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The Somme 1916
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:08 PM UTC
Alan McNeilly brings us a view of life in the trenches during the summer of 1916.

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Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:40 PM UTC
Well done, Alan!

I enjoyed following along with the build blog, and the feature is a great bit of history, as well.

Thanks for sharing the build and then taking the time to put it altogether into a very interesting and informative article.

Cheers!
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 03:09 PM UTC
This diorama has special interest for me because my great grandfather was there. I forget just now on what date he was wounded, but he never fully recovered.
He emigrated from Deptford with his young family to Canada in 1905. He joined up in 1915 at the age of 38 years.

He was in the 38th battalion (Ottawa) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force,

His wounds, and particularly shrapnel, caused health problems until he died in 1948. even so, he was one of the lucky ones.

Thankyou for taking the time to make this work.

Lest we forget.
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:23 PM UTC
Congrats Alan , this is by far one of the most beautiful , well planned and layed out WWI dios I've ever seen !!!
Attention to detail , ........ brilliant !!!
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:16 PM UTC

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Well done, Alan!

I enjoyed following along with the build blog, and the feature is a great bit of history, as well.

Thanks for sharing the build and then taking the time to put it altogether into a very interesting and informative article.

Cheers!



Hi Mike,

Thanks for the comments and for the support and input during the build, appreciated.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:34 PM UTC

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This diorama has special interest for me because my great grandfather was there. I forget just now on what date he was wounded, but he never fully recovered.
He emigrated from Deptford with his young family to Canada in 1905. He joined up in 1915 at the age of 38 years.

He was in the 38th battalion (Ottawa) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force,

His wounds, and particularly shrapnel, caused health problems until he died in 1948. even so, he was one of the lucky ones.

Thank you for taking the time to make this work.

Lest we forget.



Hi Richard,

The Great War impacted on so many families and communities. The Battle of the Somme in particular, as causalities in the Pals Battalions raised in 1915 were so high had massive social impact back home. The Commonwealth Troops made a massive contribution to the War effort and Canada and the Canadian Soldiers, nurses and workers played a key role in the final outcome. Their efforts during the Battle of the Somme certainly made then a force to be reckoned with and the Canadian Soldier is highly respected here.

I'm pleased the build was of value to you, thanks for taking the time to add a comment.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:37 PM UTC

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Congrats Alan , this is by far one of the most beautiful , well planned and layed out WWI dios I've ever seen !!!
Attention to detail , ........ brilliant !!!



Hi Cheyenne,

Thanks for your kind comments. As this is only the 3rd base I've laid down and the biggest so far, I'm really pleased with the result.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:54 AM UTC
Truly excellent Alan....superb work.....great effort. WW1 has a certain place in my life, though no family involved, I was at a secondary school named after "Jack Cornwell" boy VC on HMS Chester at Jutland.....youngest "Naval" VC winner...he had been a pupil (before my time), but the school had a historic connection...with special services held armistice day. It built up a lasting connection with the school,
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 01:09 AM UTC
Congrats on finishing this massice diorama Alan and congrats on the feature. Well deserved. I have followed the built through all it's updates and it is really nice to see it bundled in one place now.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 01:51 AM UTC
Alan, to finally see this one finished is awesome my friend. A masterpiece indeed.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 02:39 AM UTC
Nice to see the hard work culminating in a feature presentation.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 03:18 AM UTC
Lots of congratulations to you Alan !
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 05:11 AM UTC
Alan a fitting tribute on the 100th anniversary of such a major event that shaped things for us today brillinant work as always
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 06:06 AM UTC
Words fail me. This is spectacular.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 06:31 AM UTC
Hello, Alan you did a superb job.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:27 AM UTC

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Truly excellent Alan....superb work.....great effort. WW1 has a certain place in my life, though no family involved, I was at a secondary school named after "Jack Cornwell" boy VC on HMS Chester at Jutland.....youngest "Naval" VC winner...he had been a pupil (before my time), but the school had a historic connection...with special services held armistice day. It built up a lasting connection with the school,



Hi George,

Many thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

Your contribution with the 18pdr and 6 inch howitzer has added greatly to WW1 subject choice for modellers and with the current developments on the 60pdr and 8 inch howitzer yet more artillery options will be available soon. WW1 was mainly an artillery and infantryman's war so it is great to have decent artillery for that period in 1/35 scale.

Keep up the great work.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:30 AM UTC

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Congrats on finishing this massive diorama Alan and congrats on the feature. Well deserved. I have followed the built through all it's updates and it is really nice to see it bundled in one place now.



Hi Robert,

Thanks for your kind comments and thanks also for your valuable input during the build.

Appreciated.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:31 AM UTC

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Alan, to finally see this one finished is awesome my friend. A masterpiece indeed.



Many thanks Philippe, glad you enjoyed the work.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:33 AM UTC
Hi Jerry and Kurt,

Thank you both for your support and encouragement during the build, helped keep me going. I'm looking forward to developments with your own projects.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:34 AM UTC

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Alan a fitting tribute on the 100th anniversary of such a major event that shaped things for us today brillinant work as always



Hi Keith,

As alwasy thanks for the feedback and comments, very much appreciated.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:35 AM UTC

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Words fail me. This is spectacular.



Thanks a lot Bill, glad you approve, appreciated.

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:36 AM UTC

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Hello, Alan you did a superb job.
steph



Hi Steph,

Thank you kind Sir, Glad you like it.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:03 AM UTC
Outstanding project, Alan. Spot on, as you Brits say. What a diorama,loaded with details and great attention to the countless small things going on in the trenches. One of the best I have seen.
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:39 AM UTC

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Outstanding project, Alan. Spot on, as you Brits say. What a diorama,loaded with details and great attention to the countless small things going on in the trenches. One of the best I have seen.



Hi Mike,

Comments much appreciated, thank you.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, February 03, 2014 - 09:08 AM UTC
Stunning diorama, Alan, so much to take in and beautifully executed. Love it!