I have read on a number of forums that the military modeller and historian Shep Paine has passed away. Shep was one of the inspirational figures in my formative youth and has been a driving force in my own model making career.
I have a number of his books on my bookcase and will miss his simple and direct approach to building models and dioramas.
For details of his models go to this link.
I have also seen this tribute to him on youtube.