Born in 1967 and grown up in the Sint-Truiden, Belgium area close to the former Brustem Air Base. Started modelling at a young age and introduced to HAMOVER scale model club towards the end of 1981 by the late Albert Maes. In those days glueing together airplanes was the order of the day, rather than building scale models. Slowly, and with the support of Albert, my skills would start to take shape. After a short break to finish school I returned back to the club and in doing so I swapped the airplanes for cars. Various failed attempts to switch from the army to the air force might be at the source of this, but that's another story.
With Albert passing away in 2001, new horizons were calling and in 2003 together with some autosport friends, De Paddock Modelbouw was started. 7 years later and with differences in view on how to further develop the group, some solo projects kicked in. It was in this period that airplanes came back into the picture - literally - and having landed a job in aviation may as well have had to do with this, but also that one is another story. 2016 marked the return to HAMOVER to come full circle.
Scale modelling and photography go somewhat hand in hand as both require patience, perseverance and passion. Comebined with a steady hand and a trained eye some great results can be achieved. As a good captured photo can tell a story, so a scale model should do the same. The latest scale model builds have been approached in such a manner. Of course, an accurately built model is a result of good research but going the extra mile in adding significance to such projects is what makes it really interesting. The Spitfire Mk.1 in 1/48 of Flt. John Dundas DFC and Bar of 609 "WR" Squadron is such an example.
For quite some time it was a bit of a challenge to bring both cars and planes together under one website umbrella. E2M, for Ecurie & Escadron Maquette, is trying to do exactly that and not only scale modellingwise, but also adding the photography aspect to it. Many projects are still in the planning, so check back every now and then to see the progress. Thanks for the visit!!
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