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Gonzo
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posted 06-17-2013 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, any update on the Apollo 11 patch?

It's been several months now when you said something to the effect of within a month you'd have details?

No rush. Personally, I'd rather you take the time to get it right than to rush it and have errors.

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posted 06-18-2013 01:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They're in the queue for production (in the US). From past experience, and taking into account the usual delays at customs, I'd expect to get my hands on them in early July.

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posted 07-06-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since this is a "suggestions" thread for Chris, might there be any interest in a GTA-6 replica?

Yes, this was inspired by Ed Hengeveld's pic of the week. As far as I know, this is the only US mission patch for which two significantly different variations were actually worn by the crew during flight operations (I'm not counting differences only in surnames, like early Shuttle crew shuffles or Kopra/Bowen on STS-133).

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posted 07-06-2013 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say that the two STS-114 patches (for the Atlantis and Discovery crews, pre- and post-STS-107) would fall into the same category as the Gemini 6 patches.

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posted 07-06-2013 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point...I wasn't sure how extensively the original STS-114 patch was in circulation prior to the loss of Columbia.

Regardless, I believe Chris has said he's going to confine his work to M-G-A era emblems.

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posted 07-23-2013 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good news - my Apollo 11 crew patch replicas are almost in my hands. However, since I'm going on vacation shortly I'll need to wait until early August to start shipping.

I'll post a link to a pre-order page as soon as I have one of the final production patches to scan which should be tomorrow (Wednesday).

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posted 07-23-2013 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
YEAH !!!

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posted 07-24-2013 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've posted full details of my Apollo 11 crew patch replica and a link to the pre-order page here.

butch wilks
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posted 08-01-2013 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I put forward the STS-120 Star Wars patch?

Only a very limited few were made at the time of the mission (12 I think) and I have never seen one come up for sale. Would love to get one to go with the mission patch I have.

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posted 08-01-2013 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry, but no. The STS-120 "Star Wars" parody patch was produced as a limited edition of only 30 pieces, marking the 30th anniversary of the original film. It was primarily made for and distributed to the crew.

A very small number of patches (less than 10) were given to collectors or friends of collectSPACE.

collectSPACE created the patch with Lucasfilm's and AB Emblem's agreement that it would not be reproduced.

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posted 08-09-2013 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 11 replica has arrived and it is once again a very fine job. It's only since looking at it closely that I now really appreciate how poor the other versions out there are.

Next project?

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posted 08-10-2013 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wasn't someone planning an Apollo 13 replica with the correct color horses?

But I would really love a good Apollo 9 as well!

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posted 08-15-2013 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 11 patch arrived today! It is Excellent!

GoesTo11
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posted 08-15-2013 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today as well...fantastic job by Chris and AB. I agree with the earlier comment in that it makes the other Apollo 11 patches I own look rather "meh," as the kids say.

And yes, it was nice to see the "Made in USA" tag embedded in the back

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posted 08-16-2013 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my Apollo 11 replica patches today. Fantastic job, Chris!

Really an outstanding patch.

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posted 08-16-2013 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally got mine yesterday. Fantastic job, Chris. Absolutely gorgeous and true to the original art!

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posted 08-18-2013 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to put forward a patch or patches I have been looking to do myself for a number of years. At first I thought to do this as a set of patches for each of the projects to use this item (Apollo, Skylab, shuttle, Ares I-X and now the new project's SLS), and then as one big big patch.

This item has had to be used on every one of the missions and tests that go to launch pads 39A and 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. I have only seen one patch for this item and have only seen it for sale on eBay two times and missed out on getting one on cost only. Okay, I'll put you all out of your misery, the items are: Kennedy Space Center's two massive Crawler-Transporters.

I think at one time they were the biggest moving land vehicles on the earth.

Okay, it's not a mission or a rocket or something that goes into space that we seem to go for, but without this vehicle there would be no Apollo, Skylab, shuttle, Ares I-X or the golden age of NASA's space exploration as it put now a days, as the spacecraft would not be able to get to the pad 3.5 miles away from the VAB. As someone said one time at the time of Apollo 11 (may have been one of the drivers), "Have the first 3.5 miles to the moon on me," and that just sums it all up for me — without this vehicle it would not have happened.

As I have said I tried to do a patch myself using one of the crawler nicknames as a starting point ("the mighty tortoise"),
i look to use Warner Bros "cecil" but had to stop as I was not able to get the okay to use the tortoise from the Warner Bros. cartoons as the the backdrop for the patches. I sent hundreds of emails to them to get the okay but I think they just did not get the idea for the patch. We'll have to use a different looking one.

My idea was this; a small VAB on the left side with the tortoise (with a NASA cap on) and a mobile launch platform as its shell with a Saturn V, Saturn-Skylab, Saturn IB, shuttle, Ares I-X and SLS on it back in the middle (one spacecraft to a patch or one big patch with the Saturn rockets fading out to the left and the shuttle on the MLP and the I-X and Space Launch System faded up to the right) offset to the middle of the patch a sign with the logo; "Have the first 3.5 miles on me" on it. On the right, the pads with or without the rotating service structure.

On the outside of the patch the words, top part: KSC Crawler-Transporter "From Apollo to SLS still going strong" (and may be the years of service). Bottom part: "The Mighty Tortoise" (and may be the name of them too, one set for each one).

Well that's my idea. As you can see, it's a bit of a passion for me to get this patch made up. I hope someone can put in to reality for me. Thanks.

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posted 08-18-2013 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Butch, I can certainly appreciate your passion about the "crawlers"...they are indeed magnificent engineering achievements. Not 20 minutes ago I bought a little model of one, with another fantastic engineering feat called Atlantis attached

That said, I wouldn't presume to speak for Chris but my impression is that he's not in the business of *creating* insignia but rather giving us the opportunity to own quality replicas of actual patches that would otherwise be lost to history or accessible only to collectors of considerable means.

I like your idea, though. There are several very talented artists in the cS community... perhaps one of them might take it on.

butch wilks
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posted 08-18-2013 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the shuttle Atlantis is a fantastic spacecraft too, but as I put in my bit without the "crawlers" the shuttle Atlantis would still be sitting in the VAB with no where to go and would not have had the fantastic missions it did for its TIME and not I am sad to say sitting in the KSC visitor complex as it is today.

And you would not have the miniature of it you have today if not for the "crawlers." But the two "crawlers live on" to move new spacecarft to the pads of the Kennedy Space Center.

("THEY LIVE") sorry I had to do that bit from Frankenstein as a bit of fun.

I have to say sorry I did go on a bit on the patches I'd have like to have made-up, sorry it the passion for there "crawlers."

But there is one patch out there that Chris may do. The one off eBay. Thanks.

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posted 08-18-2013 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember reading about the conception and development of the crawlers — in "Apollo" by Murray and Cox, I'm pretty sure. Really cool story...

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posted 08-18-2013 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaced out:
I've posted full details of my Apollo 11 crew patch replica...
Here are the comparison pictures of two actual Apollo 11 BIGs/Crew Patch and Chris Spain's recent work of art. The two top patches are the BIGs and Chris Spain's replicas are on the bottom. Pretty close indeed.

Great Job Chris!

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posted 08-18-2013 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by canyon42:
I remember reading about the conception and development of the crawlers — in "Apollo" by Murray and Cox, I'm pretty sure.

Not to take the thread too far afield, but yes, I first learned the story of the crawlers' development...as well as that of the rest of Apollo's support elements which were great technical achievements in their own right, in Murray & Cox's book. Chapter 6: "The flight article has got to dominate."

Also, thanks Gary for posting those side-by-side pics. Really shows what a great feat Chris & AB accomplished with these.

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posted 08-21-2013 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, now that you have taken on the Apollo 11 crew patch, maybe one could be done Apollo 12 and 13 and any other know Apollo crew patch?

Still looking for some Mercury, Gemini and Apollo era NASA vectors, too.

Great work on all that you have done so far!

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posted 08-30-2013 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In terms of replica patch projects, one thing I'm always afraid of is starting a project then having someone else release a version of the same patch by coincidence.

As an example, one I'd thought of doing that Gary mentions above is a replica of the Gemini-era white bordered meatball patch.

Now I see from another thread that Space-boosters.co.uk have a good replica of the Type II patch for sale on their website!

If it wasn't for the mention in that thread I would never have realized and might have made my own version.

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I was one of the ones clamoring for a Type II/Gemini-era meatball replica. Found it on Spaceboosters UK quite by accident, and bought a half dozen on the spot

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posted 11-01-2013 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, having looked at the crude offering that is AB's current version of the Apollo 8 patch, I'd like to put in my vote for an Apollo 8 crew souvenir patch replica (with the segmented Earth).

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I would be very happy to get some of the more modern patches in smaller (max 3") size and female astronauts themed patches.

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posted 11-01-2013 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I still would love a decent Apollo 9 patch as well. I hate the Atlas looking rocket on the ones I have!

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posted 11-02-2013 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ronpur:
I still would love a decent Apollo 9 patch as well. I hate the Atlas looking rocket on the ones I have!

SECONDED!

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posted 11-05-2013 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, but how many should be made to make it "affordable" (from 100 onwards)?

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posted 11-05-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ronpur:
I still would love a decent Apollo 9 patch as well. I hate the Atlas looking rocket on the ones I have!
Well... there are two Lion Bros "Saturn" versions on eBay right now. One at $16.95 and the other $24.95.

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posted 11-05-2013 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a shame the Cape Kennedy Medals remake isn't more readily available. It's a damn fine reproduction.

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posted 11-06-2013 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liem's right that the CKM remake was nicely done.

I guess the key question in terms of replicas is which version of the Apollo 9 patch would you want replicated?

There are two variants of the basic crew patch to choose between, although I'm afraid that the fully-embroidered background would never look quite right executed on modern machinery.

The crew souvenir patch would probably be easier to replicate because it's executed on twill.

Then there's the Texas Art Embroidery patch which is probably the most valuable and very nicely executed.

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posted 11-06-2013 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, I'm going to make an Apollo 9 Crew Patch replica, based on the main variant patch worn by the crew for their pre-launch photo shoot.

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posted 11-06-2013 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
YAHOO!!!

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posted 11-06-2013 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Chris!!!!! Also, an Apollo 10 would be great too. The AB Emblem just doesn't do it justice.

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Originally posted by spaced out:
...based on the main variant patch worn by the crew for their pre-launch photo shoot.

Just to clarify Chris, which of the 2 crew patches shown on the Apollo 9 page of your reference site are you going to replicate? The "variant" seems like a better choice than the top example, with the former's better-executed and sharper detail. Anyway, looking forward to it!

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posted 11-07-2013 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going for the top design on my page but using a somewhat neater-executed example as a baseline.

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posted 11-07-2013 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding news. I hope it will be fully embroidered.

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posted 11-08-2013 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retrorocket Emblems may be willing to take on Apollo 10, though the Lion Brother's version is a pretty apt and readily available reproduction. Apollo 9 was in our sights, but based on Chris' Apollo 11, the Apollo 9 is in very good hands...


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