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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 15 2014 12:30 AM UTC +00:00
$8,207
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
248
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 15 2014 12:30 AM UTC +00:00

About

Over 70 years ago during WWII the Allies printed several sets of "spotter" playing cards that illustrated the characteristic shapes of tanks, ships and aircraft from the more powerful countries during the war.  These playing cards helped troops memorize and identify friend from foe.  The most popular of these decks was the one used to identify the various aircraft including fighter planes, bombers and transport craft.  

My grandfather was a pilot and spent most of his career training other pilots on a number of US aircraft.  I have always had a fascination for these aircraft  and have owned several sets of Spotter Cards as well. When I took my son to an airshow he also gained a fascination for different aircraft and has wanted to be a pilot ever since. I have played cards with my son using the Spotter Playing Cards and he has quickly learned many of the planes on them. I have been wishing for a similar way that he could learn about modern aircraft and that is how this Kickstarter project was born.   

The Project

I have partnered with the US Playing Card Company for this project and they will be providing their high quality cards and cases. Coincidentally they were one of the original manufacturers of the Spotter Cards made during WWII.

One thing I want to do with this set of cards is to be similar enough to the old time Spotter Cards 70 years ago and still have a modern twist.  One way I have accomplished this is by the back design for the deck.  The original deck from US Playing Card Company is their traditional "Rider Back" design and was not available due to copyright laws, however USPCC did provide me with a very similar version called the "maiden Back" design and gave me permission to modify it.  Adding the modern twist of a F-35 silhouette in the middle I not only created my back but I also created the logo for my deck with the F-35 silhouette.

Since then I have been painstakingly researching all of the modern aircraft that are still in service today.  I chose to limit my field to only fighter aircraft for this first project but hope to expand in the future.  I finally settled on the following 52 fighter planes (+2 Drones for the Jokers):

Some might say that the Lockheed Martin F-35 does not count as it is not yet in active service, considering how many countries that already have orders in for this aircraft it will only be a matter of time before they are out there dominating the skies.  

Next came the long task of drawing out each of the silhouettes of every plane.  There are a number of variations of each plane out there and it was difficult to determine what best represented each plane.  The original Spotter Cards showed very little detail beyond the body of the aircraft, I hoped to add a little more to it to give a modern edge to the design.  the end result I think has turned out great.

The final artwork went into the case and possible seal (stretch goal).

REWARDS

Reward #1 ($1) Pre-Flight Test:  We appreciate your Support of our Project! 

Reward #2 ($5) Aircrew: 3" Diameter sticker of our F-35 Spotter Playing Card Logo. US Shipping included!

Reward #3 ($10) Test Pilot: Early Bird Special - One Spotter Playing Card Deck. US Shipping included!

Reward #4 ($13) Flying Solo: One Spotter Playing Card Deck. US Shipping included!

Reward #5 ($20) Co-Pilot: One Spotter Playing Card Deck and a pair of Red and a pair of Blue Custom Dice (4 total). US Shipping included!

Reward #6 ($25) Wingman: Two Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping included!

Reward #7 ($30) ReconOne Uncut Sheet of the Spotter Playing Card Deck, one Spotter Playing Card Deck, and a pair of red or blue custom dice. US Shipping Included!

Reward #8 ($75) Fully Loaded: Three Spotter Playing Card Decks, a pair of red and a pair blue custom dice (4 total), One Uncut Sheet of the Spotter Playing Card Deck, and two 3" diameter sticker of our F-35 Spotter Playing Card Logo. US Shipping Included!

Reward #9 ($125) Squadron: One Brick (12) of Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping Included!

Reward #10 ($175) Flying Ace: Custom Inlay Wood Case, 100 Custom F-35 printed Poker Chips, 5 Custom Dice, and two Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping included!

Reward #11 ($250) Top Gun: Custom Wood Case with engraved top of the F-35 Logo, 100 Custom F-35 Printed Poker Chips, 5 Custom Dice, and Two Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping Included!

Add-Ons:  

If you wish to add something to your original reward please add the price below to your backing and I will contact you at the end of the project to verify your request. Additional Items: 

3" F-35 Sticker: $2.50 

Pair of Custom Dice (your color choice): $5.00 

Deck of Cards: $13.00 

Uncut Sheet: $15.00 

Additional Bricks of 12 decks: $125

Stretch Goals

Stretch Goal #1 ($19,000) - Custom Seal on each Deck of Cards.

Stretch Goal #2 ($25,000) - Code Red: Red Backed Deck of Cards will become available.

Stretch Goal #3 ($40,000) - Blackout: Special Blackout Edition, Black Backed Deck of Cards will become available.

Risks and challenges

I've tried to overcome some of the major obstacles before this project even started, I have been in negotiations with USPCC for some time in order to make sure they approve this project. This is in part because it is similar to an existing product (albeit 70+ yrs old). Their response has been that they will approve the project so long as I do not use the Bicycle name on the product. The risk is that they may choose to change their mind.

My other risk is that the NSA comes knocking on my door saying I'm involved with some sort of espionage by distributing these cards world wide. Probably not...but I bet they are watching me...

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    Rogue: Pair of red and a pair blue custom dice (4 total). US Shipping included!

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    Recon: One Uncut Sheet of the Spotter Playing Card Deck, One Spotter Playing Card Deck and pair of red or blue custom dice. US Shipping included!

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    Fully Loaded: Three Spotter Playing Card Decks, a pair of red and a pair blue custom dice (4 total), One Uncut Sheet of the Spotter Playing Card Deck, and two 3" diameter sticker of our F-35 Spotter Playing Card Logo. US Shipping included!

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    Squadron: One Brick (12 Decks) of Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping included!

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    Flying Ace: Custom Inlay Wood Case, 100 Custom F-35 printed Poker Chips, 5 Custom Dice, and two Spotter Playing Card Decks. US Shipping included!

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- (35 days)