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A child's first introduction to having there own Bayko was more than likely being given a set perhaps as a Christmas or Birthday present or a special treat. From there the child's interest may either grow or wane. If the child's interest grew then they would soon be after there parents buying more Bayko something that the Plimpton company could easily fulfill. If it waned then the set would likely be put away and gather dust to be found years later be a curious descendant who had never seen Bayko,

There is a remarkable similarity between two Liverpool toy makers that of Charles Plimpton with Bayko and Frank Hornby with his Meccano sets. It is likely both men met at some point both living in the same city and having factories near to each other. After both of their death's their firms would merge into one. However that in the early 30's when Charles Plimpton was starting out with his Bayko was well into the future.

What Charles Plimpton did take from Frank Hornby was the set structure that of starting with an small set then building on this , in other words the larger set would contain all the parts of the smaller set plus some extra parts. This led to 2 things, the first is that all the models in the smaller set or sets could be built by the larger set, secondly the extra parts needed for the larger set could be put into a conversion set, so that a even if the first set the child had was to smallest set if the interest was there over a period of time the child by being bought conversion sets could migrate to the larger set.


Bayko Sets from The Pre War Period

During this time Plimpton Engineering produced 22 different complete sets.

The 5 original sets, the Oak set 6, Set 1 to 6 with red bricks. 4 sets from the 20 series and 6 sets from the new period.

The where 17 conversion sets and the 3 Ornamental Sets

Bayko Sets from the Peak Period

After World War 2 due to shortages the first sets to appear where to smallest sets 0, 1 in 1946, set 2 in 1947 and , Set 3 followed in 1948 it was not until 1952

Sets from the Meccano Period
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