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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-07-2012 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Artifactory aerospace artifact replicas

Founded by the co-founder of Master Replicas, Artifactory is now producing its first line of replicas of historic space artifacts.

Recreated using direct studies of the original artifacts and/or historical data, Artifactory's initial product catalog includes:

Products planned for 2013 include:
  • V-2 Rocket 1/25th scale
  • 1960's Contractor Model: Grumman LEM 11/62 Concept
  • Apollo 14 Lunar Checklist

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-07-2012 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Apollo 14 Lunar Golf Club

The Apollo missions were an incredible and historic achievement. Landing on the moon was fraught with danger. This doesn't mean that the astronauts lost their sense of adventure (or humor). One famous example was the time astronaut Alan Shepard decided to play a round of golf... on the moon...

Using a soil sampler, outfitted with a 6-iron head, Shepard hit two golf balls. He was heard to say that the second shot went "miles and miles". The original golf club was returned to Earth and now resides in a museum. However, no authentic replica of this historic artifact has been available, until now...

Artifactory brings you this precision replica of the Apollo 14 Lunar Golf Club, recreated from a direct study of the original artifact. Each replica is recreated in machined and cast aluminum with plastic components, exactly like the real one! A lunar surface display base is included. And just like the original, our replica breaks down for compact transport!

Sorry, this replica is meant for display only; not intended for use in playing golf.

  • Dimensions: 1" by 36" by 4"
  • Suggested retail price: $699
  • Release date: December 2012
  • Available for pre-order from The Space Store

Robert Pearlman
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Apollo Astronaut Checklist

The Apollo lunar missions were the greatest achievement in the history of spaceflight. Using computers far-less sophisticated than today's cellphones, NASA engineers safely landed astronauts on another world. The astronauts relied on their printed cuff checklists to guide them through the thousands of steps in the process.

Only a few of the flown checklists are in private hands today; each is priceless. Collectors have had limited means of owning an exacting facsimile of these historic artifacts. Until now...

Artifactory brings you the premiere replica in our series... the Apollo 12 Astronaut Checklist. Each page has been recreated from a flown checklist and is indistinguishable from the original!

Each replica features cast and machined metal components. Laminated pages that feature every word and symbol on the original. A beautiful display plaque and brass name plate are also included.

  • Dimensions: Pages 3.5" square attached to 7" metal band
  • Suggested retail price: $199
  • Release date: December 2012
  • Available for pre-order from The Space Store

Robert Pearlman
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Voyager Space Probe Golden Record Cover

The Voyager 1 and 2 missions featured some of the most ambitious unmanned spacecraft to ever be launched into space. As part of this program, each probe carried a golden disc similar to the grooved vinyl long-laying phonograph records of the time. Pressed onto each disc were sounds and images from Earth.

The contents were chosen for NASA by a committee chaired by Dr. Carl Sagan of Cornell University. A cover plate for the "golden record" were designed to protect against micrometeorite bombardment in deep space. A diagram engraved on the plate gives the eventual finder of the disc the key to playing the record.

Artifactory brings you an exact replica of the record cover and its famous interstellar "welcome signs." Our replica is machined from metal alloy sheet and features all of the correct engraved markings. A detailed document accompanies each replica, explaining the meaning of all the markings. Each replica disc comes permanently attached to an attractive wall display plaque.

  • Diameter 12-1/8"
  • Suggested retail price: $149
  • Release date: January 2013
  • Available for pre-order from The Space Store

328KF
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posted 11-07-2012 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These look great! I'm sure many are wondering if the checklist is "complete"...

I think it would be awesome if this series is successful enough for them to finally produce a lunar hammer replica. I've got a space reserved next to my Bean painting of Dave Scott just for that.

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quote:
Originally posted by 328KF:
I think it would be awesome if this series is successful enough for them to finally produce a lunar hammer replica.
I like that idea. I'm not especially interested in a golf club, but a lunar hammer - that's another thing.

GACspaceguy
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posted 11-08-2012 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
However, no authentic replica of this historic artifact has been available
Maybe "available" but certainly not the first replica, see this thread.

robert_l
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posted 11-13-2012 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love a replica model of the Apollo TV Camera

onesmallstep
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posted 11-14-2012 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and a Hasselblad camera, American flag flagpole, Lunar EVA boot overshoe etc.

robert_l
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posted 11-15-2012 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I have the Soviet copy of the Hasselblad. Had the Russians landed on the moon this type of camera would have been used. Also was used on Mir. I got a U.S. flag in Florida which is basically the same size as used on the moon.

I have two actual items as used in Apollo: a Speedmaster watch and a Sony TC60 tape recorder! But would love a replica TV camera.

Meademan
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posted 11-18-2012 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just pre-ordered my Voyager Gold Disc Cover Replica. Can't wait for this one.

garyd2831
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posted 12-11-2012 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about an actual sized Apollo 11 LM plaque curved with mounting straps?

I would like to see one of those produced.

garymilgrom
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posted 05-23-2013 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone actually received a checklist replica from Artifactory? I bought one from one of their resellers on April 5. They quoted May 9 for delivery as they were "in production". In May they quoted June 1, and now they're quoting "late summer". I'd love one of these as part of a glove display I'm creating but something is telling me this may not be all it's cracked up to be. Thanks for any info you can give me.

Kizzi
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posted 06-18-2013 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kizzi   Click Here to Email Kizzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be interesting to compare the checklist velcro strap with the ones sold on eBay.

Here's a closeup picture of the -201 variant 19" length genuine Apollo 16 watchband used together with the cuff check-list.

And this is one is the slightly longer -202 variant at 21.5 inches sold on eBay.

NASA Velcro

Johnnyrum2
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posted 07-11-2013 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Johnnyrum2   Click Here to Email Johnnyrum2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have ordered a Artfactory Voyager Disk.

It never was never shipped. I was charged in full.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-12-2013 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Artifactory's website, as well as the websites of its resellers (e.g. The Space Store), the Voyager Record replica has not yet been released. It remains a pre-order item.

I have reached out to the company to request a status update be provided.

Johnnyrum2
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I tried for many weeks to contact this company for info on my order. I called and emailed them over 10 times with no response at all. I ended up getting my money back with a PayPal dispute.

I thought the Voyager Disc would of been cool to own, but it was not to be. I used the money to buy some very nice Apollo books.

Jeff
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posted 08-17-2013 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I've also had zero success with contacting them. I have an Apollo 12 checklist I've been waiting on since they were first advertised for pre-buy.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2013 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I corresponded with the president of Artifactory last month and he explained the situation.

The delay has been the result of a contractor reneging on a production price and then saying they couldn't complete the job as required. As a result, Artifactory has been seeking a new manufacturer.

When we last corresponded, he did not know yet a new delivery estimated date for the Voyager record plaque to be ready.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-09-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The aforementioned production issues with the Voyager record plaque have now been resolved and shipping will begin at the end of the month.

The replica has now been endorsed by Jon Lomberg, the artist who originally drew the diagrams for the actual Voyager record covers, and Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan and one of the producers of the Voyager record.

Edmund Scientific, among others, will be selling them.

mode1charlie
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posted 02-21-2014 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I mentioned the Voyager Golden Record replica to Jon Lomberg yesterday, and he asked me to clarify that he does not endorse or approve the Artifactory replica.

Lomberg
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posted 02-21-2014 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lomberg   Click Here to Email Lomberg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am the artist who drew the Voyager Record cover and I do NOT endorse this replica.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-22-2014 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the update. I was only going by the information provided us.

I have updated my post above to strike out the endorsement.

haveblue
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It makes a lot more sense knowing that this replica was not endorsed by the original artist.

I received my Voyager record several months ago and it was a huge disappointment. It had fine scratches all over the record, marks that looked like burns around the illustrations, a chip on the edge, and the 'Artifactory' logo right on the front of the record. Also, the plaque it was mounted on was no better.

It was so bad I sent it back and got a refund and am very wary of purchasing any of their other replica products (though I did buy their rendezvous diagram, Saturn V blueprint, and LEM blueprint prints which are alright).

onesmallstep
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posted 02-24-2014 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm. For the time and money spent (by both the company producing the replicas and us enthusiasts waiting and paying for them), hopefully the quality control will be improved upon. If the Voyager record was not endorsed, did they have any input from Capts. Bean or Gordon on the Apollo 12 checklist?

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