I was waiting to see what was so important about the piece of fabric being held up for all to see - except we never see it! Guess it was probably the fuselage roundel from that side. Still, nice effect, and probably not an untypical scenario. Is this a depiction of that famous German fellow well known for this type of activity? David D
Re: 'Im planning on having them build a 1/64 NZR Ja locomotive for me later this year'
Presumably you ARE aware that New Zealand has a long tradition of model railway construction of Sn31/2 (1:64) scale model railway equipment (including Ja class locomotives) and that this is can be done by several builders builders who have an international reputation for the quality of their work (Paul Bernsten being but one example)?
Might I sugest that it might also be cheaper to employ such an individual for the work (given the inevitable currency fluctuations which are occurring), and being 'local' (assuming you are residing in New Zealand), perhaps give you more 'input' that would otherwise be the case. Local (NZ) knowledge concerning the locomotive, both as a class and individual unit, would also seem to be an advantage which the French will not have.
Hope this helps, and that you will give consideration to my suggestion as a possible alternative ...
Yes, I'm very aware of NZ's deep tradition in Sn3.5 - I used to be a part of it in my late teens (in the mid to late '80s). However, I made a number of enquiries last year and everyone I contacted seemed either vague or unenthusiastic about building on commission. I would much, much rather have a model like this done locally, but felt as though I was getting nowhere. I might see about placing an enquiry in the NZ Model Railway Journal, before I make any final decisions.
By the way, would you be the same "Komata" that I've seen on the NZ120.org forums?
Thanks for the elaboration concerning the Ja; I'm sorry to learn that your Sn3 1/2 enquiries came to nothing. if you haven't already done so, an enquiry to NZ RailChat at email@example.com could possibly be of use, as it seems to be frequented by modellers, manufacturers, and those involved in the publication of the 'Journal. You may have to join-up though, before you post.