Grove GMK 5115

A recent addition to the fold, this rather nice rendition of a Grove 115 (US Ton) mobile crane is £ for lb the most expensive crane I have in my collection to date.
Manufactured by Sword T.W.H. Collectibles, one of the two “Rolls Royce” companies of the die-cast construction model world, the other being Y.C.C. of China.
The Manitowoc Company own several subsidiaries with Grove being just one of them. Manitowoc themselves are world famous for building crawler lattice boom cranes of gigantic proportions.
This is one of the smaller capacity 5-axle cranes from Grove and is rated at 95 tonnes in Europe.
It is a relatively new addition to quite an extensive Grove crane line up from T.W.H. and as such it benefits from some upgrades compared to the rest of the line.
This is why I chose this particular version and the fact that I love the look of the newer design compared to the older very straight lined efforts.
With those “haunches” over the front wheels she looks all business like and ready to pounce into action!
I chose the model produced in the actual Grove house colours or livery and the production of this version is limited to only 450 units worldwide.
I have seen this model on sale from online retailers in England from £260 – £415 each.

The model came in a plain outer cardboard box which contained the inner Manitowoc branded box.
The model is very well packed and protected in a two part polyfoam tray.

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Here’s how she looks when she rocks-up on site!
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A look at the exceptional detailing underneath the chassis.
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Close up shot does not do it justice!
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Unfortunately the interior doesn’t show up too well here but rest assured it is very nicely done indeed.
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Not too much in the way of supporting gear.
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The operators cab showing display screens lights and etched wiper blades.
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A look at the rear with a window through to the main hydraulic pump.
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Details of the main winch drum and counterbalance lift jack hydraulic lines.
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Here we can see the level of detail in the “swing-away” luffing jib section, complete with an early “fix” for the loose pins mentioned below.
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I tried to get a shot of the finely detailed dashboard but the old camera ain’t havin’ it!
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A look across the top of the engine bay complete with handy opening tool box.
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Main ram and slew motor detailing.
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Outrigger feet detailing. A one-piece moulding, they do not extend as far out as the real crane!
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Loading the counterweights.
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Counterweights in working position.
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Guardrail folded out into working position.
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Normal winding drum and counterweight set-up.
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With added secondary winding drum and hydraulic lines fitted
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An overview of the “swing-away” luffing jib assembly.
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Another shot of the slewing motors and hydraulic lines.
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Full luffing jib. You can choose from three different set-up lengths.
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Close up of luffing cylinder extended and retracted. Spot the NZG brass nuts and bolts mentioned in the text further down.
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Overview of cranked luffing jib.
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Luffing jib is stowed away and now the telescopic sections are extending (can you spot my mistake)!
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Operators cab tilts to help alleviate operator neck pain..
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Another try at getting the interior detail, I give up!
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Seven section telescopic boom at full height (without luffing jib).
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This is a heavy and deceptively large model of which I am very proud to own.
It is very well made and the major castings are very strong indeed. As with all finely detailed models, there are of coarse a lot of small fine parts which could easily be broken off if mis-handled.
The paintwork and graphics are of the first order and some of the warning plates need to be seen to be believed.
Two load blocks are supplied but they are both of a single sheave design. Both use a rather over scale method of finality.
This crane has become a very welcome addition to my fleet of “Heavy Lifters”.
However, in the interest of fairness I should mention the following:
1. Shame about the undersized single part outriggers, an understandable modeling compromise I suppose. No fix.
2. The caps on two of the outriggers came loose causing the jacking screws to spin uselessly on the threads. Fixed by re-gluing.
3. A more convenient way of securing the counterweights in place rather than the two screws from up underneath. No fix.
4. Better pins for holding the luffing section, rather than the three loose pins that can easily fall out and get lost. Fixed by using spare NZG brass nuts and bolts.
5. A secure way of holding the auxiliary winding drum in place. No permanent fix.
6. There is a moulding residue of some sort left in the treads of the tyres which some collectors have complained about, personally I don’t mind it as it helps to show up the detail in this area. There is a fix for this on the internet.
7. Provide a set of crane mats. They are available as extras on the web. Fix: I made my own!

Cheers,
Pete.

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