Gruber (Grayson McCouch) Original Spacesuit
This spectacular looking spacesuit comes from the set of the 1998 Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster Armageddon is made with heavy gray canvas and is comprised of pants, vest, boots, gloves, belt, neck frame for helmet attachment, chest and backpack life support. The suit is extremely heavy and is made to look worn from the rigors of space travel.
The costume was designed by costume designers Magali Guidasci (Le Grand Bleu, Wing Commander, Alien vs. Predator) and Michael Kaplan (Blade Runner, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Epsiode VII) for which they were nominated for a Saturn award. The main body of the suit is constructed from a very heavy weave nylon, there are rubber pads at the knees and elbows - essential protection while scaling a speeding meteor. The body is detailed with numerous metal, plastic and resin accountrements designed to look like integral and critical components. The rubber and neoprene gloves are connected via a metal locking ring. The boots are made by regular choose and have beens convincingly dressed by the art departement.
Constructed primarily from a heavy-weave, nylon-like material, the costume comprises a grey fibreglass helmet featuring a wide acrylic visor; a metal-and-resin collar; a front-and-back pack; a long-sleeved top and a pair of trousers that connect via a zip around the waist; a pair of gloves with metal locking rings; a utility belt; and a pair of modified Vans boots covered in dress-up components
The chest section has a number of controls and instruments and three sections light up. These sections can change colour with the adjustment of components and the flicking of switches. The demisting fan for the helmet is also controlled from the chest panel. The helmet is made from fiberglass and also lights up. it is decorated with a number of stickers including a Star and Stripes flag. The wide acrylic visor is a most distinctive shape and allows clear visibility of the actors. The whole electrical systerm is powered by an elaborate battery system in backpack.