This intriguing half scale Sokol KV-2 pressure suit is believed to have been made in the mid 1980s. Manufactured by Zvezda and using the same materials as it's larger counterpart many of the components are functional: the visor opens and closes, the pressure valve operates, the zippers are functional and the gloves can be removed. The suit is supported by an articulated armature that allows the piece to displayed in a number of positions or poses. While full scale Sokol KV-2 suits are relatively commonplace the half scale replicas are few and far between. Some auction houses have suggested that these were give to cosmonauts in lieu of their flown suits. Alternately, veteran cosmonaut Gennady Padalka believes they may have been made as an aerospace exhibit or child's photo opportunity prop.
A pair of full sized Sokol KV-2 pressure gloves worn by cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin. Iwas led to believe that these gloves were flown but cannot verify at this time.
When I met cosmonaut Alexei Leonov in 2010 I thought it only right and fitting that he - the first man to walk in space -should sign the gloves.