Robin was born in 1949 in Grimoldby, Lincolnshire. Grimoldby is situated next to the ex RAF station Manby, this being Robin's first recollection of interest in aviation at the age of 4 years. From this very young age Robin has been an avid aeromodeller and artist.
Leaving school in 1966, Robin joined Rolls-Royce at Derby (Aero Engine division) serving an apprenticeship as a draughtsman. During his time at R-R he qualified as a Private Pilot owning and flying several different light aircraft. An unpleasant working environment in 1971 as a result of the R-R "Big Crash" led him to take on a totally different life style and joined the Royal Navy. Having saved enough money to buy his own house Robin left the Navy in 1978 and joined the Derbyshire Fire Service.
It wasn't until a near fatal accident whilst on duty that he was forced to retire and took up painting full time.
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