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Derek Barrett

Derek Barrett

My father was a professional model maker and keen model railway enthusiast so I can remember being surrounded by models from a very early age. Naturally my interest in models stems from there and I have been making models for more years than I care to remember.

Model Railway
Model Engineer exhibition 1957 at the controls of our model railway

As a young boy I can vividly remember spending my pocket money on the (then) very new idea of plastic kits from Airfix (when they came in poly bags). Over the years I must have built very many models. My father and I exhibited the large model railway layout that we built at several Model Engineer exhibitions in London in the 1950's. I can recall appearing in several newspapers with the model railway when I was about 13 years old.

After leaving school I worked away from home and traveled much of the world, only occasionally having the opportunity to make models. Those that I did frequently got damaged during my travels. It is only since I settled back in England in the last 10 years or so that I have had the opportunity to start serious modelling again.

My interests are mainly in 1/35th scale armour, but I do have the occasional foray into other subjects. For example, I have recently built a Mercedes Truck, a sinking Titanic and am about to build the Revell USS Constitution.

Since joining Milton Keynes Scale Model Club my model kills have improved out of all recognition, thanks due to the encouragement of the members and from seeing the work of others. 

I was elected to the committee in 1998 and from 1999-2000 was proud to have been Chairman. I have spent a considerable amount of my time in developing and editing the clubs Hints and Tips booklet, "The Roundabout Way to Modelling". This has been well received by the club members and has sold well, thanks to coverage in many of the UK modelling magazines.

Click on the images below to be transfered to page about the model.

Bren Carrier Bren Carrier
This is the Tamiya kit with Airwaves etched brass and bits from the spares box.
M113 M113
Tamiya kit.
M1A1 M1A1
Tamiya kit in Gulf War livery.
M4A3 Sherman M4A3 Sherman
Tamiya kit with Milliput sandbags
Vietnam Vietnam Diorama
Diorama depicting the AFV Club M88 Recovery vehicle pulling a damaged M48 out of a ditch.
M48 M48
Backdated Academy M48A5.K to make it suitable for the Vietnam diorama.
SU-100 SU-100 Soviet Self Propelled Gun
Italeri-Zvezda kit with Tamiya Russian Army Assault Infantry.
Command Car German light command car
Zvezda KIPzBfWg (Sd Kfz 265).
A rather chunky kit but builds up well with a bit of work.
Spitfire Spitfire
The rather old 1/24 Airfix Spitfire built as a commission, just to prove that I do make aeroplanes as well!
Titanic Titanic
1/570th Scale
The Revell kit converted to display her as she sank in 1912.
Queen Mary Queen Mary
1/570th Scale
The Revell kit built from the box as a commission.

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