Attaching the spreader

Cut a piece of thread to 45cm in length. Nylon thread is preferable as it is stronger and smoother than regular cotton thread. Tie the end of the thread to one side of the front gear, using a double knot, and cut off the excess.

Repeat the process until all four threads are tied on, as shown in the image above.

Place the spreader on a flat platform about 1cm tall.

Pull the front left thread under the inside of the front left  pulley wheel of the spreader. Take the thread up the outside of the pulley wheel and back up to the trolley.

Tie the thread through the corresponding anchor point on the trolley, making sure you keep the thread taut. You will probably need some tape or another pair of hands to keep the spreader in place while doing this. Tie a double knot and cut off the excess.

Repeat this for all four cables.

Find or create a level platform about 13cm tall. 

Carefully raise the spreader by turning the gears on the trolley until it will sit on top of the platform. Another pair of hands may again be useful to hold under the spreader as it is raised.

Tie a length of thread 25cm long to the side of one of the cables, as shown above.

Take hold of this thread and raise the spreader a short distance above the platform. Whilst keeping the spreader slightly raised, remove the platform and carefully lower the spreader until it is fully lowered.

Assembling the trolley

First, separate the gear parts from the sprues using a knife. The separated parts may need cleaning up with fine sandpaper or a file.

Place the gears into the trolley so that the teeth interlock, as shown above.

Push fit the caps to keep the gears in place. The gears should rotate freely.

Conservatory glazing 1:87

Side panel, windows only.

Front windows

Side panel with double doors and open window.

Roof panels, left side. The measurements are the same for the right side, but as a mirror image.

Roof panels, front. Panels may need rubbing down a little in some areas to fit.

Trolley upgrade for Container crane (N scale 1:160)

1 Separate the spreader parts from the sprues. The points of separation may need cleaning up with a knife or fine sandpaper.
 2 Insert the two gears into the main body of the trolley.
3 Push the two caps into the two holes between the gears. There may be some powder in the holes that needs to be cleaned out with a thin wire or brush.

4 Place the trolley onto the runners that run along the inside of the horizontal reach.

5 Insert the legs into the underside of the trolley, making sure the feet point outward. The holes in the trolley may contain powder that will need cleaning out before inserting the legs.

Container Crane assembly instructions

How to attach outreach lifting cables 

(The outreach cannot be raised on the model, the cables are purely aesthetic)

The model allows for the attachment of the cables that raise and lower the horizontal outreach. The pulleys, around which the cables wind, have a small hole through which a cotton thread, or similar, can be threaded.


The cables can be fed through the pulleys at the top of the crane and then through the corresponding pulleys on the horizontal outreach. Pull the thread tight, tie a knot and cut off the excess. Knots can be hidden behind the pulleys. 


Each pair of pulleys holds three sets of cables, as can be seen in the following diagram.


The process can be repeated for the smaller pulleys, as shown below.

The final two cables run from the top of the crane, this time in the opposite direction, towards the rear of the crane. These are single cables.