Category Archives: Space Replicas

A Closer Look at my LEVA Replica

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Spacefest Recap: The Rest

Okay, so I didn’t keep up with my day to day recap. Instead, I posted a large gallery on our Facebook page with captions describing my experiences. Suffice it to say, it was an amazing weekend! Here’s me and Apollo 16 moonwalker, Charlie Duke.

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Spacefest: Day 1 Recap

I’m attending Spacefest in Tucson, AZ this week. It’s a gathering of astronauts, engineers, artists, authors, vendors, and space enthusiasts that happens every couple of years. I decided to rent a booth to display my replica spacesuits and other hardware. Today (Thursday) was mostly a setup day, but a few cool things happened.  Here are the highlights:

• I set up the 3F Studios booth. Come see me if you’re in the area:

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•  I ran into Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 13 (the REAL guy, not Bill Paxton) in the hallway.

• I met a collector who happened to have a real ACR penlight on him that was flown on Apollo 9. We compared it to my replica and the dimensions were nearly spot on!

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• Last but not least, I met an amazing man named Ron Woods, who was a technician for ILC during the Apollo program. He suited up Buzz Aldrin before Apollo 11 and packed up the Lunar Module. He is an avid painter nowadays and paints his favorite subject: spacesuits. He told me a story about a foolish technician who put his head inside Buzz Aldrin’s LEVA helmet right before the mission and accidentally touched his nose to the visor. It was the middle of the night so they had wake up all sorts of engineers to figure out the proper procedure to clean it (spray it with freon). I just loved hearing this tiny little detail of perhaps the most significant space mission ever. Mr. Woods also really liked my LEVA replica, which is what prompted the story.

Here’s a picture of Ron Woods suiting up Buzz:

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And here is Ron Woods today:

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-Ryan

Adam Savage Wearing my Apollo A7L Spacesuit

Here are a couple of photos of Adam wearing the Apollo spacesuit I made for him.

-Ryan

Mercury Spacesuit Photo Shoot

A few months ago, a company called Product of GIR rented my Mercury spacesuit for a photo shoot. They make silicone kitchen utensils and they’re out of this world! Okay that was lame.

-Ryan

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A Tale of Two Apollo 13 Hats

Here’s something hyper nerdy: On the left is a replica of the baseball cap worn by the actual Apollo 13 astronauts after recovery (with my name on it). On the right is a replica of the cap worn by Tom Hanks in the movie Apollo 13 made for me 20 years ago by the lady who made them for the film. Both are exact replicas of the real hats.

A Closer Look at my NASA Replicas

Here’s another video from Tested which goes a little more in-depth with my spacesuit replicas.

Apollo A7L-B Space Suit Replica

I just finished this highly accurate replica of the Apollo A7L-B space suit. This suit was worn by astronauts on the later moon missions (Apollo 15-17). I also made the EVA gloves and a replica of the Hasselblad camera used on the moon.

-Ryan

 

 

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