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Bill Evans

August 8 2017 at 6:02 PM
Gordon McLaughlin  (Login NORTHDUK)
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I received a telephone message this morning telling me of the recent death of Bill Evans. Bill's name will probably be familiar to UK modellers from his articles in Military Modelling in the 1970s. He built up a large collection of kit-built, converted and scratch-built models in 1/76 scale in the late 1960s and early 1970s but he will be best remembered for his models in larger scales. His first attempt at scratch-building in large scale was a diorama in 1/25 scale with a Chaffee and a PzKpfw IV and some American infantry. All were scratch-built and the diorama won a trophy at a BMSS National Competition. I remember him sitting at my parents' dining table with a Bellona Plan, several sheets of plastic card and a pair of dressmaking shears cutting out the parts for the Pz IV turret and assembling it in the course of the afternoon.

Bill went on to make a large number of models in 1/35 and 1/32 scales and his articles describing these were very influential in the 1970s and early 1980s in particular.

Unfortunately, Bill's health declined and he was latterly confined to a wheelchair.

He was a good friend and a skilful and enterprising modeller.

Gordon McLaughlin

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paul bishop
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I remember those articles from the 80's

August 9 2017, 2:07 AM 

Sad to hear and my sympathies to his family and friends

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Dave Rhodes
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August 9 2017, 4:09 AM 

Bill was an inspiration to us all and i looked forward to Military Modelling each month because of his contribution to the magazine. Sad news.

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Paul Giles
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Sad news...

August 9 2017, 5:13 AM 

I still have some of the older Military Modelling Magazines with his articles in, they were, and still are, interesting to read.


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Les Freathy
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August 9 2017, 12:48 PM 

It now seems a long time ago when Bill produced those excellent articles the large scale scratch builds were something to behold, do I remember a large scale snowdrop MP figure he made in 1/9 scale or thereabouts. Sad to hear of his loss RIP

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