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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/15/2017 :  10:46:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few years ago I picked up 3 of the old Alexander Little Hook kits on Ebay, so a week ago I thought I would build one. But as usual I felt the needed to make a few changes...
I re-laser cut the cab, a little larger with a different roof, new windows and a more interesting door. I added a foot step and a hand rail. I also re-cut the cross trusses so it was one piece( which made assembly easier) and added some small truss plates, and some hinges and tops to the tool boxes on the side of the cab. Oh, and a LED lamp over the door. Anyway, it was fun to build one again, the last one I built back in 1969 or 70.


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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  07:40:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very nice !!

The surrounding scenery helps it too. Good Job.



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Michael Hohn

Posted - 05/16/2017 :  07:41:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's a real treasure. You made some great modifications and additions.


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George D

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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  08:01:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice model, Hal. I like the paint job on the concrete base. One suggestion, how about a ladder up the base so the operator can get in the cab?


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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  08:13:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some nice upgrades to a great little model, Hal.


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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  09:10:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love those changes Hal! In the pictures it appears to be a big item, but having one myself (now sold by JL Innovative Design, same Brownhoist Industrial Pillar Crane kit) I know how small it really is, and for you to make that cab look so great with the door and all, it's just fantastic to see. It's giving me a big push to up-grade mine. Job well done!

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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  10:03:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Hal!

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Posted - 05/16/2017 :  10:21:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hal, nice job of upgrading this old classic kit.

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/16/2017 :  3:33:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys! it was a fun little build.

George, good idea, I though it needed a step or something after I saw the figure next to the base, but a rusty ladder would work too.


Edited by - halrey on 05/16/2017 3:35:13 PM

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/16/2017 :  4:43:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Perhaps a bit of industrial ladder and a hand grab on the cab side? Good job.


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Glen Haasdyk

Posted - 05/17/2017 :  01:25:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well done, Hal

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/17/2017 :  09:48:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks RDA and Glen.

Well George, here is a ladder, thanks for the suggestion.


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 05/17/2017 :  11:39:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've got one of those that needs a little refurbishment; you've given me some good ideas. When I built mine I tried to use the yellow paper that comes with the kit to make the bracing for the boom (per instructions!). But I soon changed my mind as the paper delaminated into a crumpled mess. I substituted styrene strip instead. I also drilled out the base for a brass tube, with a corresponding brass rod in the crane pillar.

Great little kit that builds into a fine model. Yours is particularly nice.


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Posted - 05/17/2017 :  11:42:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That concrete base coloring is eye-catching. Really a very well done model.

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Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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