WorkShop has been one of the more successful aftermarket lines over the past
ten years or so, offering a well-respected array of upgrades, particularly for
Sherman kits. But as one of the oldest companies, it has undergone numerous changes
WorkShop was started in 1994 by Larry Provo and Randy Neely, formerly associated
with the Panzer Concepts partnership that folded in 1993. They carried over some
of the Panzer Concepts products into the new company. Provo had done the bulk
of the work on the resin M26 Dragon Wagon, and Neely had mastered the M4 Sherman
update series. They both worked full time and Neely did most of the M4 masters
and the Soviet sets while Provo made the rail cars.
company had a reputation for being on the cutting edge of the aftermarket world.
Neely's interior for the T-34 was reportedly the first resin tank interior released
in Japan. Neely also did the interior for the M4 Shermans and the trailer for
the Dragon Wagon. Provo mastered a line of railroad cars, the interior for the
Tiger 1, and the M4 series engines. After a few years Provo become the sole owner
of the business and Neely focused on making masters.
2000, Joe Bakanovic, owner of Tiger Model Designs, purchased Tank WorkShop and
change the name to TWS, keeping the line separate from his own TMD line. But by
2005, Bakanovic decided to reposition TMD, which had expanded a bit too quickly.
He divested the railroad products to Jose Rodriguez at Tiger Productions, and
sold the TWS product line to Jay Galbierz in McDonough, Georgia. A modeler since
he was 9, Galbierz decided to revive the old Tank WorkShop name, hoping to spark
people's interest in the line. Master-maker Karl van Sweden, who has also engineered
products for TMD, has helped keep Tank WorkShop moving with fresh Allied products.
WorkShop's line of aftermarket sets is much more extensive than the review list
below indicates. They are definately worth checking out.