Box and Labels:
It was only labelled on the end of the box, the end of which was used to open the box
[ 5.3/4"long; 2.5/16"across and 2.7/16" tall]
The MA43, or as it appears in the Price Lists MA.43, probably was first available around March 1965.
When C&J Hampton took over MARPLES in 1962 they must have looked hard at the duplication of tools that MARPLES were then producing and those that RECORD then produced. They must have decided that it was ludicrous to produce identical lines, but concluded that MARPLES had a large 'fan' base. They therefore decided to continue production of 'MARPLES' tools and to then gradually fade this mark out. in favour of their RECORD line.
Therefore the old M40 Single Arm Grooving plane was replaced by an updated MA43 plane which echoed the lines of the RECORD 043. in that it had 2 arms.
Although the MARPLES M40 is still shown in the mini-catalogue P61 of 3/64, the current price list of 3/64 does NOT list this plane as being available. At the same time the 3/64 Price List also does not list the MA43 as then being available.
The only Price List /Catalogue listings that I can currently find for the MA43 are as follows:
1st April 1965 36/- (referring to that item on p.24 of Cat.15) MA43
1st November 1969 38/- (referring to that item on p.24 of Cat.15) MA43
The 1971 mini-Catalogue and Supplementary Catalogue of 1971 (month not stated) does not show the MA43 nor any other 'M' planes.
It may be deduced that the MA 43 was available March 1965- January 1970. And in this guise it was not changed at all, since RECORD were not renowned for changing specifications once one was working fine!.
The Description in Catalogue #15 (1965) is that the 'Plated all over' Plough Plane was supplied with 3 cutters...1/8" 3/16" 1/4" . marked MARPLES, all except the 1/4"cutter which was marked as
and in addition MADE IN ENGLAND . The 3/16"blade was supplied 'in the plane'. The other 2 being supplied in a plastic pouch.
[The MA43 was described as a 'Grooving Plane' but with the same cutter sizes as the M40]
They also advertised additional cutters available for the MA43 as being available 4mm and 6mm.
Rods: Are 7mm (1/4") diameter and 134mm long, including the rounded ends.
Is totally Nickel plated and the high areas are polished. It is 5.5" long and marked 'MADE IN ENGLAND " on the skate RHS rear.
MA 43 PLANE STUDY
Blades: Are either attached to the plane itself [3/16"] and the other 2 are contained in a small plastic envelope.
Screws: At some time, [and I presume this occurred around 1965], the 3 fixing screws were changed from having a fine knurling and a head of 1/4" [8/32"] depth to a head of having more coarse knurling and of 7/32" depth.