Ian Dennewald has been building top quality models for over 30 years.

Ian was born in Newcastle, Australia and educated, or at least regularly turned up to Primary and High School in the northern Sydney suburb of St Ives.

Upon being given his HSC out of pity he started work in 1979 as an apprentice model maker at Arcmod Models. After completing his apprenticeship he moved to Adelaide and worked in-house for Woods Bagot Architects. After only 18 months Sydney’s waterways beckoned and he returned in 1985 to establish Austek Models.

Having made exclusively architectural models for 10 years the recession of the late 80’s saw Ian looking at other types of model making ventures and he soon found himself building maritime and industrial models as well.

Austek Models has, over the years, employed and trained many model makers. However Ian found himself managing people and not enjoying his first love of model making, so he now works pretty much on his own. This gives him complete control over quality and service.

If he is not in his workshop in Manly Vale Ian can be found on a yacht sailing somewhere in Sydney or off Australia’s east coast.