1955 Biller Dock Crane Lift Platform (not exactly a can model)

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So several months back, I purchased a 1955 Biller Mechanical Dock Crane off Ebay after seeing a Japanese knockoff at a toy show. The thing was in perfect condition, but was missing the lift platform that came with it.

After scouring the internet and Ebay, I found some pics of a complete crane with the platform. I contacted the seller and he gave me the dimensions for the base. I then reverse designed the whole platform and created the pattern from the pictures I had and the two measurements.

The platform had a recessed area to aid in stability, so I created a crude die stamp from dense cardboard (a case from a replacement phone screen).
Here's the prototype.

Final pic is an actual platform for comparison
 

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Nice addition to the crane! And remember to thank the gentleman that shared the dimensions with you.
 

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With your experience, you could have made if from aluminum flashing. :)
 

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Had a piece of tin and thought it was appropriate for a tin toy... ;)

Thanks.
I don't know why, but I thought you mde it out of psper. Tin is way better. You've really restored it.
 

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I goes to "Michael's Craft Stores", sometimes they give me picture frame board scraps. This stuff is acid free, made to last forever, and some of it is 1mm thick.
 

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I've never seen that stuff before. Great find!! :)