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Author Topic: A Yard Crane from the "bits and bobs" pile  (Read 156 times)

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Offline Pjlons83

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A Yard Crane from the "bits and bobs" pile
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:39:32 PM »

I had the itch to build something tonight and I've been looking recently at Yard Cranes. I like the simplicity of the Ratio 214 Crane;

(Thanks to Hattons for the image)

And after some googling I found this image that I liked;

(Thanks to ribblevalleyrail.co.uk for this image)

I raided the bits-and-bobs boxes to see what I could find. I had some old Meccano bits that I picked up at a car boot sale some time ago and an old DVD player drawer part that had some plastic cogs in it;

After a couple of hours "playing" I came up with this;

It needs a lot more thought but it was enough to inspire me to stick with it and add more detail. I'll drill some holes in the large cog and find something for a small pulley on the end of the boom. Since doing this tonight I've found @maridunian 's great thread on building his cranes so that has given me some more ideas too.

It's very much work in progress from here so I've started this thread to inspire me to keep going with it and invite any thoughts or tips from the more experienced scratch builders of the NGF  :NGF:

It's tempting to just buy the ratio kit as I've found it for under a fiver but that wouldn't be as much fun now would it!  8) 

Thanks for looking
« Last Edit: October 20, 2018, 11:01:02 PM by Pjlons83 »
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Re: A Yard Crane from the "bits and bobs" pile
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2018, 10:14:58 AM »
Thanks Paul. Here's something similar at Beamish Colliery:



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