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Leichtmetall Baukasten Construction Sets

Leichtmetall Baukasten was Meccano-like construction system made of aluminium. It was made in the former East Germany in the late 1940s and possibly into the early 1950s.

Manufacturer / Distributor

An unknown company from GDR (East Germany)

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for LEICHTMETALL BAUKASTEN (Ref:L B)

System Type
Meccano principle but sig. differences
Former East Germany
known in 1948
Aluminium (Alloy) (see comment *1)
Boss Type
single-tapped (some significant doubt)
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.4 (see comment *2)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Data from the one unnumbered set known. Parts include 4-bay pierced Windmill Sail, Handle Crank, & hex Collar. *1 Steel bosses, Collar etc. *2 4.2-4.5. *3 Or perhaps hex nuts and slotted panhead bolts.

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Photos of a Leichtmetall Baukasten set.
(Added 03/07/2021)

Photos of another Leichtmetall Baukasten set.
(Added 03/07/2021)