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Dr. Nicolaus Hettler

Dr. Nicolaus Hettler Dr. Nicolaus Hettler, born in 1963

Born in 1963 my father gave me my first model as a Christmas present when I was six or seven years old. It was a sailing ship, the Cutty Sark, which I built with my father. Sadly it couldn’t swim as I expected and so it disappeared quite quickly. My next try were planes at 1/72 scale, from which I had in the end quite a considerable collection. Additionally the first tanks at the same scale joined the collection. In between I also built some ships at 1/350 scale, but again they sunk. At the age of 12 or 13 my grandmother gave me my first “big” tank, a Jagdpanzer IV L/70 from Monogram, which was at 1/32 scale at that time. Now again additional tanks and planes at the same scale came to my collection. Already at that time I began to specialize in Wehrmacht vehicles in 1/35 scale as there were so many available on the market. And so my collection slowly grew. Some of my models I even camouflaged according to the season, until the different layers of paint became too thick...

Then the first vac-formed models became available and I vividly can remember my first trials with models of lorries by Schmidt Modellbau. And I was very proud of my first 18 ton halftrack. Later came resin models by Verlinden, from Albstadt and from Härle. Many of them were never built and remained in their boxes until today. Today the focus is still on Wehrmacht vehicles at 1/35 scale and Luftwaffe in 1/32. Regrettably the spare time for the hobby has decreased more and more, but sometimes I still find the time to model a bit or even to finish one of them. While I certainly am no rivet-counter, updates-sets are used when they are useful. I only build vehicles and planes, but no dioramas or figures, but the collection of not built kits grows more and more.

When I was studying mechanical engineering the idea came to my mind to visit and photograph the real thing. In the following course of time I made more and more photos, met Heiner Duske and some day I began to write my first volume for Nuts & Bolts. It was very interesting and gave me a lot of pleasure. And so I hope that I can deliver the next volume in the not too distant future.