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[i]As many of you know, I make replica space suits. I was asked recently by the production team of "First Man," the Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling, to make a replica of Armstrong's X-15 A/P22S-2 full pressure suit.
At first I said no because I had very little interest in that particular suit. But I got to examine a few of them in person in a friend's collection (there are VERY few of these suits remaining). And then I saw a commercial for the US Air Force and there was a brief clip of Bob White (I think) in one of these suits and I was suddenly inspired to take on the project.
The whole thing took about a month and a half. I scratch-built almost every piece of this suit myself from photographs as there aren't a whole lot of real life examples of work from anymore. In many ways it's easier to get reference material on the Apollo suit.
It was sewn from aluminized nylon that was supplied by the production. Hopefully it will make it into the movie.[/i]
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