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Manitowoc 3900 T HO Scale Truck Crane

Manitowoc 3900 T HO Scale Truck Crane

Here’s a shot of the new 3900T Manitowoc truck crane lifting the front end of an old gas electric car for maintenance on the power truck. The 3900T first appeared in 1963 and was the biggest of its type at the time. I recently built this and rigged it with a 60 ton block and an eight part line. It is show here working with a 60 foot basic boom at about a 28 foot radius. In this position it can safely lift 50 tons with the spreader bar although lifting the heavy end of the car is should be within 40 tons.
More pictures will posted soon making other heavy picks.

140 Foot Contractor's Barge

140 Foot Contractor's Barge

Here's a project I've been working on this Summer. It's not done yet, these are three quick shots.

Manitowoc 3900T PDF download

Page of Photos of the Manitowoc 3900T

Page of Photos of the Manitowoc 3900T

Do a search for 3900T to get a PDF of this to download

The Boom is Up on the Manitowoc 3900T

The Boom is Up on the Manitowoc 3900T

Here's a shot of the ongoing development of the HO scale model six axle truck crane. It is shown with 220 scale feet on boom, the maximum.

New Manitowoc 3900T Truck Crane Kit in HO Scale

New Manitowoc 3900T Truck Crane Kit in HO Scale

Here’s some shots of the work in progress on the Manitowoc 3900 T truck crane. I have admired this machine since it first came out in 1963, fine Manitowoc engineering and design and the first six axle carrier although Hendrickson was building one for American Hoist at the same time they were building Manitowoc’s.

Heavy Haul Models by Ed Sweeney

Heavy Haul Models by Ed Sweeney

Here’s some excellent modeling work by heavy haul enthusiast Ed Sweeney. Ed has a large collection of models he’s built of the various well known owners of extra large tractors and trailers of the 1950s and 60s.
Thanks, Ed, for sending these images and letting me post them on the web site.

Manitowoc 3900 Crane Kit Reservations Required

UPDATE - I've had a great response to this and it's going to be a bigger project than I expected so the reservation period is being extended until the end of March.

A run of these Manitowoc 3900 60 to 100 ton crane kits will be made by May 2008. For those of you who wish to get a crane at that time please send in your reservation with payment information. Download the pdf of the promo and order form at the bottom of the page.

Four Manitowoc 3900 Cranes

Four Manitowoc 3900 Cranes

Here's some more images of the kit number 95280 cranes

Manitowoc Crane is Almost Ready to Ship

Manitowoc Crane is Almost Ready to Ship

For those of you who ordered this six months ago your wait is almost over. All the parts are made and packaged. The only thing left to be done is the final editing of the instructions. I hope to start mailing these out to you about September 23, 2008. The image here is the fifth 3900 I've built. It is painted and lettered for a large east coast contractor based in Maine and will be delivered tomorrow to the Boothbay Railway Village Model Railroaders to be displayed on their new layout at the museum.

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