Just back from a great little break: yesterday we drove across and spent the day at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern (more on that in a bit), before having dinner at the Rathaus Brauerie opposite the Kapellbrucke. Then we spent the night at the Hotel Bellevue, a very friendly hotel near the edge of Lake Luzern, and today headed across to Ballenberg – with its amazing historical view of Swiss life – before arriving home this evening.
All in all a great deal of fun crammed into two short days. One of the highlights for me was a special exhibit at the Transport Museum: live demos of the Menzi Muck A91 4x4 Plus excavator. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m far from being a huge fan of construction equipment, although I’ve been known to watch the odd episode of Bob the Builder with my kids ;-) - but this is something special.
To get a feel for what I mean, check out one or both of these two videos I shot of the A91 4x4 Plus in action with my Flip (apologies for the amateurish camera-work). I don’t know whether to describe the driver – who I chatted to after the last demo, as I was close to being the only spectator by that time of the day – as a driver, acrobat or artist. He used the same core “choreography” across the various demos, but I recorded the first from opposite the speaker (therefore catching more of the music and narrative) and the second from next to it (therefore catching almost none of it).
I took about 250 photos of this incredible vehicle and uploaded them to Photosynth:
I chose a relatively flattering angle for the above shot. I didn’t upload many overall pictures, showing how the various parts connected, so I think I may need to try again with some from my other camera (my digital SLR had the zoom lens on it, and I was too lazy to swap). All good fun, though! :-)
I’ve just received an email from Michael Marx at Westcam telling me that Menzi Muck made use of Autodesk Inventor to design this product (something I wasn’t aware of, but am very happy to hear :-). If I get any further information I’ll post a follow-up. Thanks, Michael!