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David C
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posted 11-13-2013 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure about Apollo X, I think that the Lion Brothers patch is excellent. And are we talking about the "Grumman" or "post flight" patches? I was just at the Astronaut Hall of Fame and noted that Young had a Grumman patch on his shuttle jacket.

Personally I'd rather have Apollo 8, the current AB Emblem effort is awful.

GoesTo11
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posted 11-13-2013 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David C:
Personally I'd rather have Apollo 8, the current AB Emblem effort is awful.
"Awful?" Really?

Looking at my AB and Lion Bros. patches, and the vintage examples on Chris' site... yes, there are detail differences but I don't think they're radical enough to justify a undertaking a replica. Obviously Apollo 8 was an iconic, milestone mission and the patch is worth examining in the spirit of these projects for that reason alone... but in this case I just don't think the variations out there are worth the effort or expense of "correcting" in a replica. Just my opinion, of course.

David C
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posted 11-13-2013 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
"Awful?" Really?
Yeah, really. Apollo 8 is a basic classic design. However, now that AB have seen fit to "simplify" the continents, we've gone from classic to childish. To me it's as bad as their Apollo 9 rocket (I cannot call that thing a Saturn V). Also, I'd be looking for the segmented "crew souvenir" version.

mooncollector
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posted 01-08-2014 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really have to second the motion about an Apollo 8 replica. A version that would outdo (by leaps and bounds) the AB version needs a darker blue background, better detail, and the selvedging should be the same color as the background to match the original borderless effect. Or just a cut edge.

This is a milestone mission with maybe the most evocative and symbolic design of all the Apollo patches and it deserves a better treatment.


UPDATE: I see from researching the excellent Crew Patches site that the A8 crew never had an embroidered patch on their jumpsuits. The ground support people did though... and guess what, that patch DID have a white border. So the AB version is in fact as close as we can get to an "original".

garyd2831
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posted 01-09-2014 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would have been great to have a nice Apollo 8 patch in time for the 45th anniversary and to follow the great Apollo 8 Xmas patch that Chris produced for 2012. I will join in the growing demand for an Apollo 8 replica patch.

Ronpur
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posted 01-10-2014 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my Apollo 13 patch replicas from Skyforce today! They are fantastic!

sts205cdr
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posted 01-10-2014 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd ike to suggest again a patch for the Interstellar Association of Turtles. Anyone else interested?

astrorero
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posted 01-21-2014 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrorero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about the Gemini 6A patch showing the capsule linking up with the Agena instead of the ugly 6A patch showing only stars.

Besixdouze
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posted 02-24-2014 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spaced out:
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.
How's this project coming along Chris?

spaced out
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posted 02-24-2014 06:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been a very slow process for various reasons but the go-ahead for the final production run should go through any day now. That still means about 6 weeks typically before I have the patches ready to sell but at least it's progress.

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posted 04-10-2014 01:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 9 replica crew patches are due to be delivered any day now and are available for pre-order. See the formal announcement here.

David C
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posted 04-10-2014 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks excellent Chris - as usual. Have you given any thought to Apollo 8 in the future?

Bull_Eckert
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posted 04-10-2014 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bull_Eckert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congrats Chris for another excellent replica!

Regarding future projects, I think a replica of the Apollo 10 patch would be a better option than making an Apollo 8 replica. In my opinion, the current AB version of the Apollo 10 patch is far away from the original artwork and from the patch worn by the crew.

David C
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posted 04-10-2014 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Apollo 10 is a good suggestion for the reason mentioned. However, the LB is still available and excellent, although not strictly a replica of the Grumman patch (I think it's better, but that's not really the point).

As I've said in the past I think AB's current Apollo 8 is equally poor, and being a more historic mission, I'd be looking for 8 first.

Ronpur
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posted 04-10-2014 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
9 looks fantastic! Thank you so much for doing it. My preorder is placed.

And I just realized we have recent replicas of Apollos 7, 9, 11 and 13. This is rather odd...

Is 15 and 17 next?

spaced out
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posted 04-11-2014 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An Apollo 8 replica would be tricky. Any vintage AB patch looks very similar to the crew souvenir patch and I think it would be pretty tricky to make a modern patch that would look more like the crew souvenir version than the old AB patches.

In any case I won't really be in a position to work on another project for a while as I need to try to get some of the money back on this one first.

David C
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posted 04-11-2014 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure, understand the money. Vintage, mint AB patches seem hard to find now, but I suppose that if the segmented look can't be done then it may not be worthwhile.

p51
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posted 04-11-2014 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny thing, I'm very late to the party to just find out replicas of the NASA T-38 patch are indeed being made, I assume these are yours?

I thought I'd asked this a while back, which I did, very early in this thread:

quote:
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.
And the response:
quote:
Originally posted by spaced out:
Would probably be a pretty small market which would make it very difficult to break even on it. I don't produce these patches to make money as such but I do hope that they will eventually break even otherwise I'm effectively running a charity.
I just realized these are indeed being made. So, how's the charity working out on that?

spaced out
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posted 04-12-2014 02:31 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:
... So, how's the charity working out on that?

As a charity for patch collectors in need it's working fine. However, if it were a commercial enterprise I might not be so happy.

I might break even on it one day but not just yet. Likewise my Apollo 11 crew patch replica project, which may never break even.

garyd2831
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posted 04-12-2014 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, I can at least speak for myself that I appreciate the hard work and financial cost that you have committed.

I think so far, I've purchased about a dozen or so of the Apollo 11 replicas as they are fantastic. I even have one with me here on my deployment. Maybe I will give away a few to young space collectors to help them get started on their collections. So from a charity standpoint, I will work that avenue for you.

Keep up the great work and I hope to see Apollo 8 replica in the future! Maybe some vintage styled NASA vectors?

randyc
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posted 04-12-2014 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My recommendation is to make all of the Grumman Lunar Module patches. There are several, such as the one with a yellow ring with the words Grumman Lunar Module and the Lunar Module descending to the Lunar Surface with the Earth in the background. There's also one with the Lunar Module being held by a hand.

There's only a few patches produced by Grumman so, like the Gemini series replica patches they can be sold as a set or individually as they are made.

spaced out
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posted 04-14-2014 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garyd2831:
Maybe some vintage styled NASA vectors?
There's actually a replica of the Gemini-era NASA vector/meatball patch produced by Space Boosters in the UK. See this page.

David C
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posted 04-17-2014 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 9 replicas have just arrived. Thanks Chris, they are once again to your usual high standard. I think this may have been the most desperately needed one since the AB patch has always been dreadful.


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