Monday, 2 February 2015

Destination Moon Spacesuits - Originals and Copies (1950 to 1964)

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Destination Moon - (1950)

Space Patrol - (1950 to 1955) TV

Flight to Mars - (1951)
 
Radar Men from the Moon (1952)
 
Abbott and Costello go to Mars  (1953)

Project Moonbase - (1953)
 
Cat-Women on the Moon - (1953)
 
King Dinosaur - (1955)
 
Three Stooges: Have Rocket Will Travel - (1959)

Twilight Zone: Elegy - (1960)

 Conquistador de la luna - (1960)
 
Time Tunnel - (1961)
 

Robinson Crusoe on Mars - (1964)
 
There are probably more than this and I'll add them as and when.
 
In regard to when are they original and when are they copies; well I would say its all about the angle of the collar zip and about counting the rings round the neck, knees and arms.  I would also watch out for the shoulder ring because when that's gone, I reckon you're looking at a inspired-by copy.  Let me know what you think. 
 
 
Steve

3 comments:

  1. Awesome post especially the close ups of the slavers from Robinson crusoe on mars,another one I would add to the copies is from Conquistador de la luna (1960).I`ve always wondered what the helmets from Radar Men from the Moon/Flight to mars were made of,it looks suspiciously like paper mache to me

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  2. Oh good call. Quickly robs image from own post and updates links back to include; Conquistador de la luna.
    It looks a lot like Paper mache and after a few weeks filming for Radar Men it looks positively knackered. (2nd image on my recent Radar men gallery)

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    1. One of those helmets survived into 1953 and pops up in the classic Robot Monster
      http://gallery.mailchimp.com/d701c8562f6479cdb78a74cdc/images/3634c509-d5f1-42d5-aea9-dd5f766d93bb.jpg
      The Conquistador de la luna helmets also have a similar paper mache type look to them,nonetheless I do quite like the Radar Men from the Moon/Flight to mars helmets I think they look better than most of the helmets these suits were paired with.The slavers from Robinson crusoe on mars suits look like they could be the King dinosaur ones

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