Our next project includes miniature setting of the legendary seaplanes race held during the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s.
Called Schneider cup, the race is the most famous airplanes race in the history. Specifically created for seaplanes only, the Schneider cup was founded by financier, pilot of the baloon and airplane enthusiast Jacques Schneider (1879–1928) in 1911 as a platform for technical development of the seaplanes, which were predicted as airplanes of the future. Eleven races were held during 1913 - 1931 in the USA, Italy, United Kingdom and France. There were pilots from these four seaplanes superpowers only, who competeted for the main prize, the sculpture of a girl with wings on the sea level. In 1927, 1929 and 1931, the race was won by English pilots on Supermarine S.6B airplane, so the prize remained in the UK for all the time. Today, you can see it at the London Science Museum.
With our light installation made out of balsa wood and includes schematic landscape, three models of real seaplanes and graphic and text content, we pay homage to the Schneider cup as the exceptional event in the history of airplanes, culture, as well as design. The seaplanes represents beautifully designed machines with the great formal and functional qualities. Our work includes three of the famous planes from the history of the competition. Curtiss R3C-2 biplane was the most successful American airplane in the competition. Supermarine S.6B with Rolls Royce engine designed by Reginald Joseph Mitchell was the fastest airplane in the Schneider cup with speed of 547 km/h. The last one, Savoia-Marchetti S.65 with two propellers was developed in 1929, but never entered the race due to technical problems.
Photo by Jaroslav Moravec