We’ve had a number of interesting projects occurring lately, with two of the most exciting involving models. The last couple of months or so, we’ve had our two America’s Cup models (Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand from the 34th America’s Cup Race) put together in a diorama by Charles Landrum. That diorama was finished last week and it looks awesome!
The next and last step is to have a case made for it so the piece can be put out on display. The diorama is meant to illustrate one of the 2013 races between the American and New Zealand boats. If you’re interested in learning more about the 2013 races you can check out my blog here or their official website here. Can any one spot the dolphins and shark?
The second project involves the beautiful model of Kronprinzessin Cecilie, shown in the image above. Kronprinzessin Cecilie was built for the North German Lloyd Line and made her maiden voyage in 1907. This particular model was made by Fleischmann, a German toy company. It was presented to the museum in 1947 by the Rosenbaum family, one of whom worked in the North German Lloyd office in Philadelphia.
Panels on the side are open in the photograph as we are working to fit the ship with newer (and safer) lights. And why have we suddenly decided to do this? In the next year or so, it will be heading out for 2-3 years on loan, traveling to several countries in an exhibition about steamship travel. I do not have many details on that yet, but will share information as I get it.