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APPRENTICES at the Gosport’s Vector Aerospace showcased their skills during a challenge at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare.

They were asked to build a horizontal tailplane unit and endplate for a Fairey Ultra-Light Helicopter.

Originally manufactured in 1955, only six were built.

The museum has been on the hunt for spares for one donated in the 70s, which led it to ask the apprentices to design and build the parts from pictures.

Instructor Martin Hounsell said: ‘Making this from scratch with no drawings is an outstanding achievement and something the training school can be proud of.