Dinky Mighty Antar Conversion into Mobile Crane
RAEME Mobile Crane conversion from a Dinky Mighty Antar tractor
By using some parts from a used New Ray Kenworth crane jib and body, bull-bar and a pair of home made rear mudguards out of plastic the trial assembly started to look as I had visualized. As the crane, working lifting gear had well disappeared when I found this well played with Kenworth of about 1/47 scale. I had to improvise to whatever was laying idle in my workshop which is full of discarded junk that I like to muck about with. The winch was made from bits of some large pop rivet heads and the handles or knobs used for turning the thread on the drum are the smaller pop rivet heads showing on the outside of the crane body and are depicted in silver or raw alloy colour. I decided that some interior and seating would look good, plus a steering wheel is a must and were sourced from the scrap box of goodies. The windscreen was made from some clear plastic from a take a way food container which cut to shape and then heated and bent to shape. Nothing like improvisation recycling is there. Other hand made parts was the lifting hook which was made from some round brass and flattened heated and bent. Then filed to shape.
So basically the Mighty Antar was disassembled and stripped down to bear metal, cleaned up and sanded. First of with the painting process was the etching primer application then followed by two coats of primer and three top coats applied. After the paint had well and truly dried during summer time which helps. Then all of the parts were re-assembled again. Some hand made decals just to add that Australian feeling to the Code 3.
It has been well over twelve months since I had completed this Code 3 and had already wrote a blog on this conversion and can be found by searching blogs for Dinky Mighty Antar RAEME Crane.