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