Village model Spitfire restored by RAF Cosford museum
- 8 August 2012
- From the section Shropshire
A model Spitfire which has stood in the garden of a Shropshire village home for four decades has been restored.
Apprentices at the museum at RAF Cosford in Shropshire worked on the model from Kynnersley from late 2010.
John Lloyd, 67, said the project came about after a passer-by contacted RAF Cosford to say the model which was in his garden was in a state of "disrepair".
Following its return, he said the restoration was "excellent".
Mr Lloyd, who lives with his partner, Joan, and son, Darren, 43, said he had made a "generous donation" to the museum.
A museum spokeswoman said the scheme provided good training for the six apprentices who worked on the project, while "for the passers-by in Kynnersley it's good for them to see it restored".
The work included rebuilding the nose cone and wings and building a new cockpit.
The original model was made by the late Raymond Rutter when he lived at the home, Mr Lloyd said.
He said: "The cockpit wasn't sealed like it is now. It was open [to] the elements.
"Fair play to the team. They've made made a good job of it.
"It's nice to look out and see it again, instead of looking out and seeing a gap."