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Dyna Soar Book Kickstarter

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I've just learned about a kickstarter for a new Dyna Soar book. It has been written by Air Force Historian Dr. Roy Houchin (who has written a previous dissertation on the subject) and is to be published by ARA Press' Jack Hagerty if the Kickstarter is successful.

If you are interested in supporting what looks to be a good cause, follow the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jhagerty/the-dyna-soar-book?ref=thanks-copy
 

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That was too ambitious. While I applaud his efforts, a bit of research would have revealed that setting a lower dollar goal would have had a better chance of meeting its target and while not dropping the price of the book to the desired price point, would have brought in enough to drop it to closer to the target. However, a last minute surge is not unheard of.
 
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Kickstarter campaign unsuccessful. Only $4,268 raised of $60,000 needed. Does that mean that the book won't see print?
 

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No, not necessarily. The author has a few options left. Try another crowdfunding platform or attempt to solicit pre-orders for a smaller press run. I know that below a certain minimum, the cost per book increases but he may be able to find (or already has?) someone who can do an economical short run.
 

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They tried yet another kickstarter iteration that worked and raised more than the last one. The book is a go. And, yes, I contributed to the kickstarter funding.
I am told, by Kickstarter newsletter, that Jack has the printed volumes in hand and will be shipping as soon as he can get all the Kickstarter premiums together and the orders sorted.
 

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They tried yet another kickstarter iteration that worked and raised more than the last one. The book is a go. And, yes, I contributed to the kickstarter funding.
I am told, by Kickstarter newsletter, that Jack has the printed volumes in hand and will be shipping as soon as he can get all the Kickstarter premiums together and the orders sorted.
It seems to have been for sale for some time:

 

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My copy, #54 of 201 signed Kickstarter premium books arrived today. At first glance, it looks to cover everything from the program start in the late-1950's on. A more thorough critique will have to wait 'til I've given it a good read.
 

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Frustratingly it seems to be not available outside of the USA.
It's a glitch caused by their software. Send them an e-mail with what you want and where to send it and they'll send stuff out to anywhere. They have several interesting books as well as DynaSoar.
 

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Frustratingly it seems to be not available outside of the USA.
It's a glitch caused by their software. Send them an e-mail with what you want and where to send it and they'll send stuff out to anywhere. They have several interesting books as well as DynaSoar.
It would be fantastic if they actually listed an email address on their website.
 

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Frustratingly it seems to be not available outside of the USA.
It's a glitch caused by their software. Send them an e-mail with what you want and where to send it and they'll send stuff out to anywhere. They have several interesting books as well as DynaSoar.
It would be fantastic if they actually listed an email address on their website.
Jack Hagerty can be reached at - jackATarapressDOTcom. It's listed on his FB page only sorry for the error about their software it appears to be USPS. The book is HERE Screenshot from 2020-12-07 12-35-27.jpg
 
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I already emailed him back in October regarding it (having successfully purchased books in the past) but he has not responded.
 

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I already emailed him back in October regarding it (having successfully purchased books in the past) but he has not responded.
Odd. I've just e-mailed about it too. I hope everything is OK with them.
 

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I got my copy today. High clay content paper. Lots of color pics, lots of diagrams...will start reading it this weekend. It looks like an ARA press book in format (I also have the N-1 rocket book here). The reproductions are very good. One quick nit to pick: a photograph of Valentina Tereshkova in her helmet is described as Yuri Gagarin!
 

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I got my copy today. High clay content paper. Lots of color pics, lots of diagrams...will start reading it this weekend. It looks like an ARA press book in format (I also have the N-1 rocket book here). The reproductions are very good. One quick nit to pick: a photograph of Valentina Tereshkova in her helmet is described as Yuri Gagarin!
I'm very happy to hear it has arrived. For the benefit of myself, @GTX and others can you tell us when you ordered it? The N-1 book is very nice too I was considering a scratch-build but thought better of it....
 

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Okay, I can give you a book review of sorts for this volume.

a)--High clay content paper is the way to go. It makes the book's illustrations "pop," and these pages will seem the same even a half century from now in their condition. The book has a very interesting smell, too as a result.
b)--One of the things that caught my eye is that this is the very first time that I have seen so many photos of participants in the whole program, the entire tree of the Dyna Soar command. The book is worth it just for that. Many of these photos I have never seen before of the US personalities involved. There are also counterpart photos of Soviet personalities involved in their program (just a few--but more than most books have).
c)--Houchin made the decision to include segments (in gray boxes) "The Evolving Soviet Hypersonic Threat," and "The Continuing Soviet Hypersonic Threat," which provides information on contemporaneous activities in the USSR at the same time that Dyna Soar was an viable program. This is laudable.
d)--Each section has references galore.
e)--The book's modeling section is quite short. Four pages. I would have liked that part to be longer.
f)--Overall, the book makes the effort to be comprehensive, and reflects a post-2010 (or post-2015) viewpoint on the enterprise. Which is good. This means it is contemporary to today's time frame in outlook and understanding.
g)--Photos and diagrams were well selected, although I was (my personal opinion only) irritated that some of the portrait photos of participants got repeated elsewhere in the book. However, a good number of the diagrams and photos of the Dyna Soar itself were away from the typical, often-repeated ones. Color photos (of really decent clarity) of the control panels welcomed. The diagrams as they were reproduced were clear (I mean the ones from Dyna Soar documentation). This is a boon.
h)--The type of font used, and the font size I liked. It made the book easier to read.
i)--I understand why they included two fictional scenarios (operational Dyna Soar missions, with pilots on board), and I remain agnostic whether that added value (in understanding mission scenarios) or not. It doesn't detract from the rest.
j)--I didn't realize that Dyna Soar and the X-37 were both built by Boeing.
k)--I am glad that Jack Hagerty caught that the Polet series were related to ASAT tests, and not something else.
l)--There are some typos that I caught in the references (page numbering errors it seems, lack of hyphens between page numbers--one example for a mention of "The Heavens and the Earth"), and my before-mentioned photo of Tereshkova labeled as Gagarin are two nits that I would highlight.
m)--Personalized touch: on the invoice, Jack wrote a thank you in his own handwriting. Kudoes, man!

This was an excellent effort. If you got the moolah, go and buy a copy. I'm glad that I did.
 

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This was an excellent effort. If you got the moolah, go and buy a copy. I'm glad that I did.
I'm hoping for a reply soon so I can get my grubby mitts on it. That's a great review too. I suspect that the book will make many of the models available need replacement so four pages may be adequate, IMHO that's exactly what the Internet is best at.
 
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