 

1

14

15
Outfit 6+6a
 

2

11

13
Outfit K+Ka
 

2

5

7

Comments

Total number of messages on this page: 12.  This is page 1 of 2.   Next

Richard      (at 9:45am, Thu 8th Dec, 16)

Vic,
Click on the Outfits tab at the top of the page and you will see at the bottom of the list that pops up "Parts List Generator". Select the year and outfit size and a list of parts will be generated which you can copy into Excel or Word and then print off.

Vic Harrison      (at 8:21am, Thu 8th Dec, 16)

I have just bough a Set 10 privately through your site and it seems to be 99% all new parts.
How can I check if it is 100% complete?
Vic

Len      (at 5:24pm, Mon 14th Jul, 14)

Forgot to mention I also own a pristine 1970's No.9 Outfit in it's original wooden box with the poly inserts and all the manuals.

Len      (at 5:07pm, Mon 14th Jul, 14)

I also own a complete run of red/green outfits from 00 through to 9, a No.8 Gold/blue hatched set, Elektrikit, Mechanisms & Gears Outfits, plus a run of late 60's sets from Play Set through to Breakdown Crew Set. And a couple of Accessory Outfits thrown in for good measure, a late 1950's 8A and a mid 50's 1A plus loads of loose parts!

Alan Esplen      (at 10:02am, Tue 29th Oct, 13)

Is there a record of the names of those who have taken part in the survey. I took part in the original Spanner survey but am not sure if I added my two No 10 sets to this one. I do not want to distort the figures by taking part twice.

Alan

Enrique Segre      (at 8:49pm, Sat 20th Jul, 13)

I have since the last survey ,besides my original 10 set(1970) and probably another two in parts, become some sort of collector as I bought the following:

1 1953 10 set
1 1960 6 set
1 1970 4 set
1 1950,s electric multikit


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