We have always associated the combination of polished aircraft covering, shining in the bright sunlight, and worn leather of aircraft seats with the golden era of the beginning of transatlantic voyages and an outstanding aerial machine, justly considered to be one of the most beautiful planes in aviation history, the Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft (Connie).
By creating own accessories, Manekibook narrates its vision of how the objects from the world of Connie could have looked if the aircraft had survived the coming of the jet aviation era and had become an irreplaceable companion of the modern globetrotter.
Welcome to the Phoenix Super Constellation GT world!
Every element of the world was designed by our team and reproduced in many details. Below are some points from the Phoenix Universe creation process.
Part 1: Sketches
Part 2: Interior
Part 3: Renders
Part 4: Creation
AVIATOR PH-1 BACKPACK
“Thinking of the fact that that we were missing a reliable travelling companion in our daily life and journeys, we decided to create a perfect backpack for him because we cannot imagine the modern globetrotter’s life without it.”
The first object from the Phoenix Super Сonstellation GT world is a backpack for a gentleman, Aviator PH-1.
Object No1 is justly the most sophisticated product in our history. It took us almost two years from creating the concept to realization of the finished product and creating its world. Aviator PH-1 consists of 98 details. Each of them is assembled in the process consisting of 370 operations, starting from the moment of selecting leather to packing the finished product in its presentation box.The materials for the backpack are delivered from 5 countries: Italy, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and Germany.
Its construction is based on a steamer bag design, one of the oldest and the most interesting form factors of bags, when the straps fix the flap lock.The backpack features a main general compartment with an inner pocket, and an inner hidden pocket, which can be accessed from the back. All inside surfaces of the backpack are made of natural suede. Each detail of the backpack imitates certain features of the Phoenix Super Constellation GT aircraft, be it the embossed pattern of the original turbines and nacelle elements at a scale of 1:280 around its all studs, the tail numbers of the aircraft marked on the hangtags and the additional elements of package, or its wing lines revealed by the flap or the contours of inner pockets.The rear of the backpack is worth to be given special attention.The anatomical back features quilting technique, replicating shapes and lines of the shock-absorbing cushions on aircraft armchairs, developed by us for the cockpit of the Phoenix Super Constellation GT.
Special vegetable tanned leather, curried in a peculiar way for natural aging effect, was developed for creating Object No1. It is treated with chestnut and mimosa extract, dried in a natural way, and polished with amber stone.The backpack’s lining is superior quality natural suede, and almost all its metal accessories (hardware) are made by hand of nickel- plated brass, epitomizing metal of aircraft covering.
All these components are assembled by-hand during 50 hours to finally get the backpack worthy of Howard Hughes. Each backpack has a unique serial number and a product data sheet.There will be produced 99 pieces of Aviator PH-1 in this leather and hardware type.
Designed from scratch, brass cast, polished by jewelers. Galvanic nickel coat- ing is applied.The emblem has a 6-point fixing with purpose made micro screws and a steel gasket for secure fastening on the flap.
Curried in a peculiar way, this vegetable leather treated with chestnut and mimosa extract for natural aging effect. Dried in a natural way without heat- ing and polished with amber stone.This leather has an unmistakable smell and a peculiar pattern formed by chaps and scuffs all over the surface. Produced at a family manufacture in Tuscany.
Flap closure mechanism
Features straps put through the rings, which pass through the external surface and the flap of the backpack, fixed with studs. Both straps have a natural felt filling inside.
The back of the backpack features quilting: the vertical lengthwise lines imitate quilting on the shock-absorbing cushions of aircraft armchairs, developed by us for the cockpit of the Phoenix Super Constellation GT.
Access to the side pocket
Handy side pocket to put your small things in and take them out on the run, be it car keys, air tickets, a tablet or a purse.
Access to the main compartment
No need to open your backpack fully to access the main compartment. Fits a 11” laptop, a tablet or a water bottle.
Soft shoulder straps with stud fastening. Adjustable for 10,5 cm in length (4 holes for adjusting the shoulder straps’ length are available). Anatomically shaped and have a natural felt padding inside.
Makes carrying the backpack easy.The handle is anatomically shaped and has a natural felt filling.
The object consists of 98 details. Each of them is assembled in the process consisting of 370 operations, starting from the moment of selecting leather to packing the finished product in its presentation box.The materials for the object are delivered from 5 countries: Italy, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and Germany. The period from the first operation on selection of leather for the object to packing of the finished product takes 50 hours of net working time of the whole of the Atelier’s team.
• Limited edition of 99 pieces will be produced in each material and hardware type
• Net time for production of each backpack is 50 hours, from selection of materials to packing of the finished product
• Each Object No1 consists of 98 different details
• 370 operations are performed during the production process
• Internal volume:~15L
Materials & Findings
• Specially developed vegetable leather with natural aging effect (Italy)
• Jewellery brass (Italy)
• Natural suede (Italy)
• Natural felt (Italy)
• Threads for genuine leather approved for the aerospace industry (Ger- many)
• 100% cotton (Italy)
• Aircraft plywood (Ukraine)
• Duralumin (Ukraine)
• Emblem made by jewelers. Designed from scratch, polished brass casting. Galvanic nickel coating is applied (Ukraine)
• Zippers: nickel-plated brass(Riri,Switzerland)
• Studs made of nickel-plated brass (USA)
• Nickel-plated brass rings. Polished casting. Galvanic nickel coating is applied (USA)
Ready to go
• Aircraft plywood presentation package. Hand-made, equipped with an easy-to-use grab handle made of the same leather as the main object
• Elements of package made of natural suede
• Cover bag:100%cotton
• Warranty product data sheet
To be continued...