The UK’s largest privately-owned military museum has snapped up a meticulously constructed World War Two German Tiger Tank, made by a Stopsley man.
The Muckleburgh Military Collection in North Norfolk was delighted when John Tucker, 55, of Bracklesham Gardens donated the scale model.
The Butterfields yardman and forklift driver said: “It was a real labour of love.
“It’s 1/16th scale, made from alloy metal and plastic. It’s painted inside and out and is completely authentic.
“The parts were from a magazine and it took 140 issues and three years to complete. The total cost, with paint and materials, was about £1,000.”
John, who’s been making models since he was about four, said: “I feel like an artist having my painting on show in a gallery.
“They’ve got lots of smaller thanks there so I think mine will be a one-off.”
He has no plans to tackle anything similar.
“I’ve got a lot of decorating to do,” he smiled. “I’ve sort of let it slip over the last few years.”