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dsenechal
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posted 06-05-2019 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although a full-size replica would likely be prohibitively expensive for an individual, it would be great if the Smithsonian's Apollo at the Park Neil Armstrong spacesuit statues could be scaled down for individual purchase. Surely the most accurate replica available.

David C
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posted 06-05-2019 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like painted 3D prints of the scanned suit, like the glove rewards that some Kickstarter backers received. It would be great if the 1:1 scanned LEVA or glove could be purchased.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 06-05-2019 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A smaller commercially made replica perhaps in 1:12 scale would be a particularly attractive proposition. What are the chances?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-05-2019 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wonder how much detail would be preserved at 1:12 scale. At the current resolution, you can see individual threads.

That said, it would be interesting; maybe even something to cast in pewter or bronze.

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posted 06-05-2019 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would certainly be a project that would attract a lot of interest. I just hope that should such a production come to market it is not priced to the point that makes it too exclusive.

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posted 06-06-2019 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1:12 scale would be kind of tiny. I could see 1/6 scale, though, which would make it old-school-GI-Joe-size (about 1 foot tall). Or even 1/4 scale, which at 18" would be really cool.

Michael Key or someone could design and print a PLSS and OPS, and we'd really have something.

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posted 06-06-2019 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Put into that context (GI Joe size or bigger) the larger scales are even more appealing. Would all be down to price for many.

Personally I'd prefer any model of the suit as it stands (like the Code 3 CM): a finished figure without the PLSS and such. Adding the "extras" moves the piece from being a replica of the relic to an artist's impression in my opinion. But each to their own.

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From Gary Kitmacher (on Facebook):
Smithsonian confirmed that about July 16th the full size detailed scans will be available on their 3D website either for on-line viewing or to download and print, like the Columbia [command module] is already available...

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posted 06-07-2019 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DG27     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to see scale models available as well as a reasonably priced full size copy. However I hope they can correct the suit's right elbow (left side of picture) as it is rotated 180 degrees and is pointing forward. I am presuming the suit was scanned with the lower right arm rotated, so I hope the arm bearing has not seized up.

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