This Manitowoc model 4600 lift crane was scratch built at 1/32 scale by Larry Simon. The crane took 16 years to build, working on and off, and it was the only model that Mr. Simon ever built. Not only is Larry’s model accurate, but many of the functions of the real crane were duplicated in miniature, too. Even at 1/32 scale, the model boom is still well over 6-feet long.

Additionally, a series of vintage fishing reels hidden in the display base control movement of the boom and main/jib lift hooks. The reels can be accessed through holes on the back side. From a distance, the long boom and white jib combine for impressive reach. The boom is approximately 80″ long. Like the real crane, the pilothouse unit carrying the cab and engine must be counterweighted to balance the boom and load.

Exhibit added: December 1, 2007 - Last modified: June 22, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship