CHRIS NE­VARD

Model Rail (UK) - - OPENING THE BOX -

A day with Al­lan was al­ways a joy, for he was such great com­pany. He very much shat­tered the stereo­typ­i­cal im­age of soli­tary, so­cially chal­lenged rail­way mod­ellers – es­pe­cially when he cranked up the vol­ume on his Fender Strat! Even though I’d visit ev­ery few months, Al­lan would have built a huge num­ber of new build­ings in that time, and quite of­ten layouts too. His tech­niques might be speedy, but the fin­ished prod­ucts never looked rushed. Us­ing lay­ers of PVA glue to repli­cate wa­ter was one of the first tech­niques I learned from Al­lan – gone were the days of mess­ing about with smelly yacht var­nish. Al­lan’s use of Hal­fords primers for speedy weath­er­ing has rubbed off on me too. I have a hum­ble sig­nal box that Al­lan gave me on one of my first vis­its. It lives on my man­tel­piece and it’s the only model that’s ever been al­lowed to take up a per­ma­nent po­si­tion in the liv­ing room – it’s that good!

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