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Old 08-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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NASA astrovan replica

We are fabricating a photo opp for a local museum and are tasked with replicating the NASA astrovan. From the homework I've done it appears to be a 1983 Airstream Excella 28. Does anyone no if this is correct and more importantly does anyone know where I can purchase one?
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Look through the classifieds here on the Forum. As well, try searchtempest.com. It's an 'all-over' Craigslist. If the AstroVan is a 28 footer, they are hard to find. Actually, it seems that anything under 34.5 is hard to find.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Here is a thread posted by someone in same situation a few years ago, you might try contacting him to see how that worked out:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f156...les-57207.html
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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It looks longer than a 28 to me. I wonder if 28 is correct. There are several larger and smaller classic motorbikes for sale on craigslist right now, and you can do national and regional searches on allofcraigs.com.

I am a huge nasa fan and have been trying to combine my husband to let me paint our silver ban like the astrovan and our excella 29 trailer like the mobile quarantine facility, the Apollo-era modified airstream trailers used for quarantining the astronauts after moon landings.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:28 AM   #5
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Look through the classifieds here on the Forum. As well, try searchtempest.com. It's an 'all-over' Craigslist. If the AstroVan is a 28 footer, they are hard to find. Actually, it seems that anything under 34.5 is hard to find.
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Thanks Derek
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It looks longer than a 28 to me. I wonder if 28 is correct. There are several larger and smaller classic motorbikes for sale on craigslist right now, and you can do national and regional searches on allofcraigs.com.

I am a huge nasa fan and have been trying to combine my husband to let me paint our silver ban like the astrovan and our excella 29 trailer like the mobile quarantine facility, the Apollo-era modified airstream trailers used for quarantining the astronauts after moon landings.
Thank you for the feedback
Good luck with talking your hubby into transforming your vehicles!
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Here is a thread posted by someone in same situation a few years ago, you might try contacting him to see how that worked out:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f156...les-57207.html
Thanks for the feedback
I shot him an email
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:12 PM   #8
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I updated my Astrovan page with some cool YouTube videos.
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tasked with replicating the NASA astrovan.
The real challenge for your replica will be the windows. The window pattern on the Astrovan is unique. No other motorhome has that pattern.

I would look for an Airstream Excella 28' (1979-1981) or a 280 model (1982-1983). I think a 310 model would be too long to fake.
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This video of the Astrovan made me proud and sad at the same time, it appears the Airsream outlived the shuttle program!

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Thanks Fred!
Any idea where I could buy one of the 28' models?
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:45 PM   #12
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There is one on eBay right now, item number 221093217333
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There are a couple on sale on craigslist right now in different parts of the country. Use a national craigslist search engine like allofcraigs.com. You might look at argosy motorhomes as well if you don't mind painting one, the windows look pretty similar. An argosy is a painted airstream. If you use "airstream motorhome" as a search term you can see what is out there. The prices vary very widely!!!
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #14
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I think would be a good starting point.
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