Project Aircraft

My client had a beautiful circular oak framed Gymnasium built and fancied an aircraft themed art installation suspended in the void of the dome. He sourced a pair of hand made scaled down French remote controlled planes. The plan was to make up a frame mirroring the Octagon shape of the building from which to hang the planes.

Rebuild Plane
Rebuild Plane

I carried out a sympathetic restoration on the planes and fitted the holding brackets that would allow the planes to be hung.

Restored Plane
Restored Plane

Almost finished

Making of the Bracket
Making of the Bracket

Making up the holding brackets.

Polished Support Bracket
Polished Support Bracket

The brackets were drilled and polished the idea being that they would look like part of the aircraft.

Polishing the Plane Support frame
Polishing the Plane Support frame

The frame was laser cut in two sections then welded along with its fixing brackets. Aluminium angle sections were then cut and bolted in place. The holes were bevelled using a router then the frame was polished.

Barn door spot lights
Barn door spot lights
Gym Roof Dome 2
Gym Roof Dome 2

The domed ceiling prior to the sky being painted.

Gym Roof Brackets and Support struts in
Gym Roof Brackets and Support struts in

Right angle brackets made from stainless steel were bolted to the oak frame and the cables which run through polished tubes gives the look of rams. In the picture you can see the pulleys and rope which we used to pull up the frame.

Planes in the air
Planes in the air
more drama
more drama
Planes in the Air
Planes in the Air

Dog fight