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Stabo was a construction system which used aluminium tubes connected by plastic couplings. It was made in East Germany, in the early 1960s. There were four main sets - 10, 20, 30 and 40, set 15 containing card infill panels, together with 14 individual parts boxes (1 to 9, 1 to 14 and 16) Below you can see a purchase invoice for some Staba sets to a Montreal shop dated January 1964.

Manufacturer / Distributor

GETA, Hans Kolbe u. Co, Hildesheim, Kalenberger Graben 33

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for STABO (Ref:STB)

System Type
Mainly Rods/Tubes
circa 1970 (some significant doubt)
Aluminium (Alloy) / Plastic
Boss Type
not tapped
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
5.0 (see comment *1)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: --
Bolts: --Bolts: --
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
-- -- --
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

5mm Tubes push into plastic Connectors, some with flexible necked sockets to allow Tubes to be angled..2 plastic Pulleys, with rubber Tyre for one..

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

Stabo boxes for sets 10, 15 and 20 together with all 14 of the individual parts boxes.
(Added 13/05/2022)

A photo of Stabo set 10.
(Added 13/05/2022)

The Stabo instruction leaflet for set 10.
(Added 13/05/2022)

A photo of Stabo set 15.
(Added 13/05/2022)

The Stabo instruction leaflet for set 15.
(Added 13/05/2022)

A photo of Stabo set 20.
(Added 13/05/2022)

The main Stabo instruction manual.
(Added 13/05/2022)

A purchase invoice for Stabo to a Montreal shop from Germany dated January 1964.
(Added 13/05/2022)