My Apollo Astronaut Costume (Inflight Coverall Garment)

Mr. Nagata

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I finished up my Apollo inflight coveralls yesterday. This was the garment worn inside the spacecraft during the Apollo missions, not the A7L space suit, which I'm making next. This is the outfit they're wearing for most of the Apollo 13 movie. I patterned this all out based on very meticulous research of numerous garments at the Smithsonian. I found a fabric that is very close to the teflon fabric used on the originals. The patches are laser printed heat press transfers. The name tag is the correct tag for the inflight coveralls (First initial and last name in Alternate Gothic typeface). The name tags in the movie are wrong (they just used their last names). I'm also wearing a vintage Plantronics headset, the same model used on many of the Apollo missions and in Mission Control.

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The sleeve pockets were meant to hold sunglasses, a pen light, and a mechanical pen and pencil. I have the correct modern equivalents for the American Optical gold aviators and the Fisher AG7 Space Pen. I also have a correct vintage Garland 35-p mechanical pencil, the same model issued to the astronauts. I don't have the brass ACR pen light yet, but I plan on machining a few replicas next year. They were designed for NASA and originals are super rare.

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I'm also wearing an Omega Speedmaster clone made by a Japanese company on a replica velcro wristband that I made myself. It is adjustable and can be worn on the wrist, or reconfigured to be worn on the outside of the space suit.

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I opted not to replicate the boots that go along with this outfit since they were never meant to be worn on Earth (they're just fabric and have velcro on the soles). Instead, I'm wearing white Converse All-stars, which were commonly worn with this outfit during training exercises.

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Some original examples:

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p51

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NICE! I wish I'd known about this earlier, I just took a bunch of photos of Jim Lovell's Apollo 13 flown set.
I just wish someone made these commercially as they wouldn't be tough to mass produce once you got the patterns figured out
 

Mr. Nagata

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Thanks! I have a prototype set I'm about to list for sale. It's nearly identical to this set, but has a "J. Lovell" name tag instead of my own name and a few other minor differences. I'll probably make a couple more sets, but not many as they were pretty time consuming to make.

NICE! I wish I'd known about this earlier, I just took a bunch of photos of Jim Lovell's Apollo 13 flown set.
I just wish someone made these commercially as they wouldn't be tough to mass produce once you got the patterns figured out
 

Mr. Nagata

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Made custom, they'll probably be $800 to $1000. But the prototype set I'll probably list at around $600 since there are a few minor mistakes. The prototype is roughly a size medium to large and the trousers are a little longer than mine seen here (I made mine short because I'm only 5'6"). But these were actually worn fairly short (look at the sleeves and legs on Stu Roosa's outfit).

How much would you look to charge for a set?

There are quite a few Speedmaster lookalikes out there. The watch I'm wearing is called a "Technos," but it's cosmetically identical to the Speedmaster. I got it off ebay from a seller in Japan. There are some flat out knock-off Omega Speedmasters out there as well, but the websites that sell them are kind of shady.

Congrats, that is impressive !
Where can the speedmaster clone be found?
 
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p51

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Such a shame that your prototype wouldn't fit me, I'd love to have one I could wear... I also have the "Still the Right Stuff" replica Apollo era blue flight jacket and looking to get one of the gold colored ones as well.
 

Mr. Nagata

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I'm probably going to be patterning out a larger size of these for another customer. PM me your sizes and I'll see what I can do.

Such a shame that your prototype wouldn't fit me, I'd love to have one I could wear... I also have the "Still the Right Stuff" replica Apollo era blue flight jacket and looking to get one of the gold colored ones as well.
 

devil505

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Is there a base pattern you went off of or did you redo the whole pattern , i want to make a set i just came into a little bit of beta cloth
 

Mr. Nagata

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I created the pattern from scratch. I just got back from Florida and looked at a few examples of these and my pattern is pretty spot on.
 
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