In 2006, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre opened to the public with mannequins and props made by Weta Workshop.
The museum hosts the world's biggest private collection of World War I aircrafts. The face moulds of the mannequins were taken from staff at the Workshop and many of the mannequins are so lifelike it is hard to tell them apart from real people. The replica WWI uniforms were custom made by our Costuming department.
A painstaking amount of work has gone into the project, and the museum building has been a decade in the making. More than 20 original replica planes are on show. The museum is expected to be a huge drawcard for the region.
"This is just a fantastic new attraction which will bring local visitors, New Zealand visitors and international visitors", said Allan Scott from Destination Marlborough.
It is hoped historians and those interested in the events surrounding WWI will attend, as well as attracting people with limited knowledge of the event and a passion for aviation.
For more information, log onto www.omaka.org.nz