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Offline Phil Hendry

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N Gauge Gantry Crane
« on: March 27, 2013, 08:49:08 PM »
Hi all,

One of my most recent 'micro' layout ideas (or an element/module of a larger layout), is to build a nuclear power station terminal (like that at Dungeness, for example), and to run it in a variety of eras, with different rolling stock, locos, etc.  One thing I'd need is a gantry crane - something not unlike this:



Anyone got any good ideas of where I'd find a suitable crane in N?  If I had decent 'close-up' images I could scratch-build one, though I'd prefer to 'bash' a kit into something resembling this beast.

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 10:04:13 PM »
Hi Phil,
That doesn't look too far off the Heavy Duty Crane Mill Lane Sidings used to do:
http://www.mill-lane-sidings.co.uk/mlsheavydutygantrycrane.html
You can download the PDF instructions from the link at the bottom of the page which might give you an idea whether it's something you could replicate from scratch or adapting another.
It is still listed on the NGS shop list 1/13, but you'd probably need to check with them to see if they still have actual stock.
MLS still list a lighter gantry crane you might possibly kitbash.
Knightwing also do some which might also be worth looking at:
http://www.knightwing.co.uk/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?next=27&cart_id=1364419755.314&product=N_Lineside_Kits

Regards, Gerry  8)

Additional: There's an 'indoor' gantry crane in the Scalescenes modern warehouse download that might also be worth a look at:
http://scalescenes.com/products/T009-Modern-Industrial-Building
« Last Edit: March 27, 2013, 10:10:01 PM by steam-driven boy, Reason: additional link »
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 09:53:11 AM »
Thanks chaps!  Food for thought.  I've sent an email to the NGS shop asking about the MLS crane.
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 03:30:56 PM »
I have decided, more or less, to scratchbuild the crane - it should be well within my capabilities.  I just need to find a few more photos of 'similar' cranes, to copy the features I like - it will not be 'accurate', but should, hopefully, be 'plausible' (unless, presumably, you really know about cranes...).  This decision was precipitated by having acquired a set of Ratio's 'Trestles' (kit #242) today:



which I thought would neatly solve the problem of the framing for the ends - which would be the hardest bit to scratchbuild (time-consuming and fiddly, rather than particularly difficult - cutting all the angles being the hardest part).  They're a bit tall, but I can saw some off the bottom!  I've got some Plastruct 'I' beam in my stock of plastic strip, which will form the basis of the bit the 'truck' runs on.
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 03:43:03 PM »
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 03:52:23 PM »
I'm starting to find decent photos...

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 04:00:12 PM »
I'm starting to find decent photos...




Can't get better than that I guess. Do they do it in 1:148 or 1:160 though?   :smiley-laughing: :smiley-laughing:
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 04:01:45 PM »
Hi Phil,

Looking forward to watching this develop. I built a small crane for my layout based on one I saw in Edinburgh but it is quite basic.



It sits on rails and the idea was to have magnets in along the bottom and magnets under the board so I could moved it back and forth. As per usual that didn't evolve much past the thinking stage. The hook block is able to slide along the top rail.

Alex :wave:

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2013, 04:41:02 PM »
How about this Scalescenes kit?  Different to the indoor one suggested earlier.

http://scalescenes.com/products/T032-Gantry-Crane

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2013, 05:31:32 PM »
Thanks - at the very least there are useful bits in that!
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2013, 08:15:34 PM »
Hi Phil
I think also one of the German manufacturers have a similar designed crane as well as a plastic kit. I think this will be a Faller or Kibri kit, (one of the two anyway).
The only thing is it will we 1/160 scale as most of the German N gauge stuff is.

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2013, 08:20:42 PM »
Hi Phil

P&D Marsh do a gantry crane as a kit. I think it is in whitemetal with plastic parts too but I am not 100% sure. However it is a little on the expensive side.

Regards

http://www.pdmarshmodels.com/show_product.php?pid=607&cat=99&order=1&pageno=0

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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2013, 08:23:38 PM »
Hi Phil

P&D Marsh do a gantry crane as a kit. I think it is in whitemetal with plastic parts too but I am not 100% sure. However it is a little on the expensive side.

Regards

http://www.pdmarshmodels.com/show_product.php?pid=607&cat=99&order=1&pageno=0

Thanks...  Interesting.
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Re: N Gauge Gantry Crane
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2013, 08:25:21 PM »
Vollmer made the one that I made about 8 years ago........





 

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