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Navy Mk IV full pressure suit...seeking detailed info...

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    August, 2017
Navy Mk IV full pressure suit...seeking detailed info...
Posted by Dogstar on Monday, September 04, 2017 12:13 PM


I'm an avid modeler and want to fabricate an authentic representation of the pre-cursor to the Mercury Space Suit and helmet...the Navy Mk IV type 3 full pressure suit and attendant gear (life vest, harness, etc) that Navy pilots wore during that era, which I believe was mid to late 50s and 60s......would love to get drawings or detailed photos etc...can any one offer some guidance or actual data?

And Ihave combed the web and google etc and have all they have been able to would be great to get detailed photos or drawings of the life vest (Navy Mark 4) and the body harness (MA-2b I believe)...




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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Monday, September 04, 2017 3:58 PM
Try the National Archives and the National Air and Space Museum. Adam Savage, the fellow from "Myth Busters"", built a Mercury era version of the suit based on the information he found there. The plans he passed on to the seamstress were accurate down to the stitch count. There are a few websites and YouTube videos of his build available online, but going straight to the sources of his information may give you the same sort of results.
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    August, 2017
Posted by Dogstar on Monday, September 04, 2017 4:11 PM

Hi...thanks for that...I have been in touch with the reference desk at the Smithsonian (National Air & Space) and didn't get very far...I have sent emails to the Navy Air museum in Pensacola and havent gotten a reply...I am aware of Adam's work...maybe I'll try reaching out to him and ask his contact at the museum...I also sent a message to the curator of space suits at National air adn space but got no reply...I figured that maybe some of the modeler publications and books might have something since they are so detailed in their uniform info , etc...


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