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From: Centreville, VA, USA
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 11-20-2011 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photos of the astronauts carefully signing it, and the display in your house.

Have you ever posted on cS about how you came to have such an amazing model?


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From: Guyton, GA
Registered: Jan 2006

posted 11-20-2011 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by stsmithva:
Have you ever posted on cS about how you came to have such an amazing model?
Not sure I have so here you go...

It was an eBay grab, well sort of. It was listed on eBay as a pick up only and my wife had made contact with the seller via cell phone to determine how it could be picked up when we won. We were the only bidders and made the reserve. Then with seconds to go it happened, outbid and no time to rebid (it was a significant jump, but as you know it was just over our max). We lost it, too bad.

A couple of days go by and my wife calls me to say that the guy with the LM called and wanted to talk to me. At first I could not believe it but sure enough I called and it was him. Turns out the winner was in California and wanted the seller to mail it to him. The model was a build by the Grumman model works worker and the seller himself. Therefore to the seller the model was more than a sale it had sentimental attachment and the seller would not let it ship even when the buyer said he did not care if it got broken as he would just glue it. The seller came unglued himself and since my wife’s number was still on the seller’s phone he contacted us. We made the deal and since he was taking a group of scouts to Washington DC that weekend we agreed to meet there to make the transfer.

So in the middle of downtown Washington we transferred the LM, in the acrylic display case, from his mini van into the back of our Tahoe with people wide eyed trying to figure out what was going on including the hotel parking attendants. We had the model and headed home.

The seller said the model had spent the last 15 years in a repertory theater lobby after he received from the Grumman worker. The theater had closed and due to the size of the model he had to get rid of it. That was our gain and it has been on display in our house for the last 4+ years.


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From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Registered: May 2004

posted 11-21-2011 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that is a model that WAS worth getting signed! I've seen folks get damaged Code 3 model bases signed (and by damaged I mean whole parts broken off) and I just can't see the point... but when you've got such a beautiful (and large!) model like yours getting it signed by everyone really does make sense.

Congratulations on such a spectacular piece and hope you get many years of enjoyment from it!!

posted 11-23-2011 11:18 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could have sworn I took a photo or two of the model, I watched Gene Cernan sign it, really cool. I had no idea on the story behind it, amazing.


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From: Kiel, Germany
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 12-01-2011 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wanted to say thanks to all cs members who offered to help me with my autographs at the show. A special thanks goes to Mel who actually got the autographs for me.

What a great community. I am very happy with my new additions to my collection.


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From: Smithfield, Me, USA
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 12-01-2011 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stefan provided me with marked copies of how he wanted all photos signed.

I showed Dick Gordon the blank photo for Apollo 12 and told him it was a test to see if he could identify surface features. He first replied "this is proof that we went to the moon", and then proceeded to name every feature correctly.

I gave the same test to Alan Bean who replied "I don't know this stuff; you should ask Dick Gordon!"

Dave Scott answered one of my geological questions and then went into much more detail than I ever expected, eventually stopping to ask me "do you really want to hear this stuff?" Duh!

Al Worden told the story of looking at Google moon and finding some of his photos of the moon.

And yes, I had a great time!

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