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@djmlm13523 Derek Matile

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Hi all,born 1947 in Grimsby,moved to Portsmouth 1950.Various jobs until I became a bus driver for 30 years.Started Scratch building models when I retired at the age of 59.I only work with wood.Married two children,three grandchildren.

Scratch built type 45 destroyer.

This is a scratch built model of HMS Diamond type 45 Destroyer. I copied the dimensions from a 1/700 kit times 3 =1.233 scale.The hull is calved from a block of pine,the rest is ply.I also built Daring and Dauntless to the same scale.

Armstrong field guns.

Two scratch made Armstrong field guns.A 7 pounder and a 10 barrel Gatling gun.Made of pine.

Scratch made 3.7 inch AA gun.

This is a scratch built model of a British 3.7 inch AA gun I made a couple of years ago,but I have given it a fresh lick of paint and added a few more parts.Stands 8 inches high,Copied from pictures and is made from wood.

Scratch built 40mm Bofor gun.

Scratch built 40mm Bofor gun.Copied the dimensions from the 1/72 Airfix kit which in my opinion is a very good detailed kit,making mine a 1/18 scale.(4 times bigger).

Scratch built 18 pounder field gun.

Scratch built 18 pounder field gun.Copied from a 1/72 kit four times bigger,1/18 scale.Made from pine and ply.

Scratch built Soviet D20 heavy howitzer

Scratch built Soviet D20 howitzer.16.5 inches long,Copied from pictures.Made from pine,ply and dowling.

Scratch built small arm.

This is a scratch built model of a WW 1Lee Enfield Mk 3 rifle.It’s 18 inches long and made from oak.The bayanet is removable and the bolt works too.

L118 light Howitzer

I found this photo on the internet and thought wow that looks good.I had already built a scratch built model of the 105mm British L118 light gun (1/18scale) so I thought I’ll have a go st making my first diorama to depict the photo.After I had f[...]

Scratch built German sIG 33 howitzer.

Scratch built German sIG 33 howitzer. Copied the dimensions from a 1/72 kit times four=1/18 scale. Made from ply and dowling.

Scratch built type 23 Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond

I built this about 4 years ago for the Captain of the said ship. He said he wanted it bigger than the Type 22 I made him previously. I built it from photos he had given me (about 100). The model is made from pine and ply. He invited me on board [...]