It was with a heavy heart that I read of Iain’s passing over the weekend. It is no understatement to say that Iain has been an inspiration for me since childhood…
From his writing in Model Railway Journal, my first introduction through the pages of my Grandpa’s magazines, to his Wild Swan and Kalmbach publications I enjoy his conversational informal style and wonderful illustrations. I would read one of Iain’s book just for the pure enjoyment of it, and Cameo layouts for me was the ultimate collection of thinking, ideas and illustration all in one title. Lovely to pick up and read, my copy is well thumbed. It is thanks to Iain that I decided to write my own book, I drew deep inspiration from his approach to both theory and presenting ideas, a way of making both accessible to both the beginner and experienced modeller.
Of course many will write about Iain and his influence on their lives, and I’m sure the magazines may well touch on his overall contribution to finescale modelling. I’m feeling sad today, the hobby has lost a gentle kind inspiring man. Long may his material live on to inspire modellers of the future.