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$562
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 3 2014 11:33 PM UTC +00:00
$562
pledged of 8.500 $pledged of 8.500 $ goal
38
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 3 2014 11:33 PM UTC +00:00

About

I'm raising funds to produce 6000 Aircraft Refrigerator Magnets for people who think airplanes are as cool as I do.  I designed these pieces with a recess in the fuselage that is imbedded with a powerful 1/4" neodymium magnet.  The planes will be packaged with a 8.5" X 5.5" placard that is intended to be fixed to your refrigerator with the airplane.  The placards will contain valuable aviation verbiage concerning the history of aviation and other aviation training information.

This is the size ratio from the engineer. The DC-3 we chose is on the far left. The two in the middle were for comparison only.
This is the size ratio from the engineer. The DC-3 we chose is on the far left. The two in the middle were for comparison only.
There are several different placards to hang on your refrigerator.  History of Aviation, Fuel Flow, communication, airspace, weather, websites, etc. - 40 total
There are several different placards to hang on your refrigerator. History of Aviation, Fuel Flow, communication, airspace, weather, websites, etc. - 40 total
The SR-71 was the most challenging plane to cast due to the razor sharp edge and thickness...or lack thereof.
The SR-71 was the most challenging plane to cast due to the razor sharp edge and thickness...or lack thereof.
First 6 prototypes...4 single engine Mooney's and 2 SR-71 Blackbirds with custom pedestals.
First 6 prototypes...4 single engine Mooney's and 2 SR-71 Blackbirds with custom pedestals.

These pieces are cast using a proven, yet unique method.  The Pewter/Silver metal is heated and poured into a centrifugal casting machine.  The liquid metal flows into the outer aircraft molds.  After the metal has cooled off a bit, the molds are opened up, and the airplanes are removed.  The challenge was in the 3D rendering and figuring out how to embed the magnet.  Those challenges have been overcome with great result.  The business infrastructure is in place.  I need your help producing the first run for retail.

Blackbird with base
Blackbird with base
Silver SR-71 with purple swirl base
Silver SR-71 with purple swirl base
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 This is the first video I shot to describe how the aircraft attaches to the base.  The bases are poured in two parts.  Iron powder is sprinkled into the liquid mold before the material hardens.  The mold was laser etched with my logo.  This is the first prototype base.

Oops!  It's all fun and games until you forget to add "Part B" in the proper amount required for solidification.  The dark material at the top of the pyramid is iron powder...the rest is waiting for some bread and peanut butter and we can eat it.
Oops! It's all fun and games until you forget to add "Part B" in the proper amount required for solidification. The dark material at the top of the pyramid is iron powder...the rest is waiting for some bread and peanut butter and we can eat it.
This is how the bases are supposed to look.
This is how the bases are supposed to look.
I have experimented with every style and color.  One thing for certain, the bases are like fingerprints...no two are the same;)  When we move to larger production numbers, these will not be hand made.
I have experimented with every style and color. One thing for certain, the bases are like fingerprints...no two are the same;) When we move to larger production numbers, these will not be hand made.
Shirt Logo Front - These are high quality shirts from SporT Tek and Perry Ellis, and retail for $45.00 - Want a good conversation starter, just wear one of these shirts and see what happens!
Shirt Logo Front - These are high quality shirts from SporT Tek and Perry Ellis, and retail for $45.00 - Want a good conversation starter, just wear one of these shirts and see what happens!
Back Logo - Shirt colors are burgundy, Grey, Black, Blue, white and pink.
Back Logo - Shirt colors are burgundy, Grey, Black, Blue, white and pink.
This is for my female pilot friends who cannot seem to get enough pink in their life:)  My nephew is photo bombing in the background...
This is for my female pilot friends who cannot seem to get enough pink in their life:) My nephew is photo bombing in the background...
Another photo bomb from my other nephew. We grow mustaches very young in my family.
Another photo bomb from my other nephew. We grow mustaches very young in my family.
Just thought I would leave you with a peaceful image.  I shot this when I lived in Alaska.  This campaign is about more than refrigerator magnets...but I had to start somewhere!
Just thought I would leave you with a peaceful image. I shot this when I lived in Alaska. This campaign is about more than refrigerator magnets...but I had to start somewhere!

Risks and challenges

I will be overseeing every phase of production. The packaging will be produced by one of the most reputable printers in Western Michigan. I will be assembling the packs of planes before shipping this product to my wholesaler. The timeline from funding to retail shelf is 9 weeks.

Here is a look at the production phases:

After pouring the Pewter/Silver mixture and producing the rough planes...

1) First cleaning/grinding - this removes the flow-points on the aircraft. These are leftover from the initial pouring. This takes a few seconds.
2) Hand polish #1 - This smooths out the pour lines that show where the molds come together.
3) Hand Polish #2 - This puts a nice shine on the plane and brings out the silver.
4) Denatured alcohol bath - This removes any oils from my fingers that would hinder solid attachment of the magnet
5) Magnet placement and attachment - The epoxy cement is coated inside the custom recess in the belly of the plane. The magnet self centers and secures.
6) Dry time is 1/2 hour. Planes are set aside in batches of 20
7) planes receive a final inspection and magnet secure test before being placed in a plastic bag along with the Aviation Placard.
8) The paper tags are pre-glued before being folded on top of the bag. The tags are hole-punched for placement on a retail hangar.

The production time for these planes will be about 2 weeks per design - SR-71's, DC-3's and the Single-engine - 6 weeks from casting to packaging. I have secured National Distribution through a wholesaler who services over 2300 flight stores in the U.S.A. (see aerophoenix.com)

Another portion of the money you contribute will be used to cover packaging costs which include the plastic bag, paper tags and inserts. All packaging designs are on file at the printer awaiting the green light. The company that rendered the drawings and produced the pewter pieces is ready to start mass casting when finances are in place.

I visited 64 flight stores in Florida this past December, and the response to the magnets was nothing less than eye opening and inspirational. Feedback from flight store owners had to do with available quantity and different aircraft designs. My goal for the airplane magnet portion of this company is to develop 12 different aircraft from sales generated by these first 3. I picked the next 9 designs from the most iconic aircraft in the world.

I have over 700 qualified purchase commitments for the first batch of planes. The risk involved with this project have more to do with the unforeseen "problem" of selling more magnets than I have in stock. When we reach this level, I will bring another person into the fold to help with production so I can concentrate on the next ASCEND product.(TBA very soon on Kickstarter)

The design/engineering and prototype development for the few pieces you see in my video presentation have all been out of pocket thus far. I have lead a very humble existence while planting every dime I have in the most fertile soil. I am a Ramen-Noodle-eating-blood-and-plasma-selling entrepreneur with an array of products waiting in the ASCEND pipeline.

You will be proud to see this company grow, knowing you are a part of its success.

Best wishes on your own endeavors!

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    For your $5 contribution, I will send you the single engine airplane magnet (no packaging) along with a virtual handshake:)

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    You will receive an SR-71 airplane refrigerator magnet (no packaging) along with beams of positive Juju.

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    You will receive an SR-71 airplane refrigerator magnet with all associated packaging (History of Aviation placard and Fuel System Diagram))

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    For Alvin! This reward gives you everything from the $10.00 reward, along with a custom plastic magnetic base:)

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    Due to a few requests for planes without packaging or bases, I will send you both current designs as is without packaging or bases:) Thanks for the feedback for this reward!

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    Receive an SR-71 and a single engine aircraft magnet along with all associated packaging AND two super whopping custom hand made magnetic bases, so you can proudly display your sweet planes on your home shelf of eclecticism or at your office:)

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    You will receive a magnet from 2 of the aircraft - Single engine, and the SR-71 Blackbird, along with all associated packaging and 2 different magnetic airplane bases.

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    Both planes with associated packaging and bases, and your choice of ASCEND Ball cap or 100% cotton ASCEND Long Sleeve T-shirt

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    If planes aren't your batch of fun...then grab some cool swag! For this Reward, you will receive a 100% cotton ASCEND Short Sleeve T-shirt and a high quality ASCEND ball cap. Bring it!

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    You will receive a magnet from each aircraft. Single engine, DC-3 and the SR-71 Blackbird along with all associated packaging, including 3 different color bases and a high quality ASCEND embroidered ball cap, along with a Sultan-share of good fortune in your own endeavors.

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    For this amazing leap of faith, You will receive a high quality Short Sleeve Polo embroidered ASCEND shirt and all items from the $50.00 contribution in reward #8 - you will be able to choose color and size through correspondence on Kickstarter.

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    Deciding to be a part of the ASCEND story at this contribution level, you will receive 3 high quality shirts from each of the current designs along with every item from REWARD #10 -

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    You will receive everything from reward #10 along with a custom North Face Pemby Hybrid Insulated Jacket with the ASCEND Logo embroidered on the front and your initials embroidered under the ASCEND logo on the back. This one of a kind jacket will come in any color and size available through North Face.

    Your awesome gifts will be accompanied by a certificate of gratitude that acknowledges you as one of the first ASCEND backers in history, signed by the founder of the company and framed - When this company becomes highly successful for changing the world through positive unselfish business practices, you will have proof that you had no doubt from the very beginning;)

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