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GoesTo11
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posted 12-13-2012 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Apollo 8:
It's a long time ago, that I found those sketches for the three patches somewhere in the internet (I can't remember where) and loaded them down on my PC.
There are several "Apollo 18" patches out there created for screen and stage productions centered on a hypothetical such mission, as well as a Gordon-Brand-Schmitt design on eBay right now (erroneously listed as associated with the recent "Apollo 18" film) that I've seen before but of what provenance I have no idea... maybe someone else here does.

In any case, no Apollo 18 crew was ever officially assigned, so as Chris states, any "Apollo 18" patch artwork or productions out there are speculative or outright fantasy.

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posted 12-13-2012 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all, a big mahalo nui (thank you) to Chris for the Apollo 8 Christmas patch - what a nice surprise! He is such an asset to the space collecting community and if you haven't ordered some of his patches you absolutely should. His integrity and commitment to quality are really outstanding. And I'm not just saying this because he bribed me with the patch!

As for future patches, the choices are getting harder but my vote would be for the Grumman Lunar Module KSC patch and some of the early NASA vector patches. Possibly an STS-1 four-color patch. Recovery patches don't really flip my switch, although Chris, you can count on my future support regardless.

Merry Christmas!

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posted 12-14-2012 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A replica of the Apollo 11 crew patch would be very welcome. I was delighted to read above that this one is an early earmark on your agenda.

Today, I received your Crew Patches limited edition Christmas special patch. That is giving me much pleasure, Chris and I would like to express my sincere thanks to you - a gesture completely in the spirit of Christmas,

mama04
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posted 12-15-2012 02:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mama04   Click Here to Email mama04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all Chris, thank you so much for your wonderful Christmas gift. Your Christmas Apollo 8 patch will get a special place in my collection. Very happy with it and I really, really appreciate the gesture!

As for future projects, I think a good replica of the Apollo 11 patch would be great. That said, I will buy any future replica patches you decide to make. They are all wonderful and make excellent additions to any space patch collection. For those of you haven't bought these great patches from Chris yet, do not hesitate any longer and buy them while you still can!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 12-15-2012 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Likewise. My hat goes off to Chris for his very kind gesture by way of an Apollo 8 inspired Christmas patch. Very nice and much appreciated. Thank you!

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posted 12-15-2012 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any chance of a sanctioned patch for the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles?

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posted 12-17-2012 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
Did the T-38 operations have any special patches in the Apollo era? If so, I'd love one of those.

When you wrote this I didn't make the link with the NASA MSC T-38 patch which is one I'd thought about doing before.

I don't know how much demand there is out there but it's a patch I like with a strong association to the astronauts.

Domestic production might be possible if I can sell enough. Would a limited numbered edition of around 100 be popular?

Tom
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posted 12-17-2012 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I vote for the astronaut group patches.

GoesTo11
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posted 12-17-2012 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A quick Google image search turned up pictures of auction lots that included several vintage NASA flight jackets (nametags said "Jere Cobb") adorned with a blue-on-white arrowhead-shaped patch reading "NASA MSC" and an overhead silhouette of a T-38 on the right shoulder, as well as a round "Lunar Landing Training Vehicle" patch on the left chest. I'd be interested in either, or both

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posted 12-17-2012 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would also love to see Mercury patches with the Cece Bibby artwork. A Faith 7 would be easiest to do with the star shape and faithfully reproduced. The others could be on a black twill background, maybe with an irregular shape fitting the design and unique for each mission.

The recovery ship patches would also be a great addition.

spaced out
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posted 02-21-2013 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted in this post, my first patch project of 2013 is now completed, a replica of the NASA MSC T-38 patch.

Taking into account some of the comments in this thread I've gone for US production on this patch run. Since this is seriously expensive I've made this a 100 limited run in order to be able to maintain my regular pricing.

I'm also actively working on a high quality replica of the Apollo 11 crew patch which should see the light of day in the next month or two.

Gonzo
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posted 02-21-2013 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to the A-11 patch. Keep us posted on your progress!

spaced out
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posted 03-19-2013 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 11 crew patch replica project is still ongoing but making good progress.

The original is such a detailed patch with so many different thread colors that to be honest I wasn't sure that a decent replica could really be produced on modern machinery.

However, AB Emblem have had their best people working on the artwork and I've been my usual perfectionist self (which I'm sure is a real pain for the manufacturer) and I believe the end result will be worth it. The latest pre-production sample has proven to me that modern machinery really can produce a similar level of detail to the originals.

Realistically it'll probably be another couple of months before I have them on sale but I just wanted to let people know that this project is ongoing.

GoesTo11
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posted 03-19-2013 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the update, Chris. Given your previous patches' quality, I'm sure these will be well worth the wait.

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posted 03-19-2013 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
...I'm sure these will be well worth the wait.
Absolutely.

I'm curious though as to why modern machinery has a hard time reproducing the quality/complexity of the originals. I don't doubt that that's true, just curious why that's the case. Seems like computer-controlled threading (if that's the right phrase) should make that all easier not harder - so obviously I'm unaware of something.

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posted 03-19-2013 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my two MSC T-38 patches yesterday They look GREAT! One is for my collection and I will be proud to wear the other one on one of my flight jackets. Thank You, Chris, for these wonderful replicas!

David C
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posted 03-23-2013 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Chris, very happy with my T-38 patches, I've wanted these for ages. Can't wait for your Apollo 11 release.

In my opinion, there's still plenty of future project material left, these are my top hopefulls:

  1. NASA vector white border, preferably 4" (HSFRC/DFRC), but a 3" Mercury or Gemini version would be fine too.
  2. Gemini IX. Most of Gene Dorr's replicas are great, but I feel that the colours on this one are a bit off, the name tab would be nice to have as well. Collectors can cut it off if they wish - like the original.
  3. Apollo 9. Both the AB and Lion Brother's versions have awful renditions of the Saturn V. I currently only use beta cloth versions for display.
  4. LLTV, I just like it.
  5. STS "Mach 25". I have a pretty good replica produced by a guy on here (I'm sorry, but your name escapes me right now). I reckon that Chris could do even better.
Looking forward to all your projects.

Bill Nelson
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posted 03-25-2013 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Nelson   Click Here to Email Bill Nelson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some patch project ideas.
  1. The oval Skylab patch I have seen being worn by some Skylab astronauts in training
  2. The original Gemini 6 GTA 6 patch
  3. The Gemini 11 backup patch.
If you ever consider making some from the shuttle era:
  • STS-61E that actually looks like the real one as opposed to the earlier souvenir one.
  • the blue and yellow Expedition 1 patch with crews names i have seen being worn by the crew in preflight training.
Also, would you eve be interested in putting out replicas of some patches from space related movies, such as Pilgrim 1 from Countdown, Ironman One from Marooned and Camelot Odyssey from Stowaway to the Moon?

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posted 03-25-2013 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a one-off replica I made for personal use a few years ago, artwork created from video stills. James Caan's Pilgrim One patch from Countdown. Wrote several times to Time-Warner for copyright enquiry, but no response. Anyone welcome to my artwork if you want to try again.

garyd2831
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posted 03-25-2013 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1985 released in 1986 Space Camp movie version patch.

GoesTo11
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posted 03-25-2013 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe Chris has said earlier on these boards that he has no interest in producing replicas of post-Apollo designs (whether that includes Skylab I'm not sure) or in purely fictional insignia (movies, TV, etc.)

If anyone else is game, obviously there will be some interest.

Liembo
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posted 04-03-2013 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How do you feel about a fantasy/concept patch for a crew that never flew (due to unforeseen events)? Do you think a fantasy patch for that unflown crew is distasteful? It may be a design the crew had no input on, and is entirely conjectural in nature. Is it something you as a patch collector would be interested in?

I am working on several designs of this nature and I am just wondering if I made some limited run batches, would the be shunned or accepted by the community at large?

David C
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posted 04-04-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless it's something like say a Gemini IX fantasy patch for See and Bassett or a fantasy Apollo 12 with Williams (i.e. dead astronauts), I would not find it distasteful. I would however find any fantasy patch pointless and not buy one.

Sorry, just my view.

Liembo
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posted 04-04-2013 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So in your opinion a fantasy patch for a deceased crew member would be distasteful?

garyd2831
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posted 04-04-2013 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David C stated: "I would not find it distasteful." He just wouldn't purchase one.

David C
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posted 04-05-2013 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, I wasn't clear. Let me put it another way. I wouldn't buy any fantasy patch, and I do find a patch including a deceased crew member distasteful.

The murky area would be a patch for an actual mission/event including a deceased crewman — such as say Grissom and MR-4. I guess that would depend on what it was like, whether relatives and colleagues approved, etc. I suppose, contrary to my previous statement, the original Gemini IX falls into the murky category also. Still not keen though.

Other opinions?

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posted 04-05-2013 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think honoring the memory of the original Gemini 9 crew with a memorial patch would be a good idea - as others, they gave their lives to the program and country that they served...

Liembo
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posted 04-05-2013 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the case of, say, Gemini IX, when you say "memorial" that would be something to the effect of a dated/anniversary commemorative rather than a fantasy crew patch?

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posted 04-06-2013 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Precisely!

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posted 04-22-2013 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have produced a limited run of patches commemorating the Apollo 4/AS-501 mission. My intention was to make the design as simple as possible and to keep it "period".

More information can be found at The Space Patch Database.

Special thanks to Tim Gagnon for his help in getting this patch out there. Another concept patch for Apollo 6/AS-502 to follow in the coming weeks.

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posted 04-30-2013 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know who produced (and in what quantity) the Apollo 9 "ap09-em4" replica patch on genedorr.com?

I have never seen one on eBay or referenced anywhere but on that site. I am wondering if an additional run of 50-100 patches of that quality and accuracy are worth the time and effort. I already have an Apollo 4 patch scheduled to start delivery May 6, 2013 with an Apollo 6 design to follow. I am debating if I should then turn my resources to an Apollo 9 reproduction run or additional concept patches (of my own design).

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posted 05-01-2013 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those Apollo 9 patches were part of a modern set most likely made by Cape Kennedy Medals. See this thread for images.

I don't know how many were made but you don't see them very often. The Al Bishop collection that I acquired included a dozen examples of this particular patch. I resold the extras on eBay and they were snapped up pretty quickly.

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posted 05-01-2013 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaced out:
Those Apollo 9 patches were part of a modern set most likely made by Cape Kennedy Medals.
Thank you for the information!

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posted 05-10-2013 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Liembo:
...I am debating if I should then turn my resources to an Apollo 9 reproduction run or additional concept patches (of my own design).
Well I'd certainly be interested in a good Apollo 9 crew patch replica.

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posted 05-10-2013 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by garyd2831:
The 1985 released in 1986 Space Camp movie version patch.
Yeah, I'd love one, too.

I'm pretty sure that's still a trademarked design. Space Camp's gift shop made copies of them in 2007 for the 25th anniversary of the opening of the real Space Camp. Sadly, they were bought up quickly and everyone seems to have kept them. I've been looking for almost 2 years and I've never seen one for sale anywhere, at any price. None have ever turned up on eBay in that timeframe.

I've asked the marketing folks at Space Camp if they'll ever make another run, but all I got was a big helping of non-answer.

garyd2831
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posted 05-10-2013 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I can tell. the reproduction Space Camp patches look a little different than the movie version. I would like a nice movie version one made if that would be ever possible.

I wonder whatever happened to the movie props?

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posted 05-13-2013 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About Apollo 9, see [ap09-em4] in Gene Dorr's website.

It was made by ? and did sell by Spaceflight Now many years ago. I also think it was the best repro I ever saw.

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Originally posted by KAPTEC:
I also think it was the best repro I ever saw.
That is beautiful!! I would love a repro like that!

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posted 05-14-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those that are interested, I still have some of the STS-62A "Revisited" patches available for sale. An updated description and price can be viewed here.

Thank you Liem for posting this on your site.

David C
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posted 06-17-2013 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about a version of the Apollo 11 patch the way it was originally designed by the crew? In other words a more natural Eagle pose - with the olive branch in it's beak and open talons for landing. See Mike Collin's comments in his book.


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