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CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache. Hand-pulled in airframe aluminium metallic ink.
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Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

+ Dots and dashes

Morse code typography: Ah-64 Apache (Column 1 and 2) Attack helicopter (Column 3 and 4) My initials NH (Column 4 small below).

Large and in charge. Image to show scale.
Large and in charge. Image to show scale.

Royal Blue

Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

Large and in charge. Image to show scale.
Large and in charge. Image to show scale.

Orange

Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

 

+ Mission 1

Large and in charge. Image to show scale.
Large and in charge. Image to show scale.

Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

 + Dots and dashes

Morse code typography: CH-47 Chinook (Column 1 and 2) Multi-mission helicopter (Column 3, 4 and 5) My initials NH (Column 5 small below).

Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis
Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis

+ In action

The Chinook has taken part in every major conflict around the world since 1962 for the world's air forces. These aircraft have carried armies of soliders, rescued the wounded, ferried supplies and hauled thousands of tonnes of freight in some of the most dangerous operating environments in the world.

I've not seen the Chinook in its natural environment. But I did go to Southport airshow in the UK to see it first hand. I sat on a wall overlooking the beach, sipping a summer cider, head tilted towards the sky, as the herculean machine was put through an incredible display. I was in awe of the skill of the crew who piloted the 15-tonne metal monster around the sky as if it were a plastic model. And the noise. I love the wokka wokka noise — bladeslap is what Chinook fans call it. 

Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis
Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis
Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis
Photo credit: Anthony Lillis. Twitter @anthonylillis
 

+ Print process: Metallic ink

Example: Aluminium ink on orange Plike from a previous project.
Example: Aluminium ink on orange Plike from a previous project.

+ Colour choice

Large and in charge. Image to show scale.
Large and in charge. Image to show scale.

Royal Blue

Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

Large and in charge. Image to show scale.
Large and in charge. Image to show scale.

Orange

Print process: Hand-pulled silkscreen. Metallic ink: Airframe aluminium. Paper: Plike 240gsm, matt finish. Size: 594 x 840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.

+ Close up

+ Creator

Hi, I'm Nick Harrison and I work full time as a graphic designer, but when I get the chance I like to design aircraft prints. Over the last two years I've shared my work with the Kickstarter community to help fund the designs. I've delivered prints all around the world to backers, from pilots to engineers, and to people like me, who enjoy the aesthetics and marvel at the technological achievement of the people who fly, build and design these incredible machines.

Now I'm looking to add the Chinook, my first helicopter, to the collection.

The ultimate dream is to launch an online shop loaded with beautifully printed grafik aircraft.

+ Thank you

A massive thank you to everyone on Twitter who pestered me to produce a Chinook print, you know who you are. Smiley face sipping bottled ale inserted here.

Thanks to Anthony Lillis for his photography and Garry Owens for letting me use his video footage.

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Twitter and Instagram @grafikaircraft

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Risks and challenges

✈ Delivery

All prints will be rolled in acid-free paper, packed in heavy duty postal tubes and despatched by Royal Mail/Airmail for UK and international delivery. I will create postal labels for each, copying and pasting the address from the details you supply.

✈ Morse code
All the morse code has been redrawn from the international morse code chart on wikipedia. I've double checked the information and I will be doing a final triple check before pressing print. If any eagle-eyed backers do spot any mistakes please give me a shout.

✈ Open Edition v Limited Edition
The design above is an open edition which means I have the option to reuse the design elements at a later date for other substrates. I have a plan for the future to reuse the graphic marks and stating Limited Edition falls into a grey area which I don't fully understand, even after my research. But it could prevent me from experimenting with the graphic mark using different printing techniques in the future.

The above design is the original first run print, where it all began, signed and numbered.

✈ The Paper
The matt finish is beautiful but not a fan of greasy fingers. I recommend you wash your hands like you've never washed your hands before. Be gentle when you are removing the print from the tube and unrolling it.

Credit
Thanks to Wing Commander Kamen at www.gfsmith.com : true pro.

✈ Screen printing
Due to the hand-made nature of the piece you may see small flecks of ink which have come from the print process: these are perfect imperfections and form part of the originality of the print.

The process takes around 30 days so I'll keep everyone updated with images so you can see the journey of your print.

Credit
Thanks to Fighter Ace Gary at http://theprivatepress.org : cool guy.
✈ Thank you

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    CH-47 Chinook Silkscreen
    Colour: BLACK
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt black paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
    So you can see the journey of your print I will keep you up to date with images at each stage of the process. Delivery addresses will be collected after the funding period is over.

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    CH-47 Chinook Silkscreen
    Colour: ORANGE
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt orange paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
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    CH-47 Chinook Silkscreen
    Colour: ROYAL BLUE
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt Royal blue paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
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    AH-64 Apache silkscreen
    Colour: BLACK
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt black paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
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    NEW REWARD
    AH-64 Apache silkscreen
    Colour: ROYAL BLUE
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt Royal blue paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
    So you can see the journey of your print I will keep you up to date with images at each stage of the process. Delivery addresses will be collected after the funding period is over.

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    NEW REWARD
    AH-64 Apache silkscreen
    Colour: ORANGE
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt orange paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
    So you can see the journey of your print I will keep you up to date with images at each stage of the process. Delivery addresses will be collected after the funding period is over.

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    The ultimate helicopter set
    CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache silkscreen
    Colour options: BLACK, ROYAL BLUE or ORANGE. Your choice of colour(s) and delivery address will be collected on the survey once the funding period is over.
    Hand-printed in aircraft aluminium ink onto a luxury matt orange paper.
    Size: 594mmx840mm / 23.4 x 33inches.
    Signed and numbered.
    So you can see the journey of your print I will keep you up to date with images at each stage of the process.

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