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lucspace
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posted 12-02-2013 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A long time in preparation, Spacepatches.nl announces a new version of the Aurora 7 capsule art patch.

The art was designed by Cece Bibby for the Mercury capsule that took the second American to orbit; Scott Carpenter.

An earlier depiction of the art has been available as a patch for some time. However, we felt it deserved a better rendering, as the earlier patch has a red 7 instead of a blue one, incorrect colours in the aurorae and a font that differs from the one used in Bibby's artwork.

This new version corrects all that. We had planned to release this patch at an earlier date, to coincide with the Soyuz TMA-07M patch, as these share a "blue 7/Bibby" theme. At the time, the production of special Expedition 37 patches kept us 'volunteers' pretty busy, hence the delay.

garymilgrom
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posted 12-02-2013 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott's initials hallmarked at the bottom are an elegant addition to this patch. Very nice.

Gilbert
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posted 12-02-2013 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice.

hoorenz
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posted 12-02-2013 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are no plans to produce the other ones as well. It was meant to fit in with the existing series as produced by Eagle One Aerospace (which had it with a red seven) in the 90's. This patch, with a red seven, lead to the discussion I had with Cece, which in turn was the inspiration for part of the Soyuz TMA-07M design.

I would have loved to see a patch with the blue seven in space with Roman's crew, but as Luc stated, we simply had no energy left to take care of it because of all the hard work to get Fyodor his Expedition 37 patch. In hindsight, I wished we had done so, as a tribute to Cece 'Baby' (who passed away just weeks before the TMA-07M launch) and 'Scotty,' who was still alive at the time.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 12-02-2013 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great looking patch and accurate. Thanks for making a long overdue correction. I'm ready to order.

KSCartist
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posted 12-02-2013 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the original full set and look forward to replacing the "red 7" with this correct blue one.

KAPTEC
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posted 12-02-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going back to my roots... Thank you very much, guys!

JBoe
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posted 12-03-2013 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job! I really like the blue "7". I didn't know that it was supposed to be blue, I've only seen it with a red "7".

By the way, has there been other Mercury patches that you created, specifically Friendship 7? Thanks.

Liembo
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posted 12-07-2013 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a very nice compliment to the set!

Does anyone have any knowledge as to how many of the original Eagle One Aerospace Mercury 4" sets were made?

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-08-2013 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally only five complete sets with a Certificate of Authenticity dated 01-01-1994, a Certificate of Ownership also dated 01-01-1994, and a large poster which you could attach all six patches to. (My Certificates say 'No.3 of 5 Sets').

But later on extra patches were manufactured by Eagle One Aerospace and sold either as sets, (without COA's or posters), or as single patches. But I don't know how many extra patches were produced and sold in this way. (25 to 50 maybe? But certainly no more than that).

The poster is 24" high x 36" long, and is numbered 03/05. It is also signed on the front by the artist, Jerry L. Bowman, the manufacturer Kevin Dargie of Signspot, and Connie Knapik (of Accent Framing), patches produced by - Space Coast International, Titusville, Florida. (1994).

Update 09-09-19; Today I have sold the original complete set No.3 of 5 to Paul J. Brennan.

Liembo
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posted 12-08-2013 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the detailed information, as always, Kevin!

Liembo
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posted 12-13-2013 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know who produced this addition to the set:

I just acquired an original set of these Mercury patches and would love to add both this proper Aurora 7 as well as the patch above...

JBoe
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posted 12-14-2013 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm curious as to the history of the patch. It looks like a cross between the "original" logo of FREEDOM 7 and his cancelled Gemini flight (Gemini program logo).

328KF
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posted 12-14-2013 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The artwork is actually on the Mercury spacecraft #15B displayed at the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy museum. This was the ship earmarked for Al Shepard's 3 day MA-10 mission which was ultimately canceled.

Rather than a Gemini program symbol, that is the Roman numeral 2 to signify the name "Freedom 7 II."

I have no way of knowing at what point that artwork was applied or if Shepard had anything to do with it.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 12-14-2013 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my Aurora 7 patch and it is really nice! It tops off the Mercury patch set perfectly.

Great work you guys, thanks for making it available.

Liembo
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posted 10-07-2014 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this Deke Slayton-initialed Gemini patch (seen on eBay; 131313952680) intended to be a compliment to the Gemini logo series discussed above? Does anyone know the origin of this particular patch?

KSCartist
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posted 10-07-2014 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, this is the final patch of my 50th Anniversary Mercury patch series.

It was intentionally subdued due to that fact that Deke became a person out of the spotlight when he was grounded. — Tim

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 09-05-2019 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liem, any traction on creating either the Delta 7 - Deke Slayton, or Freedom 7-II - Alan Shepard patches?

Liembo
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posted 09-05-2019 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me see what I can do. I have an active Kickstarter going, but perhaps when this one wraps up I can do a double one for those patches.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 09-05-2019 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very good, here's hoping for the best! Thanks.

vanerie
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posted 09-06-2019 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanerie   Click Here to Email vanerie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liem: I second that request for the last two patches.

robtheblue
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posted 09-08-2019 03:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep I'll be watching out for this too Liem.

bwhite1976
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posted 09-08-2019 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would support it also. Good luck.

Liembo
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posted 09-09-2019 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once I wrap up my current Kickstarter (4-6 weeks) I am going to do a Kickstarter campaign with three options:
  • Deke Slayton - Delta 7
  • Alan Shepard - Freedom 7-II
  • Dyna Soar program patch (from Neil Armstrong's collection, see this thread)
I'll set it up so you can buy one of each, mix and match or all three. Updates to follow.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 09-09-2019 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's do it! Get 'er done!

astrorero
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posted 09-09-2019 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrorero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had voted on the Delta 7 patch years ago and I wondered what had become of the campaign.

vanerie
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posted 09-10-2019 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanerie   Click Here to Email vanerie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm definitely in for the set.

KAPTEC
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posted 09-10-2019 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any possibility of making a new limited edition of the whole set, as it was done a few years ago with the Gemini? I could finally complete my entire collection and I think a lot of people would sign up for it.

Liembo
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posted 09-10-2019 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if Mr. Bowman is still active, I have purchased items from him somewhat recently but I do not think he's still producing patches. I do not know if this is something Jacques and hoorenz or others have the interest in taking on, either?

If I were to take it on, after confirming the artwork is in the public domain, reproducing a new set of round, Mercury capsule art patches with "Delta 7" and "Freedom 7-II" added, would cost around $2000 (accounting for production costs and various fees) to produce and, if the price were around $75 for each set of 8, I would have to sell around 25 sets to break even.

Panther494
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posted 09-11-2019 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I would certainly be interested in a complete set.

KAPTEC
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posted 09-18-2019 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested too, of course!

justin13
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posted 09-19-2019 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justin13   Click Here to Email justin13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be interested too - though I'm more interested in just the three options you listed above.

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