A Manjimup man who has spent eight years hand-building a replica of a World War II German fighter plane has donated the aircraft to a private museum. South West Caravan and Camping Club member Kevin Wintergreen, who was a pilot for more than 30 years, donated his plane to Kathryn and John Shapland when the club met in Manjimup on November 13. The Shaplands own a private military memorabilia collection, called Recollections of War, located on a farm between Denmark and Albany. Mr Wintergreen has put in more than 2000 hours of build time over the past eight years on the Fokker D.VIII and said he was delighted with the Shaplands’ reaction to his work. “They couldn’t believe it, they thought it was fantastic,” he said. “I heard about that museum about three years ago and went and had a look and what they’ve done there is absolutely fantastic. “When I saw what they were doing, I was so impressed, we’d been donating a lot of First and Second World War stuff to them, and even back then I thought when I finish with this plane I’ll donate it to them.” Despite being unable to fly the plane himself due to health issues, Mr Wintergreen was still grateful the plane could bring joy to others at its new home. “When I realised I wasn’t going to be able to fly, I didn’t want anyone else flying it, so thought ‘right, it goes to a museum right away’,” he said. “You put a lot of effort into it, it’s very enjoyable, I enjoy building aeroplanes, it’s about the fifth one I’ve built but it’s really disappointing I wasn’t able to fly this one. “I did intend this to be my last aeroplane to fly, it’s very disappointing, but myself and the whole family are very happy that it’s going to go to the museum there for people to enjoy.” Mr Wintergreen said the plane would be shipped to the couple by the end of the year.