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Lego model of Concorde flies into museum

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BUILDING displays out of Lego may seem like a dream job, but for Duncan Titmarsh it’s all in a day’s work.

Duncan works for Bright Bricks – the UK’s only Lego-certified building company.

He gave a masterclass workshop at Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham to a group of eager students.

Duncan said: ‘The workshops have kept me very busy. They are a great way for the public to engage with Lego.’

He was teaching how to build a sphere out of Lego and turn it into a face.

Aaron Fokinther, 11, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s good fun, especially if you’re bored and you want to let your imagination go.’

The workshops were part of the Lego mania trail which has been at the museum since February.

Duncan also created a replica Portchester Castle, which is on display at the museum.

He said that being a Lego builder ‘can be difficult at times’ and that the hardest model he has ever completed was a 12ft Christmas tree, complete with 1,200 baubles, which went on display at St Pancras station in London in 2010.

Also on display at Westbury Manor is a giant Lego model of Concorde, which is almost 6ft long and weighs 40kg.

The model is at the museum to commemorate aviation pioneer Peter Twiss, who lived in Titchfield until his death in 2011.

He was the first person to travel faster than 1,000mph when he flew the Fairey Delta FD2 aircraft at 1,132mph directly over Fareham in 1956.

Curator Tom de Wit said: ‘The flight could be seen from Westbury Manor.

‘I’ve spoken to eye witnesses who say it was like a bolt of lightning across the sky, then it was gone. The sonic boom even shattered windows.’

Mr Twiss’s Fairey Delta FD2 aircraft was later used as a prototype for the Concorde development programme.

Westbury Manor will hold a workshop to build a limited edition replica of the Fairey Delta FD2 aircraft today. The workshop starts at 10am and is on a first-come first-served basis.

Mr de Wit said: ‘The trail has been great because it has brought people into the museum who would not usually have come in.’

The trail is on until Sunday, June 9. For details visit hants.gov.uk/museum/westbury-manor-museum or call (01329) 822063.

 

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