Here's the story--I prepared the booklet with Chris Timm's help on the
research end several years ago. It exists as camera-ready hardcopy
with "photomechanical" halftones. This is the format that produced the
best results for photo reproductions in the days of stat cameras and
analog photocopiers. I always used the very best photocopier at the
one copy/print shop that both cared about quality and let the customers
touch the good machines.
Then one day, the good analog machines were gone, replaced with very
nice digital machines. The problem is that the digital copies of the
halftones give a horrible moire/herringbone pattern, as the sampling
frequency of the scanner interferes with the frequency of dots in the
halftone. This has rendered the masters for "Fourteen US Army
Missiles," "In the Shadow of the V-2" and the 2000 Supplement to
"Rockets of the world" unusable.
To reprint any of those, I need to recreate them as digital documents.
That seems easy enough, except for these issues:
1) The text layout of these booklets is in obsolete "Ready-Set-Go"
software. I no longer have a computer that will even run it. So I
have to scan and OCR or retype all the text
2) The artwork for these booklets is in MacDraw, which I now have to
convert to a Pict and then into a grossly oversized GIF format that
will scale back into a high-resoloution drawing. In some cases, there
are drawings that slipped through the backup cracks when my old
computers died, and those have to be completely re-drawn.
3) All photos have to be scanned. However, in a few cases, those
photos were borrowed. I have to either scan the halftones (at
extremeley high resolution to alow removal of the dot patterns with
filtering, but without introducing moire), or search out replacements.
4) I heve been severly distracted from Saturn Press by other matters,
and I'm franlkly rather burned out on Saturn Press. I am shamefully
behind on filling orders. I shouldn't be spending this time online,
frankly--My priorities have to be: Fill orders, get new products out,
and very last, reconstruct old products. And as far as reconstruction
old products goes, I suspect that I should put a higher priority on
"The Art of Scale Model Rocketry."
I will only commit to one thing--I will have something new or a new
edition of something old at NARAM. Because if I don't, I won't be able
to afford to go. With any luck it will be something that gets me
geeked up enought to get another item done.