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Stabil

Stabil was a Meccano-like construction system but with some special parts. Also some wood parts. It was made in Germany from around 1911. The factory closed in spring 1970 after the Toy Fair. Manuals are in German except where stated. Note that set 48 was first issued in 1931.

Werner Sticht has a website (in German) with lots of information about Stabil. It can be found at https://stabilbaukasten.lima-city.de/walther/stabil/peri0/peri0.html


Manufacturer / Distributor

Walther amp; Co., Berlin, Germany
Post-war- Stabil-Metallbauhasten-Fabrik, Walther & Co Berlin-Neukolin, Germany


Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for STABIL

Maker
Walther
System Type
STABIL type
Country
Germany
Dates
1911 (see comment *1) to 1972
Material
Steel / Wood
Thread
5/32W
Boss Type
 
Boss Thread
5/32W
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
14 (see comment *2)
No. of Parts in System
204 (see comment *3)
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.5
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
4.2 (mean)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
4.1 (see comment *4)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
3.8 (Screwed Rods or Bolts are used as axles.)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Steel with a Brass finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
7.5
Bolt diameter (mm)
6.2

Comments
A few wooden parts. *1 Or possibly 1910. *2 Mod 1.8. Also normal gears, DP 42 (Mod .6). Early on the large teeth 'outline', later Bakelite. *3 Including 50 special parts. *4 Many 3.95-4.00.

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


A Stabil manual for sets 50 to 52. The manual dates from (or after) from July 1919. However the manual was issued later there is a price list dated 20/09/1920 glued inside the rear cover
Note that due to hyper-inflation in Germany from 1919-1923, this 1920 price list was the last printed as thereafter there were virtually daily changes in prices.
Manual added 14/01/20
Text amended 19/01/21

A Stabil manual for sets 53 to 55 in Danish. Dated October 1921
Manual added 14/01/20
Language corrected 19/01/21

A Stabil manual for sets 49 to 52 in Dutch. Dated November 1924
Added 14/01/20

A Stabil manual for sets 49 to 51 in Swedish. Dated March 1925
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A Stabil manual for sets 57 to 58. Dated June 1925
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A Stabil manual for sets 49 to 52. Dated October 1925
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A Stabil manual for sets 49 to 52 in English. Dated 1931
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A Stabil manual for sets 53 to 55. Dated 1940
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A Stabil manual for sets 49 & 49M. Dated 1941
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A Stabil manual for set 48. Dated August 1956
Manual added 14/01/20
Print date corrected 19/01/21

A Stabil manual for sets 49 & 49M. Dated 1957
Added 14/01/20

A Stabil manual for sets 49 to 52. Dated 1966.
Note that this manual was used until the end of Stabil in spring 1970.
Manual added 14/01/20
Print date corrected 19/01/21