US Navy Mark IV high altitude full pressure suit build (the start)

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dogstar

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Hi...been away and doing a bunch of research and thought it time to post my first takes on making a replica of the pre-cursor of
the NASA Mercury suit, the US Navy High Altitude Full Pressure Suit. I decided to get an existing, period appropriate, Navy flight suit as a base, and then just begin to convert
it as best as possible to get pretty close to actual. Although it is vintage, it only cost around $25 bucks so I wasn't too worried about ruining a valuable collectible.
I am not particularly good at sewing so, thus the conversion idea rather than start from scratch. Here's
a pic of the current state...the original front zipper is gone and replaced by the zippers you see in the picture. Also, the two Navy
patches you see are reproductions since I was not able to find any available anywhere, originals or repros...I think I got pretty close
and got a sewing whiz lady friend to sew them up on her fancy machine... the one cuff collar you see is a 3d print from a Mercury suit and just
stuffed up the sleeve for grins at this early stage...any comments or input would be surely welcome!
a 1 MkIV start.jpg
 

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dogstar

New Member
Hi Stephen...as a matter of fact, this project has been in the works so long you must have forgotten I bought those
items from you a few years ago...but, now that you mention it, I wouldn't mind getting a couple of spares...can I PM you
for items/pricing?
 

dogstar

New Member
Hi...been away and doing a bunch of research and thought it time to post my first takes on making a replica of the pre-cursor of
the NASA Mercury suit, the US Navy High Altitude Full Pressure Suit. I decided to get an existing, period appropriate, Navy flight suit as a base, and then just begin to convert
it as best as possible to get pretty close to actual. Although it is vintage, it only cost around $25 bucks so I wasn't too worried about ruining a valuable collectible.
I am not particularly good at sewing so, thus the conversion idea rather than start from scratch. Here's
a pic of the current state...the original front zipper is gone and replaced by the zippers you see in the picture. Also, the two Navy
patches you see are reproductions since I was not able to find any available anywhere, originals or repros...I think I got pretty close
and got a sewing whiz lady friend to sew them up on her fancy machine... the one cuff collar you see is a 3d print from a Mercury suit and just
stuffed up the sleeve for grins at this early stage...any comments or input would be surely welcome! View attachment 1091303
 

dogstar

New Member
Hi...can anyone help direct me to an accurate source for all the belts, hoses etc on this suit? looking at the photographs may not be
the most accurate way to do this...does anyone actually have one of these? thanks!
 

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