Vintage 1930's Construction Vehicle

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Project by dansnow posted 04-20-2015 09:06 PM 2577 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 4th of the 5 vehicles in the collection, the steam powered crane. Scratch built from the same set of plans as the others I posted a while back, I found same issues as with the others. Some info is missing, and some parts just don’t work as designed. Nothing is a real show stopper if you dry fit things first to find where you need to tweak, redesign, or add a spacer or backer block. In this one the ratchet levers needed to be spaced out and the bucket ratchet had to be redesigned to hold under load.

I’m enjoying the challenge of figuring out how to make these toys work, but caution that these plans are not for the novice model builder.

By the way, for those wondering, the fenders are not stained or painted. A few months ago I came across a piece of 3/4” poplar that had been stained almost black, likely by water damage. I’ve used bits from it for various projects, including the fenders for the dump truck and crane from this set.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 09:49 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 11:36 PM

Wow Dan, that is really cool!

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 12:36 AM

Trying to make them actually work is a challenge; but very satisfying in the end!

NEAT Truck!

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 02:44 AM

Very nice Dan. As a scratch builder anymore I really appreciate your building of these fine models.
Stay tuned, I have a BIG one on my bench, a few weeks out yet, Doug

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 05:57 AM

Very cool!

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 06:49 AM

A beauty Dan.


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#7 posted 04-21-2015 06:53 AM

sehr schönes Holzspielzeug.
Ich bin sehr begeistert von dieser sehr Schönen Arbeit

Mit besten Grüßen aus Deutschland

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#8 posted 04-21-2015 09:56 AM

Cool truck, I hope to have grandkids one of these days that I can build these for.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 04-21-2015 03:48 PM

That is a wonderful miniature. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 04-25-2015 05:52 AM

That is the greatest thing I’ve seen all week.

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#11 posted 05-06-2015 10:12 PM

Sir, you are a very clever woodworker….well done.

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#12 posted 11-25-2015 12:50 AM

Very nicely done.
Got to love them wood toys.

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