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Liembo
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posted 01-26-2020 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As soon as I get the final pricing on all of the items and logistics squared away I will be launching another Kickstarter for a set of eight Mercury spacecraft art patches.

Initially I was going to release just two round patches to augment the Eagle One Aerospace set, but because that set is becoming harder and harder to put together or find as a complete set, I decided to release a new set of patches with my own little spin and add the two proposed mission patches to that set ("Delta 7" and "Freedom 7-II").

Like the Eagle One Aerospace set, I will also make available a limited number (tentatively 20) 20x16" posters that the patches affix to, suitable for framing.

Price: To be decided.

Here's a sample of the artwork and the poster that will be released:

Liembo
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posted 02-02-2020 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am happy to announce the official kick off of the Mercury Spacecraft Art Patches Kickstarter campaign.

I want to thank everyone for their feedback on the materials. I have decided to go with embroidered to maximize the detail possible.

This is the most ambitious Kickstarter campaign that Retrorocket Emblems has attempted but I think it is an achievable goal! It is a two week long campaign and if you only get charged for the reward you select if the campaign is fully funded. You can purchase the patches or the patches with a poster for mounting/framing.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 02-02-2020 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in, I just backed the project!

Go4Launch
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posted 02-02-2020 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I’m not really clear on why these are being done as patches. I’d think stamping them out of metal with a slight curve would have made a nice display.

robtheblue
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posted 02-03-2020 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in! Made my pledge and looking forward to seeing the end results.

Liembo
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posted 02-03-2020 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the idea of metal, but I am first a patch collector and secondarily a patch designer, so embroidered patches are my natural go-to for a medium. Metal would be an area well outside my area of expertise, so I wouldn't know where to begin and how the cost would compare.

I also am more familiar with the patch collecting market and target audience than the general space collectible realm in general, if that makes sense? It may be a limiting factor, designing just for other patch collectors, but that's the space I am most familiar with.

David C
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posted 02-03-2020 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in for one set, good luck.

Go4Launch
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posted 02-03-2020 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got it, thanks.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-03-2020 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liem, have you considered including the start of the "crack" painted on Liberty Bell 7, which begins on the panel to the left of the stenciled spacecraft name on the spacecraft?

vanerie
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posted 02-03-2020 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanerie   Click Here to Email vanerie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Took it over the top with two sets.

Liembo
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posted 02-03-2020 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just for clarification on the $150 price for two sets of patches: That tier will include posters for both.

astrorero
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posted 02-03-2020 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrorero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in Liem. Can hardly wait for my set!

Liembo
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posted 02-03-2020 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to everyone who backed the campaign, it has been fully funded and then some. In the coming days I will evaluate where things stand to determine if I should offer a "stretch goal" (a reward for everyone if we hit another milestone) or if I just want to add in another reward. I did this with the last SpaceX patch Kickstarter campaign, I designed an extra patch for everyone. More later!

robtheblue
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posted 02-04-2020 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news that the target has been hit already! Selfishly hoping for an Enos Mercury 5 patch if you decide to go for another one!

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 02-04-2020 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm open to this idea.

thisismills
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posted 02-04-2020 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the idea of the MA-5 Enos for the stretch goal. I've also always thought that this early Mercury badge design would be cool as an embroidered patch, haven't seen it done before.

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 02-04-2020 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
…good choice as well.

Lou Chinal
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posted 02-08-2020 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in also. Please email.

Liembo
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posted 02-08-2020 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lou, you can back the project on the Kickstarter site. You can purchase them directly from me after the Kickstarter closes, but I can't guarantee the same prices.

Liembo
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posted 02-09-2020 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was never official, but in my head hitting the $3,000 mark meant everyone gets a bonus reward as a thank you for their support.

Today I make it official: every backer gets a special bonus commemorative patch with their order. I liked the idea of another Mercury-related patch, so I went with an original Enos comparative patch. Here's what it looks like so far:

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 02-09-2020 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love the idea, thank you Liem!

robtheblue
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posted 02-09-2020 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I got my wish!

Liembo
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posted 02-16-2020 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a few hours left to go! Thank you for the support. I am excited to start the production process.

robtheblue
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posted 02-16-2020 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robtheblue   Click Here to Email robtheblue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sooooo close to the $4000 target!

Liembo
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posted 02-18-2020 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The second bonus patch milestone was reached by the skin of it's teeth! This will be a Gemini 5 crew souvenir patch replica patch, which, to my knowledge, has not yet been produced in replica form.

I do have one survey question for the backers (and patch collectors in general, really): Do you prefer replicas of vintage patches to have cloth or plastic backing? Thank you!

Paul J. Brennan
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posted 02-19-2020 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul J. Brennan   Click Here to Email Paul J. Brennan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the second bonus patch Liem.

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