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p51
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posted 10-02-2011 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm with a new group in my office and have found out they like to make a big deal about holidays and Halloween is coming up. I'm a historical reenactor and one of the new co-workers said they all have a bet that I'll just show up in a Civil War or WW2 uniform. I want to prove them wrong but showing up in the only non-military uniform I can think of.

I already have one of the blue jackets the crews wear with the blue flightsuits, so I ordered a blue flight suit and I already have the correct NASA shuttle patches to put on to it (STS-135 on the jacket, probably fake patches from the "Armageddon" movie mission, which my co-workers won't know the difference anyway) and found a vendor who makes NASA nameplates for flight suits as well. It's a lot of effort to go through but I really like it and why not? It's only money, right?

But I got to wondering, is anyone else looking to do the same thing this year or has done so in the past? Has anyone shown up at a party in real NASA togs or a good replica of a space suit or anything like that?

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posted 10-02-2011 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was 8 or something I was an astronaut. Had a blue windbreaker with the patches put on with glue and blue pants. Had the NASA patch on it. I dressed up as astronaut again, this time with a white outfit and a helmet.

I may go to the Star Trek convention in May as an astronaut just to be different.

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posted 10-02-2011 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this should be in the "your a space geek if" post.

p51
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posted 10-02-2011 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
I may go to the Star Trek convention in May as an astronaut just to be different.
That's why I've bought reproductions of all the patches used in "Armageddon" so I could do both later on. I'm really too old for it, but I still like building up sci-fi uniforms, even though I don't go to too many events like I used to when I was much younger.

The end result will look like this one:

I also own a few original flightsuits from various sci-fi shows. Some here might recognize my two favorites, from "Space: Above and Beyond," and "Defying Gravity."

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Originally posted by MCroft04:
I think this should be in the "your a space geek if" post.
Yeah, that thought crossed my mind as well, but seeing we're getting into Halloween season, I thought it merited its own thread.

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posted 10-03-2011 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I do go as an astronaut I could go as an Apollo or Shuttle. I could say "I'm Al Shepard, the Apollo astronaut shown in the intro of Enterprise." Or I could use John Glenn, Schmitt, Cernan, Armstrong, Aldrin or just as me.

p51
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posted 10-04-2011 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my jacket finally done (nameplates are still on the way). I threw this shot together using STS-135's rollout as a background.

The image to the upper right is what it looked like when I got it originally. I just couldn't resist using Sean Collins' patch design. I was going to put a STS-1 patch on it as well but I decided it looked busy enough as it is.

I probably should have used one of the patches for the missions I'd gone down to KSC to watch go up, but all of them were scrubbed so I never saw one take off.

I am still mulling over replacing the US flag patch with a white-bordered one but I've seen several yellow-bordered ones used on real NASA jackets.

The meatball patch was on the jacket. I decided to just leave it in place.

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posted 10-04-2011 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is very sharp. So you just used the jacket and flight suit they sell at KSC and/or the Space Store? I want to take notes for the Trek convention in May although I will use the 134 patch instead of the 135.

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posted 10-04-2011 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
That is very sharp. So you just used the jacket and flight suit they sell at KSC and/or the Space Store?
Yep, I bought the jacket at KSC's gift shop. You can get the flightsuit off eBay a little cheaper.

Just keep in mind these flightuits RUN SMALLER than sized. I measured the XL I bought and it accommodates a waist no more than about 34-35 inches which ain't XL in my book. I had to return and eat postage both ways so I'd have been much better off buying the flightsuit at KSC as well.

I can wear a size 44 Nomex flightsuit with normal clothes underneath and room enough to move around. Be sure to buy one size up from what you'd think you'd wear. The jacket was about right, though.

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posted 10-04-2011 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like getting the flight suit will be hard. I'm 5'1"ish. Luckily I am due for a new suit so I can get my measurements there.

p51
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posted 10-05-2011 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depending on how big around you are, you might be able to get a kid's version of the same suit. Alpha makes the jacket and flight suit as kid's versions, and they're just the same only in smaller sizes.

My wife is about your height and I found a larger kid's version that would fit and tried to get one for her, but she balked. It got ugly, she hates uniforms and I love them. Let's let it go at that...

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posted 10-06-2011 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I once was Arthur Dent for Halloween. His "space suit" was real easy. Pajamas and a bathrobe. For those who didn't know who Arthur Dent was, I just said I didn't feel like getting dressed for Halloween. Oh and don't forget your towel.

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posted 10-07-2011 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LightningBoots   Click Here to Email LightningBoots     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not Halloween, but team One Small Stepthru did triumph in the annual RAF charity moped race...

We won 'Best Dressed'.

(Yes that is a C90 covered in tinfoil with three funnels stuck on the back)

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posted 10-07-2011 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see somebody else has a 58th Squadron flightsuit from Space: Above and Beyond in their stash. I have one as well appropriately modified from a standard issue Nomex flight suit. I haven't warn mine in years either.

The STS-135 jacket looks nice and it should make for a great presentation. One thing you could do would be what some astronauts do, which is to overlap some mission patches on their flightsuits to represent all the flights they have been on. The tribute patch is a very nice touch.

I've still got my original 1985 vintage Space Camp flight suit hiding in the closet as well, but I know I am TOO TALL to get it to fit me anymore.

Nice team there Lightning Boots. But if it weren't for the red and black accents on those suits, somebody might have comfused you with the STIG family (who knows, some kids might have afterall).

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posted 10-08-2011 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the help. Looking at the measurements on the Alpha Industries site and they fact that they run small, I am looking at getting an Adult small. I should have the complete set (jacket, flight suit and name tag) done by the Trek convention in May providing they don't move the location. Either way I will have a nice astronaut costume.

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posted 10-31-2011 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since today is Halloween (and the trick or treaters are here which is quite irksome when you are trying to work on a term paper) has anyone here been a NASA themed costume? I was an astronaut twice and my first NASA costume was 10 or 11 years ago.

I was the Pathfinder rover. My dad and I looked at the rover then made it. We used cardboard for the body, spray painted it silver, taped those small sports bottles to the bottom which were wrapped in aluminum foil (not the securest part of it, they kept falling off). We used half of a shoebox that had a small toilet paper tube on it which was covered in aluminum foil and attached to the front as the camera. The antenna was a pure aluminum foil hat that was on my head.

That year's elementary school costume parade was very, shall we say, memorable. My teachers (and everyone else as I recall) were very shocked and amused at my choice.

We still have it in the basement except for the hat. We have used the wheels for their original purpose because 1) they haven't been used at all and 2) they were falling off from day one.

Here is a photo of me.

Anyone have fun stories about their (or anyone you know) NASA inspired costumes?

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posted 10-31-2011 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My boss's boss is tugging at my jacket out of curiosity as to how thick it was...

Where I work, the office usually has a lame attempt at Halloween spirit and I've never taken part in it. I had already put together a "Armageddon" movie replica flight suit on an Alpha Industries cotton one I got off eBay so I decided to go full-bore mission specialist for the day. It turned more than a few heads (one person actually asked me if I was a real astronaut when I was in the break room eating lunch, to which I responded with my best, "are you kidding me?" look).

Over the top of it when senior management was going through the building checking things out, I threw on my NASA-ish flight jacket. There was a contest on who had the best costume. Even though I had a LOT more money in mine than probable anyone else, I didn't even place. It was no big deal to me, all I did was buy a lot of stuff and place it all together, I didn't really "make" anything other than my credit card a little more worn. But several people came up to me afterward, saying, "You should have won, your astronaut outfit was so much cooler than anything else up here." Nobody noticed I had movie patches on my flight suit (you'd have to be a regular here or a movie geek to know that) and with my prior military experience, many people assumed I had gotten all the stuff through friends at NASA directly. Some more gullible co-workers were really confused when they saw prints of these photos on my cubicle wall today:

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Nothing to do with me personally, but around lunchtime today a guy walked past my office window wearing a replica Shuttle LES suit like the ones sold by the Space Store. Made me chuckle and did my heart proud...somebody else still cares.

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posted 11-07-2011 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, with the glasses and the hairline, you do indeed look like a typical shuttle astronaut.

I would LOVE to make an ACES or LES suit one day. Getting all the hardware for it won't be easy, but it looks like a perfectly achieveable goal (and I could probably do a better one than what the Space Store sells).

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posted 11-08-2011 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
Well, with the glasses and the hairline, you do indeed look like a typical shuttle astronaut.
Guilty as charged. I found it funny that since I've really gotten back into space exploration history, I've read a lot and realized I am about the right age and looks range at this time. I know I'm a little heavier than a shuttle crewman (even though I've met a couple who weren't exactly thin) but not by much. Astronauts used to look heroic, now they look more like your local insurance agent.

The funny thing was this is exactly the reason I had someone mistake me for a current astronaut when I wore that jacket in the photos (but with normal civilian clothes) to the Museum of Flight in Seattle last month. After doing three good landings on their shuttle landing simulator, the guy asked me for my autograph, explaining he knew I was the real deal. I actually argued with the guy for a few minutes, refusing to just go along with this. I pointed out a guy walking by with a Seattle Seahawks jersey and said that jersey doesn't make him an NFL football player by itself. I went as far as asking him to look my name up on the smart phone he had and that would show there's never been an astronaut with my last name.

It ended with him convinced that he'd met a real astronaut who refused to sign something (which in all fairness might have alone been a good argument on his side). It would have been easier to go along with him, but that wouldn't be right and you know that years later, he'd realize that and not remember that I said I wasn't one if I'd signed something. It's amazing how many people have stopped me and asked if I really was an astronaut while I was wearing the jacket. And it's not like I live anywhere near a NASA facility, either.

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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
I would LOVE to make an ACES or LES suit one day. Getting all the hardware for it won't be easy, but it looks like a perfectly achieveable goal (and I could probably do a better one than what the Space Store sells).
I looked into this seriously once. Yes, you could do it, but for the money I'd have to shell out to make it look good by my standards, it wasn't worth it.

I agree that these pre-made ones just aren't good for anything other than a community theater production. I've seen one of their "Apollo" suits and they aren't all that great either for how much you pay for it. Better than the shuttle one, but still not all that good.

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