Today saw the unveiling of ‘Operation egg box – highly classified’. A life-size Spitfire made egg boxes was unveiled to the public at IWM Duxford.
The full-size Spitfire took six weeks to make using 6,500 egg boxes, 5 litres of glue, 5,000 nails, 10 litres of paint and 10,000 staples. The model makers Charlotte Austen and Jack Munro were joined by members of the public who helped put the final egg boxes into position to complete the sculpture.
In addition to thousands of egg boxes, the sculptors needed the following materials to create the Spitfire model:
- 220 metres of wooden batten
- 100 square metres of canvas
- 450 glue sticks
- 25 sheets of plywood of various thickness
- 7m of foam
- 25 metres of steel
- 120 cups of tea
- 6 packets of chocolate hob nobs
- 18 cream eggs
- A couple of sleepless nights
- 6 plasters
- 1 bottle of brandy (to warm the cockles)
- 1 trip to A&E (2 stitches)
Sculptor Charlotte Austen commented: “Working on the spitfire has been quite a journey. I have enjoyed the challenge of it immensely. Help for Heroes is a charity I believe in enormously and it has been a huge honour to do a project for Eggs for Soldiers in support of Help for Heroes. I hope everyone enjoys seeing it as much as we did making it.”
Architect Jack Munro added: “The biggest challenge in building the structure of the Eggs for Soldiers Spitfire was to recreate the plane’s iconic but complex geometry as accurately as possible. Every surface of the Spitfire is double curved, and to replicate this we have used a combination of traditional timber construction techniques and advanced digital processes such as laser cutting and CNC routing. This has enabled us to create a light, efficient and precise structure.”
The model has been unveiled in time for March Fourth, an annual fundraising event held in support of Servicemen, women and veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses.
The Spitfire is on display to the general public at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire