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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!" Read more

Livermore, CA Nonfiction
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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!"

Livermore, CA Nonfiction
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About this project

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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FAQ

  • Yes, but it will by by surface mail rather than Priority. That's about 2 weeks (max) for most places in Europe (less for Canada) rather than 1 week for Priority.

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  • We wanted to offer an exclusive reward that would personalize the book for every backer. Having the book autographed by all five authors and then serialized was chosen as the way to do this.

    However, we are expecting at least 100 backers, perhaps twice that many. With the authors spread out over, literally, half the globe the logistics of shipping a couple of hundred books from the western US, to the eastern US to England to three widely spaced regions of Russia, and then back were just unworkable. The expense alone would require another Kickstarter campaign! There's also the possibility that a significant number of them wouldn't make it back.

    The solution was to have the authors sign by bookplate. These are custom designed sheets signed by the authors and glued permanently into the front of the book. Each plate will be authenticated and serialized by the editor as it's attached.

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  • No. They are designed specifically as rewards for this campaign and will only be run off to fill the exact number of backers who selected them.

    However, Nick retains all the rights to his CGI creations, and he is free to sell other CD collections of his work in the future.

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  • Yes, of course!

    The formatting of the Kickstarter reward boxes apparently does not allow the use of "returns" to format text into bulleted lists. It was supposed to be a "Pick List" of which one you want with the asterisk (*) in the front of each choice.

    I made another stab at formatting them but the KS text boxes used for the Reward description don't allow more than one space between words or any line feeds.

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  • Here are the links to the poster thumbnails on Nick's site:

    LOK and LK hardware views: http://www.starbase1.co.uk/1.jpg
    N1-L3 on launch pad: http://www.starbase1.co.uk/2.jpg
    All four versions of the N-!: http://www.starbase1.co.uk/3.jpg
    N1-3L Liftoff: http://www.starbase1.co.uk/4.jpg
    LK and Lunachod with cosmonaut on moon surface: http://www.starbase1.co.uk/5.jpg

    Remember that these are just thumbnails of the images without any of the text or other decoration that will be added.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $50 or more

    129 backers

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

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    Pledge $70 or more

    8 backers

    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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    0 backers

    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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    51 backers

    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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    1 backer

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

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    Pledge $150 or more

    4 backers All gone!

    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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  • You selected
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    0 backers

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

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  • You selected
    Pledge $160 or more

    9 backers

    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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    1 backer All gone!

    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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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    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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Funding period

- (28 days)