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Derek B

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Derek B last won the day on October 26 2014

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About Derek B

  • Birthday 10/15/1959

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    Barton upon Humber, England (UK)
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    I model in all scales - my main interests these days is Hellenic Air Force and Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) aircraft, although there are a few other aircraft types that that distract me occasionally!

    I have produced master patterns for other companies here in the UK since the mid-80's. I am also a former RAF VR(T) Fg Off within the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and also used to own and run aircraft resin model company Eclipse Model Design - EMD.

    Since February 2014, I have been a member of the Lightning Preservation Group (LPG), who own and operate two operational (but non-flying) EE Lightning F.Mk.6 aircraft at Bruntingthorpe airfield in Leicester in the UK; I look after and pack the aircraft braking parachutes as well as carrying out other aspects of aircraft maintenance and operation.

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  1. Wow on two accounts Anthony; first, the mountain you have had to climb to find your mojo again after that soul-sapping riveting session (and yes, it will be worth it), and secondly, that Spey compressor intake section, it's totally awesome! (huge kudos to Kerry here). Whoever is lucky enough to obtain 3D printed copies copies of Kerry's compressor and exhaust sections will be extremely fortunate as it will make conversion of the Tamiya F-4J into a Spey powered British Phantom that much easier. However, your conversion is exemplary Anthony and probably provides more inspiration to other modellers than you would ever appreciate - keep up the good work on this incredible build. Derek
  2. Well, at least on this (presumably mock up) version, it is aft sliding. Derek
  3. Nice work Dave (packed a few of those types of parachute in my time!). Derek
  4. I definitely need one of these in my life and Loic's masterful work still inspires me - thank you. Derek
  5. During my previous RAF career (and later current employment), my specialist trade was that of Survival Equipment Fitter/Technician and Flying Clothing (equivalent to your USAF Life Support/Aircrew Flight Equipment Specialist) and, later, aircraft Inspector for various 1st and 2nd line maintenance and inspection of various aircraft ejection seats and associated Emergency Escape and Survival Systems (EES&S) (which is equivalent to your USAF Aircrew Egress Systems), so I can relate to your experiences. Derek
  6. Awesome work Pete (as always!) Derek
  7. Hi Craig, What a defining moment! well done (dedication and perseverance at its very best). I am so pleased that your own long hard slog and efforts on your build have finally brought you to this point of inspiration and enthusiasm to forge ahead to completion. Even at this stage - to my eye - your model looks extremely convincing and 'right'. Congratulation. Derek
  8. I love this stuff Geoff - keep it going! Hopefully, the carbon fibre rods will offer the stiffness you require for your wings, but if all else fails, 'I' section spars and box sections always offer the lightest and strongest solutions (which is chiefly why they have been used in wing design on the full size aircraft for such a long time). looks like you are defeating the cowl issues, well done. Good luck Derek
  9. Impressive work Iain Derek
  10. Lovely work - well done Mike Derek
  11. Hi Pete, It is probably just me missing something here, but shouldn't there be a hinged aircrew entrance door on the port side cockpit? (I can see it in the closed position on the photograph of the original aircraft). However, I can think of no words to conjure up to describe the absolute masterclass of a scratch build here, so I shall just say well done and thank you for sharing your work with us. Regards Derek
  12. Hi Anthony, When I say 'loose', this is what I mean... These are often covered up by a blank or plate to 'hide the hole' (not unlike model making actually), so you wouldn't necessarily know that they were so! Derek
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