Overhead Crane

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Drew1125, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

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    That was a fantastic full moon we had last week! Thanks for the pic!

    I tried to take a picture of it, too, but all I could get with my cheap little digital camera was a white dot on a black field. :( I thought it would have been cool to use some images of the rising moon as a digital backdrop for some layout photos...

    -Rory
  2. Drew1125

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    Great picture upguy!
    I was thinking along the same line as Rory -
    That would be an ideal backdrop for a winter scene!
  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    OK, back to the crane -
    While we were discussing the weather, I managed to get it assembled, & painted. Here's a couple of pics...

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  4. Drew1125

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    Here's a shot of it sitting on the layout.
    I think I'm going to build some kind of little shanty to house the operator.

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  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Here's an overhead view that might be a little better.

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  6. Tyson Rayles

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    Outstandind job on that crane Charlie! I may need one for the furniture factory at Tellico Gap (when I get around to building Tellico Gap), how much do you charge for those things? Can you custom build it to certain specs(height, lenght and width?
  7. Bill Pontin

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    Charlie, great job, that looks like it actually runs and is a working model. Wished I had the room I would copy and install one on my layout. Charlie, did you make the lattice support beams or can that be purchased. I have seen it for larger scales but nothing close to N scale as you show.

    Bill
  8. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    It fits into the scene very well Charlie. Looks like it has always been there. Nice work.
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Thanks for the compliments Guys!
    Tyson, I've never really thought about building one for anyone else. In fact, that's the only one I've evr built! I did have to build it to fit my space.
    Bill, all the components I used were actually HO scale. The I beams, "legs", & X-bracing all came from an HO Kibri cement plant. The box girders that form the top of the structure are part of a set made by Central Valley, & are really scaled more for HO, but I used the smallest ones in the set. The "motors" are part of the air-brake system I salvaged from an HO freight car.
    I got the idea for this crane after seeing one at a local factory that fabricates metal pipe. The real one is even larger than the one I built, & has corrugated side walls & a roof. I wanted mine to be open, so it wouldn't block the view of other scenes on the layout. I'm not sure how acurate, or credible the model is, since I had to guess at a lot of it, incase of you are industrial engineers! :eek:
    Me?...I'm just an N-gineer! :D
  10. Tyson Rayles

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    And a darn good one I might add!!! If you change your mind about having the K & I subcontract the crane work for the NM please let me know.:)