ATTENTION ALL BOARD MEMBERS: BEWARE OF MIKE S. aka MR. PREDICTA. ROCKETEER RELATED.
***REPLICA METAL ROCKETEER BUCKLES ARE FLOATING AROUND WITHOUT BEING STATED THEY ARE REPLICAS***
***The Mods have been aware of this and gave me permission to post this info on this board.***
I'm sure a lot of you are aware that the lower harness buckle on the Rocketeer pack is one of the rarest pieces in the prop world. There are only a handful of them known and most are all screen used pieces. This is what I'm talking about:
Screen used ones have gone for upwards of $2400+. They VERY rarely come up for sale and are impossible to locate due the lack of available information on the Manufacturer, date and location of where it was made, and what it was used for. Some information has been found and released that it was made in Germany after WWII for aircraft harnesses.
***For those of you who don't want to read all the emails and PM's, I have a recap in the next post.***
Now onto my story.
Some of you know I have been working on a Rocketeer costume for the past couple of years, here is the thread I've been doing in the costume forum:
Mike S. aka Mr. Predicta here on this board and on others is known as a seller of Rocketeer Jackets and is involved with most of the main players in the Rocketeer community that own Screen Used Costumes and props from the film.
In Feb. Mike Scott aka Mr. Predicta had an ebay auction for a lower buckle,
No where in that auction did it state it is in FACT a REPLICA fan made buckle! I bid on it and lost.
On Feb 28th, Mike Scott (Mr. Predicta) PM'ed me here on the RPF asking if I want one, no mention of a replica:
I of course thinking he was being an awesome guy in the community for offering one to me, I naturally jumped at buying it, because who knew when I'd get another chance! I replied and said YES!
I get this reply that sounds like he's going to TRY and get another one from his source (who ends up being a friend that produced the replicas), sounds a bit difficult and not too sure if he can still get one! And offers it to me for $650 + s/h:
Another PM to tell me that Mike is still tying (from his friend that really produced them), no mention it's a replica.
And another PM! And he's got me! Hook, line and sinker! Now he claims to have gotten another one from his "source" and wants to email me. No mention of a replica.
Picture of the buckle he wants to send to me, no mention of a replica. *Looking at that picture now, I'm not sure it's same buckle he sent to me, it's missing the casting blob on the clasp part, there's a picture of mine further down with it circled. Yeah it has a recent date on the paper, but that just means he now had multiples, and he did mention getting "buckles" as in plural from his "source".
I reply back to mike (Mr. Predicta( asking if it's "new old stock" meaning original but never used. It looks to be in great shape!
Mike's (Mr. Predicta) reply, saying it looks to be in perfect working condition. No mention of it being a replica.
I sent my $650 + s/h off to him and within a few days in came in the mail. My email to Mike (Mr. Predicta)
Mike's (Mr. Predicta) reply. Again no mention of it being a replica. And doesn't know where they came from. (even though his "source" is in fact a friend who replicated them.)
Here is the buckle I received:
I posted this on my costume thread, because I was insanely happy to actually get my hands on one! Until, another board member, CirrusX1, posted that he thought the buckle I received was a Replica buckle and not a real one.
I email Clint (Acme studios) and Bob (Rocketbobs) to see if they can shed any light on this, I bought my Rocket kit from Clint (Acme Studios); and Bob (Rocketbobs) is another well known Rocketeer collector that was very helpful when I had questions, so I thought he might have some info too since his name was mentioned.
So I emailed Mike (Mr. Predicta) about it. Asking what he knew of replica buckles being made and if he had any info on what Cirrusx1 said.
Mike's (Mr. Predicta")s reply, READ THIS ONE REAL WELL AND REMEMBER WHAT HE SAYS! Mike claims not to know anyone that has produced replicas (Lie!) and that it's way too expensive to make them. I should be happy I have one and who cares where it came from... Still no mention it's a replica or that his "source" indeed spent the money and had them produced.
Ok, so Mike (Mr. Predicta) has officially said "...as far as he knows, no one has been able to replicate the buckle..." and doesn't think that his source has the money to make it happen. LIE!!!!!!!!!
Cirrusx1 PM's me after seeing my pictures, I underlined the important sentence, Cirrusx1 spots the tells and knows it's a replica.
Here Cirrusx1 mentions it might be from a casting he did awhile ago from an original buckle- more info will be shared further down:
My reply to Mike (Mr. Predicta), about Cirrusx1's PM's concerning Clint (Acme) making replicas.
Another PM from Cirrusx1, stating again that the buckle I bought from Mike (Mr. Predicta) is a replica.
Bob (Rocketbobs) emails me back and confirms replicas have indeed been made, but hasn't held one yet.
My Reply to Bob (Rocketbobs) trying to get more info on the replicas that were made.
On the Finhead Forum I get a PM from a member stating he purchased a buckle recently also, and it looks just like mine. His source ends up being John B. (who is linked to Clint and Bob supports that info).
Clint (ACME STUDIO) replied back, I edited out the amounts, since that's Clint's own business and I don't feel it's right to share. CLINT CONFIRMS MAKING METAL REPLICA BUCKLES, and CONFIRMS GIVING/SELLING SEVERAL TO MIKE SCOTT (MR. PREDICTA).
*ALSO CLICK HERE, IT'S EASIER TO READY http://images49.fotki.com/v1460/file...329/clint1.jpg
My reply to Clint (ACME STUDIO). to let him know that Mike (Mr. Predicta) sold a replica buckle to me without stating the fact, and has sold others the same way.
*CLICK HERE TO READ IT EASIER* http://images47.fotki.com/v1472/file...9/toclint2.jpg
Clint's (ACME STUDIO) reply; At first I wasn't blaming Clint for Mike's actions, but in his reply he basically agreed with what Mike was doing and didn't seem like he thought anything was wrong. And that if they went ahead and sold the buckles openly and to the boards publicly for less money, which has already happened in a ebay offer, I'm out of luck, and $650. He did offer a refund, but that doesn't fix what Mike is and has done.
* CLICK HERE TO READ IT EASIER* http://images49.fotki.com/v1459/file...329/clint2.jpg
The member from the Finhead board looked at pictures of my buckle and the one he has that he bought from John B., who claimed to have found a box of 3 buckles in a hardware store (happens to be a friend of Clint), matched both of ours up. They share several differences that the real ones don't seem to have: the amount of surface texture, lack of boldness in the Tree stamp- ours looks to be cast in, instead of stamped in like a real one and the 2 missing holes on the side of the rectangle box.
My buckle also has a casting "blob", which I've circled.
Another PM from the above Finhead board member, he asked to keep his name out. He feels his buckle matches up with mine and that the buckle he bought from John B. (friend of Clint) is a replica and did not come from the box of originals that John B. claims to have found in a hardware store and was lead to believe where his buckle came from.
*CLICK HERE TO READ IT EASIER http://images46.fotki.com/v1433/file...7396329/m2.jpg
Another PM from same the Finhead board member about his thoughts on the replica buckles and John B connection with Clint (Acme).
*CLICK HERE TO READ IT EASIER* http://images46.fotki.com/v1433/file...7396329/m3.jpg
One more from the same member of the Finhead forum, telling me he will be sending me an email that has Mike (Mr. Predicta) saying he's replicated the buckles. *I haven't gotten this email yet, I will post this once I get it.*
Mike (Mr Predicta) has another ebay auction that ended the other day. STILL NO MENTION OF IT BEING A REPLICA!
Some one that knows about what I've be dealing with, contacted Mike (Mr. Preditca) about the ebay auction:
I boxed in Mike's (Mr Predicta's) response in the Ebay communication
...so NOW he states it's a fan made replica in a private email BUT NOT in the auction, of course this is after the fact that I had called him out privately days before and is probably trying to do damage control. AND to top it off, he's charging this guy $250 LESS than what he charged me! WHAT THE HELL???
Oh and to top it off, Mike (Mr. Predicta) has finally replied to me, and basically BLAMED ME that he was "too busy with work" to find out if the buckles he got from Clint (Acme), which are rarer than anything in the hobby, are real or not and that Clint didn't say anything to the fact. Nice way to throw Clint under the train and put all the blame on everyone but you Mike!
*CLICK HERE TO READ IT EASIER* http://images44.fotki.com/v1467/file...9/mikelast.jpg