Sennebogen 5500 “Starlifter”.

Sennebogen 5500 “Starlifter” Set-Up:

Here a some pictures I have taken while setting up the new crawler crane.
Not all the steps are shown, notably the reeving process which took several hours to complete x38x
By the time I had got the booms assembled and the main boom and luffing reeving completed I had lost the will to live!
So the build up sort of magically completes itself towards the end….This is a very good looking if basic model and is extremely good value for money.
The only thing you have to watch out for is when lowering the main boom or luffing jib care must be taken to keep the associated reeving under tension at all times or they have a tendency to jump the pulleys, cross over and get themselves into knots.
Ask me how I know and how many times I managed to do it before sussing this out!…..
Also the main boom winch is only “friction” braked so it cannot support the weight of the boom and jib beyond roughly 35 degrees from the vertical.
The pre-wound luffing jib winch does not have enough thread supplied to lower the jib to the ground! so, I might end up swapping it out with the main or secondary hook lines at a later date as these are far longer…..
Even with the above gripes, when taking all into consideration I love this crane, I love the look of it and it also has that “wow” factor when seen in person.
It is well made with strong and true castings, not quite the modelling fidelity and precision of the other cranes in my collection but then this is reflected in the price of around £120 in the U.K..
The pictures presented here do not do the model justice!Image
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