Speedbirds – New Collection
The Coupe d’Aviation Maritime Jacques Schneider, commonly called the Schneider Trophy or Schneider Prize (sometimes it is incorrectly referred to as the Schneider Cup, which is entirely different prize), was a trophy awarded annually to the winner of a race for seaplanes and flying boats. The Schneider Trophy is now held at the Science Museum, South Kensington, London.
Announced by Jacques Schneider, a financier, balloonist and aircraft enthusiast, in 1912, the competition offered a prize of approximately £1,000. The race was held twelve times between 1913 and 1931. It was intended to encourage technical advances in civil aviation but became a contest for pure speed with laps over a (usually) triangular course (initially 280 km, later 350 km). The contests were staged as time trials, with aircraft setting off individually at pre-agreed times, usually 15 minutes apart. The contests were very popular and some attracted crowds of over 200,000 spectators. An earlier trophy, also presented by Jacques Schneider in 1910, in France, was the Schneider Cup, which is held in the RAF College Cranwell.
If an aero club won three races in five years, they would retain the trophy and the winning pilot would receive 75,000 francs for each of the first three wins. Each race was hosted by the previous winning country. The races were supervised by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and the aero club in the hosting country. Each club could enter up to three competitors with an equal number of alternatives.
The race was significant in advancing aeroplane design, particularly in the fields of aerodynamics and engine design, and would show its results in the best fighters of WW2. The streamlined shape and the low drag, liquid-cooled engine pioneered by Schneider Trophy designs are obvious in the British Supermarine Spitfire, the American North American P-51 Mustang, and the Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore.
- SB-001 — SUPERMARINE S.6B, S1595, THE SCHNEIDER TROPHY 1913-1931, WINNER 1931
- ** PLEASE NOTE THE MODEL CAN BE DISPLAYED ON ITS OWN TROLLEY, OR WITH A JJD FLIGHT STAND. NO FIGURES WILL BE PRODUCED FOR THIS SERIES **
The Supermarine S.6B is a British racing seaplane developed by R.J. Mitchell for the Supermarine company to take part in the Schneider Trophy competition of 1931. The S.6B marked the culmination of Mitchell’s quest to “perfect the design of the racing seaplane” and represented the cutting edge of aerodynamic technology.
The last in the line developed by Supermarine, it followed the S.4, S.5 and the S.6. Mitchell and his team’s experience in designing high speed Schneider Trophy floatplanes greatly contributing to the development of the later Supermarine Spitfire, an iconic fighter and Britain’s most successful interceptor of World War II.
The winning Schneider flight was piloted by Flt. Lt. John N. Boothman in aircraft serial number S1595 at a speed of 340.08 mph (547.19 km/h), flying seven perfect laps of the triangular course over the Solent, between the Isle of Wight and the British mainland.
Seventeen days later, Flt Lt. George Stainforth in S.6B serial S1596 broke the world air speed record reaching 407.5 mph (655.67 km/h).
WWI – British
- GWB-035 — The Royal Garrison Artillery, 2 Artillery Crew And Accessories – PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE FINAL SET FOR THE 6-INCH HOWITZER
- GWB-051 — The Royal Garrison Artillery, Driver. – PLEASE NOTE THAT GWB051 IS THE FIRST OF 11 FIGURES DESIGNED TO ACCOMPANY THE GWB-050 SET
- GWB-061 — London Bus and Truck Driver – PLEASE NOTE THAT GWB061 IS THE FIRST OF 8 FIGURES DESIGNED TO ACCOMPANY THE GWB-60 LONDON BUS SET. GWB-061 CAN ALSO BE USED AS A DRIVER FOR GWB-012 THORNEYCROFT TRUCK
WWI – French
- GWF-001A — French Infantry, 123e Regiment of Infantry, SCHNEIDER CA1 Tank Rider
- PLEASE NOTE GWF-01A IS DESIGNED TO STAND ON GWF-01 SCHNEIDER CA1 TANK. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WISH TO PURCHASE THE GWF-01 SCHNEIDER CA1 TANK, THE GWF-01A FIGURE HAS BEEN PRODUCED ON ITS OWN BASE TO DISPLAY ALONGSIDE OTHER FRENCH INFANTRY FIGURES.
- GWF-001B — French Infantry, 123e Regiment of Infantry, Tank Rider
- PLEASE NOTE GWF-01B IS DESIGNED TO FIT ON ANY OF THE GWF FRENCH TANKS…APART FROM THE RENAULT FT
- GWF-032 — French Infantry, PCDF STANDING
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
The Jersey Blues were raised in 1755, by the New Jersey provincial government. It was originally composed of five companies, and was sent to the northern frontier, to guard it against the French. They were known as the “Jersey Blues”, partly from the blue coats of the regiment, and partly from the similarlity of the uniform to that New Jersey used in the war of Jenkin’s Ear.
On April 4 1758, the General Assembly of New Jersey voted to increase the regiment to a strength of 1,000 officers and men, including 100 grenadiers.
In 1755, a regiment of New Jersey Provincials (500 men), known as the Jersey Blues, joined Shirley’s expedition against Fort Niagara. The regiment was under the command of Schuyler. The expedition departed from Albany and slowly advanced towards Fort Niagara along the Mohawk River. By mid September, Shirley realised that Fort Niagara was too strongly defended and abandoned his project. He retreated to New England, leaving the New Jersey Provincials to garrison Oswego. In December, the regiment was recalled to New Jersey where it took position on the frontier till next spring.
In the spring of 1756, the regiment was again on the northern frontier. It was divided into two parts, one garrisoned at Schenectady, while the other was placed under the colonel’s direct command. This latter detachment (500 men) was part of Shirley’s force which assembled in Albany in May. In August, when a French force under Montcalm laid siege to the complex of Oswego, 150 New Jersey Provincials were garrisoning the small Fort George. On August 14, when Oswego surrendered, the detachment of Fort George, including Colonel Schuyler, became prisoner of war and was brought back to Montréal. A new enlistment in New Jersey compensated for these losses.
In 1757, New Jersey refused to increase its contribution from 500 men to 1,000 men. In July, a detachment of 300 provincials, chiefly New Jersey men, was sent from Fort William Henry under command of Colonel Parker to reconnoitre the French outposts. On July 26, a large band of Indians, led by the French partisan Corbière, ambushed the detachment of New Jersey Provincials not far from Sabbath Day Point on the western shore of Lake George. Parker had divided his force and at daybreak three of his boats fell into the snare and were captured without a shot. Three others followed and shared the fate of the first. When the rest drew near, they were greeted by a deadly volley from the thickets, and a swarm of canoes darted out upon them. The men were seized with such a panic that some of them jumped into the water to escape, while the Indians leaped after them and speared them with their lances. Only some 100 men and three boats made their escape. In the following month, on August 9, the remainder of the regiment, only 301 men, were captured and paroled at the end of the siege of Fort William Henry, under condition of not serving again during 18 months. After the fall of Fort William Henry, New Jersey contributed 1,000 militia who marched to reinforce the British army while another 3,000 New Jersey militia were ready to march if it should be necessary.
In the spring of 1758, the regiment was reformed under Colonel John Johnson, officially counting 1,000 men. In July, this new regiment took part in the expedition against Carillon (present-day Ticonderoga). On July 5, they were embarked at the head of Lake George. On July 6, at daybreak, the British flotilla reached the narrow channel leading into Lake Champlain near Fort Carillon and disembarkation began at 9:00 a.m.. On July 8, they fought in the disastrous Battle of Carillon. At daybreak on July 9, the British army re-embarked and retreated to the head of the lake where it reoccupied the camp it had left a few days before.
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
Knights Of The Skies
- BGC-023 — French Pilot – This figure is mainly for those collectors who have been unable to purchase an ACE-12P, and need a French pilot to display alongside their ACE-12.
- GGC-020 — German Pilot – A generic German pilot, which can accompany any of the planes, or fill out an airfield diorama.
Knights Of The Skies – WWI
Battle of Gallipoli 1915
- GLA-002 — Battle of Gallipoli 1915, A Friend In Need! – This set is Inspired by the iconic photograph from the Gallipoli campaign.
Battle of Gallipoli 1915