Hardwicke model maker Phil's 25 years on Invincible model
IT has taken him a staggering 25 years to make, but the end is nearly in sight for Phil Barker's project to build a model of the HMS Invincible.
At 84 inches long, the model boasts an engine with two electric motors, a fire and water alarm system and even traffic lights on deck, all powered by a car battery.
A whopping £2,000 later and it's nothing short of the real thing. The 68-year-old, from Cornfield Drive, in Hardwicke, said: "I can spend hours and even days just doing one little bit, it's so intricate. I started after the Falklands War and I've not stopped since.
"I don't think people realise just how costly it has been but I think it's worth it."
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The model is on a 1:196 scale with the ship that saw action in the Falklands and was a flagship of the British fleet for a time.
It won Mr Barker acclaim at the Model Engineering Exhibition where it was highly commended last week.