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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, 489 people have filled in the survey form, describing 798 complete outfits.  These people have an average of 1.63 outfits each!

The outfits described are as follows:

All outfits, grouped by outfit number
Outfit 10532
Outfit 9+9A56
Outfit 731
Outfit 631
Outfit L27
Outfit 6+6a26
Box E24
Outfit K+Ka12

And here's where all the outfits are located:

All outfits, grouped by location
UK295
Australia75
New Zealand58
Rest of Europe48
USA45
Canada44
South Africa20
Rest of world13
Asia6
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 models221
I keep it in a box144
In my building stock98
Undecided92
Something else14

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

Outfits 10 and 9+9A only, grouped by colour
Medium red/green209
Blue/yellow/zinc145
Light red/green72
French blue/yellow/zinc52
Dark blue/Dark yellow26
Zinc/yellow/black20
Blue/gold18
Silver/yellow/black16
Other or mixed12
Blue/gold/green5
Dark red/dark green4
Nickel plated3
French blue/gold3

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
 

110

99

209
Blue/yellow/zinc
 

101

44

145
Light red/green
 

32

40

72
French blue/yellow/zinc
 

31

21

52
Dark blue/Dark yellow
 

7

19

26
Zinc/yellow/black
 

12

8

20
Blue/gold
 

6

12

18
Silver/yellow/black
 

6

10

16
Other or mixed
 

7

5

12
Blue/gold/green
 

5

5
Dark red/dark green
 

4

4
Nickel plated
 

1

2

3
French blue/gold
 

1

2

3

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/green26
Light red/green15
Blue/yellow/zinc12
French blue/yellow/zinc10
Dark blue/Dark yellow9
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
 

36

37

73
Club member
 

17

20

37
Some other way
 

14

16

30
Bought new
 

25

1

26
Toy auction
 

16

10

26
Classified
 

16

10

26
Friend
 

6

15

21
From a lucky contact
 

9

10

19
Spanner
 

1

14

15
It was a present
 

13

2

15
Other internet site
 

3

6

9
Inherited
 

3

6

9
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
 

96

107

203
Blue/yellow/zinc
 

82

56

138
Light red/green
 

40

28

68
French blue/yellow/zinc
 

31

20

51
Dark blue/Dark yellow
 

18

10

28
Blue/gold
 

16

9

25
Nickel plated
 

12

11

23
Zinc/yellow/black
 

14

7

21
Silver/yellow/black
 

10

9

19
Dark red/dark green
 

10

8

18
Other or mixed
 

2

10

12
Blue/gold/green
 

2

7

9
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
 

270

262

532
Outfit 9+9A
 

29

27

56
Outfit 7
 

13

18

31
Outfit 6
 

9

22

31
Outfit L
 

7

20

27
Outfit 6+6a
 

4

22

26
Box E
 

1

23

24
Outfit K+Ka
 

4

8

12

Comments

Total number of messages on this page: 14.  This is page 1 of 3.   Next

bob t      (at 10:52pm, Sun 3rd May, 20)

Ashley, There are quite a few new and old ModelPlans based on a No. 10 set

Ashley Lamb      (at 10:28pm, Sun 3rd May, 20)

How relevant is a 10 set to a keen Meccano builder in 2020 ? The special models are rather old fashioned and "clunky" has the internet and "Constructor Quarterly" become the source of new models to build.?

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!


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