Friday, 3 July 2015

Canal Cranes Part 2 or Martian Ancient Canal Crane

An Ancient Martian Canal Crane from my imagination and a pre-cut kit.

So how to depict a Martian crane?

Well metal is scarce on mars and as most machines from the advanced age are limited so the answer would have to be wood. But still ancient in style and knowledge.  Something that the Canal Priests could still maintain or oversee its maintenance as keepers of such “secrets”. So a wooden crane then with some metal parts. Real wood or resin/plastic?

I searched and couldn’t find any that looked remotely like the image in my mind of a large ancient structure able to work on the canals, powered by water technology. So I looked for wooden kits of other types of model to convert as scratch built felt a little much given my current number of projects on the work bench. I found after a few hours on the internet a wooden trebuchet kit from Youngmodeler. Sadly I couldn’t find one in the UK so had to go ebay and bought one from Korea.


Still it finally turned up and I got to work on it with the addition of a couple of Warbases 120mm circular bases for the rotating platform. This is planned to sit on a ‘powerhouse’ overlooking the canal.


The conversion wasn’t huge as you can see.  More of a case of missing bits out from the pack and reserving other bits with a few add on features to try to show it’s a powered crane.

N.B. I was waiting to finish it before I published this post but as I've already had some comments of a tease yesterday here is the post away.


  1. Thank you Sir, not finished yet but getting close. I have to add an capillary pipe yet. :)

  2. I think that's great - a very clever idea indeed!

    Recycled tech and metal-poor solutions really hit the sweet spot for me.

    So it's a good size in 28mm - it would be even bigger for my 18mms ... it could maybe even lift a canal barge in fact ... hmmmmm.

    No, I must fight the temptation and the distraction ... I MUST!

  3. Indeed Clive in 18mm it could add a little something to a Martian canal locks :)

  4. Lovely job! Would never have thought of repurposing that model for that but its perfect!

  5. Thank you Paul, most kind :)