The crane in the photo below is not a miniature or scale model. It probably has a working height of around 230 feet which is absolutely dwarfed by the 390 combined feet of the wind tower and blade assembly standing nearby. The tower below is part of the Maple Ridge Wind Farm and is just one of a 195 that dot a 12 by 3 mile stretch of land outside of Lowville, NY. More fun facts about the farm can be found here.
Richard helps fill us in on the details..
The crane is NOT a 555, it IS a Manitowoc 16000, on Maple Ridge it is set up with 295′ of main boom plus the “wind tip”, series 3 counter weights. Total operating weight of the crane 882,000 pounds. In heavy lift configuration it can hoist 440 tons (roughly it’s own weight). In this configuration it can hoist approx 195,000 lbs to the tip.
To move the crane over the highway, it takes 5 guys, a 75 or 90 ton RT crane, 2 days and 19 tractor trailers to have it road ready.