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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-13-2014 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Boston Globe shares the story of David Ursin, a 56-year-old transplant nurse whose collection of 22 antique vehicles includes Gemini and Apollo boilerplate capsules.
His capsules are the "boilerplate" versions, the first of three iterations of each capsule that were used by NASA to test everything from how they would behave under a parachute to how astronauts could extract themselves after splashdown. In the late 70s, they were sold off by NASA as surplus, and passed through the hands of a chain of collectors before ending up with Ursin.

...the chief reason Ursin wants to sell his capsules is that he recognizes that his space hobby has gotten out of hand. He’s tired of all the welding and grinding and painting, tired of looking at the $30,000 crane he bought so he could move the capsules. "When you need a crane for your hobby," he says, "you know you have gone too far."

Joel Katzowitz
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From: Marietta GA USA
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posted 07-13-2014 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story and his "When you need a crane for your hobby," he says, "you know you have gone too far," are words to live by.

ejectr
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posted 07-13-2014 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live near Rutland, MA and never knew this.

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 07-14-2014 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My two favorite US spacecraft! I wish I had the money.

dtemple
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From: Longview, Texas, USA
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posted 07-14-2014 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Katzowitz:
Great story and his "When you need a crane for your hobby," he says, "you know you have gone too far." are words to live by.
Yes, the "crane" comment is a good point, but he might be talking someone out of buying his boilerplate spacecraft!

restoring_a_BP
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From: Holden MA USA
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posted 10-18-2014 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for restoring_a_BP   Click Here to Email restoring_a_BP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need to reply to the Boston Globe comments, "I want to sell because I am sick of the grinding... and the $30,000 crane."

I did not say this or do I feel this way. I am currently deep into the interior restoration of my Apollo and enjoy every minute of it! I've restored a number of antique cars, truck and even armored vehicles but never have I felt such a passion for it than I have for my CMs! I will be posting more photos of my progress.

I am only selling my Gemini to help fund my Apollo restoration and help my daughter with her college tuition.

The reporter never ran the copy by me before he published this.

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