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Gordon Construction Sets

Gordon was a construction system which used a mixture of Stabil and Märklin style parts. There was also a non constructional electrical set. It was made in East Germany by Gordon Apparatebau, Schmalkhalden, later VEB Kinderspielzeug, Schmalkhalden, between 1954 and late 1960s.

Sets 10; 10.1; 10.2 and 10.5 'Favorite' are known along with an Electrical set - Gordon Technik 16

Manufacturer / Distributor

Gordon-Apparatebau KG., Schmalkalden/ Thüringen, East Germany.
Later: VEB Kinderspielzeug, Schmalkhalden/ Thüringen, East Germany.

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for GORDON (Ref:GOR)

System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Former East Germany
1954 to late 1960s
Boss Type
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)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: button (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Mix of STABIL- & MÄRKLIN-style parts. Strips, brackets etc. are nickel plated steel, plates and large flanged disk painted blue. Known sets10; 10.1; 10.2 and 10.5 'Favorite' Also non-constructional electrical set: Gordon Technik 16.

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Instructions for a Gordon set 10 and 10.2
(Added 24/11/2022)

Photos of Gordon sets
(Added 24/11/2022)