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Sherman Advance - a modellers tale
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 02:56 AM UTC
Alan McNeilly bring us an overview of his work after 5 years as a site member, thanks Alan and enjoy!!!



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Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 03:18 AM UTC
Alan this is a good selection of finished builds to celebrate a milestone in your membership. Well done.
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 05:10 AM UTC
Hi Darren,

Thanks it's kind of you to say so. It's been a fun journey.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 07:29 AM UTC
Hi Alan, Wow it's great to see all your builds here. When I consider what I've built in the same period it puts me to shame.

About your projects
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They are however not forgotten nor abandoned just pending


Yeah right! Me too


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My thanks ..........................in particular to the late David Maynard (Drader) who was for me an inspiration and wealth of knowledge, a cyber-buddy I truly miss.


I remember David as a very helpful guy and I often come across his posts when I'm trawling through old threads looking for something. He was a great asset to the site.

Well done again Alan and I look forward to a similar feature in 2015
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 08:10 AM UTC
Hi Pat,

Many thanks for dropping in and it goes without saying that you were one of the many I couldn't list.

On the projects I'm still gathering stuff up lol, lol, things are moving along slowly, but one tends to get diverted by the constant developments in the modelling world, doing reviews (I blame you for that ) and general experiments and devloping things. Many of the early builds I'll go back to and upgrade in some way but it's nice to get the odd model actually completed and I'm getting more of those which is a major step forward.

David was a great inspiration to me when I first joined, helped me immensly in my early builds with sound and cost effective adivce, A very knowledgeable guy who always had time for my constant questions. His posts are as relevant today as they were when he put them up.

On building there is never enough time , with so much new stuff coming out it's hard to keep up and keep track but for the Allies it's a bumper time indeed.

Hope your getting a bit more bench time now too, all the best.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 08:22 AM UTC
What a great feature, Al! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always appreciate your modeling style and signature light blue backgrounds! I also appreciate the many reviews you've written. Thank you for pulling this together, and congratulations on being such a prolific modeler over the last five years!

Michael
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 09:25 AM UTC
Hi Michael,

Thank you, appreciated. Glad you enjoyed that article.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 11:36 AM UTC
Hey Al,

Is there any British kit you haven't built? I love the Feature - I may have to do one when I hit the five-year mark, but unless I pull my finger out it'll certainly be a whole lot shorter!

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,

Tom
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Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 06:20 PM UTC
Hi Tom,

Morning, the list is long of kits still to build Thanks for dropping in and glad you enjoyed the article.

I'll look forward to your feature, you could do one at the 3 year point, depends if you like odd or even numbers !!

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 02:02 PM UTC
Alan, I really enjoy your work. It was nice to see a bunch of it put together in the feature. I always want to get a DUKW after I look at your bulds.
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 07:34 PM UTC
Morning Russ,

Thanks for dropping in and the comments. The DUKWs were a popular build. I still need to add the missing fire extinguishers and fill the vents in the side , but I'll get that done sooner or later.

If you're doing a D Day one the stowage was very random, as I discovered after the build, whihc is par for the course lol, lol.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 08:07 PM UTC
Great feature Alan - didn't realise just how prolific you are! My personal favourite is the carrier with the wading screens. That (like a lot of your other builds) is just crying out to be on a base as part of a wee vignette.

Anyway, just wanted to thankyou for your knowledge, enthusiasm and constant willingness to answer my questions, now matter how stupid!
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 09:53 PM UTC
Hi Neil,

Thanks. The new Resicast Conversion for the deep wading carrier is pretty user friendly, very do-able if you have a mind to.

There are no stupid questions only the ones we don't ask, so you welcome. Persoanlly I ask questions all the time lol, lol

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 11:16 PM UTC
Alan, nice to see all your work together. I hope you've started a trend here, it's interesting to read about other's experiences in the hobby and with the site.


Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 12:01 AM UTC
Hi Stefan,

Thank you. I have suggested they run a monthly feature starting with the staff to lead the way and broadening it out to the whole community. There is of course nothing to stop anyone submitting their own article but I think the plan is perhaps to have a set format of questions, developments to follow I believe.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 11:22 AM UTC
Alan,

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful body of work. The story and the work are inspiring. I also wish to express my appreciation for your sharing spirit. Although I did not make mention, your work inspired me much during the recent Paint those Troops campaign.

Thanks and cheers!!!

-zon
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 05:41 PM UTC
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
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 11:43 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 12:09 PM UTC
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
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 06:37 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM UTC
alan
your stuff is just brilliant in so impressed
regards andrew
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 06:07 PM UTC
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
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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:26 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 03:00 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:34 AM UTC
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.