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Lilienthal Construction Sets

Lilienthal was a wooden construction system to make houses, bridges and other models. It was made in Germany by Gustaff and Otto Lilienthal. This is a very early system as its patent was dated 1888, with the first sets dating from around 1890. Like Frank Hornby's Meccano patent it also features parts with equidistant holes.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Gustaff & Otto Lilienthal, Gross-Lichterfelde, Marthe-Strasse Nr.5, near Berlin

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for LILIENTHAL (Ref:LIL)

System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm and Buildings
circa 1890
Wood / Card
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
10 (see comment *1)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
25.0 (see comment *2)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
(see comment *3)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
--  --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Buildings etc from Strips & Brackets joined with Wire Clips & Wedges, with card infill Panels. aluminium Windmill has steel Axle. *1*2 2 series of sets with same models: 1st: has 25mm pitch; 2nd: 3-4x larger. *3 2-3mm for smaller version.

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