Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane
Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:25 pm
Another long term project just finished and also soon to leave my employ....This was my first crane and was very happy to buy it locally from an old operator buddy of my father's, even though it was a true basket case. Purchased in 2003 and was half restored by 2004, but then soon after I had to abandon it for a decade. In 2005 I purchased a French Bonzini & Sopransi mid 1930s crane that used the same mechanism as the Exhibit Merchantman machine, I believe under licence to Exhibit. I knew if I finished the Exhibit machine sooner or later a collector would pry it off me when I needed the cash. So by leaving it alone it would still be here to copy any parts I didn't track down for the B&S machine. Only took 10 years to finally buy the correct French mech at an elephant house auction! Then a local friend and customer gave me a down payment to get re-started onto the Merchantman (2015) and only as of a couple of days ago have I actually finished the damned thing!! I am an idiot though, I was given two different OK copies of the background poster as re-painted by artists, but that wasn't good enough for me. So having documented any originals in my travels, which were all terrible, and using my own horrendous example as a starting point I then spent around 45+ hrs re-making the poster.