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Buz Builder Construction Sets

Buz Builder was a Meccano-like construction system. It was made from after the Second World War until 1984. There were two phases. In the first phase it was made by Buzza in Australia until 1974. In the second phase it was made by in New Zealand by Tri-ang Pedigree (NZ) Ltd until 1984.


First phase (Buz Builder(1))


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database

Maker
 
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
Australia
Dates
after World War Two to 1974
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
94
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (see comment *1)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: square
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *2)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
(see comment *3)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
8.0

Comments
Many parts stamped BUZ. Unusual parts are round top 9 holes Trunnions, 5x5h Flanged Plate, 2 holes wide Hinge, 3 holes strip Hook. *1 Also 4.1. *2*3 Also (H&S)R Nickel plated steel.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A Buz Builder(1) manual for sets 1 and 2.

The backing card attached to Buz Builder(1) set 0.

The backing card attached to a Buz Builder(1) set or spare parts.

The envelope containing parts for Buz Builder(1) accessory set 1.

The envelope containing parts for Buz Builder(1) set 0.

An advertising leaflet for Buz Builder(1) by James Smith Ltd, thought to date from October 1962.

Second phase (Buz Builder(2))


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database

Maker
 
System Type
Very like Meccano
Country
New Zealand
Dates
late 1970s to 1984
Material
Steel
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
38
No. of Parts in System
93
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.2
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *1)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Bright Zinc plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.0

Comments
Initially many parts listed as BUZ1 but plus 5*9 holes Flanged Plate. ? sets at that stage but later only (about 68) parts in new sets 1-4 with new manuals & colours. Only a few parts stamped. *1 Square Nuts in manual.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A photocopy of a Buz Builder(2) manual for sets 6 and 7.

A Buz Builder(2) advertising leaflet thought to date from 1974.