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Cranes

Cranes are popular models as they have extra interest and play value.

Some of the biggest and complex models produced have been cranes. They can be small and simple but often include a number of movements and actions.

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Budgie
22
Bedford TK Crane
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Budgie 22 Bedford TK Crane

The Budgie Bedford TK Crane. available in green & orange finish. Budgie 22 in detail...

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Corgi
GS21
Circus Crane and Menagerie Trailer
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Corgi GS21 Circus Crane and Menagerie Trailer

The Corgi Circus Crane and Menagerie Trailer. available in red & blue finish. Corgi GS21 in detail...

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Corgi
1121
Chipperfields Crane truck
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Corgi 1121 Chipperfields Crane truck

The Corgi Chipperfields Crane truck. some versions had a red jib. This model was 200mm long. available in red finish at 1:48 scale. Corgi 1121 in detail...

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Corgi
1144
Chipperfields Crane Truck
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Corgi 1144 Chipperfields Crane Truck

The Corgi Chipperfields Crane Truck. available in red & blue finish at 1:48 scale. Corgi 1144 in detail...

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Corgi
1153
Priestman Boom Crane with Grab
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Corgi 1153 Priestman Boom Crane with Grab

The Corgi Priestman Boom Crane with Grab. Fitted with working grab. available in orange finish. Corgi 1153 in detail...

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Corgi
1154
Mack Priestman Crane Truck
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Corgi 1154 Mack Priestman Crane Truck

The Corgi Mack Priestman Crane Truck. Introduced in October 1972. available in red & yellow finish at 1:48 scale. Corgi 1154 in detail...

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Corgi
1154
Giant Tower Crane
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Corgi 1154 Giant Tower Crane

The Corgi Giant Tower Crane. available in white & yellow finish at 1:48 scale. Corgi 1154 in detail...

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Corgi
1155
Skyscraper Tower Crane
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Corgi 1155 Skyscraper Tower Crane

The Corgi Skyscraper Tower Crane. available in red & yellow finish. Corgi 1155 in detail...

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Corgi Junior
24
Mobile Crane
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Corgi Junior 24 Mobile Crane

The Corgi Junior Mobile Crane. available in Red & yellow finish. Corgi Junior 24 in detail...

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Dinky
442
Land Rover Breakdown Crane
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Dinky 442 Land Rover Breakdown Crane

The Dinky Land Rover Breakdown Crane. Some versions were marked Falck. available in red or red & white finish at 1:43 scale. Dinky 442 in detail...

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Dinky
571
Coles Mobile Crane
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Dinky 571 Coles Mobile Crane

The Dinky Coles Mobile Crane. Released in Jan 1950 at 9/11. Renumbered 971 March 1954. The price changed several times:

  • June 1955 10/6
  • December 1955 10/9
  • April 1957 11/6
  • May 1959 11/-
  • May 1961 12/-
  • May 1962 13/-
which was the price until last catalogue appearance in August 65. Remained unchanged throughout life with no plastic parts. available in Yellow and Black finish. Dinky 571 in detail...

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Dinky
752
Goods Yard Crane
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Dinky 752 Goods Yard Crane

The Dinky Goods Yard Crane. Introduced in 1953 and renumbered to 973 in 1954. available in yellow/blue finish. Dinky 752 in detail...

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Dinky
970
Jones Fleetmaster Cantilever Crane
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Dinky 970 Jones Fleetmaster Cantilever Crane

The Dinky Jones Fleetmaster Cantilever Crane. Shown in Dinky catalogue No6 May 1970 for 24/-. available in red/black, yellow, metallic red finish. Dinky 970 in detail...

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Dinky
971
Coles Mobile Crane
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Dinky 971 Coles Mobile Crane

The Dinky Coles Mobile Crane. Renumbered from 571 in March 1954. In June 1955 the price was 10/6, December of that year in rose to 10/9 and in April 1957 it rose again to 11/6. In December 1957 the price was 11/6. The crane was advertised in the June 1958 issue of Meccano Magazine at that price. In May 1959 the price increased again to 11/-, and in May 1961 to 12/-, then a year later in May 1962 to 13/-.

The last catalogue appearance in August 1965. The Crane remained unchanged throughout life with no plastic parts. available in yellow & black finish. Dinky 971 in detail...

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Dinky
972
20 Ton Lorry Mounted Crane Coles
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Dinky 972 20 Ton Lorry Mounted Crane Coles

The Dinky 20 Ton Lorry Mounted Crane Coles. Made from May 1955 until 1968. Supplied in a blue striped Dinky Supertoys Box crank operated jib and hook and 360 degree rotation. Released May 1955. The price in April 1958 was 17/6 when it was advertised in Meccano Magazine. Advertised in the August 1958 Meccano Magazine for 16/6. Sold for 18/6 in 1959. available in yellow & orange finish. Dinky 972 in detail...

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Dinky
973
Goods Yard Crane
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Dinky 973 Goods Yard Crane

The Dinky Goods Yard Crane. Renumbered from 752. Illustrated in the July 1955 issue of Meccano Magazine. available in yellow/blue finish. Dinky 973 in detail...

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Dinky
977
Commercial Servicing Platform Vehicle
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Dinky 977 Commercial Servicing Platform Vehicle

The Dinky Commercial Servicing Platform Vehicle. featured in the August and September 1960 Meccano Magazines available in cream and red finish. Dinky 977 in detail...

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French Dinky
35A
Citroen U23 Wrecker
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French Dinky 35A Citroen U23 Wrecker

The French Dinky Citroen U23 Wrecker. Marked Dinky Service. Early versions had cast ridged hubs. Later versions had dished hubs and smaller tool box. available in red finish. French Dinky 35A in detail...

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French Dinky
50
Salev Mobile Crane
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French Dinky 50 Salev Mobile Crane

The French Dinky Salev Mobile Crane. In 1955, the Meccano magazine described the SALEV mobile crane as a ‘French Beauty’, because of its elegant lines and style. The magazine repeated this view in April 1957, when French Dinky released its 1/43 scale model. The 89mm long vehicle had a 105mm long crane jib mounted above the main body. The 156mm overall length of the vehicle fell to 140mm, when the crane’s jib was raised. The SALEV mobile crane cost 720 old francs, about 14/6. The fresh colours of the model contributed to the description as a ‘French Beauty’. The upper pearl grey body had a deep red base, with 4 red wheels on concave hubs at the front and 2 red wheels on convex hubs at the rear. The black tyres were large and smooth. The yellow shield had black zebra stripes at its base and the driver wore a blue overall and cap. He was also shown with a red tie, which was unusual detail. Either side of the main body were handles, which controlled the inclination of the jib and the height of the crane’s hook.

In April 1958, model 50/1 was modified. The single internal rivet holding the crane’s jib in place was replaced by two external rivets. The model was described as 50/2 until renumbering in 1959, when it became 595, which was withdrawn in 1961. French Dinky introduced the SALEV mobile crane to compliment the Berliet container flat-bed (34B), with the purpose of lifting the container from the truck.

In reality, the SALEV mobile crane was based upon the SALEV’s BR 40 forklift. Manufactured at Boulogne-Billancourt, south-west of Paris, the 4 tonne vehicle was powered by a powerful Perkins 4203 diesel engine. Later, Renault petrol engines were made an alternative. The popular forklift, with its Michelin tyres and lifting height of about 3m, continued in production well into the late 1960s. Subsequent 4x4 versions were adopted for use by the French military.

The SALEV Grue (50) was introduced in 1957 and withdrawn in 1961. available in red & grey finish at 1:43 scale. French Dinky 50 in detail...

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Impy
33
Mobile Crane
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Impy 33 Mobile Crane

The Impy Mobile Crane. available in blue finish. Impy 33 in detail...

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Impy
52
Crane Truck
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Impy 52 Crane Truck

The Impy Crane Truck. available in yellow & green finish. Impy 52 in detail...

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Impy
133
Mobile Crane
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Impy 133 Mobile Crane

The Impy Mobile Crane. available in yellow finish at 1:76 scale. Impy 133 in detail...

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Lone Star
?
Crane
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Lone Star ? Crane

The Lone Star Crane. available in red & silver finish. Lone Star ? in detail...

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Matchbox
11C
Taylor Jumbo Crane
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Matchbox 11C Taylor Jumbo Crane

The Matchbox Taylor Jumbo Crane. moving jib available in yellow & red finish. Matchbox 11C in detail...

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Matchbox
30B
Magirus-Deutz six-wheeled crane
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Matchbox 30B Magirus-Deutz six-wheeled crane

The Matchbox Magirus-Deutz six-wheeled crane. available in silver & orange, tan & orange finish. Matchbox 30B in detail...

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Matchbox
30C
8-Wheel Crane
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Matchbox 30C 8-Wheel Crane

The Matchbox 8-Wheel Crane. This Magirus Duetz was shown in the 1969 catalogue. available in green, turquoise finish at 1:114 scale. Matchbox 30C in detail...

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Matchbox
42C
Iron Fairy Crane
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Matchbox 42C Iron Fairy Crane

The Matchbox Iron Fairy Crane. This was the last model to be released in 1969 before the introduction of Superfast wheels. Shown in the 1969 matchbox catalogue for 2/4. available in red & yellow, yellow finish at 1:80 scale. Matchbox 42C in detail...

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Matchbox
63C
Dodge Crane Truck
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Matchbox 63C Dodge Crane Truck

The Matchbox Dodge Crane Truck. Shown in the 1969 catalogue. This was a transitional model also available with Superfast wheels. available in yellow finish at 1:86 scale. Matchbox 63C in detail...

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Matchbox King Size
K-12
Scammell Mobile Crane
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Matchbox King Size K-12 Scammell Mobile Crane

The Matchbox King Size Scammell Mobile Crane. available in yellow finish. Matchbox King Size K-12 in detail...

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Matchbox King Size
K-14
Jumbo Crane
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Matchbox King Size K-14 Jumbo Crane

The Matchbox King Size Jumbo Crane. available in yellow finish. Matchbox King Size K-14 in detail...

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Matchbox Superfast
49C
Crane Truck
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Matchbox Superfast 49C Crane Truck

The Matchbox Superfast Crane Truck. available in yellow finish. Matchbox Superfast 49C in detail...

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Spot-On
117
Jones KL10 Mobile Crane
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Spot-On 117 Jones KL10 Mobile Crane

The Spot-On Jones KL10 Mobile Crane. available in orange &black/grey finish at 1:42 scale. Spot-On 117 in detail...

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Wiking
632
Mercedes-Benz L 1413 kraanwagen
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Wiking 632 Mercedes-Benz L 1413 kraanwagen

The Wiking Mercedes-Benz L 1413 kraanwagen. Made from 1969 to 1970.(632-2) available in red finish at 1:87 scale. Wiking 632 in detail...