Classic Construction Models Offers 1950s Crane Model

Classic Construction Models, Beaverton, Ore., now offers a new crane model for collectors. Inspired by the pressed-steel, carrier-mounted Michigan T-24 toy that was a favorite of thousands of young operators in the 1950s, the hand-crafted brass model is an exact replica of the original 10-wheel version at 1:48 proportions.

Features include a 7.5-inch long boxed lattice boom, functioning clamshell bucket, working outriggers and steerable front axle. Details such as rubber tires and the correct style of hub caps make it virtually impossible to distinguish the toy from the model, except for the size.

In CCM fashion, even the hand-cranked boom and load line hoists work exactly like they did on the full-size toy. Crane colors, markings and box design are authentic.

At 8 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 7 inches tall, the crane will be a show piece in any collection of construction models. The company has a limited production of 200 models. They sell at $229.95.