Rob Haelterman

The decent thing to do when you join an established social environment is to introduce yourself (or be introduced). So for those who are interested, here are some words about myself .

About Me: professionally
I was born "some time" ago in Flanders (Belgium) and, due to a very early exposure to aircraft (of which more below), ended up studying civil engineering and aeronautics in Brussels.

I finished my PhD in May 2009 and am now currently working as a professor in mathematics.

On a more personal level, I am very lucky to have a loving wife, who understands how important modeling is to me and with whom I can spend some of my other favorite passtimes: hiking and mountainbiking.

My first exposure to modeling came through my uncle who flew R/C helicopters. He bought my first kit, an Aérospatiale Dauphin (from Revell I think) for my 5th birthday. We built it together and I still remember choosing the twin engine option over the single engined option. Other kits followed on an irregular basis, until I discovered IPMS/UK at the age of 12. IPMS/USA and IPMS/Belgium followed. During my studies modeling was put on the back burner, and was only restarted afterwards. While my interest was (and still is) Luftwaffe single engined fighters, I have gradually moved to 1939-1945 Panzers and Beutepanzer in particular.