Seven brass 1:36 scale models of First World War scouts have recently been loaned to the Museum by local modeller Frank Hackett who has been building First World War model aircraft since 1980. His son had asked him to build a model aeroplane similar to the one brought back by his great uncle, sadly killed on the Somme in 1916. Frank’s great uncle had made a model aeroplane from brass shell cases, soft soldering the brass to form the wings, tailplane and fuselage and using shell caps to form the wheels. Frank thought he could do better than this ‘trench art’ aeroplane and proceeded to build a Sopwith Camel. He then went on to build thirty more brass aeroplane models showing the development of aircraft during the First World War.
Frank is seen in the photograph handing over one of the brass scout models to Group Captain David Baron, the Museum’s chairman. These excellent models are now displayed in the Museum’s First World War exhibition.