Be2c model project - Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool
The Be2c replica was built by staff and members of the Tramshed workshop, as a joint venture between Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and HBC Cultural Services where people with mental health problems take part in therapeutic woodworking activities.
The building of the Be2c model came about after a group discussion and intital research about the shooting down of a Zeppelin over Hartlepool during the First World War. Having competed a number of previous smaller projects we decided to build a replica of the Be2c flown by Ian Pyott when he shot the Zeppelin down over the Heugh breakwater Hartlepool.
We found a photo of the original aircraft and obtained some plans for the aircraft whihc we had enlarged to 1/3 rd scale, giving a wingspan of 3.7m, a little over 12 foot.
Group members were involved in every aspect of the construction, from marking out and cutting parts to assembly of the structure, covering, rigging, painting and detailing.
Group members have developed new skills, increased confidence, team working skills and other therapeutic benefits. The satisfaction of being involved in such a project which the public can enjoy is a boost to members self esteem.
The plane is on display in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.