Steel Tec is a metal model construction system based on 1/2″ spacing of holes (the same as Meccano) and in most other respects is compatible with Meccano. The construction system was produced by Remco in 1992.
Several Steel Tec sets feature one model – example Star Trek U.S.S ‘Enterprise’ spaceship and Star Wars ‘Millennium Falcon’ spaceship – and contain special unique plastic parts to provide more realistic detail. The system is aimed at smallish models since the longest strip is 11 hole. The predominating color of the parts is orange. Other colors are dark blue, yellow and red.
YouTube Likes Steel Tec
A search on YouTube for “Steel Tec” yields few results for the vintage toys, mostly commercials from the 1990s. Most of the the YouTube videos has very little YouTube views and YouTube likes. It is a shame there isn’t more interest on this classic piece of vintage toy. Perhaps someone with some to spare may buy real cheap YouTube likes to boost the videos a bit and give Steel Tec some love. Otherwise few years from now, Steel Tec would be obsolete.
Steel Tec Quality
Strips and small brackets are nickel plated. The quality of parts are good. The parts were made in China and no doubt because of this Steel Tec was able to undercut the price of Meccano sets of similar size. Within the same set some parts are stamped ‘Remco’ and some ‘Steel Tec’. The average number of sets for most other model construction systems would probably be three or four. Steel Tec had upwards of 32! Thus Renco were highly productive during its five years of trading Steel Tec.
Large sturdy manuals are provided showing graphic step-by-step description of the construction of models. Gears are limited to four. A 1/2″ worm; a 19T pinion, a 57T gear wheel and a 50T contrate with a 1/2″ pulley attached (although this latter has so far only been found in the Harley-AppSallyson motor cycle set) also a composite 57T/19T only to be found in #7096 Amusement Park Parachute Ride set. The longest Angle Girder is a 4 hole, if you exclude the Parachute Ride A/Gs which are 17 hole and have holes, not slots, on one side. The longest Perforated Strip is an 11 hole.