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Bau-Kasten Construction Sets

Bau-Kasten was a Meccano-like constructional system. It was made in East Germany in probably the late 1940s or early 1950s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from GDR (East Germany)

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for BAU-KASTEN (Ref:B-K)

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Former East Germany
after World War Two
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Black 5-11h Strips with large-radius ends, 5x11h Flanged Plate, 6 holes Wheel Discs. Probably Loose Pulleys (possibly silver) with Tyres. Lid yellow with black Lorry & Trailer.

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Some models that can be built with Bau-Kasten. This sheet was stuck inside the lid of the box
(Added 18/02/2021)

Photos of the Bau-Kasten set and parts
(Added 18/02/2021)