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Clou Construction Sets

Clou was a small matchbox type construction system which used wood and metal. It was produced in Germany in the early 1930s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Gebr. Schmid, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for CLOU

System Type
Matchbox & similar
Steel / Wood
Boss Type
push fit
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)
2.9 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.0 (mean)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Box sleeve has CLOU with boy, Train, Gun on top; SÄKERHETS TÄNDSTICKOR with cross, 4 medals on bottom. Parts (small Flanged Plate, 3,5 holes Strips, Pulley, Rod with push-on Washers) & models similar to MATCH BOX CONSTRUCTION SET [2]/3.

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The Clou model instructions (in English)
(Added 23/05/2019)

The Clou model instructions (in German)
(Added 14/11/2018)

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