Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Treadwheel Crane

Brilliant devices, they came in all sizes and types with single wheels or double ones. . One 15th century one was found in 1868 in the (then) unfinished south tower of the Cathederal in Cologne.
This one is an HO/OO version in resin from the modelmakers Modellbau Luft
The front part, the arm (which moves) I´ve added

A video of a treadwheel crane being used for real at the  Guédelon Castle construction site. This one is an advanced version that turns  so the load can be moved from side to side and not just up and down. Fredericus -Rex has recently brought out a medieval crane similar to the one at Guédelon which can be seen HERE
If anyone hasn´t heard of Guédelon..then this vid is worth a look...I really hope I´m still around to see it finished.

A couple more bits of my construction....a second (or is it third?) prison wagon....
..............and a third carpentum.
Some News. The Croeburn 1813 Diorama is now finished.!!!!! and it is truly massive. 7 years of work and the combined dios cover an area of 90 plus m² with 35,000 plus bods !!!
Materials used for the Croeburn part of the dio;
50 m2 of laminated woodboard
50 m2 of styrodur board in various strenths
120 litres of white glue
90 litres of soil
60 litres of coloured filler
90 self made miniature houses, among the church and vicarage
20 m2 grass mats produced by Heki
90 model trees produced by Modelldesign and Modellmanufaktur
600 self-made trees and bushes from meerschaum
more than 10 m watercourses from plexiglass
4 ponds from plexiglass
1 pond from ‘Scenic Water' produced by Woodland
ca. 20,000 bods
ca. 2,200 horses
ca. 200 carriages and guns
The complete dio (in two parts) covers 90 plus m² and has 35,000 plus figs .

More pics on the Geschicte in Miniaturen e.v site


  1. Great work as always Paul , fantastic pics .
    Greetings .

  2. Fantastic Paul, seems there are a lot of bad guys in your village with so many prison wagons, next step is building a prison with your fantastic looking crane?

    1. Thanks Remco.
      The crane went back to it´s owner after modification,along with one Carpentum and a prison wagon. At some Point I will create a whole new town, including prison, Pub etc. Hopefully I will be able to make a "mass production" method for a lot of new houses ..I will Need at least 20 for a game i am inventing...I will see.

  3. I dig how you paint wood. And that dio is awesome.

  4. That's a so rich post Paul!! Great news, pictures and minis...thanks for sharing!

  5. The more prison wagons the better for the bad people, quality work my friend and that project is still unreal!

  6. Wow very cool looking models Paul, and the Dio is very impressive!

  7. An ingenius device and no mistake; lovely additional wagons and as for that diorama - wow!

  8. Your builds are always great Paul. More prison wagons, now you need to build more gallows to hang the criminals riding in them.

    That dio is beyond belief. It would be a treat to see that in person.

  9. Nicely done crane. The paddy wagons are a great vehicle for cleaning up the country side.

  10. absolutely increadible!!!!! great stuff Paul, you are the master of the scratch build. as for the castle perhaps all they need is a lot more workers, ones that don't need to be paid... hmmm there are a few students at school I could send on a work based detention to france... though knowing those students they'll be a hinderence not a help to the construction effort.

  11. Nice work Paul, and that Croeburn dio is amazing.

  12. Is the crane to escape from prison? :-D

    Great built again Paul!


  13. Paul, how big is the crane, please? Would it work with 28mm?

    Croeburn looks amazing!

    Cheers ,Simon

    1. It´s small, definately meant for HO/OO -1/72nd scale bods. Mind you, seeing as there were no actual Standard sizes for such things..no european regs etc, ?
      I´d like to be able to send a pic with a 28mm bod next to it but the crane is with it´s owner..all I have is the photos. There´s a pic on the link to Modelbau Luft showing HO scale bods next to it ..using that it´s possible to judge wether it´s ok for 28 mm as a small one man driven crane.

  14. Thanks Paul! I'll have a look at Modelbau, as you suggest, that will help me judge. Again, great modelling.

    Cheers, Simon