BAYKO Basics

There are only a few BAYKO rules - the simplicity almost certainly helped "children of all ages" to immediately feel [oops, another split infinitive!] comfortable with "the BAYKO toy" right from the moment they opened the box for the first time!
The basic BAYKO concepts are extremely simple, as you can see : -

BAYKO Bases have a matrix [pattern] 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 appropriately spaced pairs of Rods of the right length.

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 [usually through a 'plate' on the top and bottom surfaces] which align and slide 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 and use regularly for exhibitions. It mimics the "How to Build with Bayko" diagrams at the beginning of most of the manuals. It is a composite, showing all the BAYKO brick types that existed during the full 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 [almost 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 latter facilitating the engineer's rather than the architect's contribution to BAYKO modelling.
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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