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Bury St Edmunds car paint sprayer Mark Drury transforms ball chair to recreate interior of USAF World War Two bomber



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The sight, sound and feel of a soaring World War Two bomber can be experienced from the comfort of a living room chair thanks to the creative vision of a Bury St Edmunds man.

Mark Drury has transformed a 1960s-style ball chair to recreate the interior of a USAF B-17 - the culmination of 60 hours of work across two to three weeks.

The immersive chair features a custom-made seat, windows, an original World War Two plane seatbelt and vintage designed speakers to play music or even the sounds of an engine.

Mark Drury with the chair which has been designed to replicate a USAF B-17. Picture: Mecha Morton
Mark Drury with the chair which has been designed to replicate a USAF B-17. Picture: Mecha Morton

Mark, 47, said he has been interested in the military since he was seven-years-old particularly the USAF as his dad Brian lived on the edge of Lavenham Airfield.

He has worked as a car paint sprayer virtually all of his life and customises crash helmets but wanted to explore his hobby further.

“I wanted to do other things and be more creative,” he said. “I took up the idea of doing the ball chair.”

During the first lockdown, he designed the outside of a chair to reflect the colours of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna.

With his interest in military history, Mark then had the idea of recreating the World War Two bomber.

He bought the chair and then set to work forming the seat from an old BMW car bonnet, cutting out windows and covering the chair in rivets to give it the feel of aluminium panels.

Mark even installed Bluetooth speakers after incorporating a vintage-style radio.

Mark's daughter Jessica in the chair
Mark's daughter Jessica in the chair

From the chair, they can play music from the era or sounds of a plane engine for an immersive feel.

He said: “There was lots involved in it. It came out really really well.

“My daughter Jessica, 7, loves it. She sits in it.”

He has put the chair up for sale for £2,000 and anyone interested can contact Mark via his Facebook page Custom candy coatings, which showcases his hobby.

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