I would like to make a suggestion for you to work with FT to consider to have the FT Planes’ SKIN as a purchase option during the purchase of a FT Plane kit. I sincerely hope that you can really consider the above suggestion as a value proposition to contribute to the community
I look forward to be able to purchase a FT Plane together with an Option for the Skin
Thanks for reading and best regards.
Stephen, you know I will support you brother! I love what you do and what you bring to this community. If you put the crowdfund up, I'm all in!
little late for the vote but I'd vote RasterWorks (or RasterWerkz just to funk it up a little and make it unique).
Rasterize, do you have any idea of a price estimate per skin yet?
I definitely would like to consider buying some skins ready to go because, so far, I don't have the resources to print out any, and I really don't know how to go about getting some skins for my planes. Sometimes, very technically minded people don't realize that technically challenged folks need more help than others in doing what some would consider simple, straight forward tasks. As a consequence, since they don't how to go about doing the tasks, they just don't try rather than waste valuable time and money on doing something they are not sure of and or don't understand, even thought they would really like the end product if they could successfully do the tasks.
.As for using a crowdfunding website like Kickstart or just figure it out amongst ourselves:
Crowd funding sites will take a cut (usually 5%) but do offer a feeling of transparency and security.
I like the plan, and will invest, but I'd lean in favor of Kickstarter for two reasons.
First, you might be able to attract an even bigger audience. Things like the recent Autodesk Fusion 360 video tutorial on how to design foam board planes and the growing number of foam board flying projects in Instructable and Make and other online and print venues mean there are people getting exposed to this hobby who aren't here on the forums and potentially haven't found Flite Test yet either.
Second, with Kickstarter if you don't raise the target amount nobody gets charged. This way nobody feel weird or has a problem if you only get $350 from people and aren't able to buy the equipment without a larger personal investment than you were expecting. That scenario could put you in a potentially awkward position and I really don't want to see a scenario like that play out here in the forums.
As for the 5% cut, if the platform provides 5% of value to you and you have adjusted your target goals to account for that, I don't see any problems with it. As the person on the giving side of the transaction, I don't have any problem with it.
Also, I need that FT P-40 AVG skin in my life
Just found this thread! This is an awesome idea! I’d be happy to contribute. I think kick starter is a great place to achieve this goal, and who knows...maybe you could wildly surpass your goal, and be able to afford one of those ridiculously expensive flat bed UV printers. I don’t know if you have settled on a name for your venture yet, but I think “Raster Wraps” would be sweet. I’m looking forward to your campaign.