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Monaco & the Provence

In the immediate surroundings of Italy, the next phase of construction is already underway: from the narrow streets of Monaco and a real Formula 1 Grand Prix, the landscape transitions to the magnificent nature of the French Provence.

With an area of around two square kilometers, the Principality of Monaco is known to be quite a small country. To display it in miniature format on only 36 square meters is, once again, a new challenge for our model building team. We didn't miss out on building the marina and other famous buildings such as the Prince's Palace, the Casino, the Ozeaneum and the largest building in the city: The Fairmont Hotel.

A lot of love went into the detailed elaboration and the structurally almost perfect condition of the buildings. Where otherwise great effort is made to age house walls or roofs and therefore give the impression of decades of pollution, the aim here was to give them an original and yet not too sterile character.

The Formula 1 in Monaco

You don't have to be a big motorsport fan to have pictures of the Formula 1 in mind when thinking about Monaco. Also for our tiny Monaco we dream of fast sports cars, roaring engines and glamorous F1 flair. And since dreaming doesn't get us anywhere, we've been developing and programming behind the scenes for more than four years.

On his blog "Gerrit's Diary", Gerrit gives some glimpses of the suffering he and his team have already gone through and he talks about the current progress. If you are interested in the chronology of Formula 1 history, you should definitely take a look at the video. (English subtitles available!)

An authentic Formula 1 race in Monaco will be the next technical highlight of the Wunderland. For the implementation of a realistic Grand Prix on a scale of 1:87, a completely new technology, independent of the existing car system, had to be developed.

After a long search, a possible concept was found in the form of the Halbach array. The race track consists of electronic circuit boards, divided into tens of thousands of small "pixels", each less than a millimeter apart. A wandering magnetic field causes the Halbach array, installed underneath of the tiny racing car, to move across the track.

Roughly estimated: Facts & Figures about Monaco

The Provence

Leaving the city of Monaco behind, you can enjoy the tranquility of the charming construction section of Provence. Small wonderlanders also enjoy the breathtaking nature here, so some are on the clear waters of the Verdon Gorge, others visit the ruins of Castelbouc Castle.

High above the water, in the middle of a detached mountain range, lies the picturesque town of Cantobre. In addition to the rocks, some of the buildings in Provence were finely hand-carved from plaster. Another eye-catcher: the Abbey of Notre Dame de Sénanque in the midst of purple lavender fields.

Roughly estimated: Facts & Figures about the Provence

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