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Blema Construction Sets

Blema was a simple Meccano-like construction system. It was produced in East Germany from about the mid 1950s. It was almost identical to FIFA which which preceded it.

Manufacturer / Distributor

VEB Blechbearbelfungsmaschinenwerk, Zeulenrode, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for BLEMA

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Former East Germany
known in 1954
Aluminium (Alloy)
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
17 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
8.0 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
3.7 (see comment *3)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Plastic with a Plastic finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Followed almost identical FIFA. 2 sets, Nr.1 seen has Strips, Double Angle Strip, Brackets, Discs, steel Screwed Rods. Lid has 2 boys with models with name down each side. *1 In Nr.1. *2*3 7.5/3.3 also reported.

Below there are manuals/leafets and photos which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.

The Blema manual (in German)
(Added 14/11/2018)

Various photos of the Blema construction system
(Added 14/11/2018)