TANKS ENCYCLOPEDIA INFLUENCER SPOTLIGHT
Based in Romania, Lucian Stan is Team Manager of Tanks Encyclopedia, a resource that is aiming to become the first online Tank Museum. The site presents the tactics, battles, technology and evolution of tanks and armored vehicles worldwide from their origin through World War I, World War II, the Cold War and contemporary conflicts. Tanks Encyclopedia is currently comprised of more than 30 active writers, illustrators and team members. You can learn more at tanks-encyclopedia.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Can you give us the brief history on Tanks Encyclopedia, including how it got started?
Tanks Encyclopedia is a website about armored fighting vehicles from the whole planet since they got started. Actually the first vehicle we have found designed, scribbled is 1855. There weren’t even cars, there weren’t even combustion engines and people were already thinking of doing warry stuff, they had steam engines back then. The website is now seven or eight years old it was started by David Bocquelet, who is our main illustrator he started it as a search engine optimization teat and a place to put his amazing illustrations on. I came on about a year after that and offered to help him with his English and with his articles doing some proof-reading and since then the team has ballooned we’re currently at thirty or forty people doing writing of articles, editing, illustrations, colorizations, 3-D models, YouTube videos, social media, whatever we can – we’re actually doing a magazine right now which the second number should be coming out next month. So, yeah we’ve expanded a lot and basically the project took a life of it’s own from a point onwards.
What’s your role within the site?
I’m basically the guy who keeps the trains on time. I connect with everybody and make sure everybody coordinates to a point because we don’t a hard scheme we are all volunteers, we all work in our free time, when we want, if we want, and what we want and basically just keeping in touch with everyone and making sure we’re not overlapping, that we’re working together and what we can work together and everything that is vital functions.
So for example we publish three times a week and I work with a team to make sure we have what to publish every three day area, every time I make sure we get everything on social media, and all that ki9nd of stuff. I’m basically behind-the-scenes you don’t see me but if you do see me I’m doing the firefighting role, something has gone wrong and I have to fix it.
Have you partnered with any brands thus far, and can you tell us about how these brand partnerships work?
So on YouTube we have a modeling series basically one of our members is doing model kits and we have received some companies sent us some models to do for them and of course we are telling it’s from them thank you very much for offering we’ll still tell you if something is wrong because we are not selling our soul to the brand. We have worked with Italeri and I think IBG models until now we are talking to a couple more companies. We have also discussed ad partnerships with some gaming companies, with Bovington Tank Museum, which is I think one of the biggest in the world, and we also have a lot of authors are published book authors so we advertise their books. We say look this guy works for us you know his articles, they’re free you can read them, he made this book maybe you’re interested have a look”. And, yeah we’re working with publishers, book publishers as well this is mostly the area we can work in: museums, publishers, gaming companies and model kits.
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