What started as a simple homage to the 855 crane sort of grew..
About this creation
This is a smaller version of the big blue beast I made a while ago. It's 14 studs wide (same as the 1980s 855 kit) and features six wheel steering with variable geometry that allows it to turn in little more than it's own length. The boom has three sections that slide out and a folding two piece extension can be added to the end, making a total of five sections - relative to it's size, it's much longer and stronger than the blue one.
The two wheels on the back are to operate the steering (also operable from the cab if you have very small fingers!) and to rotate the crane arm. The wheels on the side lift the boom and raise/lower the hook. There's no mechanism on this one to extend the boom - you just have to pull it out and lock it in place with an axle.
The stabilisers slot in to holes on the side of the chassis and prove simple but effective.
Works fine so far..
And it happily lifts a little red Jeep.. It did the bigger Technic Buggy too, if you can stand the creaking...
With the extension piece on and opened it's THIS BIG [holds hands six feet apart in the manner of a boasting fisherman..]. To the right of this picture you can see the washing up I should be doing.
Everything can be carried on the chassis but I think it looks better without the extension for a hat and the stabiliser ears..
Even the doors open.. dunno what the cupboard's for but I'm dead sure it's good for something (the driver's dirty socks?)
Thank you for taking this tour. Please come again.
Just as magnificent as big blue, but in a nice tight package, for smaller munchkin hands to push around. Actually, having pointed out the washing that is awaiting you begs us wondering when you will design a technic set capable of doing the job for you. Dishwasher, house cleaning robot, whatever. That would surely be one of the most copied MOCs ever.