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Globus Leichtbau Construction Sets

Globus Leichtbau was a Meccano-like system which also used braced girders as constructional elements. It was made in East Germany in the late 1940s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Gebr. Wichelhaus K.-G., Solingen-Wald, Rosenkamer Str 16, East Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for GLOBUS LEICHTBAU

System Type
Hole pitch <12.7mm
Former East Germany
known in 1948
Aluminium (Alloy)
M3; M4 (see comment *1)
Boss Type
no boss
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)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
--- (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
5.5(see comment *2)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Parts include tapered Braced Girders. Simple but quite elegant Bridge & Crane models. *1 M4 for Screwed Rods. *2 M4 Nut plain steel 7.0 Across flats.

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

A Globus Leichtbau manual.

The Globus Leichtbau patent.

Globus Leichtbau photos.

Photo of Globus Leichtbau parts.