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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2007 08:57 pm
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As mentioned previously I had been given a plastic kit of a crane, which I have used on the jetty, and while assembling it I thought that it shouldn't be too difficult to make one of card. The idea was dumped on the Barchester engineering department and they came up with the idea of a flywheel operated crane with a very small donkey engine attached. A quick spin of the flywheel by the operator fired up the engine, engage the clutch and off you go. Because of the simplicity of construction it was decided to build two of them as prototypes.

I had a play around with a few bits of card first and then made a start. As you can see from the first picture the bits laid out on the mat are for the second crane and the partially completed crane on the left is composed of those pieces. The side plates, base, booms and boom supports are all cut from the same thickness card. Small lengths of kebab stick are being used for the rollers that the lifting wires will be going round and black thread for the wires themselves. The diamond type shapes for the end of the boom are also of card and the round separators for these, where the wire will go over, are made from several circles of thin card from a binder hole cutter, they being glued together. The only thing not visible on the mat is the short length of bent paper clip that is used as a restrainer which you can see at the head of the boom.

I have made all the card models as simple to construct as possible so there is no reason why anyone can't take the basic ideas and add as much detail as they like so that they have a unique model of their own.



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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2007 08:58 pm
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This is one of the cranes taking on a light load.







Next we have an almost completed crane undergoing lifting tests in the Barchester workshop. The only item to be added now is the small donkey engine casing at the rear base of the crane. Weathering has been done with childrens water colours.





Finally a couple of pictures of the cranes actually in use. The first one shown in the Barchester timber merchants yard. Not yet in it's final position it has to be bedded into the ground.






The second crane has been installed in the Goods Yard and has plenty of work to do. The pipes, girders and pallets etc are all made from paper and card.



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