The world's largest dragline, "Big Muskie" died a slow death at the hands of the scrapper's torch in 1998. The memory of AEP and Central Ohio Coal's historic and record breaking machine now lives on...in Lego. R.I.P Big Muskie, 1969-1998.
About this creation
Built in 1/198th scale...
The real machine had these stats:
Total weight 13,500 tons...More than 128 Boeing 727s!
Total height 160 feet...Higher than a six-story building!
Overall length 487 feet...One and half times longer than a football field!
Boom length 310 feet...More than two city blocks!
Bucket capacity 325 tons...Enough to fill more than 20 dump trucks!
Power 63,000 hp...Equivalent to the residential demand of
a city of 30,000 people!
Digging capacity 39 million pounds/hour...In 10 years of operation, Big Muskie moved more earth than 42,000 men took out of the 40-mile long Panama Canal in 10 years.
And now it's gone...
Except for one of it's buckets...it now resides at a roadside memorial in rural Ohio.
Thanks for the compliments! Unfortunately, it's not a kit and I don't have plans.
The toughest part was the shape of the back end and the sides
For the feet. Someday when I have time, I'll try to upload some
"Exploded view" pics, if that'll help. Its about a thousand pieces
I'm guessing and I didn't make instructions along the way. I wish I would have, though! :)