London-based TMB Art Metal's latest creation is more than just a sculpture of a classic British Supermarine Spitfire; it's actually made from the fighter plane's original Rolls-Royce engine parts. Made in a limited edition of 24, the Spitfire Mk 1 sculpture is handcrafted of aluminum originating from the Rolls-Royce Merlin Mk III engine fitted to X4276 KL-B, legendary RAF ace Al Deere's personal Spitfire for the latter part of the Battle of Britain and 1940, which crashed on 28th December of that year. The sculptures are supported by bronze stalks with precision engineered ball and sockets so the planes can be placed in various attitudes of flight. The sculptures are set upon a mahogany and burr walnut plinth and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by one of the original Supermarine test pilots.
[via Duncan Quinn]