Clive proving recycled items still have a use

Clive Bamberger of Saxon Upholstery in Felixstowe with his aeroplane that he has made out of recycle

Clive Bamberger of Saxon Upholstery in Felixstowe with his aeroplane that he has made out of recycled wardrobe and other items. - Credit: Archant

felixstowe: Over the years his extravagant window displays have always made people stop and stare.

From Santa riding a flying pig through to a mini amusements arcade, Clive Bamberger of Saxon Upholstery, always does his best to brighten up the high street.

And while his latest effort of a First World War fighter plane has caught the attention of passers-by, there is also a message behind it, about the importance of recycling.

For while this model may look like something that has been built using manufactured parts, it is actually made up of old products including a wardrobe and table legs.

Mr Bamberger said: “I’m keen to show what you can do with recycling.

“I have had people coming wanting to buy it because they think it is a proper model.

“It has stopped a lot of people and they don’t realise that it is basically a wardrobe.”

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The plane is a model of a Sopwith Camel, a single-seater biplane fighter first introduced on the Western Front in 1917. Mr Bamberger, an upholster, used everything at his disposal to create the display, with the top of a spray can even finding a place on the finished article.

From design to completion, the project took Mr Bamberger, about 10 evenings to complete.

Mr Bamberger added: “It is interesting when they realise it is a wardrobe and not made by an aeroplane model maker.”