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NP (at 3:07pm, Fri 22nd Oct, 21)
there is so much to comment on in this picture! The tunnel key gears with the added thread hole for one thing. Also, the very rare 5-tab version of the ships funnel. I wonder if Marklin took all the old stock from Binns Rd when these parts were updated...?!
NP (at 12:58pm, Thu 21st Oct, 21)
Until reading Michael's comment I've not seen mention of a longer version from 1948 before. I'd be interested to know further details / reference to MM or other literature. I have however seen several longer ones in early nickel period (19teens) Meccano sets. I have a few examples somewhere!
Michael Walker (at 11:35am, Tue 19th Oct, 21)
Thank you for your informative clarification, Norbert. After reading this, I find it all the more intriguing as to why Meccano's 1948 revised Centre Fork, should be so similar to Märklin's short-lived 1918 version.
Norbert Klimmek (at 11:02am, Tue 19th Oct, 21)
Michael Walker (at 8:50am, Tue 19th Oct, 21)
The long-shanked Centre Fork (bottom left corner) bears a strong resemblance to the Meccano's revised version introduced in 1948. I wonder if Meccano Ltd. bought a quantity of these seldom-used items from Märklin, just after WW2?