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mmmoo
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posted 09-13-2011 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moonpans are pleased to announce the imminent release of our first ever acrylic/Lucite display.

The high-quality acrylic block is an impressive 7 inches wide by 3 inches high and 1.5 inches thick and houses a piece of Apollo 14 Flown to Lunar Orbit Beta Cloth.

The run is limited to 75.

We are hoping to have these on sale in the next few days, if you would like to receive an email when they are ready, please join our e-mailing list at the link above.

Mike Constantine, Moonpans

jimsz
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posted 09-13-2011 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimsz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice looking piece - what's the cost?

If it was flown aboard the CM, wouldn't that have been an appropriate photo to use instead of the LM?

mmmoo
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posted 09-13-2011 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your reply.

We are looking at a price of $199 + Shipping.

As we are Moonpans, the intention right from the start was to use our panoramas as the background, whether the artifact was orbit or surface flown. After all, without the CSM there would have been no landing, so we hope the image represents the mission in general and not just the status of the artifact.

We hope to release acrylics from the other lunar landing missions in future which will also use panoramas as the background, so they will all make a full uniform looking set.

BarryLowe
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posted 09-13-2011 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BarryLowe   Click Here to Email BarryLowe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How big will the beta cloth piece be? From the picture above, and the dimensions of the block you've described, it would appear to be about 1 inch wide.

mmmoo
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posted 09-13-2011 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The beta cloth pieces are 1.5 inches wide and .75 inches high

Spaceguy5
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posted 09-13-2011 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sort of a shame to see beta cloth patches taken apart.

bunnkwio
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posted 09-13-2011 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bunnkwio   Click Here to Email bunnkwio     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I admit that this looks impressive, but am I the only one who thinks a picture of the LEM is a bit mis-leading? Not a big deal, but my initial look made me think it was surface flown. Also, maybe a small inset of the full patch.

I'm still adding my name to the mailing list, though.

mmmoo
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posted 09-14-2011 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spaceguy5:
Sort of a shame to see beta cloth patches taken apart.

We didnt take the decision likely. But we bought a large number of Apollo 14 Flown Beta Patches sealed in a pack. All the patches were 9" x 9" square, however the last Beta patch in the pack was cropped at the top in a crude diagonal way, so it was this patch that was the donor for the acrylics.

We are also getting about 10 times more interest in the acrylics than with the complete patches

mmmoo
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posted 09-14-2011 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bunnkwio:
I admit that this looks impressive, but am I the only one who thinks a picture of the LEM is a bit mis-leading?
The reason for using the background is a few posts up.

So that it was not misleading we did write clearly in the text within the acrylic that the beta cloth was flown in the Command Module.

There will be a photo of the original cloth on the numbered COAs, rather than in the acrylic itself. We wanted the acrylic to be beautiful, simple, and not cluttered.

Thanks for joining the list!

MrSpace86
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posted 09-14-2011 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is more interest in the acrylic than the patch simply because the acrylic is 10% of the cost of the whole patch. I assume most of us have $200 to spend on a flown item encased in acrylic but do not have $2000 to spend on a larger, nicer, complete item.

The acrylic looks impressive and am debating whether or not I should get it. Problem is it would be a big departure from my 'only pieces of spacecraft in acrylics' rule I have.

capoetc
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posted 09-14-2011 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MrSpace86:
Problem is it would be a big departure from my 'only pieces of spacecraft in acrylics' rule I have.
Perhaps it is more of a guideline than a rule?

AJ
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posted 09-14-2011 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I for one think it looks great and I don't think the only reason it is getting a lot of interest is the price. Some people don't collect Beta cloth. I personally have never been that interested and have focused on other items. However, some people DO collect acrylics and over the last year or so several nice acrylics have come out. It makes for a good collectible and I think this one is really nice.

mmmoo
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posted 09-15-2011 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 14 acrylics are now on sale!

We had a huge response from our mailing list, already selling a third of the acrylics. Most people ordering acrylics where the segment of patch had part of the Apollo 14 Emblem on it. So we now only have a very small number of those left. Otherwise there are mainly the plain white segments remaining.

randyc
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posted 09-15-2011 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought one of the acrylics that has the Apollo 14 emblem in the artifact of Beta cloth.

I like the size of the artifact, the overall size of the acrylic and the 'mini' panorama used as a background for the artifact.

Looking forward to seeing it in-person and for future acrylics from Moonpans.

c11esh
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posted 09-17-2011 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to thank Mike for a really nice item, I received mine today and am very happy with it. I look forward to seeing your future lucite items.

Madon_space
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posted 09-19-2011 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, do you have any left with the emblem on it? Also do these come from the UK?

mmmoo
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posted 09-21-2011 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apart from a couple of Emblem pieces that arent straight, we now only have the white pieces remaining. Personally I think the white pieces stand out much better from the background and look much cleaner than the Emblem pieces!

All the acrylics ship from the UK

randyc
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posted 09-23-2011 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my Apollo 14 Beta Cloth acrylic from Moonpans today and it looks great.

Kudos to Mike for providing the collecting community with such a great looking acrylic that has a good size piece of the flown Beta Cloth emblem. And the Apollo 14 mini-panorama looks great as well.

Looking forward to future acrylics from Moonpans.

mmmoo
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posted 09-24-2011 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Randy. We do hope to have more acrylics in future from all of the Apollo missions, but it will be a while yet.

Tom
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posted 09-26-2011 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received # 5 of 75 which included a portion of the Apollo 14 mission emblem. What a great item, Mike!

Looking forward to future Apollo acrylics.

mmmoo
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posted 07-25-2013 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now available, the next in this series:

Apollo 16 Flown Parachute Acrylic


This Apollo 16 Parachute acrylic is made from the same high quality acrylic as the Apollo 14 version and has the same dimensions (7" x 3" x 1.5"). The segment of parachute measures 1.2 inches wide at the base and .5 inches high

The main difference with this one is that it has a much smaller run at only 40 pieces, a 3rd of which have already sold to Moonpans Mailing List Members.

It is now available to purchase along with several other items on our Apollo Flown Items Page

Tykeanaut
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posted 07-25-2013 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That segment of parachute looks quite difficult to pick out from the photos. Perhaps the actual display is easier?

Dan Lorraine
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posted 07-25-2013 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree ... I struggled to find the piece of parachute too.

mmmoo
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posted 07-25-2013 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmmoo   Click Here to Email mmmoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The parachute piece is easier to see in person, it all depends on the lighting. In the photographs I couldn't use much frontal lighting as it reflected off the acrylic into the camera.

The close up shot shows a better view of how the piece looks in person

The parachute material is quite transparent when inside the acrylic and in many ways this makes it quite an interesting display

Tykeanaut
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posted 08-01-2013 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel very lucky indeed to have today received an Apollo 14 presentation as I believe they are now sold out?

It is a truly lovely value for money presentation, thank-you.

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