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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!

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German WW2 Panzer Field Maintenance Unit

This diorama represents a German field maintenance unit for their armour and is based on the Takom kits of the Stratobahn 16 ton mobile crane and a late version Panther tank. The set dressing is from a mixed bunch of Tamiya and Miniart accessor[...]

Aid Station

This is my final project from 2018 which I finished in the new year but have only just photographed. The back story is a village in N Europe was damaged in the fighting in 1940. The war revisits the village during the German retreat in 1944. T[...]

Delivering Monty’s Tank

I haven't shared for a while but I have been busy running a couple of major builds in parallel. This is one of them! The diorama is based on the Merit M19 Diamond T tank transporter kit and the Tamiya M3 Grant with the figures from M&B. I[...]

An Old Theme Revisited

Here is my interpretation of a meeting between the SAS and the LRDG! It uses the Tamiya 1/35 scale kits and was really a vehicle for me to try my hand at modeling desert terrain. Comments welcome as always!

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 built the kit with the resin engine, cockpit, [...]

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 would encourage all of you to try [...]


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 of the parts appeared damaged! Further investigation sh[...]

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 a suitable CAD package that was capable of 3D modelling, simpl[...]
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