I am constructing two harbor cranes for one of my customers. I had made two similar cranes in 2010  but because I do not like building the exact same structure again  i am changing the design a little. Here are some pictures.20191226_08572020191231_10550020191231_10564020191231_11015920191231_11190920191231_11253620191231_121141


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Thanks for the update photos.

Suggestion:  When adding new photos, please take a few moments to edit the thread's title with the date of the update.  Makes it much easier for interested folks to recognize the addition of your new content to the thread.

Alan are the clear cross braces on bottom level a different material?  is there a reason for using clear?

coach joe posted:

Alan are the clear cross braces on bottom level a different material?  is there a reason for using clear?

I'll let Alan answer for his project, but I just used a piece of clear plastic on my own scratch build. It was the right thickness and type of plastic that I didn't have in Plastruct. Once I painted it, you wouldn't know it was a different material.


Coach, I did what George described. The clear beams were just a part of Plastruct materials that I acquired a number of years ago. I think the material is clear butyrate or abs. 


You are correct,I will edit the main post whenever I post pictures in he future. 

Thank you all for you interest in this project. As I said, I am modifying my original construction to make it more interesting to construct.

Here are pictures from work this morning. I finished most of the handrails and platforms. I also completed the counterweight and cable building. Next I will construct the crane and craneway.20200104_08533420200104_08535120200104_10121220200104_10122420200104_11071520200104_11144720200104_11245720200104_114720


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Nice job Alan, thanks for the photo updates.  BTW, could you post a picture of  the harbor area  where these will sit? 


third rail posted:

Nice job Alan, thanks for the photo updates.  BTW, could you post a picture of  the harbor area  where these will sit? 


Alan is building these for me.  I can not post a picture of the harbor area, because it does not exist yet.  It will be built around these incredible models.  I will start a thread once construction of that begins, but it will be a while before that starts.


Wonderful update, Alan; the photos are much apprciated.

And a 1,000 times "Thank you" for editing the thread's title once again to alert me and others of the new material you've posted.

Alan Graziano posted:

Hete are some progress pictures of the construction of the craneway20200106_19205320200109_18393720200110_18145220200110_18150120200110_18162720200110_18500620200110_185016

Absolutely amazing.  

The cranes are starting to look like something after the painting has started. I decided to use two different shades of blue to simulate some aging of the paint. I also decided to paint the bottom section gray. I can't win with spray paint anymore. Krylon has taken out all the pigment in the paint meaning multiple coats. Rustoleum painters touch has spray nozzles that can only be used once and then clog up.20200118_07550820200118_10051120200118_10234620200118_11055520200118_11063220200118_11064620200119_08085420200119_09001720200119_09571820200119_09572420200119_095733


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I am working on the dreaded lights for the cranes. It is sometimes difficult for me to incorporate the lights into the structure as I am building it. Typically, I end up installing lights on the painted structure. This always brings up challenges of damaging the paint and the structure itself. Here are a couple of pictures showing the wiring in progress and some of the materials.20200207_19025520200207_19025920200207_190333


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It's just another challenge to solve. I've been finding that I need to plan for the lights earlier in the process. It helps prevent "painting myself into a corner."

Al, I am assuming that hoist house is hiding a counterweight to keep the thing from falling over. Is that correct?


You are way more disciplined than I am. I just want to construct and deal with the lights later. It usually bites me but I am a creature of habit. You are right about the building hiding the counterweight.


it is nice to know that I am not the only one with the light issue.

Wow! Wonderfully done! Kudos to you.

Brings back memories of driving down the NJ Turnpike past Port Elizabeth in Newark.

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