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Part 10: Fishplate

10Fishplate (flat bracket)1914-243024N°00
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The parts

This 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 variations

The 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.

Blueprint of fishplate
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.
Loading picture bp10 The blueprint for this part shows it as being manufactured from 0.24'' half hard steel, originally drawn up in June 1915. The drawing to the right originates from 1944, when the fishplate was known as the "flat bracket".

Changes noted on the drawing are as follows:

22/6/15Original drawing
18/7/45Meccano marking deleted
16/8/51Finish changed to Brunofix
9/2/54Finish 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 oddities

None known
1970s spare parts bag of fishplates
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Dealer spare parts boxes

Individual part numbers

Part 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).

More about bosses More about stampings More about paint colours

Neils Gottlob's line drawings (where available) can be viewed by clicking the part number at the top of the table.

Flat bracket, thick gauge, partly radiused ends14.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 plated66.zn
Fishplate, Brass plated76.mb
Fishplate, Iridescent 78.ir

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Further information

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.

During the pre-DB/Y period when various experimental colours were tried at the Factory, Meccano spray-painted up a batch of both fishplates and large washers in a metallic blue, along with the usual strips and girders.

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