Shuttlelift 5540F Carrydeck
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:50th scale Shuttlelift 5540F Carry Deck
crane. The carrydeck crane is an interesting choice for a model and
yet the results are incredible for such a small machine.
The undercarriage features four wheel steer with freely rotating
wheels and rubber tyres with authentic tread pattern. The four
corner mounted stabilisers are functional and can be lowered to
give better stability. The low slung side cab has an opening door
to reveal the internal operator station including foot pedals,
steering wheel and crane operating levers, complete with printed
operating details on the cab side and clear glazed windows all
round, complete with simulated rubber seal.
The upper deck has one hinged, opening storage compartment and
two removable access panels that reveal the transmission and
battery components. The engine cover opens to reveal the detailed
power plant and cooling system.
4 section boom consists of three telescoping sections with a side
mounted jib which can be connected to the boom head. The rope winch
is mounted in the rear counterweight and rotates to lower and raise
the hook block.
The boom can rotate through 360 degrees and the side mounted
angle indicators function just like the real machine. Other details
on the model include rear view mirrors, boom line retaining
brackets and working lights. The authentic shuttlelift markings are
all added, complete with warning labels and the model is finished
in the corporate Shuttlelift paint finish.