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posted 09-25-2008 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vortex   Click Here to Email vortex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where I can get a Franklin Mint Lunar Module repaired in the UK?

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posted 09-25-2008 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could ask for a quote from a reputable jewellers. The model is metal and they are used to making repairs on a very small and intricate scale. Just an idea.

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posted 01-14-2011 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody know the exact year that The Franklin Mint Lunar Module was issued? Was it for the 20th or the 25th anniversary of the Lunar Landing?

Also, what was the quantity produced?

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posted 01-14-2011 03:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believed these were produced in 1994 for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

The quantity produced I'm not sure or I believe 2500 for the Code 3 version with two astronauts and 500 for the Franklin Mint.

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posted 01-14-2011 04:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The date of production then I hope I can conclude as the 25th anniversary.

The quantity produced though is still in question, maybe somebody else may help us conclude.

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posted 01-14-2011 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was always under the impression there were 500 produced of this.

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posted 01-14-2011 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got one in '94 and it was irrepairably damaged. Franklin Mint generously replaced it at no cost to me. So that makes 499

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posted 01-14-2011 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to return my first Franklin LM model too due to damage in transit... 498!

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posted 01-14-2011 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine is intact, so I guess that makes it 497!

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posted 01-14-2011 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make that 494, I have 3, one broken and two 100% in condition...

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posted 01-14-2011 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are two here in Italy. I have one intact and one with broken parts to be restored. Does anyone know the material of the legs? Where can I find pictures, that I can help in the restoration? Thanks!

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posted 01-14-2011 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charlie16 got it down to 492!

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posted 01-14-2011 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is a pleasure to be entered in the list!

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posted 01-16-2011 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that lot's of these Franklin Mint LM are either hidden in vaults or are crippled or even worse still, ended up being recycled. Barely 10 are accounted for from the 500 produced.

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posted 01-16-2011 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one as well.

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posted 01-16-2011 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Ritter   Click Here to Email Michael Ritter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can add me to the list as I have one. Unfortunately it is still boxed but at least it is not damaged.

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posted 01-16-2011 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for backof   Click Here to Email backof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one, currently boxed in my "vault".

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posted 01-16-2011 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one intact. A friend off mine has had a total of 3, but currently has 2 one intact and one damaged.

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posted 01-17-2011 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
486 and counting!!!

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posted 01-17-2011 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, somebody's gotta get a spreadsheet going, but I have one. It's one of my favorites. What a well-made model. 485.

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posted 01-18-2011 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Kemp   Click Here to Email Peter Kemp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased an example from the USA via eBay in 2007. Paid $301 plus USPS Global Priority Shipping to the UK which bought the total to $484 plus of course UK Customs Duty etc.

I also got a mirrored display case as part of the lot. Unfortunately although it arrived in the original box, the ascent stage had become detached from the shaped packaging causing a couple of the thrusters and aerials to break off.

However, I got busy with the glue and forceps and managed to re-attach them with only a slight alignment problem with one of the aerial arrays to show that it had been repaired.

Lovely model to go with the Code 3 example I also purchased when these were released.

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posted 01-18-2011 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacemac   Click Here to Email Spacemac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an intact Franklin Mint Lunar Module also. It is a little dusty but otherwise in excellent shape.

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posted 01-19-2011 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 3 new in box and a damaged one I use for school presentations.

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posted 01-19-2011 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth, I've owned two: one still exists in pristine condition, the other met a wall traveling at about 25 mph (long story) and was discarded years ago.

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posted 01-19-2011 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...the other met a wall traveling at about 25 mph (long story) and was discarded years ago.
Wow! What did you say to her that made her THAT angry?

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posted 01-19-2011 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At least it missed you.

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posted 01-19-2011 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one .... had a damaged US flag, returned it to the (Melbourne Aust) Franklin Mint shop and waited nine months to have it replaced.

FM called me when the new one had arrived and offered me a choice of five new models, four of which had varying faults, the fifth perfect.

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posted 01-20-2011 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
476......Robert has the record of a FLOWN piece but unfortunately did not survive it's DESCENT.

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posted 01-20-2011 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have the Franklin Mint Apollo Lunar Module, the only issue is the damaged American Flag.

I had the base signed by one astronaut from every moon mission. I took it the base in 2005 to New Jersey where Buzz Aldrin (signed it Apollo Xll), Edgar Mitchell, Dave Scott and Alan Bean signed it. Than to the Kennedy Space Center in 2008 where Gene Cernan, Charlie Duke and Jim Lovell signed it. They all signed it in silver paint pen and added their missions. It's a great piece.

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posted 01-20-2011 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For long time a person has for sale a model on eBay (2300,00 USD). Asking price is high... This means that our models are worth a lot. I'm happy about that.

One less from the list!

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posted 01-20-2011 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would appear the Franklin Mint LM suffered quite an attrition rate due to intransit damage. I wonder what they did with all the models returned due to damage?

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posted 01-20-2011 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have any of or owners here had the base of the LM signed? I have always thought about doing it, but with only seven spaces I couldn't decide which moonwalkers to get.

Apollo 11 crew was out of the question (although not at the time of issue). We have lost two of the CDR's, and one of the LMP's. So there are nine left and one will not sign. There was a long period of time when no one would have thought Dave Scott would ever sign, and some now are prohibitively expensive (especially when charging ridiculous additional fees for "3D" items and silver pens).

Any successes to share? Pics?

I have several signed model bases, including Apollo 13 and Friendship 7, but still haven't started the FM base for fear of not being able to complete a sensible grouping of signatures.

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posted 01-21-2011 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have thought about signing as well. I would suggest that you have just the front two panels signed. Have Aldrin sign on the Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) side (left hand side if you look at the model, right hand side from the LMP view looking out the window of the LM), then have Cernan sign the Commander side.

In that way you have the first and the last of the crews that have landed on the moon. Not cheap individually but as a group much cheaper than all panels signed. It also is easier to display.

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posted 01-22-2011 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some photos of my signed Franklin Mint Lunar Module.

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posted 01-22-2011 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to both for the suggestions and the pics. One of my biggest concerns was if Cernan could fit his signature in the space available, but that looks awesome...congrats!

GACSpaceguy, you may remember me from the Lovell signing line at the ASF show a few years back. You gave me advice on the silver pen to use for my Apollo 13 model and it turned out great. Thanks.

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posted 01-23-2011 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...you may remember me from the Lovell signing
Yes I do and am glad it worked well.

We plan on using the same Buzz and Gene signature plan at this year's ASF signing. We can not make Spacefest this year due to a work conflict. With that, we plan on taking the money we would have spent on airfare and a hotel room and getting our 1/12 scale LM signed. Below the LM windows there is a flat area that is black, Buzz on the LMP side and Gene on the CMD side. The ASF is driving distance for us so taking the LM should be OK. A number of things need to fall into place but at least we have a plan.

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The base of that is fantastic!

At the ASF AAMS Show last November they sold 1/48 Lunar Modules with the four sided wooden bases.

Each had been signed by Edgar Michell and Gene Cernan who also wrote their missions.

They wrote on the top of the base, which gets obscured by the legs. Not a complaint, just an observation, especially given the low price.

I'm thinking of having other moonwalkers sign the beveled sides of the base like yours. Wonderful.

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posted 01-23-2011 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So what is the story on the mission inscription for Buzz, it looks like Apollo XII (12)?

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posted 01-23-2011 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerseyboy   Click Here to Email jerseyboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After Buzz signed this at the New Jersey Show in 2005, I posted this on collectSPACE under the Opinions and Advise forum.

When I get a chance, I will put on the photos of Buzz and the other astronauts signing the base.

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posted 01-23-2011 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story and I would have left it alone as well.

Stafford signed our Gemini IX lucite base "Apollo X" and immediatly knew he had made the error. ASking what he should do, I said sign it again correctly, two for one and a story as well, priceless.


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