Just a quick update to show that the front hatch has now been rendered removable, to allow our Pendolino model to be “dragged” prototypically by a diesel locomotive across non-electrified lines. For clearance reasons a coupler cannot be permanently fitted; removing the hatch will expose a pivoting NEM socket to which the modeller can fit a standard coupler or another of their choice. Also a couple of smaller details around the nose and end have been incorporated.
The prominent seams adjacent to the cab side windows – that mark the join between the aerodynamic nose and the standard profile of the body – are also present now. In the image below I have highlighted the construction lines in black to make them easier to see.
We are close to approving these drawings now – just a couple of very small issues to sort out..