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Dave's model idea for Spitfire plans.

Byline: Matt Lloyd

THE Birmingham firm behind the city's striking Spitfire Island sculpture has offered a piece of history to celebrate the Battle of Britain fighter plane.

Dave Gent, an engineer with company AECOM, Newhall Street, wants the proposed Birmingham museum celebrating the aircraft to have an original scale mock-up of the design.

The sculpture was used in the planning stages when the Spitfire Island, Fort Parkway, was being designed by the great nephew of Birmingham author J.R.R Tolkien.

A metre-square in size, the mock up is an exact replica of the 62-ton sculpture of three of the Birmingham-built planes soaring into the sky. Mr Gent made the offer after hearing of plans by businessman Neil Maybury to open an exhibit celebrating the plane's city heritage.

Mr Maybury, chairman of Birmingham Business Focus, called for locals to help populate the exhibit which could be set up at Millennium Point's Thinktank museum.

Mr Gent said: "My company was responsible for the structural design of the Spitfire Island sculpture and we have one of the original scale mock-ups of the finished thing."

Mr Maybury said: "The Spitfire is part of our heritage, something we Vision: Neil Maybury. can be proud of, and it's important we don't forget."

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