|How's that for nice clean parts?|
|They look nice!|
|This is looking good|
The set originates from the first releases in this colour scheme. Meccano initially painted all the strips silver. This was probably the least durable finish they could have picked. You would think they would have learnt from past experience with metallic colours. The earlier blue/gold scheme suffered durability problems with the gold marking easily and the finish was abraded with little effort. The new silver parts suffered the same fate and a dissension was made very quickly to replace the sliver paint with a zinc finish. The first zinc plated parts were a disaster suffering from zinc rot almost as soon as they were exposed to the atmosphere. Eventually a better quality of zinc plating was adopted and the parts became durable.
Our parts are painted silver and lots of them have been damaged, probably by a single use.The longer parts are almost completely devoid of paint. Some parts have light rust where the paint has been lost. However overall the condition of the vast majority of parts is good.
|Good selection of manuals|
|Un-formed strips are re-formed!|
The two 12½ inch strips, in the picture below, appear darker in the photograph because they are bare metal. There was probably less than 5% of the original pain left on them, I decided that it was better to remove the rest, this was easily done with a pan scourer! The Hook block is compromised by the use of the small (Ex Dinky Toys) hook that has to be tied in place - another cost cutting enterprise that I feel was a step in the wrong direction. Apart from these small niggles the new sets of the day were a welcome upgrade from the dated (at the time) colour schemes of red/green. I know we all have a soft spot for the red/green stuff now but at the time to this young teenager it was a vast improvement!
|The other side...|