Luxembourg is a small country but I have had the privilege of
corresponding with two hobbyists there. The senior of them was Raymond Mahnen of
Esch-sur-Alzette who was my greatest source of inspiration and support in the initial
years after I returned to the hobby. Raymond was an active modeller with a large
collection of parts and outfits that he kept on adding to, and he also had a
superbly-equipped home workshop where he replicated model-building parts just for his own
enjoyment. Sadly, he passed away in 1994 after a surgical operation, and his departure was
a personal loss to me.
hobbyist is, happily, hale hearty and strong, and a very active, accomplished, and
creative modeller. He is Guy Kind of Luxembourg city and very possibly you have heard of him,
seen photos of his remarkable models in Constructor Quarterly magazine, or even viewed his
creations at the annual Skegness model exhibition in England. He is the winner of several
trophies for his outstanding models, many of them built to substantial scale.
I have therefore
the gratification of laying before you an array of his masterly models for your viewing
pleasure. All these models have been published in various issues of Constructor Quarterly
magazine, where various constructional details have been explained.
Model: Swiss "Crocodile" electric locomotive
Notes: This working but static model is built to a scale of 1:15.
Features include motorised wheels and elevating & descending pantographs. Fully
automated, the model is constructed in three modules for ease of transportation.
This model won
the 1st prize in the Constructor Quarterly model-building competition and also the 2nd
prize at SkegEx 1994.
Swiss electric locomotive
Notes: Built entirely of contemporary parts for Meccano SA as a
display model. The wheels are motorised, but the pantographs are fixed and the model is
Caterpillar DN10 Bulldozer
Notes: The model is also built to 1:15 scale and has working
Gleasman drive as well as blade lift operated from levers in the cab. It won the
International Meccanoman model-building competition in 1995, and was transferred to
Meccano SA as a display model.
Volvo BM30 Articulated Loader
Notes: Built to a scale of 1:15, the model boasts 6-wheel drive,
steering, and tipping bucket, all controlled from the cab. This model was later
transferred to Meccano SA for exhibtion display.