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Old 10-05-2010, 11:46 PM
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AcroRay,

I'd be glad to help in anyway I can. I don't have a digital camera but my daughter does. I'll try to get her over here and have her post a picture of the Vampire.

It's been decades since I launched this particular rocket, so it's in pretty good shape. Just one corner on the body decal is a little raised and wrinkled.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:15 PM
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AcroRay,

I'd be glad to help in anyway I can. I don't have a digital camera but my daughter does. I'll try to get her over here and have her post a picture of the Vampire.

It's been decades since I launched this particular rocket, so it's in pretty good shape. Just one corner on the body decal is a little raised and wrinkled.



Thanks, Joe!

Here's a thumbnail of the repro fin decals. I printed a test set on plain white paper last night and fitted them against the rocket and the originals, and it looks pretty good. I just need to darken the red a bit to compensate for whatever paper stock I use. Might kern the fonts out a little. The spacing on the repros is a little tighter than the original.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:19 PM
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Those look nice. You're right, the lettering does need to be spaced just a tiny bit more.

Even when my Vampire was brand new, the decals were never a bright, bright red. Kind of muted.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:24 PM
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Thanks, Joe!

Here's a thumbnail of the repro fin decals. I printed a test set on plain white paper last night and fitted them against the rocket and the originals, and it looks pretty good. I just need to darken the red a bit to compensate for whatever paper stock I use. Might kern the fonts out a little. The spacing on the repros is a little tighter than the original.
You have to reproduce the Estes Vampire decals to a level of fidelity that satisfies you, but I must say that if you were selling them and I was looking for duplicate decals for a Vampire, I would consider your current versions of the "EXHAUST" decals good enough--the slight letter spacing difference would come under "Style May Vary Slightly" for me.
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I'll probably kern out the fonts a litttle, or it'll bug me forever.

I'm thinking I might make a modification to the BT label, though, and replace the fonts for the word "Estes" with the unique logo font Estes was using at the time.

After I finish the set, I'll post the master file somewhere for download. Maybe mediafire or something.
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Old 10-08-2010, 12:59 AM
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AcroRay: I got ahold of my daughter today and asked about a picture. She said last week someone stole some things out of her purse at work and one of the things taken was her camera. She hasn't replaced it and doesn't know if she's going to. So, at this time, I can't post a picture. I apologize.
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AcroRay: I got ahold of my daughter today and asked about a picture. She said last week someone stole some things out of her purse at work and one of the things taken was her camera. She hasn't replaced it and doesn't know if she's going to. So, at this time, I can't post a picture. I apologize.


Oh, that's terrible! I hope they can determine who stole her stuff. That's awful.
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A neighbor of mine back in the mid-1970s had the Firing Line launch set. He flew several rockets off of it, including his Interceptor.

(It flew fine).

I had/have the Vampire and X-15 rockets.

These rockets were sold on a cardboard backing with the rocket encased under a clear plastic blister. I kept the cardboard backing for both rockets. While the front side was specific to each rocket, the backside was the same on all the models and provided the instructions for flying the rocket.

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I kept the cardboard backing for both rockets.
Bob,

Have you seen this thread? http://forums.rocketshoppe.com/show...16&postcount=25

Specifically, this line?:
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2. continuously and ruthlessly throwing unnecessary stuff out!


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Old 10-08-2010, 09:31 PM
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No doubt Bob thought them to be necessary.


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