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Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Spacesuit Replicas (15 Life Size Statues)

The unveiling at Nationals yesterday went really well. We had a good number of press/media folks, and the owner of the Nationals, Mark Learner attended. Everyone was blown away by how amazing the statue looked! Also fans walking by immediately started taking photos with it! Thank you for your continued hard work on this project, the statues look incredible!
~ Samia Khan, Project Specialist
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Paula, Thank you so much for the update and all your hard work on the statues! Can't wait to see the next batch up and installed at the parks!
~ Samia Khan, Project Specialist
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Project Specialist
Looking forward to seeing your beautiful work in person next week!
~ Alison Mitchell, Public Affair Specialist
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Location: 15 Major Baseball Parks Across the Country
Size: Life Size
Year Completed: 2019

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Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Spacesuit Replicas (15 Life Size Statues) were created by scan data supplied by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 actual spacesuit.  Scansite 3D manipulated and digitized the data so that it could be used to create a life size 3D Form print sculpture. The 3D print was an accurate replica but needed much sculpting and refining work before a mold could be made for roto-resin casting. Paula Slater spent many hours sculpting, repairing, filling in undercuts, sanding, cementing missing parts, etc.. After the mold was made and the first of 15 resin castings was produced, it was Slater’s responsibility to color match the paints to be used for the spacesuit statues. Paula chose a mix of metallic enamel and acrylic paints and experimented with airbrushing and hand painting the many coats needed for each element of the spacesuit. Then set up the written and illustrated proto-call for how all 15 spacesuits were to be painted. Slater also needed to photo shop the NASA patches, the ‘cheat sheet’ on his left wrist, the flag and make a template for the zigzag stitching on his knees. All aspects of replicating Armstrong’s spacesuit as closely as possible were then approved by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

If you notice there is “moon dust” on the feet and the lower legs of the spacesuit with less higher up. When the Smithsonian representative flew out to approve the first spacesuit Slater painted, their only requested change was that they be dirtied up a bit with the look of moon dust, like Armstrong’s actual spacesuit.

Due to the Government shut down in early 2019 the project was delayed by many weeks so it was a very tight schedule to ship all 15 spacesuits to the Major League Baseball Stadiums across the country by June 21st, 2019. Slater says it took a village to create these spacesuits–the scanning, the manipulation of data, the 3D print, Slater’s sculpting on the 3D print, the fantastic one piece mold made by Edwardo at Wesco Enterprises, their crew of artisans roto-casting and finishing 15 resin replicas, Edwardo’s painting of the under-coats, visor, and auto clear final finish coat, Paula and Chris Slater painting all the metallic ports and colorful details–half way through the Slater’s hired another painter, Olivia Cohelo, part-time to help with meeting the extremely tight deadline to ship all 15 spacesuits to the Major League Baseball Stadiums across the country by June 21st, 2019. Each Spacesuit statue was then installed upon a 30″ wide x 24″ deep by 8″ high beautifully engraved solid Rock of Ages granite base supplied by Keith Monument Company. At the end of the baseball season, these spacesuits statues will be shipped to Smithsonian affiliate Museums and also one to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C.