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Lifting Kit with Spreader Beams - Red

Maker:  Weiss Brothers
Model No:  004-1501
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2015

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Lifting Kit with Spreader Beams - Video  [Youku Video]
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The Weiss Brothers branded box.
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A 75 ton beam with nylon rope slings.
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Web slings in use.
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Impressive lifting arrangement with a Manitowoc 555.
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This kit provides various spreader beams and lifting equipment to use with model cranes.

It is in red, and therefore goes particularly well with Manitowoc cranes.


The kit comes in a high quality Weiss Brothers branded box, with the spreader beams resting in nice foam, and all other parts individually bagged. 

There were no defects or missing parts on the review kit. 

There is no information included with the kit. A parts list would have been useful.

Detail and Features

A number of spreader beams are included and they are metal with a very good finish, and the capacity is marked with graphics.  There are two 100 ton beams and one 75 ton beam, and they are in a box style.  There are four tubular 50 ton beams and two tubular 25 ton beams.

Also in the kit are 16 nylon rope slings in four different lengths, and 24 web slings also in four different lengths.  They are nicely made parts.

Moving back to metal, there are 18 wire rope assemblies in three lengths and they have nicely crimped loops.  There are also 12 chains with hooks in three different lengths, and they have a realistic small link size.

Completing the kit are diecast shackles with 24 rated at 55 tons, and 18 rated at 120 tons.  These are high quality parts with working screw locking bolts.  However as they are diecast they will not bend so care has to be taken when using them.

The key feature of the kit is its flexibility, with many different lifting arrangements able to be reproduced.

Quality and Price

This is a high quality kit which is finished well with very good paintwork on the spreader beams.   The range of parts provided make it good value.


In many respects this is a long awaited kit for collectors of model cranes, and it provides a convenient way to make more realist model poses.  It would have been nice if some sample configurations had been provided as information, but most people will put the kit to use quickly.


The following versions were produced at the time of the review:
WBR004 - 1501 - Red
WBR004 - 1502 - Yellow
WBR004 - 1503 - White
WBR004 - 1504 - Chellino
WBR004 - 1505 - Lampson
WBR004 - 1506 - Champ
WBR004 - 1507 - Bigge
WBR004 - 1508 - NQHH
WBR004 - 1509 - KB Blue
WBR004 - 1510 - Mammoet
WBR004 - 1511 - Bay Crane
WBR004 - 1512 - Kokosing
WBR004 - 1513 - Sarens

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High quality packaging.
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It includes chains.
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Wire ropes.
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A tubular beam.