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#1 RI LANDLORD 2012 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 08:21 PM

I have always loved cranes, tall lattice boom cranes. I like to call them art made from steel, Now when I look back on my working career, I should have tried to become a crane operator. When my wife and I decided to quit smoking four years ago I told her I needed to find something to take the place of cigarettes. I found it in collecting these beautiful museum quality 1:50 scale models. They are not cheap so it takes time to save up the money for collecting them.In addition to collecting cranes, I enjoy scratch building accessory pieces that go along with the cranes. Here is my collection:
They are all models of Manitowoc Cranes
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A scratch built P&H pile driving crane:
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A construction trailer I made
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A crane gantry that has 1650 pieces of styrene plastic that took about 300 hours to build. It is used to gain height and reach on a construction site:
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Here is the gantry with a Manitowoc 4100 RINGER crane on top
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The gantry has complete air and electrical systems:
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There's even a maintenance crew painting
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I have been building scale models all my life. I find it a very rewarding hobby.
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Posted September 20, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Nice collection.Those are some very detailed pcs that you have.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:09 PM

In pic #2, I don't care how far through the table that pile is driven, you better drop the leads into the ground or I'm calling OSHA, Mister.

Very nice display and even better work. And congrats on kicking the coffin nails. Thank you sharing the pics and the story.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:11 PM

Very nice cranes you have!

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:23 PM

Those models are great. I have always enjoyed watching a good crane operator.
Hope your still off the cigarettes.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 10:34 PM

That's a pretty impressive collection you got there. :thumbs: Never seen model cranes like that before. How much do some of them weigh (being they're diecast)? Thanks for sharing

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 10:51 PM

Nice collection!! I have drooled over the Dhs die cast web site numerous times. I am amazed at the realistic details of them! If you find yourself out here on the west coast, look me up. We always have cranes at the yard.... And yes they are a blast to run!!

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 12:03 AM

Great details! I like it :smiley-score010: :thumbs:

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 01:58 AM

Those a very nice cranes. Great collection you have there!

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 03:33 AM

Nato77, The cranes weigh from 4 to 12 pounds depending on how much boom you put on them. Most of the cranes have extension boom kits available. My largest crane, an Manitowoc M-18000, has enough boom in the kit to reach 11 feet!! The cranes come mostly assembled; you usually just have to screw the boom sections together, rig the boom pendants, and the load blocks. Here is a link to one of the largest die-cast stores, DHS Die-Cast, located in Berea, Ohio
http://www.dhsdiecast.com/
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Posted September 21, 2012 - 05:36 AM

Very nice collection and the detail of the work on the gantry is superb. Thanks for sharing this!

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 05:40 AM

Wow those are cool !! Thanks for sharing your hobby with us , Al

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 07:21 AM

Nice collection. Thanks for taking the time to share

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 09:04 AM

I really like models too. It has been many years since I made any. I was just beginning to use the airbrush when other "things" came into my life. I liked military aircraft mostly.

Your collection is great. I also like that gantry. I checked out that link. Boy are they pricey. But obviously well worth it. Thanks for sharing your collection. Very interesting.

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 10:51 AM

Great models and some great photography too. Thanks for sharing with us.




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