US Workshop Crane

Published: September 19th, 2012     
Box Art
Box Art
Reviewed by: Fred Wilms - IPMS# 42113
Scale: 1/35
Company: Plusmodel
Price: $20.70
Product / Stock #: 386
Product provided by: Plusmodel

History: The workshop crane was used in most machine shops or automotive shops, both military and commercial. It primarily was used to handle items up to 1,000 pounds in load.

Items in the box: The model is made from cast resin parts - grey in color. One fold-out instruction page, well presented. A metal chain for the hook is provided, as well as a small decal sheet.

Construction: Assembly started with the base, then the trunk, lifting arms, braces, and last, the lifting piston. Some small modifications were made to the crane. I substituted the pins with straight pins, cut to size. The wheels were made with thinner sheet plastic, as the original wheels were too thick for the yokes. I also used railroad bolts for the dolly. As illustrated, the box or load, an extra feature, mostly for effect. (Not supplied in the kit).

Finish and decals: I used Floquil reefer yellow. The hoses and wheels were painted Floquil black. The cylinder was painted Floquil silver. The decals were then applied. The entire unit was sprayed with flat Testor's spray.

Conclusion: The assembly went together well, except for a few items noted in the construction stages. This kit can be assembled by most modelers. I wish to thank Plus Models and IPMS for allowing me to review this kit.

  • Under construction
    Under construction
  • Replacement styrene wheels
    Replacement styrene wheels
  • Finished kit
    Finished kit

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