well after forever i finally got around to finishing the scratch built Seatrain crane i have been working on.  I still have to build some supporting structures around it and integrate the rest of scenery. I have never cut so many angles in all my life and hiding wires for lighting is lots harder on open structures that buildings lol.

 

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here it is where it is going on the layout  not perfect space but this is one of those cases where i saw the crane and had to build it then realized i needed a place for it on my layout.  Yea kinda backwards but hey ya gotta build what ya like!  Gonna put a dock and some water in front of it.  Maybe someday ill build a cut away ship to load.

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close up of main crane deck

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nighttime pic with a car ready to be loaded.  I guess he is waiting on the ship lol.

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here is the original idea i found in old popular science magazine online.  There are actually quite a few pics online which helped.

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here it is in the overall layout from end of table you can see it beyond the sugar beet area

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Thanks for lookin!

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Jim Sandman posted:

Wow.  That is some of the best work I've ever seen!!!

How many hours do you think you have into it?

Jim

 

man i try not to think about that!  I guess maybe 40 hours in research/planning and couple hundred hours give or take for work.  The tough thing about this project was it spanned over about 18+months.  Life kept gettin the way!  It pales in comparison with the 1000s of hours i put into the sugar beet refinery lol. 

thanks to everyone for the compliments!

I second what "Jerrman" said!!!!  I'm  surprised that you didn't become crosseyed "tying"  all those struts to each other....very industrial and AWESOME looking!

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