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Der Kleine Ingenieur(4) Construction Sets

Der Kleine Ingenieur(4) was a simple Meccano-like Construction system with some special parts. It was produced in East Germany in the 1940s.


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database

Maker
 
System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Country
Former East Germany (probably)
Dates
1940s
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
tapped
Boss Thread
 
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
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No. of Parts in System
16 (some significant doubt)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
13.8 (see comment *1)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.3
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
 
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
See comments *2 (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: fillister (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Steel finish
(see comment *3)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7
Bolt diameter (mm)
 

Comments
The one set seen, on Ebay, has Strips, Angle Girders, Pulleys, & parts to make cars for a Big Wheel etc. Said cars used in the Big Wheel on the lid & a Roundabout ride in the manual. *1 13.8-13.9. *2 Only Crank Handle. *3 plain aluminium Nut.

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


A Der Kleine Ingenieur(4) manual
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

A Der Kleine Ingenieur(4) model sheet
(Scans from Urs Flammer)

Various photos of the Der Kleine Ingenieur(4) construction system
(Scans from Urs Flammer)