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  1. Superb work. Now, don't take this as a criticism as it is more of a pet peeve for me, but is there any way you could fix the gap between the bridge walls and the wood planking on the deck? I know that sometimes, the fitting is not perfect and perhaps you have not glued the bridge to the deck yet. Your model is so beautiful, I would hate to see those big gaps. Yves
  2. Jack, We are all so pleased to see you coming back. Ciao, Yves
  3. The construction continues, unabated. Details of the cabin: The coupler works with a rubber band to keep it closed. A small ladder extends from under the chassis to allow access to the engine cabin. Now, look at the precision and ingenuity of this roof: A piece of flat plywood laser cut in such a way that it can be bent and rolled like the rook of a steam engine: Quite incredible. The fitting is perfect: Yves
  4. What a beautiful model. Truly, a source of inspiration. Yves
  5. The clock is ticking..... Great progress. Yves
  6. We area at a point, where this assembly starts looking like a steam engine: The crown of the boiler is very well rendered with no less than 21 wood parts. It is now time to try if all the gears are working. Wax helps a lot in that case and you have to be generous with it on these mechanical parts. I got to a point where, all the gears located inside the boiler are spinning with the rubber engine. This was done with the lever in Neutral position. In forward position, the rear main drivers are also turning well and freely. It is a good sign for what is to come. I love this kind of little details: The fire box can be closed or opened with that lever to the right. Very cute and astute. We even have a shovel for the coal. It is going to be an impressive engine when finished. I wonder what the scale is? Probably Scale 1 or 1/32nd. Yves
  7. The engine is almost mechanically completed. I installed the drivers after quartering them (not too difficult on this kind of assembly). That will hopefully allow the rods to work smoothly. Lots of additional gears and belts.... I am not too sure what they will be for yet: And a close up on the steam engine...sorry the rubber engine: Yves
  8. Very nice set of Citroen Traction Avant 15CV. My brother (who lives in France) owns a fully restored 15CV (like your left side model) and a more modern 11CV with the larger trunk. Great cars to drive and use for back roads trips. Yves
  9. The main engine is starting to come together: Thanks to the lever, you can reverse the direction of the locomotive: Very ingenious.... Yves
  10. Some major progress: We are now assembling the axles for the wheels and all the gears that will be used to move the main drivers of the locomotive: I kept being amazed by the quality of the fittings. For instance, parts that are supposed to insert into another one, have this delicate middle (or triple) laser cut that basically creates a spring effect, making sure that the axle will fit into the wheels, tightly. These Ukrainian engineers are quite wizards in that domain, and I am in awe in front of the engineering that goes into these kits. Yves
  11. There is an excellent book by Bob Ballard that depicts the wreck of the Bismarck. There are a lot of underwater pictures too. Yves
  12. I am sure, she would prefer that you start the Trumpeter kit in 1/200 scale, instead of these old Revel kits..... 😉 Yves
  13. A little progress..... lots of gears and levers..... for now: At this stage, it is essential to grease/wax all the gears and make sure that everything runs freely. Yves

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