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@derekaustin Derek Austin

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Retired RAF airman and MoD Civil Servant living in Bristol. I spent most of my career in Flight Simulators first as a technician and later in the CS as a programmes manager. I finished my career at the end of 2015.
Having built models as a kid and as an Air Force apprentice in the early 70s, I dabbled a couple of times with RC aircraft, tank and car. The aircraft were fun to build but my lack of flying skills saw the end of my RC aircraft phase, I couldn’t repair it quickly enough! The tank and car were again fun to build but eventually not interesting enough to ‘play’ with.
I was dormant until 2009, a love of F1 and Lewis Hamilton’s success in 2008 inspired my wife to buy me the DeAgostini McLaren. It lit the long extinguished flame that has started me modelling again.
I like to build WW2 aircraft but have recently been building more stuff without wings! I’ve also discovered the fun of building dioramas, so I’m sure there is a lot of variety in my Modelling future!

A Diorama entitled ‘Pause beendet, zurück zur Arbeit!’ (Break finished, back to work)

This is by far my most ambitious project so far. The diorama was born from the Revell 1/32 scale kit of the FW 190 F-8 and the superb range of Eduard resin and PE that was available for it. Having […]

My 2017

This has been one of my best years for modelling with many projects comming to fruition. It has been a year of experimentation and leaving my comfort zone way in the distance. I have to say, it’s been fun! I […]

Landwasserschlepper

Just finished the Hobbyboss LWS in 1/35. Very much an experiment in weathering techniques for me trying dot filters, oils and streaking to name but a few for the first time! Your commennts/critique is, therefore, welcome!

A Cautionary Tale

Bought an old Italaerei kit at our club night this evening all still sealed in the original bag. When I got it home I took it out of the box to really see what I’d got and noticed that some […]

Tamiya 1/24 Scale Subaru Impreza WRC 99

My first 1/24 scale car! Quite a nice size model when finished and good fun to boot. Rather than try and spray the mica finish I left the main body unpainted,

3D Printing & Modelling

I have always been a bit of a gadget man and so when 3D printers first appeared on the scene some years ago it was like a moth to a flame. However, at that time I was unable to find […]

Introduction

Hi all, I’m new to this forum so I thought I would introduce myself. I am a retired contracts manager who took up the hobby again in 2009 after a 35 year break. I consider my self to be an […]