1:50th Scale Manitowoc 4100W Vicon Equipped Ringer Crane
by Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Manitowoc 4100W ringer crane
which is an amazing piece of engineering and a faithfully
reproduced model of a famous crane. The model is supplied in a
large box and requires some assembly to get the crane erected.
The Manitowoc 4100 ringer base is supplied pre-assembled and
requires the crane housing to be connected to the slewing ring. The
individually linked metal tracks freely rotate and the small drive
chain has been added to the drive sprockets.
The eight stabiliser pads are equally spaced around the ringed
frame and they can be lowered to provide good stability. The four
main hydraulic jacks are riveted to the ringer frame and can be
rotated to lower into position. Hydraulic pipe detailing has been
fitted to the frame and jacks which adds to the level of
The counterweights supplied with the model consist of three
sections which connect together and fit to the rear of the crane
body. There are also six rectangular counterweights which are
placed on the rear counterweight tray once it has been connected to
the crane with the supplied pins.
The front boom mounting arm is highly detailed with main and
back mast connection points as well as the rear counterweight tray
mounting bar all pre assembled. The main crane body is the same
casting as the previous 4100W releases with opening cab door, fully
reproduced cab interior, opening side engine compartment door
revealing the engine components within and opening roof and crank
Once the crane's upper structure has been secured to the ringer
base, the crane can slew smoothly and the rear A frame is
pre-rigged with rope which is a welcomed touch as rigging cranes
can be a real challenge.
The back mast is made up of the boom and base sections of the
standard 4100W lift crane with reconfigured boom tip and the rope
is pre-rigged on this section from the main winch inside the crane
housing. On the sample here, the rope was very well prepared and
secured with masking tape so erection of the boom was relatively
The assembly instructions supplied with the model are very good
with easy to follow step-by-step stages so it should not be too
difficult for anyone to erect and rig the crane.
The rear A-Frame is pre rigged with the four large rope
connections already fitted. These four ropes screw to the tip of
the back mast with a second set of four ropes which connect
directly to the counterweight tray. Incredibly, all the ropes on
the sample model were at the exact length so they are all nice and
The back mast is supplied fully rigged and taped up and it can
be a little tricky to remove all the tape and keep the ropes on the
pulleys. I found that the easiest way to keep the parts reeved was
to connect the pennant lines from the boom tip to the equaliser
before removing the tape. Once tension is placed on the equaliser,
I carefully removed the tape ensuring that the rope was always kept
taut and this worked out very well.
Two load blocks are supplied with the model which consist of the
standard ball hook with riveted tie off connector along with a
large, six pulley hook block with additional weight side panel
detailing and a swivellingrotating hook with lift up locking
The connection to the main boom is via the equaliser block and
on the ringer version, the connections are made a little
differently, as can be seen in the picture below.
The assembly of the main boom is very easy and on the model
reviewed here, I chose to add two additional 40' main boom sections
from the optional 4100W ringer extension and jib kit to give the
crane a little more height.
Once fully erected, the upper structure rotates freely around
the ringer base and the individual pads can be adjusted to provide
a perfectly level base. The reeving of the load block is
interesting as the rope is wound on one of the winches and the
other winch is empty (Except for a rope tie off fitting). The
instructions suggest that you unwind rope from the winch, reeve the
hook and take the end of the rope and attach it to the second
winch. This has the effect that both winches should be turned to
raiselower the hook block.
If you are planning on fitting the #123 jib from the extension
kit, you cannot reeve the hook block as detailed in the
instructions but there is an instruction sheet with the extension
kit which details the new rigging. If you are planning to add the
extension kit, I would suggest doing so while assembling the main
The packaging for the model is excellent, with the model very
well protected in a two piece polystyrene inner carton. The outer
cardboard box is very sturdy with the top lifting off to reveal the
inner carton. The A4 sized model assembly instruction booklet has a
clear, step-by-step guide to fully assemble and rig the model and
there is also a fold out A3 information card which details the
benefits of the Ringer system. This is another excellent model and
compliments the previously released lift and dragline versions of
the 4100W perfectly.
1:50th Scale Manitowoc 4100W Ringer Extension Kit
4100W ringer extension and jib kit allows for the ringer to be
built with an additional 5 x 40' main boom sections and a 40' and
20' back mast extension.
The #123 fixed jib can be set at three different angles and
separate rope pennants are supplied for this purpose.
The detailed instructions supplied with the kit show how to
dismantle the original model and re-assemble with the extra boom
sections and there is only one configuration detailed in the
The #123 jib can be connected to the model without using any of
the extra boom sections as the boom supplied with the ringer model
do have the jib tie off points cast into them. The supplied rope
pennants for the back mast only allow the full 40' and 20' sections
to be used so you cannot easily just add the 20' or 40' rear mast
sections on their own.
Hi guys, Britt from diecastmodels.co here. Today, we have the
Manitowoc 4100W Ringer Crane, made by TWH Collectables in 1:50th
scale. The 4100W Ringer Crane is an amazing piece of engineering,
and here we have a faithful reproduced model of a famous crane.
Let's take a closer look.
The main crane body has a highly detailed casting in a
360-degree rotation. There's a fully replicated operator's cab,
which is revealed by opening the sliding cab door. On the inside,
there are replicated pedals, levers and an operator's seat, which
are very realistic.
On the other side of the crane, there is an opening engine
compartment that you can slide open to see the very detailed
engine. There's also an opening crankcase door and there are
anti-slip walkways on both sides of the crane body. The anti-slip
walkway on the side of the operator's cab leads to a ladder which
will lead you up to the gantry, which is also very detailed. The
gantry features iron steps that will lead to the ladder that
accesses the top of the gantry.
The individually linked metal tracks rotate freely on the track
frames. They're eight stabilizer pads equally spaced around the
ringer frame that are adjustable to make the base perfectly level.
There are also four main hydraulic jacks that are riveted to the
frame and the hydraulic piping and lines are fitted to the tracks
and the jacks. They can also be rotated or lowered into
The back mass is made out of a boom and base section. There are
two metal cylinders that form part of the structure that hold the
back mass in position. There are six rear counterweights that sit
on the rear counterweight tray. The boom sections on the ringer
have an internal bracing system which allows for a more stable
boom. There are two hooks provided with the ringer itself. One is a
single line headed ball and one is a hook block, which we have
displayed on our model.
There are two keyholes that are on the side of the crane body,
one of which, the first one here, operates the hook block and the
second operates the single line ball.
Once again, this is the Manitowoc 4100 Ringer in 1:50th scale,
made by TWH Collectables. You can get yours today at
www.diecastmodels.co. Thanks for tuning in. You'll see me next