I'm the Deputy Editor and model-maker in residence at Model Rail magazine, one of the best modelling monthlies around. I also produce modelling books for the Crowood Press and run courses on airbrushing.
My first forays into modelling consisted of scratchbuilding spacecraft inspired by the Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica movies. These were built from cereal boxes, detergent bottles and scrap plastic sprue from my Dad's military model kits. Working in the paint shop at the local Ford car plant, Dad used to sneak my models into the factory and place them between the Escorts and Orions for the robots to cover them in a lovely coat of metallic paint.
I was born in Tuebrook, Liverpool and eventually settled in Wavertree, near the site of Edge Hill shed before crossing the Pennines to work at the National Railway Museum in York as a conservator. After leaving the NRM in 2003, I stumbled across an ad in Model Rail asking for a modelmaker. My wife convinced me to apply and, after pootling over to Peterborough in my rattly old Micra for an interview, I'm still there!