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Sherman Advance - a modellers tale

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The recent years Ė 2008 to 2010

Whilst the site has grown considerably, has much more funky technology and a much broader range of features and news the one thing that saddens me is the lack of individual participation that used to be around. Whether that is because we are all now too busy, visit many different sites or whatever Iím not sure but it is a subject that gets discussed here form time to time. For me the site still offers access to a valuable range of personal knowledge and skill that I donít possess, and as a modeller that has continued to be an invaluable resource and source of inspiration.

The last few years have also seen me try and make a greater contribution to the site, this is for a number of reasons, one is to give something back for all the advice and help Iíve had and the second, which is much more selfish, was/is to promote the British and Commonwealth side of building, something which I hope adds value to the site and gives a broader range of appeal. To this end most of my modelling is devoted to that genre, not because I donít like or appreciate the many excellent examples of other genres but because that is what interests me most.

2008 saw the addition of more new and old stuff and the reworking and stocking up of a number of the previous years builds. I was finally starting to get some kits actually finished which was a major step forward. I also started to experiment with 'water' which is an element that features in many of my plans but I still have a long way to go there.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

Hi Zon, Thanks for dropping in and your kind comments, appreciated. The paint those troops campaign was a lot of fun and there was some really terrific work produced there, I really enjoyed watching all the builds develop. Cheers Al
AUG 16, 2010 - 05:41 PM
A truly impressive portfolio of the most interesting WWII subjects know to modelling (Brit of course ) Seriosuly though, really great work Alan, that is an impressive showcase of first rate builds
AUG 18, 2010 - 11:43 AM
Hiya Alan, Long time no speak, but I will admit that your collection is absolutely amazing and shows how dedicated you are, with not just the building, but the research, help to others and the other works that crop up so regularly on the site. I do not know how you manage to keep such a strong focus, what with the real world that must intervene, so as to keep on living. Fabulous mate............now you need to keep these shots and add the next gawd knows how many completed projects at you ten year anniversary. Yours Aye' John
AUG 18, 2010 - 12:09 PM
Hi Chris, Many thanks and a I had nice one to fnish off with, in the Churchill and interior, so thank you for that. Hi John, Hello your goodself. Nice to hear form you again. I hope all is well with you and yours. John, the build list is long and getting longer all the time, so I should have enough to cover the next five years There has been such a mountain of new stuff these last 2 years it's hard to keep track. Work eats into the modelling time for sure, and the reviews and other stuff take up a bit more but fortunately or unfortunately SWMBO works Saturdays so once I've done my chores I can sometimes get a free run so to speak. The rest is an hour or two each evening to keep things progressing. Great to hear from you. Cheers guys Al
AUG 19, 2010 - 06:37 AM
alan your stuff is just brilliant in so impressed regards andrew
AUG 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM
Hi Andrew, Many thanks for looking in and the comments. Always room for improvement, I'd like to do some more work on some of the early builds sometime, fix a few errors/omissions. There is always something lol, lol. Hope all is well with you. Cheers Al
AUG 19, 2010 - 06:07 PM
Alan just dropped in from aeroscale to say congratulations on a super feature and a fantastic body of work..your collection would put that of most museums to shame .. (I've just come home after a day at Muckleburgh - it wasn't quite as good as I'd remembered it...) all the best Neil
AUG 27, 2010 - 12:26 AM
Hi Neil, I have never been up to Muckleburgh but It looks worth a visit. Nice looking 'Grizzly'. Thanks for dropping in and you comments, appreciated. Here's a link to Muckleburgh if anyone is interested. http://www.muckleburgh.co.uk/home.htm Cheers Al
AUG 27, 2010 - 03:00 AM
Al, a superb body of work. My only suggestion would be to add a "crib sheet" identifying the various kits and upgrades used. I can figure some of that out, but I'm sure you'll have admirers who'll want to recreate some parts of your oeuvre.
AUG 30, 2010 - 10:34 AM
Hi Bill, Thanks, now that would be a long list !! Still very much a WIP Cheers Al
AUG 31, 2010 - 11:46 AM