BAYKO Basics

There are very few rules with BAYKO - the simplicity probably helped "children of all ages" feel comfortable with "the BAYKO toy" right from the start.
The basic BAYKO concepts are simple : -
 
BAYKO Bases have a matrix of holes [at 90 degrees] : -
The 2 sizes of BAYKO Bases
Spaced at
0.375 inch
centres
..
3/8 inch
..
..
9.525 mm
..
 
BAYKO Rods fit into these holes forming the model's framework : -
Base with 3, 2-Brick Rods
Rods are
0.075 inch
in diameter
..
75 thou
..
..
1.905 mm
..
 
Panels, grooved on both their right hand and left hand edges, representing walls, windows and doors, etc., are then slid down between correctly spaced pairs of these Rods.
 
The standard BAYKO Brick size is : -
Base with a few parts in position
0.75 inch
x
0.75 inch
x
0.1875 inch
¾ inch
x
¾ inch
x
3/16 inch
19.05 mm
x
19.05 mm
x
4.7625 mm
 
Some BAYKO parts have a hole right through them which slides over a Rod.
'How To Do It' model mimicking the diagrams in the various BAYKO manuals
The main use of this feature is providing greater control of parts such as pillars, corners or Curved Windows and thus give a stronger over all model.
The photo to the right is of a model I produced for exhibitions, which mimics the "How to do it" diagrams at the beginning of most of the manuals. It shows all the BAYKO brick types that existed during the 30 year life of the product.
Model showing a BAYKO model built mainly on Spans - in this case at an angle to the normal
Some larger parts had a row of one or more holes [like a 'mini base'] in the top...
...which enabled further building to continue above them.
Examples of this are sadly scarce and are limited to just four items - Arches, French Windows, Shop Windows and Spans.
The most obvious use of this feature was with Spans which were designed to allow large gaps to be bridged above Base level and for the building to carry on upwards.
The model to the left shows a building on Spans...
...as an aside, it uses the 3,4,5 right angle triangle [remember those from school?]...
...to set the building at an angle of 37° to the base.
A range of roofing - which could be one-piece, flat, multi-piece or ornamental - Capping, Floors and Crazy Paving provided the finishing touches to the models.
Both the above model images show one final detail - to build larger models, two or more Bases can [indeed must] be joined together with purpose-made links.
 
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