Lee Bertolone's Merkur-Built Stripping Shovel

Lee writes: "Here is another model for the collection. It's loosely based on the Marion 5600 stripping shovel that was built in 1929. I find that early construction equipment (built roughly from 1890-1930) is the most interesting. Like steam locomotives the machinery is out there for the world to see unlike modern machines which are much more appliance like (this includes cars, planes, ships, trains etc). An excellent resource if you are interested in these machines is the Historical Construction Equipment Assoc (hcea.net). They have an online store and a pretty good selection of books on both vintage and modern equipment. I used three vintage photos that were in books I ordered from them to help me in building the model."