He showed us his very detailed 1250 models made out of paper at Kassel. His models were a great addition to every 1250 collection. In detail they can compete with our finest metal models. He also participated at several ship model competitions (Schiffsmodellbaumeisterschaften} and took home several world championships in class C 4 D, which includes 1:1250. He, and his wife, will surely be missed at Kassel next year.
Heinz-Dieter Schlingelhof March 30, 2021
His interest in 1250 models started before WW II with the limited supply of Wiking models. He enhanced his collection with new models made from cardboard, and later the wood of cigar boxes.
From 1944-1945 he served on the German Destroyer Z 39. His collection was lost during the war.
In the early 50's, living in Berlin, he started a naval strategy game with 6/8 friends. First because of the game, he started producing 1250 models in plastic, similar in quality to Wiking. Needless to say, he always had the largest fleet in every game. Little by little, he started selling some of his production. He expanded to airplanes. To this date some of his planes in 1250 are of high quality and adorn the aircraft carriers of many collectors. He was selling his production under his initials: HDS
In the 70's, he moved to Kassel. Here the ship/airplane production became his full time job.
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