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Phoenix Dragon of Fire will be similar to the photo above showing the Dragon we built in 2009.

Contact: captaincarburetor@gmail.com
Phoenix Dragon of Fire will be similar to the photo above showing the Dragon we built in 2009. Contact: captaincarburetor@gmail.com
46 backers pledged $3,235 to help bring this project to life.

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Gail painted the Dragon head today !!!
Gail painted the Dragon head today !!!
Testing Out the New Bigger Wings !
Testing Out the New Bigger Wings !
WORKING ON THE DRAGON'S HEAD !!!
WORKING ON THE DRAGON'S HEAD !!!

We have reached our minimum goal! THANK-YOU!!

Should we receive additional support, we intend to use it for an upgrade on the sound system. Presently, we have collected garage sale speakers and a home stereo amplifier. If we could afford to, we would purchase a "proper" sound system meant for vehicles.We also would purchase a smoke machine for Phoenix, he could blow off some steam when he can't use his flames. Our first dragon had smoke machines, and one year, when we had a bad drought, we used that instead of shooting flames! THANKS AGAIN!

We are creating our third Mutant Vehicle and our second DRAGON. Our first dragon was a red beauty featured in the Burning Man documentary, “Spark” and was entirely self funded. (With a lot of help from our local Twin-Enviro recycling center.) See the link below to view it.

To make our second Dragon even bigger, more durable, and twice as majestic, we could use your help!

The Phoenix is primarily made for the Burning Man Art Festival in Nevada, but we will also share this artwork at the Art-O-Cade in Trinidad, Colorado, the summer and winter festivals in Steamboat Springs, Co, and the Halloween parade in Las Vegas, NV. At these events we amaze and inspire with hot bursts of fire and our seamless use of recycled materials. Phoenix's flame will  light a spark of delight in the hearts of children and the pyromaniac child that lives in all of us.

Building team, aka, dynamic duo, Charlie and Gail
Building team, aka, dynamic duo, Charlie and Gail

Meet the building team, a husband and wife dynamic duo, creating beautiful things together for 30 years. Charlie, better known as “Captain Carburetor,”  is an inventor, mechanic, and mad scientist. Gail “Kismet” is an artist who has been featured in local galleries for her pottery and jewelry. Charlie starts with tubing from discarded trampolines. Welding, cutting, forming and even inventing new tools as he makes the initial skeleton frame. Gail created the initial drawings and is working on the dragon skin, finishing details, texture, and rewards.

"Spike" Dragon version 1.0 at Black Rock City 2012
"Spike" Dragon version 1.0 at Black Rock City 2012

Our first dragon, "Spike", was very successful. She attend three  Burning Man festivals. Last year she appeared several times in the new Documentary "SPARK". Here is a link to the trailer. We are 30 seconds into it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbSUyYXH8hs

We were well received and gave lots and lots of rides. We brought it down to our town functions as well, and had the kids shoot the flames! We were even asked to bring her/him to an art opening at our favorite gallery Circle 7.

She was, however, not holding up in our Colorado winter weather! We had used materials which were affordable but not ideal for durability, such as paper and cloth mache, plastics that broke down in sun, and CDs that disintegrated in our snowy winters. Your contribution will help us to breathe new fire into the vision and make version 2.0 practically IMMORTAL.

For this Phoenix - Dragon "2.0", we intend to use materials that will hold up better to the extreme weather exposure here, and to make it easier to cover. Charlie has put hinges on the roof, near the base of the dragon's neck, so parts of the Dragon will fold for travel and storage. That in itself is not the only challenge! We will drive and steer this beast from seats mounted on the roof! This involves using an old steering column from M-and-M Junk Yard and welding both steering columns together. All controls, gas, brakes, etc  get relocated up on the roof. Fun! Every day we build and create and invent to make this the best Dragon and one that will last for many years at Black Rock City.

You can contribute to this roving artwork, and be a part of something Magical.

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Original Concept Drawing of Phoenix Dragon of Fire
Original Concept Drawing of Phoenix Dragon of Fire

Risks and challenges

We have 4 weeks to complete this project, so we are in FULL-BORE MODE. (Being a retired car mechanic has it's advantages.)
We have already purchased the base vehicle, and we have been collecting recycled materials from all over Colorado.
The wing materials have been ordered, the flame system, high pressure hoses, the special fittings and valves and PVC for the wings have already been purchased.
We still are looking for the material for the dragon skin and are contemplating using some discarded scrap metal to cut scales from, but in the interest of Phoenix looking her best, we need to purchase some large sheets of sheet metal from a local company. Propane itself needs to be purchased and brought 1000 miles to BRC. New (used) tires need to be procured and installed as well. Safety bars and fire extinguishers are needed also.
Our list of additional needed materials includes:
Paint
marine plywood
2000 watt inverter
12-volt gas valves
1/4 turn shut-off valves
lots of sheet metal, 4 X 10 sheets
propane rated hoses
0-60 psi regulator and gauge
smoke machine
12-volt spot lamps
Harbor Freight metal cutter, (mine just died today)
better tires for the mutant vehicle (used is OK.)
welding 'consumables", mig wire, tips, gas, etc.
rope lights for night license
heavy duty hinges
The list goes on...
3-trips to the hardware store every day.
etc, etc.

We own the required tools and welders, and as stated before, Charlie is Master ASE Certified for over 25 years and has a proven track record in "creative problem solving". - (PS - we don't quit !)

Now, we ask for help in the purchasing some of the materials.
100 percent of the funding is for materials only.
NO PART of the funding is for labor or outside costs.
I am visualizing participation from my communities, and I am THANKING YOU in advance for your help. -CFH.

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    THANK-YOU! We would like to show our thanks by sending you TWO STICKERS of the Phoenix Dragon of Fire, hand drawn by jewelry artist Kismet (My wife and art car artist).
    Designs are based on the original concept drawings. (Very cool!)

    Note: Due to time constraints rewards will be mailed end of August, unless you want to pick up yours at Spin Art Camp in Black Rock City. Contact: captaincarburetor@gmail.com to advise.

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    THANK-YOU! We would like to show our heartfelt thanks by sending you a handmade CERAMIC MEDALLION with the Phoenix Dragon of Fire and the Burning Man on the back, & the stickers from above.

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    Oh my! THANK-YOU! We would like to show our appreciation by sending you a handmade COPPER MEDALLION showing the Phoenix Dragon of Fire, with the Burning Man on the back, AND 2 of the STICKERS above.

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    Most generous of souls, thank-you so very much! Our gift back to you is a Hand Made FINE SILVER MEDALLION showing Phoenix Dragon of Fire with the Burning Man on the back, and 2-Stickers as above.

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    Our most gracious THANKS to you! We would like to show our heartfelt thanks by sending you an EXCELLENT QUALITY T-SHIRT WITH THE DRAGON original concept design on the front and the Man Logo on the back. Plus a SILVER MEDALLION and 2-Stickers as above.

    Note: Due to time constraints rewards will be mailed end of August, unless you want to pick up yours at Spin Art Camp in Black Rock City. Contact: captaincarburetor@gmail.com to advise.* (T-Shirt sizes are limited... first come, first choice. It is OK to contact us... captaincarburetor@gmail.com)

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    OF COURSE, You Receive our super heartfelt THANK YOU, and we would love to have YOU and 1-GUEST join us for an evening cruise at Burning Man with appetizers and beverages on the Phoenix Dragon of Fire.
    PLUS the FINE SILVER MEDALLION above and 10 Stickers!

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