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Building Toys: Bayko and other systems (Shire Library) Paperback – 10 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747808155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747808152
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

A look into the world of building toys - a staple of children's toy boxes for generations.

About the Author

Brian J. Salter is a lifelong enthusiast for transport, industrial toy and model history, and is a regular contributor to various magazines. He has been involved in all aspects of commercial model manufacture and now owns the Bayko trademark. His company, Bayko 2000, produces new parts to fit Bayko building sets.


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A very interesting book, bringing back happy childhood memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book about architectural model systems 27 Dec. 2011
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Brian Salter is a well known architectural model builder, and also manufactures parts that supplement the Bayko system. Architectural systems have been around since the Richter Anchor Blocks of the 19th century, and Bayko is one of the best. Everyone knows Lego nowadays, of course, and it is a fine system which has evolved to meet the demands of modern kids and adults, but as an architectural system it has a major disadvantage: the width of the blocks. If you build a house with Lego, you get window ledges that are 3 feet thick, to scale. With Bayko and a few other systems, the building units are thin and the windows and walls are much more to scale and much better looking. Unfortunately, it is also a bit harder to use and the little steel rods would now be considered a hazard in our more risk-averse times, so most of these systems are no more.

This book does a great job describing these systems and how they worked, their history and their development. Highly recommended for anyone interested in model architectural systems. Bayko, in particular, is my favorite.
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