Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Some new GIANT additions to the Coleman die-cast model collection

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Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:57 pm

I've been invaded by a MONSTER:

Believe me, these photos do NOT do it justice.
This model is quite a bit bigger and quite a lot better than I had hoped it might be, very, very impressive to behold indeed, it certainly gets your attention! x9x
It's taken me about 4 hours to build it up, including reeving the 150 ton lifting hook (a very fiddly job)!
Also bare in mind that only one boom extension section has been utilised, there are seven more sections telescoped inside the boom to go yet!
I cannot extend the boom by another section whilst it's sitting on the worktop as it hits the ceiling...
I will set it up on the floor at some point and take some pictures of it at the maximum height I can get here in my flat.
The heavy lift head and 250 ton lifting hook are on the ground near the rear of the vehicle.
Can you spot the ubiquitous tin of Humbrol paint?

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Re: Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Rob » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:24 pm

Thunderbirds are go.
How giddy where you when turned up Pete x71x

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Post by Maurice Wilcox » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:57 pm

Blimey, big beasts are us, wot a whopper, how long before you are forced to move out of the flat do you reckon Pete.

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Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:17 pm

Rob wrote:Thunderbirds are go.
How giddy where you when turned up Pete x71x
Yep, I just can't stop looking at it sitting there, with a great big grin all over my face! x2x
Now I'm just waiting for the heavy transport lorry and crew van to turn up and wondering whether or not to buy a smaller support crane... x9x
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Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:45 pm

Maurice Wilcox wrote:Blimey, big beasts are us, wot a whopper, how long before you are forced to move out of the flat do you reckon Pete.
Not too sure about that Maurice.
I'm more concerned at the weight of it, I'm worried it might go through the floor and into the flat below (it weighs in at 7.5 Kilos all up). x9x
It is almost 99% made from die-cast metal with very little plastic used anywhere, even the handrails are metal!
I am going to have a go at lifting "Surprise" for a laugh but I need to concoct a lifting rig and some straps first...
This beast is about 25%-30% bigger than I was expecting and actually builds up pretty much like the real thing.
It can travel on site with the boom and luffing jib attached but the counterweights at the rear would have to be lifted off first.
For road travel the boom assembly has to be removed. The crane can travel on the road at speeds of up to 50mph!
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Post by Pete Coleman » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:10 pm

A few more pictures, sorry for poor quality of some of them.

The first are of the crane at almost full height, all sections except for one have been extended.
Please note that I have not re-connected the "Y" guide rope tackles for these quick shots.
Bear in mind that one can also purchase several types of lattice boom and luffing jib extensions...
Then there are a few more general shots.
Later on there are some pictures of her in on-site-travel mode.
Finally, there is a picture of her in on-site travel mode along with all her bits and pieces.
I need the heavy duty ballast truck and trailer to arrive now to take the 10 tonne ballast weights.
The crew are waiting for their site office/equipment container to show up and also the van so that
they can drive into town at the end of the day to get some kebabs!


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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Pete Coleman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:05 pm

No, no, I must resist...
117' (36 metre) luffing jib extension set and upgraded brass main cylinders with set-screw-locking from Japan... x17x
Hmm, How long until pay-day!
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Re: Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:33 pm

Looks high enough to lift Surprise off the shelf Pete x4x

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Post by Pete Coleman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:59 pm

Maurice Wilcox wrote:Looks high enough to lift Surprise off the shelf Pete x4x

Ha, ha, I need to fabricate or buy some chains, spreader bars and strops, before I could attempt that lift...
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Post by Rob » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:17 pm

Hi Pete,
Does the model have the facility to actually lift? I.e. can the cable drums be rotated?

I know a German guy who might be able to help you turn it into a working model. x7x

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Post by dafi » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:31 pm

:-) :-) :-)

Big boys, big toys :-)

All the best, do you want it rc?

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Re: Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Pete Coleman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:34 pm

Rob wrote:Hi Pete,
Does the model have the facility to actually lift? I.e. can the cable drums be rotated?

Oh yes the cable drums are fully working, they are on spring loaded ratchet systems that require the use of the supplied special key to operate.
Also, let me tell you reeving the heavy lift hook with 14 line runs with some in reverse, is a right laugh, one slip or letting tension off the hook
ever so slightly results in all the lines jumping out of the sheaves and crossing over. After eight attempts I think I have sussed out the method!
Setting this model crane up is not unlike setting the real crane up, everything on the model is made to operate as on the real thing.
There is another winding drum fitted as standard which can be used for a double hook system.
A third winding drum which sits atop the one I have rigged is supplied with the 56 metre luffing jib extension set.
This is because the extra length of the luffing jib is more finely controlled via cable rather than hydraulics. (See below).
Cheers,
Pete.


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Re: Big Yellow Has Arrived:

Post by Pete Coleman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:39 pm

dafi wrote:do you want it rc?
I believe that someone has achieved the conversion.
However, when you consider that you could buy a reasonable second hand car for the price of this model, I don't think that I fancy carving it up! x9x
Cheers,
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