WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Brent Simpson’s German World War I plane won best model at the Queensland NNL Rockhampton Model Show.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Brent Simpson’s German World War I plane won best model at the Queensland NNL Rockhampton Model Show. Rokcmodel

Boyhood passon proves still a winner after 40 years

THERE'S a part of Brent Simpson's childhood he never wants to grow out of.

Like so many kids of his generation, as a youngster Brent was introduced to model making by his father.

More than 40 years on, the passion is still there.

And the talent.

Brent's German World War I plane won best model at the Queensland NNL Rockhampton Model Show at the weekend.

He also won first place in the large scale aircraft section at the competition, which was held at The Criterion Hotel.

The Brisbane police officer said crafting scale model aircraft was the key to a stress-free life.

The awards were judged by everyone who entered the competition and Mr Simpson said the recognition by his fellow competitors was exciting.

"It's a very high standard, so I was very happy my peers judged mine to be the best," Mr Simpson said.

"Most kids in my generation would make models. "I just never stopped doing it."

Mr Simpson said he used the hobby to escape the stress of work and loved researching the history of the aircraft he models, making them as accurate as possible.

Fellow competitor Eric Galliers placed second in the aircraft and miscellaneous categories on the weekend.



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