BAYKO - Instruction Manuals

This section shows, in chronological order, the various Instruction Manuals, Booklets and Leaflets which were included with BAYKO sets to help young modellers to get started. Rather surprisingly, in the thirty years or so of production, BAYKO clocked up no less than 62 manuals, not all different of course, though there is a progression of change throughout. If you think averaging roughly two a year is excessive, what will you make of the 16 in less than 3 years, immediately after the second world war‽
The Instruction Manuals generally have up to six main functions : -
Front cover of the very first BAYKO manual for sets 1 to 5 dating from 1934
To give confidence, or reassurance, to the adult actually making the purchase!
Front cover of the last full BAYKO manual, date coded April, 1962
Provide a "how it's done" training section, suggesting educational benefits..
Introduce people to the names, descriptions and variety of all the parts.
Provide a graduated range of plans from easy to expert as skills develop.
Provide other information such as the set contents and, sometimes, the prices of sets and maybe even spare parts.
Fire the young collector's aspirations to buy a larger set!!!
The way this was done varied significantly over the years. Some documents fulfilled all the roles but sometimes BAYKO used more than one document to cover everything e.g., during the 'New Series' period just before the war, the larger conversion sets contained a number of instruction cards for further models which could only be built with the larger sets.
The manuals are available to you via two different routes : -
Firstly, [below] I've shown the front cover alongside one other page from each manual, just click on either to move to a page documenting the whole manual, including access to larger images. Here you can see both the individual pages, and key information on the manual's place in both the development of BAYKO in general, and BAYKO manuals in particular.
Secondly, I've introduced a new feature to this section, about which I am both proud and delighted. Using FLIP BOOK software, I've now provided a simulation of what the full manual would have looked like, hot of the press, as it were, in a fully animated book form - I'm sure you'll enjoy this nostalgic view. A slight warning, just occasionally the 'hinges' [staples] have had to be 'moved' to a different edge to accommodate the software - but they still look really good!!!
There are links to these animated pages immediately underneath the page image links mentioned above.
On the descriptive pages, there are also links at the bottom of every table of thumbnail images, linking direct to the animated pages.
Just a minor piece of information [impacting both forms] - in many of the images, particularly in pre-war manuals, the models appear to be coloured. This isn't the case, but is a consequence of my decision to try and show only 'pristine' images. What has happened is that the paper has been slightly oxidised/foxed or stained, and, while it is easy to 'clean' the page background, it is often impossible to 'clean' the model images without drowning out much of the brick pattern work and other details.
I'm always interested in expanding the range of documents on the site, so if you have anything that you don't see here and are happy to scan, sell or lend it to me then I'd love to hear from you...
If you're more interested in the models included in the BAYKO Manuals, then these are analysed elsewhere...

Use these links if you'd like to skip direct to a particular section : -

Click on any of the thumbnail images [below] to move to the full manual description...
...or click on the link [underneath them] to see the full animated version.

PRE-WAR BAYKO MANUALS
Apart from the sets #20 to #23 manual and, to a lesser extent, the 'New Series' Model Cards, the pre-war printing standards within this early period were very good indeed, perhaps indicative of a deliberate marketing attempt to project a quality image.
Sets #1 to #5 Manual - 1934
Earliest Version
Sets #1 to #5 Manual - 1934
Corrected Version
Front cover of the earliest BAYKO manual - click here for the manual
Page 44 of the earliest version of the sets 1 to 5 Manual, dating from 1934 - click here for the full manual
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 5 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1934 - click here for the full manual
Page 46 of the sets 1 to 5 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1934 - click here for the full manual
187 mm x 146 mm = 7.3 inch x 5.75 inches 187 mm x 146 mm = 7.3 inch x 5.75 inches
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Sets #1 to #5 & Set #6
1935
Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1935 to 1937
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 5 BAYKO Manual with Sae #6 appendix, dating from 1935 - click here for the full manual
Page iv of the sets 1 to 5 BAYKO Manual Appendix, showing a set #6 model, dating from 1935 - click here for the full manual
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1935 to 1937 - click here for the full manual
Page 46 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1935 to 1937 - click here for the full manual
187 mm x 146 mm = 7.3 inch x 5.75 inches 191 mm x 154 mm = 7.6 inch x 6.1 inches
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Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1937 to 1938
Sets #20 to #23 Manual
1938? to 1941?
Without Bakelite Slogan
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1937 to 1938 - click here for the full manual
Page 64 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1937 to 1938 - click here for the full manual
Front cover of the 20s series manual without the Bakelite slogan
Page 8 of the 20s series without the Bakelite slogan
191 mm x 154 mm = 7.6 inch x 6.1 inches 140 mm x 200 mm = 5.5 inch x 7.85 inches
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Sets #20 to #23 Manual
1938? to 1941?
With Bakelite Slogan
'New Series' Model Cards
1939 to 1941
Front cover of the 1938 to 1942 BAYKO manual for sets 20 to 23 - click here for the full manual
Page 3 of the 1938 to 1942 BAYKO manual for sets 20 to 23 - click here for the full manual
1939 to 1942 'New Series' BAYKO Model Card Page 1 set #3 - click here for the full set of Model Cards
1939 to 1942 'New Series' BAYKO Model Card Page 2 set #3 - click here for the full set of Model Cards
140 mm x 200 mm = 5.5 inch x 7.85 inches 226 mm x 142 mm = 8.9 inch x 5.6 inches
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Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1939 to 1940
Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1940? to 1941?
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1939 to 1940 - click here for the full manual
Page 64 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1939 to 1940 - click here for the full manual
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1940 to 1941 - click here for the full manual
Page 31 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1940 to 1941 - click here for the full manual
220 mm x 141 mm = 8.7 inch x 5.6 inches 220 mm x 141 mm = 8.7 inch x 5.6 inches
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Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1940? to 1941?
Previously I'd positioned the final 'New Series' BAYKO manual here...
...however, I am now aware that that manual, which undoubtedly remains as the final 'new series' manual, must therefore have been produced immediately post-war...
...and hence it has been moved to the newly created, post-war 'new series' section immediately below.
My apologies for the historical inaccuracy...
...I do try - honestly(!!!)...
...another reason for not going into print too soon!
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1940 to 1941 - click here for the full manual
Page 31 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1940 to 1941 - click here for the full manual
220 mm x 141 mm = 8.7 inch x 5.6 inches
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...or click on the link [underneath them] to see the full animated version.

POST-WAR 'NEW SERIES' BAYKO MANUALS - 1945/1946
Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1945
Sets #1 to #6 Manual
1945/1946
Front cover of the post-war 'New Series' manual from 1946
Inside front cover of the post-war 'New Series' manual from 1946
Front cover of the Sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1941 to 1942 - click here for the full manual
Page 64 of the sets 1 to 6 BAYKO Manual, dating from 1941 to 1942 - click here for the full manual
220 mm x 141 mm = 8.7 inch x 5.6 inches 220 mm x 141 mm = 8.7 inch x 5.6 inches
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Over the years, comments had been made to me, by people who's opinion I respect, about 'New Series' BAYKO set production having continued after the second world war.
Driven partly by the logic that any pre-war 'New Series' stock items would have been sold long ago, and partly by the fact that the post-war changes were so substantial, that surely they would indicate fresh start, I was inclined to reject this...
...however, not for the first time, as my ex-wife Diana will readily confirm, it seems I was wrong!
It would appear that the, "Let's just get something out there and sell it!", motivation must have conquered all, and so we've ended up with the fascinating, post-war, 'New Series' set #1 which Chris Boutal has now unearthed...
...and the need for this new section!
There is another change. The version I had previously described as the final version is indeed that, which means that it too must have been post-war, [1945/1946], not pre-war as historically described, as it clearly follows the manual included with Chris's set.

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POST-WAR BAYKO MANUALS - 1946 to 1948
This is a truly chaotic period as far as printed BAYKO manuals and related documents are concerned, particularly after the 'New Series' false start [above].
Not that it was entirely Plimpton's fault. The post-war austerity was real, not like more recent politicking, and must have required regular, frequent, difficult sourcing decisions, particularly when you consider incorporate the pressures caused by the gradual opening up of the range of BAYKO sets during the period.
To try and show how the various documents of the period [below] were combined, I felt it essential to produce a separate page explaining their succession and combinations, and approximate chronology, which I hope you find useful...
Sets #0 and #1 Manual
1946 - 8 Pages - Export?
Support Leaflets
Sets #0 + #1 - 1946 / 47 Sets #1X + #2 - 1947
1946 Sets 0 and 1 BAYKO manual front cover, click here to move to the full 8 page manual
1946 Sets 0 and 1 BAYKO manual, page 6, click here to move to the full 8 page manual
1946 BAYKO Sets Support Leaflet, Sets and Contents Lists, click here to move to the full document
1947 BAYKO Set 2 Support Leaflet, click here to move to the full document
219 mm x 139 mm = 8.65 inch x 5.5 inches
These were three separate documents,
and, as such, do not form a manual.
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Sets #0 to #2 Manual
1946 - 16 Pages - Export?
Sets # 0 to #2 Leaflet
1946 to 1948
Front cover of the Sets #0 to #2 export BAYKO manual, 1946, Page 1 - click here for the full export manual.
Sets #0 to #2 export BAYKO manual, 1946, Page 5 - click here for the full export manual.
Page 1 of the 1946 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
Page 5 of the 1946 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
219 mm x 139 mm = 8.65 inch x 5.5 inches 178 mm x 124 mm = 7.0 inch x 4.9 inches
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Sets # 0 to #2 Manual
Early 1947 - 20 Pages
Sets # 0 to #2 Leaflet
1946 and 1947 - Version 2
Front cover of the Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, 1946, first version, Page 1 - click here for the full manual.
Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, 1946, first version Page 4 - note the reference to set #5 - click here for the full manual.
Page 1 of the 1946 and 1947 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
Page 5 of the 1946 and 1947 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
219 mm x 139 mm = 8.65 inch x 5.5 inches 178 mm x 124 mm = 7.0 inch x 4.9 inches
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Sets # 0 to #2 Manual
1947 - 20 Pages
Sets # 0 to #2 Leaflet
1947 and 1948 - Version 3
Front cover of the Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, 1946, second version, Page 1 - click here for the full manual.
Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, 1946, second version Page 4 - note the reference to set #5 - click here for the full manual.
Page 1 of the 1947 and 1848 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
Page 7 of the 1947 and 1848 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
219 mm x 139 mm = 8.65 inch x 5.5 inches 178 mm x 124 mm = 7.0 inch x 4.9 inches
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Sets # 0 to #2 Manual
1947 to 1948 - 20 Pages
Sets # 0 to #2 Leaflet
1947 and 1948 - Version 4
Front cover of the Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, later version 1948, Page 1 - click here for the full manual.
Sets #0 to #2, 20 page BAYKO manual, later version, 1948, Page 15 - click here for the full manual.
Page 1 of the 1947 and 1848 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
Page 7 of the 1947 and 1848 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
219 mm x 139 mm = 8.65 inch x 5.5 inches 178 mm x 124 mm = 7.0 inch x 4.9 inches
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Set #3 Manual
1948
Sets # 0 to #3 Leaflet
1948 to 1949
BAYKO Set #3 manual, 1948, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
BAYKO Set #3 manual, 1948, Page 22 - click here for the full manual.
Page 1 of the 1948 to 1949 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
Page 2 of the 1948 to 1949 BAYKO instruction leaflet - click here for the full leaflet
248 mm x 182 mm = 9.75 inch x 7.2 inches 250 mm x 189 mm = 9.8 inch x 7.45 inches
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Supplementary Leaflet
1948
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
1948 - Early
Page 1 of a 1948 BAYKO leaflet which introduced the 'Supplementary Parts' - click here for the full leaflet
Page 4 of a 1948 BAYKO leaflet which introduced the 'Supplementary Parts' - click here for the full leaflet
Front cover of the Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, earlier version, 1948 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, earlier version, 1948, Page 15 - click here for the full manual.
248 mm x 184 mm = 9.75 inch x 7.25 inches 250 mm x 185 mm = 9.8 inch x 7.3 inches
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
1948 - Late
Well that, I believe, is the end of what I've labelled BAYKO's 'immediate post-war period' [conveniently, of course, totally ignoring the 'New Series' phase].
I guess I have to accept that the distinction I've drawn here is a little artificial, perhaps even arbitrary, however, this is where I've drawn the line between what I call the 'immediate post-war period' and BAYKO's peak period.
I've listed my justifications for this below, but I am comfortable that, arbitrary or not, instinct, perhaps, if not actual common sense, convinces me that this really was a pivotal time in BAYKO's history, and not just in terms of manuals.
Front cover of the Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, later version, 1948 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, later version, 1948, Page X - click here for the full manual.
250 mm x 185 mm = 9.8 inch x 7.3 inches
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I justify the distinction on five grounds : -
The fact that the, frankly, in printing terms, somewhat chaotic period above, was now passed.
The standardisation of the BAYKO manuals', in terms of size, format and contents, from this point onward.
The fact that Plimpton's post-war experimentation with different colours, for both plastic parts and set boxes, was largely behind them.
This was where the significant expansion of the range of BAYKO parts began to kick in.
The fact that the U.K. market was beginning to move as materials shortages, austerity, and government controlled rationing were gradually being ended, together with the return to full on BAYKO advertising, which re-emerged in May, 1949.

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PEAK PERIOD BAYKO MANUALS - 1949 to 1959
I'd like to record my thanks to, in alphabetical order, Peter Field, Betty Foster, Malcolm Hanson, Andrew Lance, David Poole and Robin Throp for their help in providing the examples below. If you have a good copy of any manuals not listed here, then I really would love to hear from you...
Separate issue counts were maintained [once begun!] for the three distinct manual types - Sets #0 to #3; sets #3X/set#4; and sets #0 to #4.
Any information shown in this table [below], which is enclosed in [brackets], is not actually printed in the manual and has been deduced...
...e.g. there are 6 unlabelled 'sets #0 to #3' manuals [Ref. 3] which predate the "7th Issue", so I don't think it's unreasonable to label them as being "1st Issue" through to "6th Issue" - I suppose I should question my use of the site's quotation protocol in these cases!!!
For some reason, presumably marketing lead, the first four 'sets #0 to #3' manuals all had a red border around three sides of the picture on the front cover, which was dropped as the changes preparatory to the launch of sets #3X and #4 kicked in, in February, 1951.
Another rather strange detail, which I can't really explain, is that the "13th Issue" and "14th Issue" of the 'sets #0 to #3' manual are, for some reason, credited with the same date - April, 1954, another example of the cock up theory of life I guess!
The 'sets #0 to #3' manual is ever present through this period, in a total of no less than twenty issues, however the situation is more complex for the two styles of manual associated with set #4 and conversion set #3X.
When the set #3X was introduced in 1951, the first 'set #3X' manual [Ref. 11] was produced, though completely without printers coding to give us a clue as to exactly when! These were subsequently also included with the set #4 from its launch early in 1952. The last issue, as far as I can determine, was dated September, 1954, just a month after the first 'sets #0 to #4' manual [confusingly, also ref.11] was produced.
I'd be surprised if Plimpton only sold 10,000 conversion sets #3X in the next five years, when they printed enough 'sets #0 to #3' manuals for 600,000 smaller sets over the same period. It looks most likely, therefore, that the 'sets #0 to #4' manual was included, as standard, in both sets #3X and #4 for some, at least, of the rest of the Plimpton era.
As a negative, but necessary, footnote, the printing standards during this period were often quite poor, particularly in terms of print registration of the three different colours of ink used on the inside pages, the front cover seems to have been immune.
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
March, 1949
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
January, 1950
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, March, 1949, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, March, 1949, Page 12 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, January, 1950, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, January, 1950, Page 20 - click here for the full manual.
[1st Issue]
50,000 copies
[2nd Issue]
55,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
June, 1950
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
October, 1950
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, June, 1950, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, June, 1950, Page 16 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, October, 1950, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, October, 1950, Page 22 - click here for the full manual.
[3rd Issue]
50,000 copies
[4th Issue]
50,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
February, 1951
Sets #3X Manual
[February?], 1951
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, February, 1951, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, February, 1951, Page 19 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #3X BAYKO manual, April?, 1951, Front Cover showing the famous block of flats model - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #3X BAYKO manual, April?, 1951, Page 8 - click here for the full manual.
[5th Issue]
50,000 copies
[1st Issue]
[5,000 copies]
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
June, 1951
Sets #3X Manual
August, 1951
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, June, 1951, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, June, 1951, Page 26 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, August, 1951, Front Cover showing the famous model of the Block of Flats - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, August, 1951, Page 20 - click here for the full manual.
[6th Issue]
50,000 copies
2nd Issue
5,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
September, 1951
Set #3X Manual
October, 1951
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, September, 1951, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, September, 1951, Page 34 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, October, 1951, Front Cover showing the famous block of flats model - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, October, 1951, Page 14 - click here for the full manual.
7th Issue
50,000 copies
3rd Issue
5,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
November, 1951
Sets #3X Manual
May, 1952
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1951, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1951, page 27 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, May, 1952, Front Cover showing the famous model of the Block of Flats - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, May, 1952, Rear Cover showing the famous model of the Country Club - click here for the full manual.
8th Issue
50,000 copies
4th Issue
10,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
November, 1952
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
April, 1953
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1952, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1952, page 11 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1953, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1953, Page 28 - click here for the full manual.
9th Issue
50,000 copies
10th Issue
50,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
July, 1953
Set #3X Manual
November, 1953
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, July, 1953, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, July, 1953, Page 31 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, November, 1953, Front Cover showing the famous model of the Block of Flats - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era set #3X BAYKO manual, November, 1953, Page 10 - click here for the full manual.
11th Issue
50,000 copies
5th Issue
10,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
April, 1954
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
April, 1954
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1954, 13th Issue, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1954, 13th Issue, Page 30 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1954, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, April, 1954, Page 6 - click here for the full manual.
13th Issue
50,000 copies
14th Issue
50,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #4 Manual
August, 1954
Set 3X Manual
September, 1954
Front Cover of the August, 1954, of the sets 0 to 4 BAYKO manual, 1st issue - click here for the complete manual
Page 50 of the August, 1954, of the sets 0 to 4 BAYKO manual, 1st issue - click here for the complete manual
Front cover of the September, 1954 set 3X BAYKO manual - click here for the full manual
Page 12 of the September, 1954 set 3X BAYKO manual - click here for the full manual
[1st Issue]
20,000 copies
6th Issue
10,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
January, 1955
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
September, 1955
Front cover of the January, 1955 sets 0 to 3 manual - click here for the full manual
Page 32 of the January, 1955 sets 0 to 3 manual - click here for the full manual
Front cover of the September, 1955 sets 0 to 3 manual - click here for the full manual
Page 24 of the September, 1955 sets 0 to 3 manual - click here for the full manual
15th Issue
100,000 copies
16th Issue
100,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
March, 1956
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
January, 1957
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, March, 1956, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, March, 1956, Page 23 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, January, 1957, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, January, 1957, Page 21 - click here for the full manual.
17th Issue
100,000 copies
18th Issue
100,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #4 Manual
January, 1957
Sets #0 to #3 Manual
November, 1957
Front cover of the January, 1957 sets 0 to 4 BAYKO manual - click here for the full manual
Page 46 of the January, 1957 sets 0 to 4 BAYKO manual - click here for the full manual
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1957, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, November, 1957, Page 33 - click here for the full manual.
3rd Issue
30,000 copies
19th Issue
100,000 copies
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Sets #0 to #3 Manual
August, 1959
Sets #0 to #4 Manual
September, 1959
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, August, 1959, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #3 BAYKO manual, August, 1959, Page 29 - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #4 BAYKO manual, September, 1959, Front Cover - click here for the full manual.
Plimpton era sets #0 to #4 BAYKO manual, September, 1959, Page 5 - note the Garage Doors are displayed here - click here for the full manual.
20th Issue
100,000 copies
4th Issue
30,000 copies
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I haven't included individual manual dimensions in this section as they were all identical : -
250 mm x 185 mm = 9.8 inch x 7.3 inches

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MECCANO ERA BAYKO MANUALS
Sets #11 to #14 Manual
August, 1960
Sets #11 to #14 Manual
February, 1961
First MECCANO era BAYKO manual, August, 1960, Page 1 - click here for the full manual.
First MECCANO era BAYKO manual, August, 1960, Page 2 - click here for the full manual.
Front cover of the second full BAYKO manual of the MECCANO era, date coded April, 1962 - click here for the full manual
Page 5 of the second full BAYKO manual of the MECCANO era, date coded February, 1961 - click here for the full manual
222 mm x 190 mm = 8.75 inch x 7.5 inches
250,000 copies
222 mm x 190 mm = 8.75 inch x 7.5 inches
100,000 copies
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Sets #11 to #14 Manual
April, 1962
Sets #11 to #14 Manual
March, 1964
Front cover of the penultimate full BAYKO manual of the MECCANO era, date coded April, 1962 - click here for the full manual
Page 21 of the penultimate full BAYKO manual of the MECCANO era, date coded April, 1962 - click here for the full manual
Last MECCANO era BAYKO manual, March, 1964, Page 1 - click here for the full manual.
Last MECCANO era BAYKO manual, March, 1964, Page 2 - click here for the full manual.
222 mm x 190 mm = 8.75 inch x 7.5 inches
100,000 copies
222 mm x 190 mm = 8.75 inch x 7.5 inches
40,000 copies
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Set #15 Leaflets
August, 1962
One small detail, it looks as if MECCANO [in house] redid the typesetting, possibly for every version of the manuals.
This means that there are some minor differences in the appearance of pages between the different versions. However, as far as I have been able work out, there are no significant changes - e.g. no typos!
It is only fair to recognise, that the standard of printing by Mr. MECCANO is vastly superior to that offered by their 'peak period' Plimpton predecessors.
Well, that's finally that, as far as this particular section is concerned, at least for the moment...
Sheet 1, showing model #B15.1, one of the 12 model BAYKO instruction sheets included with sets #15 and #14C - click here for the full set
The range of new BAYKO parts included with sets #15 and #14C - click here for the full set
266 mm x 217 mm = 10.4 x 8.5 inches
30,000/40,000 copies
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