I was born in January 1977 in Preston, Lancashire, UK. Before my first birthday I moved to Belgium where I grew up and was educated to GCSE level. In the mid-Nineties I moved to Northampton, UK, and studied for my A-Levels.
When I was 19 I moved back to my home county (Lancashire) and studied at Blackpool and the Fylde College where I completed an HND Diploma in Photo Video/Design. Whilst studying I rediscovered my childhood interest in model-building but had to start again more or less from scratch, as so much had changed…. I then embarked on a BA Hons degree in Photo Video at Bolton and, once again, my model-building ambitions had to take a back seat.
Once I had completed my degree I started work as a salesman in the angling sector – another hobby of mine. It wasn’t until a few years later that I met Dave, a very helpful employee of Transport Models in Preston. He introduced me to someone truly inspirational: Andy Mathews, an American model builder whose work can be seen at http://www.clearviewf1.com. Dave proved to be a mine of information. Certainly, if you need any advice or help, he’s your man! My first 1/12 was the re20 Renault which, I must confess, was a complete disaster. Yes, it was a joke but a massive learning curve. I did however build a 1/12 Porsche Martini, hand painted which was a lot better. What was to come next was a work of art (well, in my opinion anyway): the fw14b in which Nigel Mansell won his 92 f1 season. I had contacted Williams just like Mathews had done and I went down to Oxford to photograph the car. Wow, what an experience! Amazing team, amazing people, amazing family. The incomplete car is depicted here with some of the original shots…
So for me this is where the story begins…. From here on in I’d like you to join me in my journey in making the perfect replica 1/12 scale models. Hope you enjoy.
The cars to finish off are the FW14B, the Martini Porsche and the RE20. Along with my other builds I’m doing I’ll be jumping about with these.
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