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it is possible to turn the boom and raise and lower the hook. The mo- del of the Wolff Form 45 H with balance boom has a weighted sled running on tracks inside the arm. In the original this is used to keep the height of the hook at the same level when the position of the boom is changed. This is fully functional in the model.

Pius Meyer builds historically correct models of cranes since he is interested in the development history of cranes. In the past there was a much greater variety of ma- nufacturers and models than there are today. The selection of prototy- pes for his scratch building projects also takes the aesthetic look of the model into consideration. This is the reason for the colourful finish of his home made model cranes. To simplify the painting process he prefers to use paint in spray cans.

Key moments

About one third of his 700 item collection is mobile and construc- tion cranes. Because of the additio- nal space required for his cranes he is currently considering selling off part of his collection but not inclu- ding the Poclain models since he liked the design and paint jobs on the models from the time he first acquired them. The rarest item in his collection is also found in the Poclain line up. It is the SC 150 by Gescha (289).

His all time favourite model in his collection is a luffing jib tower crane P30 by Pingon. At that time the innovative firm of Pingon was an industry leader. At the tender age of 13 he visited the factory in France. There he was warmly wel- comed by the owner himself, who took him under his wing and gave

the crane crazy youngster a tour of the assembly lines. A lunch with the board of directors completed the memorable trip. Such key mo- ments fan the flames of the passion for the budding collector.

Today Pius Meyer’s favourite models are the 1: 50 scale Potain MDT 178 by TWH (TWH047) and Liebherr Form 6 by NZG (646/664). As an employee for Liebherr Swit- zerland, he was responsible for gathering all the information and plans for the realization of this mo- del. Cranes of a similar quality are on the top of his wish list for future models. Most of all he would like to see some historically important models like the Liebherr in Form 14A or a 25A with a needle beam. Also a high quality issue of a mo- del of the luffing jib tower crane by Wolff Form 45 would be very welcome.

Collectors portrait

Pius Meyer, age 50, apprenticed originally as a heavy duty me- chanic in the then flourishing Swiss industry. Next he worked for a short time with the firm of Robert Aebi (licence for Wolff cranes in Switzerland) but then his guiding hand was needed in his family’s carpentry shop. After a few years in the family business he became head of maintenance for two construction firms successively. For over ten years he has worked as head of customer service luffing jib tower cranes at Liebherr Baumaschinen AG in Rieden (CH).

Together with Andreas Bruderer he maintains the well maintained website www.kran-info.ch.

From the publishers Poszun hails the book: “Turmdrehkraene” (luffing jib tower cranes).Pius Meyer, Heinz-Gert Kessel and Ste- phan Bergerhoff are the co-authors of this volume.

Besides his fascination with cranes he regularly works out as an antidote to his work behind a computer screen. His other engage- ment is with his car, an Alfa Romeo Spider 1966, and club where he has been a member for the past 30 years.



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