I wanted to sketch the Spitfire that last time was in the middle of the display area, my Dad having been a Spitfire pilot in WWII. I couldn't find it so started sketching this plane from the 1st World War, a Scout Experimental 5a (SE5a) of the Royal Flying Corps.
Sitting there squinting at its details in the dimly lit hall, you can't help but sense the ghosts of the young men that were brave enough to go up in these then revolutionary and flimsy looking flying machines. The straps that held them in, the tiny wires they'd adjusted wing angles with - as my focus moved to the background and I added the propeller of the plane behind it, it dawned on me that that was the Spitfire huddled in the corner... ah well, I was enjoying the play of light on the ribs and bones of the older plane.
I wanted to make a quick second sketch before leaving, so with a loaded brush just put down the main shapes of the BMW 'Afrika Corps' motorbike without getting too bogged down in the detail. These were used by the Germans in North Africa c1942, this one rebuilt from spare parts donated by collectors and from spares shops.