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Schefflers Metallbaukasten

Metall-Baukasten(1)

Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(1)

Plasticart (Plastikart)

Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(2)

This was a Meccano-like construction system with a hole spacing of 12.8mm and mainly black parts. It was made in Burgstädt, East Germany from 1950 to around 1985. There were three main phases to the system. The sets and models however remained virtually unchanged during all three phases.

From about 1950 to about 1970, it was called Schefflers Metallbaukasten and was manufactured by Arthur Scheffler. It appears that initially the flanged plate did not have any cutouts. However it is thought that this lasted for only a very short time around 1949/50.

From about 1970 to about 1980, it was just called Metall-Baukasten (Metallbaukasten on manuals) and was manufactured by VEB Metallspeilwaren Burgstädt.

From about 1980 to the mid 1980s, it was called Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(1) (Metallbaukasten on manuals) and was manufactured by VEB Plasticart. In this phase the conversion sets were renumbered to 4, 5 and 6 (instead of I/2, II/3, III/4) and the Elektro/mech set was given a number - set 7. This phase of the system has also been named Plasticart (Plastikart) after the manufacturer.

In around 1985, the company dropped the 12.8mm system and brought out a 10mm system called Plasticon (also included in this website). However it appears that for a very short time, the company continued to sell virtually identical Burgstädter(2) sets, but using the Plasticon nickel plated 10mm parts instead of the black 12.8mm Burgstädter parts. This must have caused confusion as the set boxes (and manuals) look to be virtually identical.

Phase 1 - Schefflers Metallbaukasten (c1950 to c1970)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for SCHEFFLERS

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
1955 to circa 1970 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
13 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
69
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.8 (see comment *3)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
(see comment *4)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
(see comment *5)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.9

Comments
Called METALL-BAUKASTEN in 70s, & BURGSTÄDTER later. Parts identical & part no's/sets the same. *1 but all dates need confirming. *2 Mod 2, also for gear-like Sprocket. *3 MCS 12.87. *4 hex nut & round slotted bolt also reported. *5 Nut black metallic 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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The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A couple of photos of very early Scheffler where the flanged plate has no cut-out. Probably around 1949 as the model drawings are dated 11/1948.
Added 26/06/20

Some model drawings of very early Scheffler where the flanged plate has no cut-out. The model drawings are all dated 11/1948, although unfortunately the text at the bottom of them has been clipped on most of the drawings.
Added 26/06/20
Here is a link to a website that shows a circa 1950 Scheffler set where the flanged plate has the cut-out. The very similar model drawings are dated 9/1949. Click here
Added 26/06/20

A Schefflers advertising leaflet
Added 14/01/20

A Schefflers price list - could date from 1957
Added 14/01/20

A Schefflers manual circa 1962
Added 14/01/20

A Schefflers manual circa 1970
Added 14/01/20

Photos of Schefflers sets.

Phase 2 - Metall-Baukasten(1) (c1970 to c1980)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for METALL-BAUKASTEN [1]

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
1970 to 1979
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
13 (see comment *1)
No. of Parts in System
69
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
(see comment *2)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.0
Bolt diameter (mm)
5.9

Comments
Name Not always hyphenated. Lid has large tracked Tractor beside logs with fir trees behind. Sets very similar to SCHEFFLERS. Came between SCHEFFLERS & BURGSTÄDTER. *1 Mod 2 & also gear-like Sprocket. *2 Nut black metallic steel.

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


A Metall-Baukasten brochure.

A Metall-Baukasten manual

A slightly different Metall-Baukasten manual - only the pages that are different are included.

Photo of a Metall-Baukasten set.

Phase 3 - Burgstädter Metallbaukasten (c1980 to c1985)


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for BURGSTÄDTER

Maker
 
System Type
Hole pitch >12.7mm
Country
Former East Germany
Dates
circa 1980 to known in 1984 (see comment *1)
Material
Steel
Thread
M4
Boss Type
double-tapped
Boss Thread
M4
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
13 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
70
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.8
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.0
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: pan (slotted)
(see comment *3)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Nickel plated finish
(see comment *4)
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
6.9
Bolt diameter (mm)
8.0

Comments
Only BAU ANLEITUNG on manual. After METALL-BAUKASTEN, with same/similar parts, part no's/sets, *1but ? when, & see PLASTICART, PLASTIKART. *2 Mod 2, also gear-like Sprocket. *3 or hex nut and slotted cheesehead bolt as MBN1. *4 Nuts black metallic steel.

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

NOTE : If the MCS document does not appear in the window below, then refresh the page.

The report can be zoomed into, made full screen or downloaded as a pdf document by using the controls provided


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


A Burgstädter manual. Suspect that this is an early transition manual as the model photos are the same as the previous phases but with the reduced number of models in the later Bergstadter manuals.

A Burgstädter manual. This again is a fairly early manual as on the rear cover it shows the renumbering of the conversion sets.

A later Burgstädter manual.

Photos of Burgstädter sets.

Burgstädter Metallbaukasten(2) (c1985) - 10mm version of the above system.

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


Some photos of Burgstädter(2) sets. These came from an Ebay listing and the seller has confirmed that the hole spacing is 10mm. Note the flanged plates without cut-outs and nickel plated parts.