Construction toy, invented by … and later distributed by German company E. Reuter Baukastenfabrik 1930~1955.
The construction kit received design protection (DRGM) in the early 1930s, although it was obviously ‘copied’ from the Thuringia construction kit, for which the Thuringian Albert Liebehenz had a Reich patent. After the publication of Berbis (construction kit factory E. Reuter Blumenau in Saxony), Liebehenz sued Reuter, but lost.
Berbis seems to consist of an (earlier) uncolored version: “Berbis Modell Baukasten – Der kleine Ingenieur” and a later colored version: “Berbis: Modell – Holzbaukasten”. For the colored version, 6 boxes have been produced.
The imprint ‘Made in Germany’ on the bottom left of the cover image suggests that the box comes from pre-war production.
Available Berbis boxes
Appeantly there are 6 types of boxes, with 4 different sizes, containing: 66, 75, 107 & 126 parts.
Some system characteristics
Here a short list of some system characteristics and how it’s retrofitted into the virtual LeoCAD library:
Thickness: 4.2 [mm]
|Single color pieces|
Thickness: 4.0 [mm]*
|Pulleys||Thickness: ~6 [mm]||Single color pieces|
|Pitch size||8 [mm]||8 [mm]|
*) Dimension are sligtly changed for better ‘snapping experience’ in LeoCAD.
Here an overview of the parts library:
These parts are from box no. 2. If there are any parts missing, for instance from bigger boxes, please let me know.
The single category, consists of these part types:
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Time to fly around…
Other “Berbis” sets:
There are some other Berbis boxes around: “Modell Studio” and an other version, having colored windows. Most likely a beginner set for younger children: