Brass Model Aircraft Loaned To The Museum

October, 2014

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.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is pleased to be able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

The presentations are usually given as an audio/visual presentation using the Museum's equipment. Our presentations can be tailored to suit audiences ranging from specialist societies to community based groups and range in length from 40 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.