Various Apollo spacesuits and spacesuit accessories I’ve made over the years. Adam Savage owns one of my suits. Alan Bean tried one on once. I made some pieces used in First Man. I’m on an endless quest to make a perfect replica someday.
Apollo A7L-B Spacesuit
Adam Savage wearing a spacesuit I made for him (photo by Norman Chan)
Armstrong Lunar EVA gloves used in First Man. I made all the gloves for the movie using a 3D scan of Armstrong’s actual glove in the Smithsonian as a reference. The checklist sewn to the gauntlet (only done on Apollo 11) is an exact copy.
I made the Apollo Snoopy caps used in First Man, including the unique “Armstrong” style worn by Ryan Gosling.
Alan Bean (LMP, Apollo 12) trying on one of my replica suits.
Lunar overshoes for Adam
Hasselblad Camera Replicas
Apollo penlight replica I machined out of brass.
Me and Charlie Duke (LMP, Apollo 16)
A Gemini spacesuit costume I made for Spacefest in 2018.
The first hi-fidelity spacesuit costume I ever made was this Mercury spacesuit. I’ve rented it out to print ads, museum exhibits, and films. I plan to make a much more accurate one someday.
My suit used in L.M. Oliver’s film, T-Minus.
In 2017, I made a replica of an X-15 A/P22S-2 full pressure suit that was worn by Ryan Gosling in First Man. This suit took about 1.5 months to research and fabricate. It’s very accurate.
Gosling wearing my suit in the film.
Joe Engle (the last living X-15 pilot) was a technical consultant on the film. He said this was the “sexiest” pressure suit he ever wore in his long astronaut career.
This was the first A7L-B suit I ever made and I think I make them much better nowadays. However, this being my first suit, I took a lot of detail pictures. So here they are.
A mini Apollo spacesuit I made for my daughter, Penny in 2017. Al Worden (CMP, Apollo 15) loves taking pictures with Penny in this suit and said we have to take this same picture at Spacefest every year.
Penny and Al
I made some replicas of the spacesuits worn in Star Trek: First Contact for the 50th anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. Me and my friend George won second place in the costume contest.
My friend Tom Spina of Tom Spina Designs was in charge of restoring and building a display for William Shatner’s screen-used spacesuit costume from the Star Trek episode “The Tholian Web.” The only problem was, it was missing the helmet and gloves. So I fabricated a near-exact replica of the original helmet and chest piece to go with the display.
A full “Tholian Web” spacesuit costume I made for STLV 2013.