World War I model aircraft built by tragic Welwyn Garden City pilot sold at auction
PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 15 February 2018
A near-life-sized WWI replica fighter plane built by a late Welwyn Garden City aircraft enthusiast fetched more than three times its estimate at auction yesterday.
The model plane’s maker, Ian Brewster, tragically died at the age of 71 when flying another aircraft on June 20 last year.
The pilot passed away after he crash-landed in a field at Luffenhall, near Walkern.
One of his labours of love was to hand-craft a near-life-size model of a Fokker Eindecker E111, a type of WWII war plane.
It is finished in German silver and black livery, and has a wingspan of 848cm.
Though it can’t fly, it can motor along on the ground thanks to having a Reliant Robin engine fitted.
Mr Brewster’s creation was auctioned yesterday (February 13) by Sworders auctioneers, where the estimate was £300 to 400.
The model caught the interest of three bidders in the auction room and one telephone bidder, pushing the final price to £1,300 plus buyer’s premium.
A spokesperson for Sworders said the sale was made to a “private buyer in Suffolk who is fascinated with mechanics, and bought it for his children to play in.
“He intends to position it on the lawn outside of his home.”