Building The Muskie
(Image from "One Hundred Booming Years", by George B. Anderson. Used without permission.
As you can see, Big Muskie was no "little machine", look at the size of the man in the foreground and you get an idea of Muskie's size.
(Photo courtesy of: Art Catino)
Building Big Muskie was a "BIG" project. Look at the amount of land it took for the assembly and parts storage. Muskie was so big, that the stiff leg crane couldn't reach across the machine to place components on the far side. Once the revolving upper structure was complete, the machine would be turned periodically, to bring the remote corners of the house into the servicable area of the crane.
Just about done. Muskie's now wearing that familiar red and white paint scheme. The boom is done and looks to be completely rigged for raising. You can see the "pump houses" are in place on the shoes ( forward of each lift cylinder, these housings contained hydraulic equipment and the Push cylinders which moved Muskie forward after the tub was raised).