Category Archives: Structures

Raising Crane 6

Attaching the mechanical house to the boom was the last major assembly step. The house has two main support beams where the boom sits, and until I installed the backstays, would be the only attachment point. I used epoxy for … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 5

The crane trolley was the last sub-assembly for the sawmill crane, and I expected it to be the least difficult. There isn’t a very clear image of the the trolley in the crane picture, so the construction is somewhat notional. … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 4

Continuing work on the gantry crane for the sawmill. Here’s a photo of the prototype for reference: I’d gotten to the point of building the boom, and the most complicated fabrication of the model. It’s a truss, but the vertical … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 3

Now was time to turn attention to the crane legs. I’d tried making patterns using drawing instruments and wasn’t happy. This time I fired up a drawing program and created scale templates. I fiddled with the proportions until I got … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 2

After completing the platform it was time to turn attention to the crane mechanical house. This is where the operator and one would assume a Diesel engine are located, as the winch and boom appear to be electrically driven and … Continue reading

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Raising Crane 1

The entire lumber yard of the layout is modeled after the Cheney Lumber facility in 1940’s Tacoma. The signature element of the scene is the gantry crane: I figured I had enough scratch-building experience under my belt to have a … Continue reading

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The Truck Yard

After assembling the truck kits, I had to have a place to put them. I’d planned a truck yard for the Pacific Storage warehouse, but the arrangement was complicated by the fact the warehouse had been built on 1/4″ foam … Continue reading

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