Finally! Following the suggestions I got at Lead Adventure Forum I found a crane that fits in my project! Hooray!
It comes from the railway miniature world, I had never before delved into these ranges and I must admit I got a pretty nice surprise:
|OO Gauge crane by Dapol. Roughly 1/72 scale?|
The issue here is the scale, of course. I could work with the lower part, but the cabin is way too small. I had to make the cabin bigger by using what I had at hand. In this case it was just an oooold kind of client card from GW (??)
The manning of the crane was quite obvious to me, I needed a servitor. The not that obvious thing is what mini could I use. I made some archaeology within my boxes and found an ooold mini of a 1/48 plane pilot. Heavily damaged, but could work. I used a GW head (the one of the beheaded man, but cutting out the hair) and some bits and greenstuff:
In the meantime I worked on the crane:
I really wasn't in the mood of sculpting (or finding pieces) for all over the inside, but I thought it was needing something you could see from the outside. I chose the cheapest, simplest solution (of course I did!)... I just painted it on cardboard :D
It totally works when the cabin is closed and you can only peek the inside from the window:
Then it's all a matter of rusting it all! I used some thread for the wire and... well, little else!
Even as a fix set on the floor makes its part, so I'm OK with it:
Of course I can use more crates and stuff, but for the moment I declare myself satisfied with the pieces I have :). This is definitely looking like something...
|Just made the cabin higher and gave it a new door accordingly|
|The eyes and face expression made it ideal|
|Drooling over his wetpants. Kinda gross depiction of a servitor, but I believe it makes sense|
|Yeah, lookin' dirty. Everything here looks dirty|
|Like you hadn't seen this trick in the movies|
|I had an accident with the glue on the transparent plastic, but it adds more dirt, so it's nice!|
|I also added a GW vehicle light, to make it look more Warhammer like|
|I finally didn't use the crane wheels. I should build a rail if I was to use them|
|Now this is finally a dock.|