VAB crane
by klond
uploaded 2016-09-25
(updated 2017-04-27)
52 downloads /
9
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SPH
stock ship
#crane, #construction, #equipment

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: ship
  • Part Count: 375
  • Pure Stock

Yes, we can lift vehicles to the top of the VAB!
Note: This is a single-purpose machine. Other uses may induce frustration.
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Almost 650 tons. Large parts were used to keep total part count lower. CPU still takes a hit. Yuge bearings had to be fabbed to hold the largest diameter support shaft we could make. Any resemblance to a cannon is coincidence. Reliability? What reliability?
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Turn on SAS (helps with vibration and bounce).
Press 1 to activate all of the fuel cells for power generation for the wheels.
Drive to location if runway doesn’t explode (zig-zagging is faster, and brakes work better than reverse for stopping, who knew?)
Then stage.
Front will lightly drop. Use [ or ] to change focus.
Move fuel to teeter-totter unit (Right-click a fuel tank, then alt-right-click a second tank). There’s an empty tank up front for lowering unit quicker.
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The vehicle in the demo video being lifted to the VAB roof is my nearly 15ton forklift.
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The crane from the video is still in the background of the photos for scale.
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Edit: Added a cap on the giant bearings: Under extreme conditions shaft was popping out the top. Oops.
Edit2: Moved tap/bounce wheel back further. Adjusted bearings. Doubled-up lil end caps.
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Update Apr. 2017 for rigid attachment and autostrut. Rebuilt rear section to prevent destruction when loading.
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KSP version 1.2.2.

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