YCC Liebherr LTM 1400 Mobile Crane Luffing Fly Jib by Cranes Etc TV

YCC Liebherr LTM 1400 Mobile Crane Luffing Fly Jib by Cranes Etc TV


In this accessory review we look at YCC’s luffing fly jib for the Liebherr LTM 1400 mobile crane. The crane has been reviewed previously
and just like the crane this kit comes with a very good manual and it starts
off with some original specification data from the real luffing fly jib. The second half of the manual deals with
the kit itself and there are some good photos of what can be assembled. There’s an illustrated parts list for
the main parts, and it is very good that all of the separate
configuration options are detailed. That includes the luffing fly jib and it also
includes the various fixed jib possibilities. Opening up the trays and the great thing
is there’s no tape to cut because by removing the plastic formers at each end, you can just unlock the trays and lift the top off, and as you can see inside all of the
parts are carefully wrapped in soft paper. This gives a real high quality feel to the
presentation of the kit. In addition to the main parts there are
plenty of small parts and they come in individually labelled bags. Well the parts of the kit do make very good
transport loads but let’s get on and assemble the first of our jibs. This one is just a short fixed jib and the
various parts fit together well, and a nice inclusion with this kit is
this tool which makes it easy to line up the connection holes, and also to
clean out the paint from the inside. Once the parts are ready to be joined you
use these tiny plastic bolts and they are really small but they’re
shaped like the real things so they look realistic. On the flip side they can be a little
bit fiddly to get in and out. However once you do get all of the pins
in, the jib is quite strong so let’s put this short jib on the crane and see how
it looks. For the detail we’ll take a closer look
at some of the parts. The jib sections are nicely cast metal
parts, and they also have internal cross bracing
at one end. The scaling is very good so various
sections can telescope for transport, and the castings are very straight. If we now move on and take a look at the
boom top, and it’s a very nice part. The pendant bars on the model are all metal and nicely
made. All of the pulleys on the whole kit are
metal and they smoothly roll, and there’s also a nice chunky roller at the boom top that rolls as well. Also very nicely made is the pivot point and it’s pretty much
all metal. It is a complex part and it’s all engineered
very well. One particularly nice detail are these
strops and they have working D-shackles at each end. Another very nice part is the luffing bridle
and it includes a single over large sheave. Another very nice but hard to see detail is that there are working rollers at the end of one of the frames. Something else that looks very good is
the realistic mesh walkways on a number of the sections, and another thoughtful aspect of the kit
is that it includes two hooks for use with the jib. Both are metal and detailed, and the single pulley block has got a nice
working safety catch. So we started off with a short fixed jib
so lets look at some other possibilities, and the first one is that the jib can
be cranked to an offset angle. By removing a couple of the small pins then you
can crank over the top of the jib and get some additional flexibility
when lifting at height. One thing that sets YCC models apart is
the attention to detail, and on this kit even the locking bars
are modelled and functional so that you can lock the cranked jib in place. A different possibility is to use the Superlift
attachment with the fixed jib and again various different
configuration options are possible. Now we will move on and assemble a
luffing jib. Yes I said luffing jib, not a laughing
jib – this is no joke. Anyway here we have the parts for a scale
35 metre long jib and, as if by magic, we’ve assembled it
together and attached it to the boom head, There is a piece of handrail to add
ad that is a metal part that just presses into place on one of the frames. There needs to be some rope on the luffing
winch, and if you didn’t install that on the base model, another spool is helpfully
provided. To begin with we will just unwind a bit
of thread from the winch. Now reeving up is often a challenge and the best way to do
it here is up in the air so that means tying off the jib so nothing can move
and always keeping weight on the end of the thread. At the bottom there’s also a moving
pulley block and the best way to deal with that is to use plastic putty and
keep it in place. After that is just a matter of following
the reeving diagram in the manual, and this particular reeving operation is
only moderately challenging. Once it’s installed and tied off we can
take away our plastic putty and with the jib set to the angle that
you want you can then reinstall the counterweights. So with that done we have got the crane
rigged with a fairly short 35 metre luffing jib. For longer jibs you need to install an
independent tie to the pendant bars and he is the model now rigged with a
scale 56 metre jib. But this kit is comprehensive so you could
have a scale 84 metre jib, and so fully extended it can be 2.7
metres or nine feet tall! This is another piece of precision
engineered modeling by YCC. Just like the crane model this jib tries to be
realistic and authentic to the real machine and it certainly succeeds
because of its quality and attention to detail. Once again if you want the very
best of model crane engineering, this kit is certainly outstanding.

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