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Sherman Advance - a modellers tale

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Conclusion

Over this time span I have started many new projects, some wildly ambitious and some simply challenging. Although in Plan A I had hoped to have completed at least one of those, sadly that has not been the case. They are however not forgotten nor abandoned just pending, so to speak, as I continue to develop the skills I will need to complete them so I have many more challenging and fun times ahead.

The site continues to expand and grow, people come and people go but I am pleased to say that despite all the changes it still retains much of the appeal that it had 5 years ago, and still seems a busy as ever. There seem to be campaigns happening all over the place and I had a lot of fun taking part in a few.

On the modelling front well Im pleased to say there has been an explosion of new kits for us British and Commonwealth fans and that has been an amazing thing to witness. New companies like Bronco, Tasca, MiniArt, MasterBox have taken the lead in this area and in some other areas too. Who would have thought we would ever see an AVRE Churchill in plastic yet AFV Club produce a cracking kit. The AM manufacturers continue to amaze me with the quality of their products that happily eat up my cash and we almost but not quite got a QLD from SKP but Im hopeful some new trucks will come along soon.

My thanks to everyone who made this journey so enjoyable and in particular to the late David Maynard (Drader) who was for me an inspiration and wealth of knowledge, a cyber-buddy I truly miss. Also my thanks to Derek Barton for putting up with my many Royal Artillery questions and for pointing me towards Fingerprint Design decals. Happy modelling to all and thank you all folks, the list is way too long to publish but these builds were made possible by your input and advice and that is truly appreciated.
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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