A Spitfire has been rebuilt in a Cumbrian back garden with original wheels, a baked beans can and a £7 joystick.

David Price, an author from Cotehill, started building the model in 2018 and estimates that it has taken him 3,000 hours to complete at a cost of £5,000.

Mr Price, 58, used an empty Heinz can which acts as the electrical transformer for the replica. He made the joystick himself out of electrical wiring and wood.

The tail-wheel rubber wheels are all genuine, as is a canopy which is made from Perspex.

The black dials which form the cockpit of Mr Price’s creation are also real and had been kept in wax paper packaging since 1944. The full-size fighter aircraft spans a total of 33ft.

The Spitfire in progress – measurements for the 33ft aircraft were taken from a book

Credit: Richard Rayner Photography

Downpipe brackets are used to hold down the doors of the undercarriage of the Spitfire, while the aerial was made with a 3D printer courtesy of a neighbour.

During the manufacturing process Mr Price took inspiration from a history book that features the blueprints for the first Spitfires, which were built in the mid-1930s.

“Lots of people ask me why, I’ve always admired the spitfire and it started as a little project,” he told ITV. “I thought I’ll build a couple of wingtips and just see how it goes.

“I think the Spitfire seems to represent for a lot of people the kind of icon of freedom. It sort of conjures up something and I think in its form as well it’s kind of a beautiful creation.”

The Spitfire was integral to British victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940. It was introduced for military use in 1938 – a total of 20,351 have been built.