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Veterans

Royal Navy Veteran Turns Lego Hobby Into New Career

Paul Derrick served in the Royal Navy for eight years before making a career out of his hobby.

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A former Royal Navy air engineering mechanic has turned his Lego-building hobby into a new career.

Within a year of posting his creations online, Paul Derrick, 46, started receiving commissions and now also supplies models for exhibitions.

"I am very interested in historical events, particularly from the Royal Navy during Admiral Nelson's era, and have depicted many of these in Lego," he said.

The veteran has created numerous models of historical vessels and events, including the 1812 duel between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere, as well as the 1789 mutiny aboard HMS Bounty.

He said: "It wasn't until I had built the Lego models of the ships, that are to scale and historically accurate, that I realised just how complicated the real ships were.

"The sailors from this period were incredibly talented. It took a huge amount of skill to keep the ships serviceable. Building them from Lego was challenging enough."

1812 duel between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere built with LEGO by Paul Derrick former Royal Navy DATE UNKNOWN used on 060421 CREDIT Royal Navy.jpg
Mr Derrick's model battle between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere was due to be shown in Boston, Massachusetts, last year but was put on hold because of the pandemic (Picture: Royal Navy).

From Winchester in Hampshire, Mr Derrick comes from a Royal Navy family with both his parents, grandfather and uncle having served.

He spent eight years in the Senior Service, joining in 1992 and undergoing training at HMS Raleigh, HMS Daedalus and HMS Seahawk.

Two years after joining, he was drafted to 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), Commando Helicopter Force after volunteering to serve with the United Nations in Bosnia.

He undertook three tours of duty with both the UN and NATO before leaving the service in 1999 and joining Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Cover image: Paul Derrick pictured in his Lego workshop (Picture: Royal Navy).