In memory of John Dowman ‘Mausman’

Just before the COVID pandemic hit i was greatly saddened to hear of the death of John Dowman. I new him for many years through various forums where he always went by the name of Mausman. Today would have been his birthday and The Wargamers’ forum, of which John was a moderator, organised a build in his memory. John loved tanks, German ones in particular, and combat oin the Eastern Front, he also had an interest in experimental vehicles… all things I shared. Although he did get rid of his experimental stuff in the end I was happy as some bits made their way into my collection. He was a a talented model maker- for a short while he ran a resin terrain company with a friend. He always belived in getting things out of the stash and on to the table as quickly as possible- something every gamer can agree with I think.

For the build I decided to do a 1/72 Dragon E100 with commander from SHQ. I hope he would have liked it.







I used to meet up with John once or twice a year when me getting down to the wargame shows in Newark coincided with his shore leave (John worked on the diving side of the off shore oil industry, he tried to get me to be train as a diver once, the pay sounded good but rather dangerous, maybe if I were 10 years younger at the time…). I’ll miss my chats with him.



35 comments on “In memory of John Dowman ‘Mausman’

  1. Very nice Pete and I am sure John would have appreciated your remarks and approved of your model.

  2. redcaer1690 says:

    What a great way to remember a fellow wargamer!

  3. I’m sure he would have loved the tank. Nice post mate and the weathering on the tank is great.

  4. Marvin says:

    Tank looks great to me with a nice colour scheme – a really fine tribute.

    The pay’s good for divers for a reason – I saw a documentary on north sea diving once. Takes a very special kind of person to do that.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you.

      Agreed- I’ve seen a few documentaries on them- brave people. I’ve done a bit of swimming in my time but I’m not sure that it would qualify me for that….



  5. That is one massive tank. Is the turret unfinished, or supposed to be red?

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. I figured as the main gun is a 128mm calibre one it would wear out really quickly so need replacing often. They would arrive in red primer so this model represents one that was quickly fitted and the crew haven’t found time to re paint it before going into action.

      Hope that makes sense.



  6. Jeff Groves says:

    Nicely done on all counts, Pete!

  7. A very nice tribute, Pete! 🙂

  8. patmcf says:

    I sorry for the loss of your friend Pete, never easy ,but I’m sure he would have loved the tank, I assume you made it a big one to fit your friends personality.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thank you Pat. Yeah JHohn’s personality was inversly proportional to his height. It was also the closest I could get out of the shed to the iconic Maus he was so keen on.



  9. Great work Pete 👍 sorry for your loss though, he sounds a cool guy – always hard to lose a friend 😕

  10. ignitedmoth says:

    So sorry for your loss. 😥 What a thoughtful and touching tribute to his memory though. I’m sure he would have loved it. ❤

  11. Azazel says:

    Great work Pete – and a nice tribute I’m sure he’d appreciate.

  12. Chris Kemp says:

    Sorry to hear that, Pete. Please pass my condolences on if you get the chance.

    Yours sincerely, Chris.

  13. A very fitting tribute.

  14. Truly an honorable way to honor a fallen friend. Touching and impressive. So sorry for you loss, but inspired by the post and the model.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Mark. I was in the shed this evening- found some appropriate German figures to go along with it so I must get a game sorted soon with them both in.



  15. Hi Pete
    That is a super Tribute to him my friend:)
    Sorry of his passing:( He is with the Lord now.
    Take care my friend.
    Dave over the pond.

  16. Mark Flanagan says:

    Nice memorial .. nice touch Pete

  17. A fine tribute, both in words and tank.

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