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lucspace
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From: Hilversum, The Netherlands
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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.

Aurora 7 capsule art patch by Spacepatches.nl

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.

Contact Jaqcques for availability. In memory of Scott Carpenter, Spacepatches.nl will donate 25% of the proceeds of this patch to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

David C
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From: Pasadena
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posted 12-02-2013 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you (or do you intend to) produced any similar patches for other Mercury flights using Bibby's artwork?

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     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 5 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 the patches to. (My Certificates say 'No.3 of 5 Sets').

But later on extra patches were manufactured 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), produced by - Space Coast International, Titusville, Florida. (1994).

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

manilajim
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posted 12-08-2013 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this beautiful patch available? I would love to purchase one. Please let me know if anyone has one available.

Liembo
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posted 12-13-2013 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 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.

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