Model maker Wayne Belzer.
Model maker Wayne Belzer. Allan Reinikka ROK030218amodel11

Hobby proves perfect business model for Wayne

WAYNE Belzer got his first model kit as a child and soon it became a big hobby.

But he admits to getting a little distracted in his teen years and young adulthood, soon dropping the time-consuming pasttime.

About 25 years ago, Wayne picked up a kit again and "can't get enough of it now”.

He had several models entered in the 14th Queensland NNL Titles (National Nameless Luminaries) at Rockhampton's Criterion Hotel on Saturday.

Dozens of people from across Queensland entered over 200 pieces which each took hours to craft to perfection.

Wayne's pride and joy was the 19R dozer, which is used in military operations making it tough to research and pinpoint which design he would emulate on his model.

After putting the 500 piece kit together, Wayne spent hours painting it for initial colour and design and then even more time giving it the perfect weathered look.

Soon, models will be more than just a hobby for the Mackay man as he prepares to open BB's Hobbies to take his passion to the next level.

Wayne said he constantly had projects on the go.

"Sometimes I've got four to five on the go at once and every time you go in to build, that one will catch your eye so you'll do a bit on that one,” he said.

One of the most interesting parts of the hobby was the research which went in to making sure each piece was as authentic as possible.



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