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M.K.A.(1) Metall Baukasten and
M.F.C. Metall Baukasten
Construction Sets

The M.K.A.(1) / M.F.C. Metall Baukasten construction system contained a combination of Meccano-like and Trix-like parts, made from mainly natural aluminium. Although a few parts in some M.K.A. sets appear to be colour anodised.

The precise chronology of this system is quite confusing. However it was initially called M.K.A. Metall Baukasten (from around 1951/2) and then around 1953 it was renamed M.F.C. Metall Baukasten (with no change to sets), the reason for which is currently unknown. During the transition period some M.F.C. sets have been seen with M.K.A. manuals. It then appears to have reverted back to M.K.A. Metall Baukasten by 1956. This system was made in East Germany in the 1950s.

Note that in around 1950, the system was preceded by M.K.A.(2) - Der Klein Pratikant sets. These contained only Meccano-like parts.

This system appears to be the same as the Yunyy Konstruktor(2) (Юный Конструктор) sets.


Manufacturer / Distributor

VEB(K) Metall Work, de Medl Platz, Cottsburg, Strasbourg, East Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for M K A [1]

Maker
 
System Type
as TRIX (inc MCX)
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
1950s
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
M4
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
M3
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
44 (approximately)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11.2
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.5 (see comment *1)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1 (mean)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (see comment *2)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: round (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Aluminium (Alloy) with a Aluminium (Alloy) finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0(see comment *4)
Bolt diameter (mm)
7.0

Comments
TRIX- & MECCANO-style Strips. compare with 'M F C' - N&B have same part no's. *1 4.3 in 'TRIX' Strips. *2 Earlier brass 4.0 diameter. *3 Earlier slotted cheesehead Bolt. *4 Earlier 6.0 Across flats.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

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A manual for MKA(1). Note that"Bunt" translates as "colourful"
(Added 14/11/2018)

The content list for a MKA(1) set
(Added 14/11/2018)

Various photos of the MKA(1) construction system
(Added 14/11/2018)


Manufacturer / Distributor

VEB(K) Metallverarbeltungswork, der Stadt Peitz, Cottbuser, Strasse 3, East Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for M F C

Maker
 
System Type
as TRIX (inc MCX)
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
known in 1958 (some significant doubt)
Material
Aluminium (Alloy)
Thread
M4
Boss Type
single-tapped
Boss Thread
M3
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
--
No. of Parts in System
45
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
11.2
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.5
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.3
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Aluminium (Alloy) with a Aluminium (Alloy) finish
(see comment *1)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2

Comments
Combination of TRIX-type & MECCANO-type parts. Almost the same as 'M K A' [1] & probably after it. *1 Bolts plain steel..

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

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A M.F.C. manual for set 2 dated 1953.
(Added 28/06/2019)

A M.F.C. manual for set 2 dated 1954.
(Added 28/06/2019)

Photos of a M.F.C. set.
(Added 11/03/2021)