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Baue Selbst Construction Sets

Baue Selbst was a simple construction system. There appears to have been three sets, each to make a single model. It was made in Germany in probably the mid to late 1940s.

Made from steel of different sheet thicknesses. The screws and threaded rods are M4. The central screw is M6. Hole spacing varies.

Manufacturer / Distributor

H.Uphoff Rellingen, Holstein, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for BAUE SELBST… (Ref:B S)

System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
1930s (see comment *1)
Steel (probably)
Boss Type
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.0 (see comment *2)
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)

The lid of the #1 set seen has a boy with a Crane in a dockside scene perhaps including other models. Strips, Pulleys, etc, with special Plates etc for (a?) Crane(s), & maybe other models. No other details. *1 Maybe post-war (1945-1950). *2 Also 6mm.

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Photos of Baue Selbst set 1 - Fahrbarer Wippkran (Mobile Luffing Crane)
(Added 30/08/2021)

Instructions for Baue Selbst set 1 - Fahrbarer Wippkran (Mobile Luffing Crane)
(Added 30/08/2021)

Range leaflet for Baue Selbst
(Added 30/08/2021)