John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Will_annand, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I was recently given several old RMC magazines from the early 80s. In 1981, there was a 5 part series on John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid RR. I have part 1 (Dec.80) and part 5 (Aug81).

    I was wondering if any kind soul out there had parts 2-4 and could scan them in and email them to me?

    Part 2 - Feb. 1981
    Part 3 - Apr. 1981
    Part 4 - June 1981

    Thanking you in advance.
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    will look up and scan and will check to see if i have any of them in my extras:wave:
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know if it is still in print, but Kalmbach used to have a book titled MODEL RAILROADING WITH JOHN ALLEN if I remember correctly.
  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Thanks Jim.

    Russ, I will check it out, thanks.
  5. belg

    belg Member

    Will I was able to get that book just recently from my local library, so don't forget that source. Pat
  6. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Thanks Pat, I will check out the libray today.
  7. neilmunck

    neilmunck Member

    That book is absolutely fantastic. I borrowed that book from a friend when I was starting in US railroading. I have since bought my own copy.

    I think John Allens' stuff is some of the most beautiful modelling ever done. It doesn't conform to modern fashions but it is still the best in my mind.

  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I am pleased to see that John Allen's work is still capable of impressing new modelers. He was one of the major influences of my participation in this hobby. I made a comment in another post, a short while back, comparing one of the gauge's members to John. Our own Paul Templar (shamus). Both have that ability to present their work in a way that makes the viewer wish they could get the same results. In short, They inspire!
  9. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

  10. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I agree Pete.

    Thanks Shamus, and I will have to agree with Pete.
    From what I have seen of your work, you rank up there with John Allen and the others.
  11. absnut

    absnut Member

    I'll probably get hanged either in effigy or in reality for shaking the windows in the halls of model railroading fame but, while I sort of grew up in MR-ing with the likes of John Allen and Whit Towers as the role models to emulate if you wanted to be a real modeler, the one's work was often fanciful and the other's a little "stiff" (my opinion, yours may vary!:D ). I personally believe in terms of artistic expression, visualizing reality, and making it come alive in miniature form, few have the touch and skill of our British cousin, Shamus. I am always in awe when I see close-ups of his modeling and can never find adequate terms beyond "neat", "great", or "beautiful" to descibe how it really impresses me. Would I could do half as well........

    This is not to take away from the efforts of John Allen because, in his day, he was a great modeler. We have many we can learn from today in the hobby....... some in our very own midsts!
  12. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Will sent a pm to you:)
  13. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Absnut, I have never come across Whit Towers.

    But I do agree that several people today do amazing work. I have said on several occasions that our own Shamus belongs with the best. Three others that come to mind are David Frary, Brian Fayle and Howard Zane.
  14. Pete

    Pete Member

    Hi Will
    I have those back issues of RMC somewhere around here; if you haven't already gotten the articles, I can dig them out and scan them for you.
  15. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    I have gotten parts 1,2,3 and 5. Still needing part 4.

    my email is
  16. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Will, I found part 1 at the LHS (knew you didn't need it, but bought it for myself). I haven't scoured my own back issues yet, don't thi9nk it's there, but it could be. If you don't find pt 4 I will do so.

    Could you send me the scans when you have the whole collection? Like to post it in our yahoo group files. :D
  17. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    No problem Jon, will email them when I am done.

    Or possibly make them available for you to DL from my site via a hidden link.
  18. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Either way would be great! If you wish, you could also upload them to the group's file section:

    There's about 4 megs left. If that's not enough, I can take down some duplicate stuff, no problem.
  19. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I have part 4 for you...see my email.
  20. cobra

    cobra Member

    Discussions about great people of the past vs. present are always difficult to compare whether they be mrrers or sports figures , or anyone else for that matter . What continues to amaze me is what the ' Great Poohbah " could turn out given the resources of his time . The hobby has progressed to the point where we can order almost anything we want or the materials to build it , and have it delivered to us in short order . Thankfully , we can pretty well concentrate on building and finishing an item in relatively short period of time .....not the 20 years that John Allen endured .


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