“Ed - Good morning!!!Since starting scratch-building back in 1965, I finally want to "retire" from trolley building and get back into some carving and ship model projects for myself I have particularly enjoyed building the various cars for you-some unique and different stuff! So I hope you keep building the fine quality cars you have!
I approached Jean about building a model of the 1100 for me with the following exceptions: my model would be of an older era with the older style of pantograph plus the floor would be attached to the body with the roof removable. The trucks, parts, and decals for the model were gathered together by me and shipped off to Jean. This is the model Jean built for me. Beautiful!
Over the ensuing years, Jean built other models for me. Having Jean scratch build models for me allowed me to build other models plus work on my layout. With each model Jean built, since he left the roof loose for me to attach and the wiring left for me to finish, I was learning more and more about Jean’s methods of scratch building models plus his quirks, for example, Jean did not like to solder together the individual parts making up a lost wax cast detail part. To make things easier for Jean, I would make sub-assemblies of cast brass parts.
One of the more interesting models Jean built for me was the CSS 23, a Pullman Car Co. coach with a “Pullman style smoker”. I had obtained a professionally painted and finished Max Gray CSS coach. This was to be the lead car of the CSS Duneland Limited pulling the Joe Fisher scratch built CSS solarium car. My challenge to Jean was to build the 23 to match the Max Gray model.
This is a photo of the 3-car Duneland Limited in O scale!
There are other models Jean has built for me. I have to finish them off with minor details. Some time in the future more of Jean's work will be featured.