Model Rail (UK) - - OPENING THE BOX -

No en­counter with Al­lan was ever any­thing less than mem­o­rable. Not so much a modeller as a ma­gi­cian, he’d cre­ate stun­ning mod­els in the time it would take most of us to fig­ure out how to open the box. He was at the cen­tre of some of my favourite (but un­health­i­est) days work­ing on Model Rail. One of my favourite me­mories is be­ing trapped in the back of his garage-cum-work­shop for hours on a swel­ter­ing sum­mer day, hold­ing up a gi­ant piece of white poly­styrene as a re­flec­tor while Martyn Barnwell pho­tographed one of Al­lan’s mas­ter­pieces and Al­lan lib­er­ally sprayed all sorts of (pos­si­bly toxic) ma­te­ri­als around on his next project. Mad­der than a wasp trapped un­der a pint glass, he was also great com­pany, full of en­ergy and al­ways ready with a joke or a story. Cap­ti­vat­ing, multi-tal­ented and truly in­spi­ra­tional, he will be much missed.

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