Here are Jon's replies......
Thank you for the feed back about the site. I appreciate it
immensely. However, right now I'm stuck with the site as is.
Let me explain.
The site as you see is a preliminary site I whipped up in two days. I
had to do that because the website designer I hired and gave the task
of getting me a real site by Thanksgiving has been "less than
productive". I'm still waiting for the basic stuff (database) so I
can start building and making it the site I would like. At this
rate, he might not get it done next year--and so I had to do
something in the meantime--so I came up with what you see now!!
So I apologize for the simplicity and lack of sophisitication.
Let me address everyone's concerns as much as I can
- As Peter noted, he really needs to say what the sheet size is.
If they're being sold for display and framing, it might be nice to
offer them in different sizes
The drawings are all in 8 1/2 by 11 as in the Spaceship Handbook. I
don't have an option at this time of printing them in different sizes
as I would have to change scale on each drawing. However, this is
something I would like to keep in mind for the future. Still, I would
have to do them one at a time and they would be more expensive to
- Since I don't have my copy of the book with me (and many people
can't find the book), it would be really nice to have thumbnails of
the drawings so you can tell what they look like.
Boy would I like to do this for the gang!! In fact that is what I'm
going to do on the website if/when it really gets up. Besides adding
a thumbnail, I plan to give a little background on each ship, and
some history about it. Eventually I was planning to make a booklet up
for many of the more interesting ships to suppliment each drawing. ---
If interest warrents it.
- Especially when the drawing is noted as being revised from the
book, I'd really like to see some details to see how (and why!) it
was revised. I would recommend the way Glenn shows a limited detail
from the David Weeks drawings on his web site as a good example of
showing the detail of the drawing without posting the whole drawing
on the web site.
I will include details of all revisions in the descriptive text for
each drawing when the real websites launches. Some of the changes
were minor, some corrected errors found after publication, but in a
couple cases, I have redrawn (or rather am redrawing) the entire
spaceship. Specifically this is the Galaxy II and Disney RM-1 and
Ferry Rockets because of new data that has surfaced after we went to
I'm afraid I'm unfamiliar with Glenn or David Weeks so I don't know
what this refers to. Perhaps a link from somebody?
- It would also be nice to know how the sheets are packaged for
Art, perhaps you could help me out here? Can you let the guys know
how the drawings were packaged that you got? I mean, I can tell them
that all drawings are packaged in groups of up to 25 sheets, each
with a buffer sheet between them and sealed in plastic before being
put in a photographic mailing envelope labeled "DON'T BEND" and sent
first class mail, but that's just me. Perhaps they would like some
input from someone who has received drawings?
If you want us to print out a web page to fill out as a purchase
order, it would be really nice for it to be black on white, rather
than white on black!
Huh? The list is black on white. Oh! He means the Order form. Ooops!
Thanks for catching that! I'll see if I can do something about it--
it doesn't help if it prints grey on white, does it! Sorry.
Great idea, though - I'd order the bottle suit drawings right now if
the site weren't quite so ambiguous about what you're getting...
Hmmm. I'm a little behind the 8-ball here. I expected anyone who
has seen the Spaceship Handbook to know what they were getting, IE
data drawings just like they were published in the book EXCEPT, finer
detail, better quality print, heavier paper, in short a custom
However, I knew that for those who haven't seen the book, I need
thumbnails and descriptions which I plan to have "when the real site
goes up" I do hope the rocketeers out there can bear with me, I'm
doing the best I can--and I certainly do NOT want to be ambiguous!
I'm just haveing trouble with getting my web site started.
Hopefully I'll have it up and running soon
I guess I was not clear about how the drawings where packaged. They
came priority mail in a rigid cardboard mailer with 'do not bend'
plastered all over it. Each drawing was seperated by a seperate sheet
of standard printer paper. They arrived in perfect condition - no
bend corners, etc.
The drawings are 8 1/2 by 11 as they are in the book. This makes them
easier to scale up or down, For example, I was able to rescale the
2001 Spacepod drawings to 1/48th (a reduction) on my home
printer/copier. If you have the Spaceship Handbook, you can see how
detailed they are. As I said before, the Spaceship Handbook drawings
are comparable (perhaps a bit better) than those in Peter Always
Rockets of the World.
Hope this helps. You can always email Jon directly with any
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Peter Johnson" <petero@...>
> Those are all excellent points. I have found the answer to my
> original question -- the drawings are letter size, 8.5 x 11 inches.
> That really makes me wonder just how detailed they are.
> --- In email@example.com, Dave Akin <dakin@> wrote:
> > Some constructive criticism about the site:
> > - As Peter noted, he really needs to say what the sheet size
> > If they're being sold for display and framing, it might be nice
> > offer them in different sizes.
> > - Since I don't have my copy of the book with me (and many
> > can't find the book), it would be really nice to have thumbnails
> > the drawings so you can tell what they look like.
> > - Especially when the drawing is noted as being revised from
> > book, I'd really like to see some details to see how (and why!)
> > was revised. I would recommend the way Glenn shows a limited
> > from the David Weeks drawings on his web site as a good example
> > showing the detail of the drawing without posting the whole
> > on the web site.
> > - It would also be nice to know how the sheets are packaged
> > shipping.
> > - If you want us to print out a web page to fill out as a
> > order, it would be really nice for it to be black on white,
> > than white on black!
> > Great idea, though - I'd order the bottle suit drawings right now
> > the site weren't quite so ambiguous about what you're getting...
> > - Dave
> > On Nov 28, 2006, at 5:48 PM, arthur krull wrote:
> > > I'm a little slow with posting this but Jon's website is up.
> > > http://www.rogersrocketships.com/
> > >
> > > I received the drawings I ordered arrived a few weeks ago in
> > > shape
> > > and on photo quality paper. I'm told that due to the printing
> > > Jon uses, the drawings are actually more accurate than those
> > > in the book.
> > >
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