Pewter/Silver 3d aircraft refrigerator magnet.
Packaged with an information sheet that contains valuable aviation information you stick on your refrigerator using the magnet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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