Eric Olds, Colonial Warrior Without Jacket
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Eric Olds, Colonial Warrior Without Jacket

Eric Olds is wearing a replica the common on-board Colonial Warrior uniform from the 1978 television series, Battlestar Galactica. This form of the uniform is commonly referred to as "tans" and differs from the more recognizable viper pilot uniform only in that the jacket is missing. Although there are replicas of these uniforms available for sale, Eric made this uniform by hand. Like the jacket that also complements this uniform, the fabric is a faux-suede. The black and gold check is difficult to locate and is very expensive. The quilted padding on the front of the tunic is an area where replicas tend to vary, but this uniform was designed so that the width of the stitching and the amount of padding down the front to match photos of the original hero costumes.


When Eric isn’t busy pursing his costuming and prop-building hobby, he passes the days as an accomplished aerospace engineer. In fact, he’s a real rocket scientist as he has been responsible for electronics packaging as well as mechanical and mechanism design on Mars Rovers, Earth orbiting spacecraft, and instruments that have flown on the International Space Station. His proudest moment was being part of the successful Mars landing of Curiosity. Even he admits that the Entry, Descent, and Landing plan looked pretty scary. In his remaining free time, Eric enjoys inline hockey, tinkering on engines, and watching endurance sports car racing like Le Mans (he mostly roots for Porsche). Some of his favorite films include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Primer, Blade Runner, and Aliens. His favorite television shows are Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Walking Dead. And when it’s time to spin up some tunes, he loves The Church, Radiohead, and Hot Hot Heat. When he was growing up he was a child of the 80's and a fan of alternative, and he still has a soft spot for groups like Duran Duran and The Cure. He grew up in the Central Valley area of California but now resides in Los Angeles. Eric is recently married to Jean, the love of his life.