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The entire history of the N-1, from its origins for missions to Mars & Venus, to the abrupt change to “beat the Americans to the moon!"
The entire history of the N-1, from its origins for missions to Mars & Venus, to the abrupt change to “beat the Americans to the moon!"
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Three years in the making by an international team of experts in Russia, England and the US, this is a 235 page, full color, hardcover book that contains the complete history of the N-1, from its origins as a booster for missions to Mars and Venus to, the abrupt change with a directive from the highest levels of Soviet government to “beat the Americans to the moon!”

It is a complex book printed on coated stock with four-color-separations on each page and fold-out pages showing the missions and hardware details.  Using the industry standard of setting the retail price at 8X the production costs (to allow for distributor and retailer markups), this book should sell for $79.95.  I would like to be able to sell it for $39.95 to make it affordable to modelers and aerospace history buffs, but the only way to do that is to offset some of the production expenses.  That's the purpose of this Kickstarter campaign.

Risks and challenges

This is a very low-risk project. I have been publishing this genre of books for nearly 20 years. The authors and I have waited until the book was essentially complete and ready for the printer before starting this campaign. The only question is what price will go on the cover.

The printer is already primed and ready to receive the files for production, so there is very little doubt that the book and the premiums will be ready by the end of January.

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus an 18” x 24” glossy poster of one of the following subjects:
    * CGI Rendering of LOK and LK Lander in various views
    CGI Rendering of N-1 launch with clouds
    CGI Rendering of LK Landed on moon with Cosmonaut, Lunokhod and Earth

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus a 24” x 36” glossy poster of one of the following subjects:

    * CGI Rendering of all variants of the N-1
    * CGI Rendering of N-1 on launch pad

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus a CD-ROM packed with high resolution images files of the plans, including additional viewing angles. It also contains high-def video "spins" of every stage of every rocket variant, rendered at 1920x1080 pixels. The CD is topped off with electronic copies of the Boris Chertok memior for your e-book reader.

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    Two copies of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors. Shipping to anywhere in the world included.

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus a directly autographed copy of "Spaceship Handbook" by Jack Hagerty. This premium includes a copy of the CD from the $100 level.

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    Three copies of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors. Shipping to anywhere in the world included.

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    CD/Poster pack

    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus the CD-ROM from Reward #4 and all the posters from Rewards #2 & #3

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    A copy of the book, autographed (by bookplate) by all of the authors plus the complete 4-volume set of the English translation of "Rockets and People" by Boris Chertok. This premium includes a copy of the CD from the $100 level.

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    Custom poster/artwork --

    Nick Stevens has graciously offered to create up to two custom posters based on his CGI models of the N-1. This is your opportunity to have a one-off piece of digital art, made to your specification, based on visual elements developed for the book. Elements from the US Apollo program can also be included.This image will NOT be used for any other purpose, you will be the sole person to have a copy.

    Maybe you would like all 4 N-1 variants lined up, or perhaps the LK Lander on the Moon beside an Apollo LEM. You choose!

    Naturally, this will take some time after the campaign is over to produce, so the delivery is later.

    Oh, yes, you get a autographed copy of the book, too.

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