Aviation and Military Sculpture

Sculptor Peter Close's personal love of aviation and military history led him to create a series of bronze portrait busts of famous and inspirational militray figures and aviation heroes. After the success of these busts Peter then created his equally fine series of limited edition bronze aviation art figures depicting airmen and aircrew from World War II.

Aviation and Military Bronze Busts

Limited edition bronze busts including Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Douglas Bader and General George Patton all cast in the highest quality cold cast bronze.

Bronze Aviation Figures

Limited edition bronze figures featuring the airmen and aircrew of the Second World War subjects include Sir Douglas Bader, a Battle of Britain Pilot, A Mosquito Aircrew and a RAF Bomber Command Pilot.

All sculptures are entirely handmade by Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.


Mosquito Aircrew Bronze

Mosquito Aircrew Sculpture

In the Autumn of 2010 David Coeshall approached me with a commission to produce a Mosquito Aircrew sculpture. 'Final Check' is the result of his vision.

David is a great Mossie enthusiast and is closely involved with the restoration project at the de Havilland Museum. He was a great help to me during the making of the piece and kept me well supplied with photographs and information throughout.

On April 16th 2011 the sculpture was unveiled at the RAF Club in London by former 235 Squadron Flt Lt Ray Harington and his navigator W/O Bert Winwood who flew together as part of the legendary Banff Strike Wing in Scotland..

Each limited edition Mosquito Crew sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 40cm/16in, Weight 4 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 250

£320.00 + £20 postage and packing uk only

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At Readiness Pilot Sculpture

At Readiness bronze sculpture

August 1940. The Battle of Britain is at its height. At 11 Group fighter bases in the south east of England exhausted young fighter pilots wait at dispersal points for the start of another days desperate fighting.

Trying to relax in an old leather armchair, this RAF pilot's gaze drifts from the trashy novel he is reading over to the far horizon as he waits for the shrill clamour of the telephone and the mad scramble into the air to meet yet another incoming Luftwaffe raid. For many, the waiting was the worst part.

This pilot is equipped with 1932 pattern 'Mae West' and 1936 pattern flying boots.

This cold cast Bronze At Readiness Pilot sculpture is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 23cm/9.5in, Length 27cm/10.5in, Weight 3 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 250

£275.00  + £20 postage and packing uk only

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Battle of Britain Bronze Pilot

Battle of Britain Pilot bronze sculpture

In this sculpture Peter Close has sought to personify one of Dowding's young RAF fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain. In a crumpled uniform he stands looking to the sky with the air of youthful defiance that earned these young men Churchill's accolade of 'The Few'. The Pilot is depicted wearing a service dress uniform with shirt and tie, 1936 pattern boots, 1932 pattern 'Mae West', 'B' type flying helmet with 'D' oxygen mask and Mk III goggles.

This cold cast Bronze Battle of Britain Pilot sculpture is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 41cm/16in, Weight 3 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 250

£275.00  + £20 postage and packing uk only

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Douglas Bader Bronze Figure

Douglas Bader bronze sculpture

Douglas Bader was one of the legendary names of World War II. His bravery and determination have provided an inspiration to many over the years.

This cold cast Bronze Douglas Bader Figure sculpture is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 41cm/16in, Weight 3 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 250

£275.00 + £20 postage packing

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RAF Bomber Command Pilot Bronze Sculpture

RAF Bomber Command Pilot bronze sculpture

Ready to board a Lancaster or Halifax in preparation for another night raid into Germany, this pilot is equipped with Irvin jacket and trousers, 1941 pattern gloves and boots, a 'C' type helmet, 1941 pattern life preserver and Mk VIII goggles.

This cold cast Bronze RAF Bomber Command Pilot sculpture is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 41cm/16in, Weight 3 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 250

£275.00 + £20 postage and packing UK only

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Guy Gibson Bronze Bust

Guy Gibson Bust bronze sculpture

Wing Commander Guy Gibson the first commanding officer of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron which he led in the Dam Busters raid in 1943. This resulted in the destruction of two large dams.

At the outbreak of World War II Guy Gibson was a pilot with 83 squadron in 1943 he was chosen to command the newly formed 617 Squadron created to destroy the hydroelectric dams in the Ruhr. To accomplish this they were provided with the bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallace. The bombs had to be dropped from 60 feet from a predefined distance to skip across the water in to the dam face and then roll down it to explode at a predefined depth. In order to succeed this had to be carried out at night and on the night of 16th May 1943 Gibson led his force of specially modified Lancasters.

Gibson was awarded the VC for his role in the mission but was destined not to survive the war. After a lecture tour of the USA and writing the book Enemy Coast Ahead Gibson returned to active duty but was shot down and killed piloting a Mosquito over the Netherlands in 1944.

In the words of Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris "Guy Gibson was as great a warrior as this Island has ever bred"

This cold cast Bronze Guy Gibson Bust is made entirely by hand by sculptor Peter Close in his studio in Somerset.

Each limited edition Guy Gibson sculpture is hand engraved by Peter with its own unique edition number and will come to you with a signed certificate of authenticity.

Height 40cm/16in, Weight 5 kg, Made of cold cast bronze, Limited to an edition of 350

£275.00 + £20 postage and packing UK only

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