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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby gameswat » 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. :o :!?!: !PUZZLED! :HaHa:
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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby speedwell » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:46 pm

What a fabulous Job! Stunning.

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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby brigham » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:50 pm

The background scene really sets the whole thing off. I mostly remember seeing them with a faded backboard, or just painted or wallpapered over.
Mine has 1" mirror tiles, which I've seen before on British-operated examples. It gives a good impression of 'more swag', so I'm leaving it alone.
My cabinet is the same, although painted and grained, but doesn't have the pediment. Do you think it is missing?

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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby gameswat » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:09 pm

The adverts all show the machine with the marquee. But I only ever add them back to machines when I find the screw holes or bracket marks that prove the machine did have it once installed. Though with these big US companies like Exhibit I image they all came as shown on the flyers. While I've seen many variations from the adverts with the much smaller production British made machines. Reading the Specifications copy on the bottom of the flyer it states a height of 71", and on measuring my machine that includes the marquee, so I'd say they all came with the marquee originally.
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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby john t peterson » Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:03 pm

Splendid work, Gameswat. You definitely play the "long game." !THUMBS!

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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby bryans fan » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:41 am

Looks amazing, well done! !WORSHIPFULL!

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Re: Novelty Merchantman Crane

Postby moonriver » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:11 pm

Grand job! Thank goodness your customer didn't die in the interim. :D

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