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When I grow up I want to be a Pilot. Nick, aged 40.
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An incredible retweet off the Royal Air Force took us supersonic this week.

To design a squadron of aircraft prints, starting with the Tornado and Typhoon, screen printed onto tank-like matt black paper in silver metallic ink. 

GF Smith is the wing commander of luxury paper and each piece will be hand-pulled by Gary, fighter ace and formidable marksman at The Private Press.

I've stripped down the detail of the aircraft to the bare minimum, creating a graphic mark that I hope captures the character and look of each aircraft.

 ✈ Tornado

The thunderous rhino with the untamed characteristic of a falcon, changing its wing position to accelerate at breakneck speed.

 Typhoon 

This supersonic hummingbird has the ability to change direction in a heart beat and rip open the sky with speed.

 GA1 Squadron - Elite Edition 

Metallic silver ink on tank-like black paper.

★ Check out the supersonic earlybird reward.

Size: 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in. Frame not included.

 GA1 Squadron - Experimental Edition 

Tornado (left) Typhoon (right). Metallic silver ink drenched on a sun ☀ blinding orange paper. 

Size: 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in. Frame not included.

✈ GA1 Squadron - White

Metallic silver ink on white Plike paper.

Size: 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in. Frame not included.

✈ GA1 Squadron - Royal Blue

Metallic silver ink on Royal blue Plike paper.

Size: 420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in. Frame not included.

✈ Mock-up

I continued the military theme with the typography. I did some experiments with stencil fonts favoured by air forces but I wanted something more subtle. If I'm honest I got lucky with the morse code because it fits perfectly with the graphic mark.

Because of the line length of morse code I had to stack the code vertically, reading from top to bottom.

By the end of this project I should be able to read morse code fluently.

 The armour-plated panels above have the look of the black Plike paper.

My camera phone doesn't do justice to the matt black; and the orange is darker in tone.
My camera phone doesn't do justice to the matt black; and the orange is darker in tone.
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✈ Inspiration for the project

Last year, I discovered I was harbouring an AV Geek inside me. I created a series of twitter art aircraft. Using only 140 Twitter characters was limiting, but I managed to create the Tornado and Typhoon using squares, circles, half circles, triangles, dots, dashes, lines and anything else I could lay my keyboard on. I've developed the designs for the prints but kept the minimalist feel of the twitter art.  

In the short term I want to focus on designing 12 aircraft marks. If I hit my objective, then long term I will have a full squadron of aircraft to launch. 

This year I wanted to do some personal work, combining my design skills with beautiful papers and printing techniques.

The two things came together. And here I am ✈

“Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.” Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Risks and challenges

✈ The prototype
This is my first sortie on Kickstarter and I've purposely kept the project manageable in terms of numbers. Small run, small risk. I might be braver in the future if things go well.

So you can see the journey of your print I'll keep in close contact if funding is successful.

✈ Delivery
You've made a pledge for a print and you want it to be delivered in perfect condition. That statement is the brief I’ve given myself to make sure it happens.

My bit
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.

Your bit
Please make sure you fill in your full name and full international address.

Then together, we’ve done everything we can.

Royal Mail it's over to you, do not deviate from your mission and stay on target.

✈ Open Edition v Limited Edition
The designs above are open editions 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 reusing the elements. I don't intend to print the designs en masse but I would like to have the option to experiment with other print processes in the future.

BUT the above designs are the original originals, 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 : a 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.

✈ 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 check before pressing print. If any eagle-eyed pilot pledgers do spot any mistakes please give me a shout.

✈ Copyright
Aircraft images copyright: Open Government Licence v2.0. http://www.defenceimagery.mod.uk/
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/2/

Thank you ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈ ✈

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