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  Last Update: 21 Feb 06
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Pass a brass nail through the crane support and the crane, as shown. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to form a loop in the end of the nail. Before closing the loop, insert the snatch block. Paint the assembled crane at this time. Then, slip the pulley onto the snatch block (after you drill a 1/16" hole in the center of the pulley). Glue it in place with CA.


Roger's Notes:  Midwest tells you to use a pair of needle nose pliers to form a loop in the end of the nail.  This makes more aggregation than it's worth.  The nail is too brittle to bend and cracked and broke on my model.  Plus  using this much effort to make a bend in such hard brass may cause you to damage the work you have already done on your crane.  A trip to your local hobby shop for some 1/16" soft brass will save the day.

I recommend
that you look at the Extras Area, you will see how I changed my crane and how I did it.

    Boothbay Lobsterboat Extras


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Using the drawing on the plan as a pattern, make a deck mounting plate for the crane from scrap wood. Stain or paint the plate. Glue it to the deck with Slow CA, in the position shown on the plan.

Roger's Notes:  It is easier to drill your hole for the crane in your mounting plate before you cut it to the final shape.


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Drill a 1/8" hole through the plate and deck. Drill a 1/16" hole through the cabin side for the crane strap. Insert the crane into the hole in the plate and the strap into the hole in the cabin side. Position the crane and crane support as shown on the plan. Mark the position of the hole in the crane support on the deck and drill a 1/16" hole through the deck. Anchor the crane support to the deck with a brass nail, as shown. Then, apply a small amount of CA to the base of the crane, crane support and strap to anchor the crane in place.



Roger's Notes:  It is easier to drill your hole for the crane in your mounting plate before you cut it to the final shape.  I changed the way I mounted my cane a bit. 

    Boothbay Lobsterboat Extras



 


Crane

You will need the parts illustrated in your manual to complete this sub-assembly. They are all in the Accessory Bag.


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Use the drawing of the crane on the plan as a pattern to bend the curve in the brass tube, as shown.  Use a razor saw to cut the tube to length.  Drill 1/16" holes in the tube to fit the brass rod. Also, drill a 1/16" hole through the upper end of the tube for the snatch block, as shown. 






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Sand the ends of the brass rod and the areas around the holes in the brass tube until they are shiny. Insert the rod into the holes in the tube and solder the rod to the tube.


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Make the crane support from the remaining piece of brass tubing by flattening and bending the ends with a pair of pliers. Drill 1/16" holes through the flattened ends, as shown.



Roger's Notes:  I used my bench vice to flatten the ends of the crane support tube.




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Using the drawing of the snatch block on the plan as a pattern, make the snatch block from the 1/16" soft brass wire. Also, make the crane strap by forming a piece of brass wire around the crane.



 

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