BAYKO Product Codes

If you are extremely well organised and administratively efficient, then perhaps you should take a deep breath before you read on, because neither Plimpton nor MECCANO are from the same mould as you!
Plimpton appeared to have a phobia for reference numbers and most documents don't have them, even often where one theoretically existed.
Mr MECCANO had more of a system, but not sufficient to apply it with any consistency or logic that I can discern. For example, several versions export of the 1963 mini General Catalogue share the same code as the U.K. version [72884] while others have been designated another [72895]. Whatever the criteria used, it wasn't language.
 
I initially intended to create this page to list the administrative codes, used primarily by MECCANO, as part of their support systems for their BAYKO retailers, and indeed I have done so, below. However, it would've been slightly contrary not to include the full range of BAYKO Part Numbers, even if they are available elsewhere, so I've put that table towards the bottom of the page, along with any other reference numbers I've come across.
As far as the others are concerned, I've split the various administrative codes into a further four different tables, and have created jump links [below, in this table] to let you go straight to them : -
Plimpton Era
   
MECCANO Era
For the record, I've used colour within the tables to visibly group and identify related items, and...
...to simplify - neither company using pure logic in code allocation - I do deviate from pure numerical order.
If you enjoy reading this, you may also appreciate some of the more obscure BAYKO related facts in Nerds Corner...
I've now added - started might be a better word - a list of MECCANO export codes - please click here to jump to them.
 
Plimpton Era BAYKO Literature Codes
Plimpton weren't big on revealing their internal administrative codes, assuming they had them, to the outside world. They also had a habit of using a code to mean 'the latest version', i.e. not changing the code when a completely different version, or even format, was produced. Most documents, during the Plimpton era, have no coding on them - much to my frustration - which certainly doesn't help swell the table.
Ref. 1
The current advertising Flier
Ref. 1 UK
The current U.K. Flier
Ref. 2
The current Parts Price List
Ref. 2 UK
The current U.K. Parts Prices
   
Ref. 2 C
Canadian Parts Prices
Ref. 2Q
General, pre-printed Quotation, for retailers, showing Prices and Terms.
Ref. 3
Sets #0 to #3 manual
Ref. 11
Set #3X manual
Sets #0 to #4 manual
Ref. 4
Italian [and probably other export markets] BAYKO product explanation sheet.
Ref. 10
Retail Display Cabinet Support Card.
Ref. 20
Flemish Sets and Parts Prices.
Ref. 23
Irish - Combined Sets & Parts Prices - this seems to have been short-lived document c.1955.
Ref. 25
Combined Sets & Parts Prices - this was the standard document for much of the 1950s.
Ref. 2
No, I can't explain it either, but this was the reference code which was printed on the leaflet which showed the Parts Lists for both the Country Club and Block of Flats models!
 
MECCANO Era BAYKO Product Codes
Compared to Plimpton, MECCANO were much more consistent in their use of administration codes, certainly once the post takeover chaos had abated. The codes below are for the main MECCANO era BAYKO retail items : -
MECCANO Era Sets
Plimpton Era Conversion Sets
11
23011
0X
23100
12
23021
1X
23110
13
23031
2X
23120
14
23041
For completeness - Retail Pack codes
15
23051
1B
23950
MECCANO Era Conversion Sets
2B
23951
11C
23111
3B
23952
12C
23121
4B
23953
13C
23131
5B
23954
14C
23141
6B
23955
BAYKO Outfit Dispenser and Display Stand
P.S.23987
BAYKO Spare Parts Dispenser
3/62
 
MECCANO Era BAYKO Literature Codes
Again not all documents, in the early months, had their code printed on them, [assuming they actually had one], but after that they were pretty well universal.
MECCANO Era BAYKO Manuals
Sets #11 to #14 manual
23924
July, 1961 Typed Sheet
Spare parts
23994
Set #15 and #14C Related Items
Set #15 Model Leaflet 1
23751
Set #15 Model Leaflet 4
23754
Set #15 Model Leaflet 2
23752
Set #15 Model Leaflet 5
23755
Set #15 Model Leaflet 3
23753
Set #15 Model Leaflet 6
23756
New Parts Demonstration / Sets #14C and #15 Contents List
72714
Documents with both Set and Spare Parts Prices.
BAYKO Parts - Plimpton
10
Early BAYKO Fliers
16
4 Page Flier
Including DINKY Items
72711
Parts Price List
Sets #11 to #14 prices
72707
Parts Price List
Sets #11 to #15 prices
72713
Parts Price List later version
72717
Documents with BAYKO Set Prices only.
DINKY TOYS Order Form
25400
29804
30012
MECCANO General
Product Range
Price Lists
72804
72825
72827
72841
72885
72900
72904
72905
72927
72932
72933
72939
92918
1963 Catalogue Some Export
72884
1963 Catalogue Most Export
72895
1964 Catalogue
72903
Flier
72715
Dealers Forms and Information Letters.
Dealers Letters
330
1033
23739
24277
32796
72824
72038
Dealers Letter/Advert Blocks
72837
General Re-order Forms
32708
 
MECCANO Era BAYKO Support Item Codes
BAYKO Retail Dispensers
BAYKO Retail Cabinet
[free, on loan] incl. parts.
23993
Spare Part Retail Packs
Dispenser and Display Stand
23987
Retail Cabinet Card 'Map'
72709
'Where to find What', drawer by drawer.
BAYKO Shop Display Models - 1961
Model from set #11
61/B1
Model from set #12
61/B2
Model from set #13
61/B3
Model from set #14
61/B
There then follows a similar set of codes, [below] but : -
The Date Code and Set Code order has been reversed.
An extra "1" has been added to the Set Codes to be more self evident.
BAYKO Shop Display Models - 1963
Model from set #11
B11/63
Model from set #12
B12/63
Model from set #13
B13/63
Model from set #14
B14/63
Model A from set #15
B15A/63
Model B from set #15
B15B/63
I think it's fair to assume that the 61 within the above codes refers to 1961, and similarly the 63 for 1963. so that suggests that there may well have been, or have been planned for, other models in different years...
Display Signage
Shelf Strip
71701/02
71717/06
I'm afraid I don't have an image for this one.
Showcards
71705/02
Light Thief Sign
71713/02
Window Stickers
71714/02
71715/02
71825/02
Miscellaneous
BAYKO Folder
92020
Your guess is as good as mine as to exactly what this was, but it was mentioned on a document linked to the MECCANO Christmas Club.
 
MECCANO Era Export Codes
Many thanks to Andrew Lance for his help with this list.
These two digit codes [below] were added, after a "/", to the standard [usually five digit] document reference numbers, to denote the export market at which the documents were targeted.
As you can see, there are still several gaps, so I'd love to hear from you if you can help me add to the list, or can explain the apparent New Zealand duplication...
The "N.P." entries [below] refer to documents in the appropriate language, but without prices - probably used for off shore areas.
If you'd like more information on export markets for BAYKO in particular...
Code
Country
Code
Country
Code
Country
01
 
02
U.K.
03
 
04
Eire
05
Channel Islands
06
English N.P.
07
Australia
08
Aden
09
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
Hong Kong
15
Gibraltar
16
Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika
17
Malaya & Singapore
18
 
19
New Zealand
20
Rhodesia
21
 
22
U.S.A.
23
 
24
 
25
Switzerland French
26
Switzerland German
27
Switzerland French & German
28
 
29
Netherlands
30
 
31
Belgium French
32
Belgium
33
Belgium Flemish
34
Belgium French
35
Sweden
36
Denmark
37
Italy
38
 
39
 
40
New Zealand
41
 
42
Canada English
43
Canada French
44
South Africa English
45
South Africa Afrikaans
46
 
47
West Germany
48
 
49
Portugal
50
 
51
 
52
French N.P.
53
 
54
Netherlands
55
Netherlands N.P.
56
 
57
 
Code
Country
Code
Country
Code
Country
 
Part Number
Part Description
Part Number
Part Description
Plimpton
MECCANO
Plimpton
MECCANO
?43?
B2
 
B154
Roof End - Rendered - C
11
B4
Arch
 
B156
Roof End - Rendered - D
   
Balcony - Centre
 
B158
Roof End - Waney Edge - A
   
Balcony - Left
 
B159
Roof End - Waney Edge - B
   
Balcony - Right
 
B160
Roof End - Waney Edge - C
33
 
Balustrade
 
B161
Roof End - Waney Edge - D
42
 
Balustrade - Gate
   
Screwdriver - Metal
42
 
Balustrade - Matching Brick
   
Screwdriver - Plastic
1
 
36
 
Span
1B
B12
12L
 
Steps - Left
19
B16
12R
 
Steps - Right
4
B18 B20
12S
 
Steps - Straight
35
 
Brick - Corner
21
 
26
B26 & B28
Brick - Curved
23
 
27
B30 & B32
Brick - End
23S
 
6
 
22
 
5
B34 & B36
Brick - Half
7
B190
5L
B38 & B40
Brick - Long
7
B190
39
 
Brick - Side
7
B190
Window
33
 
Brick - Wall
25
B192
9
B80
Canopy
25
B192
Window - Curved
9
 
Canopy / Door / Panel
 
B198
Window - Dormer
16/3
   
B196
Window - French
16/6
 
7L
B194
Window - Large
16/9
 
7L
B194
Window - Large
10
 
Chimney (Plimpton)
40
 
Window - Opening
 
B82
Chimney (MECCANO)
 
B200
41
 
Chimney - Small
38L
 
Window - Side - Left
37S
B84
Crazy Paving
38R
 
Window - Side - Right
 
B202
Display Shelf
   
Base Link - long
20
     
Base Link - Nuts - brass
8
B94
Door
   
Base Link - Screws - brass
?45?
B96
 
B14
Base Link - Screws - steel
15
   
B14
Base Link - short
15M
 
Pillar 2-Brick
   
Binding Strips
15L
B130
 
B106
-    7 x 11 holes
18
 
Pinnacle - Platform
   
Floor
-    8 x 11 holes
17
 
Pinnacle - Roof
 
B108
-    9 x 13 holes
14
 
Platform
 
B110
-  11 x 15 holes
?44?
B140
Ramp
 
B102
-   5 x 15 holes
 
B198
Roof - Dormer
 
B104
-   6 x 15 holes
 
B198
Roof - Dormer - Unit
   
Floor - Large
- 23 x 15 holes
30
   
B100
Floor - Turret
-   7 x   7 holes
30
 
Roof - Flat - Diamond
 
B120
Glazing - Sheet
31
 
Roof - Gable
 
B122
Glazing - for B190
3
 
Roof - Large
 
B124
Glazing - for B192
2
   
B126
Glazing - for B194
28
 
Roof - Small
 
B48
Rod ½-Brick
 
B145
Roof - Pantile B
 
B50
 
B147
Roof - Pantile C
 
B52
 
B149
Roof - Pantile D
 
B54
 
B142
Roof - Tiled - A
 
B56
 
B144
Roof - Tiled - B
 
B58
 
B146
Roof - Tiled - C
 
B60
 
B148
Roof - Tiled - D
 
B62
29
   
B64
32
 
Roof End - Long
 
?B66
 
B162
Roof End - Boarded - A
 
?B68
 
B163
Roof End - Boarded - B
 
?B70
 
B164
Roof End - Boarded - C
 
?B72
 
B165
Roof End - Boarded - D
   
 
B150
Roof End - Rendered - A
   
Ties Bars - Curved
 
B152
Roof End - Rendered - B
   
Plimpton
MECCANO
Part Description
Plimpton
MECCANO
Part Description
Part Number
Part Number
 
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