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Classic Ian Weekley Alamo

Aredlancer writes:

I had the Alamo Chapel made for me by Ian Weekley, back in 1986,it was to be the start of the whole Alamo,but could not afford to go any further with it. I do remember it was a lovely piece of work.


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Allen E is auctioning off an Alamo model built by the late Ian Weekley. It's a beautiful model, and he tells us about it:


Custom-Made 28mm/25mm Alamo Plus 615 Painted Figures


25mm/28mm custom-made Alamo model made by legendary English model maker, Ian Weekley. This may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – as far as I have been able to find out, this may be one of only two Alamo models ever made by Ian Weekley.


This model was made in 1986. The entire model is approximately 5 feet x 6 feet. Also included is a hardback copy of Ian Weekley's book, Buildings for the Military Modeler, Design and Construction published in 1989, which features the Alamo model along with many other of his designs.


The Alamo model was made in four pieces, and will come well-packed in two boxes, each 36 x 30 x 13 inches.


Included in the auction are 615+ painted figures, as follows:


  • 288 Dixon brand Mexicans
  • 66 Dixon brand Texans
  • 88 Other Texans (not sure of manufacturer)
  • 84 Other Mexicans (not sure of manufacturer)
  • 89 US "Mexican American War" figures (not sure of manufacturer)
  • 11 ladders
  • 14 cannon
  • A few miscellaneous Mexican casualty figures




All figures are mounted on one-inch-square magnetic bases. Also included, for the Mexican troops, are three-inch-square metal-topped movement bases, each of which holds nine figures and/or ladders.


More on Ian Weekley from his obituary (he passed away in 2006):

Ian Weekley was a master modeller, building hand-made model buildings and castles for collectors and museums. His business "Battlements" was very successful, not least with the growing "War Games" hobby, and established him as the leading exponent of his craft in the modelling world.

Between 1980 and 1992, he was involved in several high-profile projects. For Harrods, the London store, he constructed a model of Glamis Castle to be displayed in their corner window in honor of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's 80th birthday. Harrods later gave the model to the Queen Mother and, after a short time at Clarence House, it went north to Glamis and is exhibited in the muniment room there. Other models included Cawdor Castle for the Earl of Cawdor, Scone Palace for the Countess of Mansfield, and Warwick Castle for Madame Tussaud's.