Yet another building in the making for Micropolis.
About this creation
This is the first module idea I had for the Micropolis project, though the second building I put together. The majority of my parts are Technic rather than System so I was trying to figure out a smallish project that would let me use a number of those parts.
The first few iterations involved more vehicles, but the mobile crane was just not quite the right scale and I was never able to figure out the dump truck or bulldozer. It's a good thing that tower cranes are so iconic in modern urban constructions and even better that I am fairly happy with the design. The boom assembly came together pretty easily very early, and it was the tower that was really the challenging part. I had my heart set on being able to rotate the boom and there were very few ways to do so at this scale that looked any good. The penultimate tower design involved 1x1 SNOT bricks with half width lift arms but in the end using two full sizes beams.
I am still pretty happy with the action implied by the pipe being lifted off the bed of the semi below and having the second truck queued up reinforces the sense of purpose ans bustle of a job site.
Ah, the crane is so well done it doesn't even look micro-scale until you get a closer look. Beautiful module, looks great in the picture of all of Micropolis, definitely one of the things that stands out too. If ya got a second, I'm a city fanatic too and have a good deal of stuff myself and would appreciate it if you'd check some of it out, thanks!
That crane is a beaut, and a nice under-construction building going up, too.
I like it
January 26, 2009
A very nice representation of a construction site crane, love how you used a combo of technic and regular parts to make it look great, and the trucks and everything all compiled together make for a very good scene, come review my microcity, Blocktropolis.
Quoting Mike Bernd
Awesome crane, and I love the little cross-walks. Nice work!
I can't take the credit for the cross walks, that was the idea of one of the other people in TwinLUG who went and bought a whole pile of those parts for us to use. The spec calls for 1x2 white tiles, but it is a nice little detail if you can get the clapper tiles.