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Anker(1) Construction Sets

Anker(1) was a Meccano-like construction system. It was made in East Germany in around the mid 1950s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

VEB. Ankerwerk, Schmalkalden, GDR (East Germany)

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for ANKER [1] (Ref:ANK1)

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Former East Germany
known in 1956 to (see comment *1)
Metal / Plastic (some significant doubt)
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.0 (estimated)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Lid not seen, manual cover has manual & boy at bench with model. Small selection of normal parts, including 5 holes Trunnions, but also 6 Gears including a Bevel. Wrongly said to have been made in Germany during WW2 & marketed in Japan.

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