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My name’s Ronald Wem, a retired design engineer. I was born in Birmingham in 1931. In 1950 - 52 I did my National Service in the RAF I did my Kitout at RAF Padgate, Square bashing at RAF Bridgnorth and my trade training (cartographical tracer) at RAF Nuneham Park. I then moved to RAF Medmenham where I plotted  aerial  photos on map overlays. From there I was based in Norfolk  at RAF Bircham Newton. Here I did graphic design for the officers adavnced training school. On demob I joined 3605 squadron and trained as  a radar operator. I married Jean Gilbert in March 1955. We  had two children Steven and Julie. They gave us four wonderful grandchildren. I lived in Birmingham until 1977, when work commitments brought a move to Dunstable in Bedfordshire. My interest in boats began with a full size canal cruiser converted from an old pontoon.

For a photo of this boat called Arfamo visit the real boats page. Arfamo was followed by its successor Arfamo II in 1962. We are still enjoying many days of happy cruising along the canal and river network in Arfamo II. My interest in model boats began shortly after our move to Dunstable, and I became a member of the Leighton Buzzard Model Boat Club in 1992. I have now enjoyed building and sailing in excess of 30 models; for details of all my boats including the first build (a Collie Graupner Kit) see the current projects and my boats pages.

I hope you enjoy the site, I will be pleased to receive any questions or comments




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