When you throw the garbage out of your home, do you ever imagine that those cans of fruit juices, broken mop handles and other things can convert into replicas of fighter planes? If you find it impossible then we must present you with Ian Baron, a Canadian, who works at Darlington Power Plant and whose only hobby is to make life-size replicas of fighter planes. So far, Ian has made four replicas of different types of planes used during world wars, all made from recycled bits and parts. Baron manages to create such huge replicas by measuring the parts of the planes of a 1:48 scale model plane.
The inspiration to make these replicas dawned upon Ian, almost five years back when he visited Ford Automotive Museum in Michigan and he realized that there is a huge potential to go creative by learning the art of binding metal. Ian had already tried his hands on making dune buggies and had restored Model A Fords and so making planes was a natural choice.
After collecting a lot of garbage from various households, Ian was all geared up to make planes except that he lacked metal sheets for making skin of the replicas. For that, Ian scavenged scrape yards, auto and home depots and arranged enough metal sheets to make grand replicas.
Ian made his first replica a 1916 Sopwith Camel used in First World War. It was this fighter plane that shot down Red Baron in the war. Ian used gates of his farms as the wings of the plane and the broken bar stools were used as bulkheads. Ian spent almost nine months in the garage to make his first plane, almost the same tenure, a woman takes to create a baby and hence in every sense these creations are Ian’s babies.
Ian’s second replica was a Red Baron’s Fokker DR1. The plane has a real propeller from World War II. Rests of the parts are made from recycles trash. The ends of the plane are covered with sheet metal which Ian managed to retrieve from swimming pool walls.
His third ‘baby’ was a model of Messerschmitt 109-G. This replica also boasts a dummy model of German general Adolf Galland, in his typical pose of a cigar in his mouth which Ian made from a mop handle.
Ian’s latest creation is a Spitfire. In the cockpit of this plane, Ian has installed original British instruments and a dummy from World war times, which is shown as operating the plane in a fighter pilot’s uniform. This plane has an 11 meter wingspan and it is the largest of Ian’s creations so far.
This hobby of transforming trash into replica planes does not come cheaply to Ian. He has to spend quite a chunk of his earnings and his major part of earnings go into buying oxygen and acetylene for welding, aluminum rivets and paint.