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  1. With the up-swell of interest in the good old HD crane, you could contact John Isherwood at Cambridge Custom Transfers to see if he feels there is enough interest in a bespoke set of transfers for this crane.
  2. Sadly none of those transfers are suitable for the Hornby Dublo crane (modelled on a Cowans Sheldon 45-ton steam crane).
  3. Cowans Sheldon 36/50 ton crane ADRC95202 (formerly LMS MP2 and BR RS1001/50 then ADM1001), one of three identical cranes built as a 36-tonners in 1931 and uprated to 50 tons capacity in 1938. At the time of the photo this crane was allocated to Wigan. This crane and its two sisters were the first cranes built by Cowans Sheldon to use relieving bogies, and all three have survived. This particular crane is with the Midland Railway Trust at Butterly, the others are at Didcot and the K&WVR. More photos can be found here: http://www.bdca.org.uk/gallery/index.php/Cowans-Sheldon/ADRC95202
  4. Now you're talking! lol
  5. For clarification, 45-tons capacity was the largest R&R built for the UK, but for overseas use they built up to 120 tons capacity. Remarkable amongst these was a pair of 120 tonners supplied to Singapore for use in connection with the ill-fated defensive batteries, one of which was standard gauge and the other metre gauge. It is likely that the latter was the largest capacity steam crane ever built for metre gauge. Sadly both disappeared in the chaos leading up to the Japanese invasion and the surrender of Singapore (extensive research has determined they did not fall into Japanese hands) and it is most likely that they were both destroyed then dumped in the sea by the British to avoid capture. If so they are probably now under landfill and forming the foundations of Changi Airport.
  6. I have no idea, but the hole in the middle is remarkably close to the right size. The rifling would probably not be to scale though. A better bet for most scenarios would be to fit a tampion, which would probably have been fitted all the time except when the gun was firing.
  7. Chop the barrel of a .177 air rifle and you'll have a rifled barrel of very close dimensions for the two guns, use a .22 rifle for the howitzer.
  8. You won't find a Ransomes & Rapier 75-ton crane kit since R&R never built a 75-ton crane for the UK. Although R&R did tender for the 75-ton 'modernisation plan' crane contract and produced GA and other drawings for a proposed crane, it lost the contract to Cowans Sheldon and the design was never built. The only 75-ton rail mounted cranes to operate in the UK were those built by Cowans Sheldon in steam (later diesel-hydraulic) and diesel-mechanical form. The later telescopic jib cranes, also from Cowans Sheldon, had a slightly lesser rated capacity at 75-tonnes.
  9. Very nice! You now of course need a model of the GWR No 3 36-ton Ransomes & Rapier crane, with a Turner boiler fitted, to complete the scene.
  10. Can I ask what video these are from, please? It would be interesting to see the video.
  11. I'm really not sure what you mean by being "in equilibrium', the load is simply being held on the hoist brake! The crane, numbered CME 1, was one of two supplied in 1893. The photo is pre-1907, since by that year the burden chain had been replaced with wire rope. CME 1 was requisitioned during WW1 and never returned. Its twin, imaginatively numbered CME 2, survived until 1955.
  12. Outstanding work, and I look forward very much to seeing future progress! Thank you for posting!
  13. The slewing motor could be fitted in the carriage, along with a travel motor if so desired. It would really need slip rings to connect to the crab in order to allow full 360 slewing. It is a neat start, however, and shows it can be done. I guess ideally there'd be a further motor driving the crane's engines separately so that the crankshaft can run with any or all of the crane's other motions (it could also run with none of the crane's other motions, as you do when warming the engines before use). The derricking gear needs to be slowed down a lot from the video though, that is much to fast to raise the jib.
  14. Outstanding picture, so life-like. Thanks for posting.
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