A tall bird from Paddington

Here's a little scratch-building project that I'm working on in-between the coach painting. The prototypes were used extensively at Paddington Goods in the 1900s. A similar but more robust type was used at Hockley. I couldn't find any drawings, so the dimensions are guesstimates based on photos. The build was a real pleasure, especially sourcing the parts. I'll let the pictures explain the rest - gradually!

In other words, a shed crane. I still need to model the operating lever which was situated next to the crane, and which (as far as I understand) connected to a mechanism beneath the deck. I plan to build at least one more of these - although possibly a more heavy duty type.

There are a couple of things I might do differently on the next one. I think the counter-weight is a little underscale. I will also do the pulley wheels different next time. We live and learn!

PS: Thanks to Missy for the tip about the watchmaker's parts, available on ebay.


  1. This is such a painstaking and clever build. The photos clearly illustrate your thought processes as you built it and the result is marvellous. I look forward to seeing it painted.

  2. Absolutely brilliant Mikkel!

    I fully agree with Iain's comments.

    Crafting such a lovely model must have given you an immense feeling of satisfaction.

  3. Thankyou gents. Iain, I'm glad the process comes out in the pics, as I was trying to illustrate how the thinking was step by step rather than carefully planned :-) Not always the smartest approach but in this case it was satisfying, as you say Geoff.

  4. Mikkel, this is a simply stunning scratch build

  5. Thanks lnr :-) It's a rewarding subject to model because the shapes and angles are not really that complex when you break it down into the constituent parts. I suppose it should ideally all have been done in etched brass, but I still have a lot to learn about working in metal, so Plastikard is more within my comfort zone.


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