Berbis, Modell Holzbaukasten D.R.G.M.

Construction toy, invented by … and later distributed by German company E. Reuter Baukastenfabrik 1930~1955.

More information:
Berbis manual:

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.

Berbis box 6, with 126 parts (MP)

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:

Part types:Original:Virtual:
WoodSpruce wood
Thickness: 4.2 [mm]
Single color pieces
Thickness: 4.0 [mm]*
PulleysThickness: ~6 [mm]Single color pieces
Pitch size8 [mm]8 [mm]

*) Dimension are sligtly changed for better ‘snapping experience’ in LeoCAD.

Library information

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:

Part types:Numer of parts:
Total parts:18

Time to fly around…

Real model created by:

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: