As part of the application you will be required to purchase and

build the above Spitfire AA810 model kit.



In doing so they will learn the function of the part, the process by which it was made, and the selection of materials. Additionally, they will gain an understanding of the associated technical drawing, the quantities, functions and options of the materials required and, working with aluminium, the use of cutting, folding, bending, filing, drilling and riveting techniques. The finished part will be assessed by a licensed Shuttleworth engineer who will provide an evaluation certificate; both the part and the certificate will be retained by the student. Attendance on the Workshops will be by a nationally advertised competition included on this website.


Once on site the Workshops are FREE OF CHARGE for those selected; accommodation and food will be provided as will all materials and tools required.


Do YOU want to learn how aircraft design has changed over the last 100 years? Do YOU want to get hands-on experience building parts from original Spitfire drawings? Now you can...

Applications for the 2022 Engineering Workshops are now CLOSED. However, applications for the 2023 Workshops will be invited on 27 September 2022, the anniversary of Sandy Gunn’s birthday.”


The 2023 Engineering Workshops will take place in the Discovery Hub and Engineering Workshops of the Shuttleworth Trust over three days and involve six students each. They will be supported by staff and apprentices from the RAF Museum. The Shuttleworth Collection will be used to demonstrate the development of aviation engineering from wood to metal to composite, and the main focus will be on the skills required for airframe metalwork.  From original drawings students will make one pre-selected  aluminium item that would have been fitted to a Spitfire PR IV.