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Been a modeller since aged 5. Grandad helped me carve my first Galleon to sail on the pond at Ryde, Isle of Wight. Been modelling now for 65 years. Planes, Helicopters and my great love....Boats.
Had various jobs before becoming a London Copper at age 20. Used my down time to build models in my tiny section house room in Hackney and joined Victoria Park Model Steamboat Club in 1969. Recovering from serious injury on duty which finished my time in the Police, did and OU degree and then became a workshop instructor/technician until I did a Cert. Ed in Design and Technology and qualified as a Tech teacher.
Carried on modelling, planes mainly and some boats, took time out to open my own business, a DIY shop in Essex where I built my first real workshop, designing and making bespoke cabinets and kitchens. B&Q, Wickes and Homebase started up bigtime, closing most shops like mine so went back to teaching.Worked at weekends for Len and Jean Bliss in their Model Shop on saturdays as well as shows. Designed and made Aircraft kits for them and several other shops. Built up a nice big workshop at home and then bought their shop Modelland in Hainault, near Romford, Essex.
The big recession, late 1980's under Maggie Thatcher meant people could not eat models so closed it down and became a Head of CDT at a school in Essex teaching everything practical including Cooking, Needlework, Computer studies, Industrial design and manufacturing up to A Level. Became a Tutor/Mentor at Greenwich University on Qualified Technical teacher training degree courses etc, Moved up the ladder and ended at Chigwell Private School in Essex where I retired.
Went into model boats exclusively about 10 years ago. Playing with new ideas and materials just for fun and designing my own models from scratch.
I'm still a hands on drawing plans with a pen kind of inventor, got into mould making and casting, parts and figures, made my own Vac forming gear and so on. My models are smaller than my Straight running days now and much more detailed as I can't carry a lot, my Police injuries coming back to haunt me. So I'll often be seen on a sooped up buggy running over peoples feet at shows.
Basically I am still an enthusiast, a dyed in the wool model maker and a nutcase!! , Love modelling, helping people understand modelling stuff as well as write Comedy shows and Panto mimes with the wife for our nearby Drama Group. Play Guitar and sing a bit, Musical director for some shows etc and I even enjoy making costumes, weapons and props. Look online at Dragon Theatre Company...all the costumes on there have been made by me!!! so if you ever need to hire any you know where to go.....This is also the reason for my E.Mail address.
Cheers.........Thats all for now
Last online: 14/07/2020 14:40:50
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