I spent a lot of time with Eleanor today and we had a long talk. The result is that she is now moving as she was intended too. (New carriage rack and and a few rollers to reduce friction.) However Eleanor had a few thoughts of her own, completely in character, mind you. Her first demand was that since she knew that any photos of her be taken from her right side, which she believes is her better side, I needed to move the hand crank to the other side to get her cooperation. She also suggested that since I would be moving on to another project she would like a companion to remain with her. Out of respect of her advancing age I agreed to both items!
So here is a quick video showing her movement, it's a little shaky since I didn't use a tripod. (Wim I hope you like it. It is a lot of gears for a little movement, but is slows things down.) Still a few things to do. A handle, fit and paint the dowels on her hips, a nameplate, fill screwholes on top plate.
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