Frequently asked questions

Below are your most frequently asked questions which we have answered. Please check here before you get in contact with us, as you may find we have already answered your question. Just select a category below and then click to reveal the answers.

    • How many issues are there in the collection?

      There are currently 120 issues planned.

    • How often is the collection published?


    • How much does each issue cost?

      Issue 1 comes at the special price of £1.99.
      Issue 2 comes at the special price of £4.99.
      Issue 3 onwards is priced at £8.99.

    • How can I get copies if I live outside the UK or Republic of Ireland?

      We are sorry, but at the moment we cannot send copies outside the UK and R.O.I.

    • How do I subscribe?

      You can subscribe in one of 3 ways; online, by telephone on 0844 493 5424 and by post by filling in a subscription form which can be found in issue 1 of the collection.

    • What payment methods are available?

      Direct Debit, Visa, Mastercard or via invoice.

    • Have you received my subscription request - I have not had confirmation?

      If you have subscribed online, you will receive a confirmation email followed by your welcome letter, both will be sent within 24 hours of placing your order. If you do not receive this email, please contact our Customer Service Team since there may have been a problem receiving your order, or an error with the email address used on your order form. If you subscribe via post or phone, you will receive a confirmation welcome letter within seven days of us receiving your request to subscribe. This contains your order reference number and details of your subscription. If you haven't received a welcome letter after 10 days, then please contact our Customer Service Team. If you email the team, please include your name in the subject line.

    • When will I receive my superb free gifts?

      With your first delivery you will receive 2 issues (1 FREE) and your FREE mug.
      With your 3rd delivery, you will receive your FREE binder.
      With your 5th delivery, you will receive your FREE metal plaque (if you subscribe via direct debit).
      With your 7th delivery you will receive your FREE storage tin.

    • How do I cancel my subscription?

      You can cancel at any time giving 28 days’ notice - please contact our Customer Service Team via telephone, post or email. If you contact the team by writing, please include your name and subscription reference.

    • Can I get the free subscription gifts without subscribing?

      No, sorry, but if you’d like to subscribe you can do so via our 'subscribe' page. Please note that gifts are part of a special offer only available to people who start their subscription with issues 1, 2, 3 or 4.

    • How do I return an issue?

      If you subscribe and decide for whatever reason not to keep a received issue, you must send it back unopened within 14 days following the receipt of your despatch to the following address:

      Hachette Partworks Ltd.
      PO Box 77
      NE32 3YH

      Please include your subscription number with your parcel. A parcel kept more than 14 days means acceptance and the invoice should be paid promptly.

    • How can I get back issues?

      To order back copies, please contact our Customer Service Team by one of the methods stated in the Contact section. Please note that it can take up to 28 days to deliver your back copies from receiving your request.

    • Why have I received the wrong issue/s?

      We will replace all your issues with the correct copies. In order for us to arrange for a replacement, please contact our Customer Service Team via phone or email. If you email the team, please include your name and subscription reference in the subject line.

    • I cannot find copies in the shops – what do I do?

      You can ask your newsagent to place a regular order for you so you can pick up your issues from them. If you need back copies you can ask your newsagent to order them for you or just contact our Customer Service Team. Don’t forget, if you become a subscriber, issues will be delivered to your door free of charge and you will receive some free superb subscription gifts!

    • What should I do if I receive a damaged issue?

      We replace any damaged issue free of charge. Just send us back your damaged issue and contact our Customer Service Team. It might be also a good idea to mention the problem to Royal Mail.

    • Why can't I get through on the telephone number given?

      We have lots of lines and staff dedicated to helping you, but they can be busy at peak times so please keep trying. Alternatively, please email our Customer Services Team at

    • I cannot access some of the website pages. What can I do?

      It may be a temporary problem, so please click refresh to reload the page. If you are experiencing problems getting through to the secure order area when tyring to place a subscription, please get in touch with our Customer Services Team using one of the methods on the contact page.

Subscribe today to get one free issue plus fantastic free gifts

When you subscribe, get 4 issues a month with all the pieces you need to make your crane, plus receive 4 fantastic free gifts and a free issue. Hurry, this offer is only valid when you start with issues 1, 2, 3 or 4!

With your
1st Delivery



You’ll get a free
magazine with all
the pieces you need
to create the next
part of your crane.

* your free issue will
differ depending upon
your starting issue

With your
1st Delivery



Reward yourself
with a cuppa in
this exclusive
Meccano mug.

With your
3rd Delivery



Keep your building
instructions and
fascinating facts
neat and tidy
with this binder.

With your
5th Delivery


Metal plaque

Feel the nostalgia
with this metal plate
exclusively developed
for your collection!

If you subscribe
by direct debit

With your
7th Delivery


Storage tin

You'll never misplace
your nuts and bolts
with this handy
Meccano storage tin!

35cm x 15cm