My not so accurate R.J. MacReady from The Thing costume thread.

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by CB2001, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. CB2001

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    Not too long ago, there was a thread for The Thing related costumes. So, I figured I'd start this one on my not so screen accurate R.J. MacReady from John Carpenter's The Thing. So, before I start posting information on my costume build, here are some details that I should point out:

    1. I'm doing it on a limited budget. - That means I can't afford a $50 military flight suit or a $100 leather jacket, but I can find an alternative elsewhere.
    2. It will not be as accurate to the film - I may not be able to find out the exact style of flight suit, or find the correct type of hat to use, let alone afford to buy the correct style of leather jacket that MacReady wears due to #1.
    3. Information is the key. - Though I am putting together the costume with #1 and #2 in mind, I will provide pictures and information I've found of the actual outfit provided, so that those who decide to follow the thread and feel inspired to construct their own, more screen accurate version should they decide to do so.

    Total amount spent so far: $21 (USD)

    Items I've got so far (this will be updated regularly, more information and photos will be also posted):
    1. Brown leather jacket.
    2. Old pair of army boots.
    3. Cheap "western hat" from Party City.
    4. Sunglasses that look like Mac's Glacier Glasses

    Items I've got to get:
    1. Flight Suit
    2. Gray T-shirt (possibly. I already have one, but it may not be as close to the one in the film)
    3. Spool of red covered, thick gauge wire (possibly will get this, ties in #2 below)
    4. Wig (and possibly fake beard) - As my hair can't actually grow out that far, I know I'm going to need it to match the hairstyle in the film.

    Items I've got to make:
    1. Flamethower unit (not sure if I'll post the info on the build in the prop forum or in this thread, but I did find out some interesting details about the thrower MacReady uses)
    2. Thing Blood Sample that pops up (possibly will do this. don't ask how... I'm still trying to figure it out myself)

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. We're going to find out who's who. :cool
     
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  2. CB2001

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    The Jacket: One of the most identifiable details about MacReady is his leather jacket. He's the only one who sports an aviator jacket, while everyone else just sports the thick winter jackets. I think that Carpenter purposefully chose this type of jacket for MacReady to help distinguish him from everyone else. And it works. So, before I go into MacReady's jacket, I'll show the one I am using for my not so screen accurate MacReady outfit. Here it is.

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    This jacket, which I picked up for $16 at a flea market/antique store. The label says its a "U2 Wear Me Out" leather jacket, size 46 (yeah, I'm a bit heavyset). Now, as you can tell with the jacket, the front pockets do not match the same type on the jacket in the film. But the color, the shine and the overall style are close enough to sell it. Though I did try to find the same type of jacket Mac wears, eBay often has them for $30 or more. But, for those who are looking to do a screen accurate MacReady, here's the info you need for the jacket.

    The jacket is a NYC Style #674 G-1 Jacket made by Schott, NYC. This particular model of jacket can go as low as $69.99 on eBay (unless you happen to find one at a flea market for less). Below are some screencaps of Mac sporting his jacket.

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  3. F-N-S

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    The jacket looks great for that costume. If you change the front pockets and sew some fur to the collar it wil be perfect.

    I bought a screen accurate jacket a while ago. Let me know if you need some measurements or pictures of it.
     
  4. MooCriket

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    That jacket is pretty close indeed. Looking forward to seeing this come together. One of my all time favorite films. F-N-S, great score!
     
  5. CB2001

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    Nice snagging of a screen accurate jacket, F-N-S. The jacket's pockets and the fur would be a bit of a challenge to sew on. But if I decide to make it more screen accurate, I'll definitely will let you know about the info and pics. :D

    Thanks, Moo. I actually looked up the info on my jacket and found that they're actually vintage too. The next thing I'm going to post is about the hat. Granted, the hat I got is a costume hat that was available at Party City, but like I listed, I'm doing this costume on a limited budget. And I agree, F-N-S scored greatly. :D
     
  6. Apollo

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    I still say we can get a board member to do the hat.

    The Jacket is Vintage re old I got mine in 1977 I think.

    It was bomb-proof and very warm.

    Still have it
     
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  7. CB2001

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    Yeah, someone doing the hat here would be the best bet (other than going to that one company I found for the outrageously overpriced "the R.J.").

    I figured that the jacket would be vintage (circa 1982) to MacReady as well. Honestly, since MacReady is former military (much like Garry was), I would think the jacket would be something that he would have picked up at an Army Surplus store or something like that.
     
  8. Apollo

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    I'm going to shoot him a PM.

    See what he says about the hat
     
  9. terryr

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    I think the jacket was meant to be a pilots jacket.

    The boots look like feltpacks, with laces like a normal boot. Maybe Russell always bases his character on the shoes, like John Wayne did with his hat.

    I never thought about this until now, but it was kind of unusual for their star to have a big beard. Studios usually hate that.
    But you can still tell it's Russell.
     
  10. CB2001

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    The Hat: Another one of the iconic items of R.J. MacReady's outfit is the abnormal hat that he has with him. Like before, before I go into talking about the hat in the film, here is the hat I plan on using. The hat is an el-cheapo one from Party City, as I've mentioned before. Since its made of foam, folding up the front and back shouldn't cause any problems (even though the hat is really undersized in comparison to the screen-used hat).

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    I tried to find out information about the hat, but not much is really known about the hat. I personally haven't found any type of information indicating a manufacturer and model. But, the only thing I can say for sure is this: the hat is an oversized campaign hat, which is normally used by drill instructors. One of the things I've noticed is that a lot of people have confused this particular hat with a sombrero (primarily because of the size and the brown leather strap used to keep the hat on Mac when he's not wearing them). But if anyone else happens to find any information on the hat used on the original production, feel free to post it here.

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    Flight Suit: Now, I haven't purchased one yet, but I know of a vender at a flea market that has a few that I may be able to purchase on the cheap. Worse case, I end up buying an army green pair of pants that looks like the flight suit from the waist down. But I know the vender at the flea market has overalls for $15, but I don't know if it applies to the flight suits he has and if they're my size.

    White Long Sleeved shirt and Grey shirt: I happen to have a white long sleeved shirt and a grey one, so I can simulate the pushed up sleeves that Mac has on his whenever he doesn't have the flight suit top on.

    For both of these particular items, its hard to say what manufactures they are. But, it's safe to assume that MacReady's flight suit was standard military issue at one point. The white long sleeve shirt that he has on, I do believe, is the top of the thermal long johns that he and everyone else at Outpost #31 wear (which makes sense, as he is in the Antarctic. I don't know how many would go as far as to get the same type of underalls (seriously, that'd be true dedication. And as far as I'm aware, I don't know of anyone, even BTTF fans, that wear the same brand of Calvin Klein underwear as marty in BTTF when they dress up in cosplay). Again the actual brand of the grey shirt is also unknown. But, here are some pictures to use for reference purposes (in case you decide to modify some close to make them screen accurate). The grey colored shirt looks like something you can easily find at Michaels, but it'd probably wouldn't be as tight fitting.

    Instead of posting the pictures directly into the thread, you can access them through the attachment section below (if for some reason they don't work, let me know and I'll fix them).
     
  12. Apollo

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    bump for John!
     
  13. CB2001

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    Hey, bump all you want (unless it's against forum rules of course, in that case don't bump).
     
  14. Thrawn

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    I am sure you have seen this before (I think it was linked in the other costume thread), but if you haven't it might be interesting. At the very least it might provide some decent reference to the hat.
    The RJ  by Baron Hats
     
  15. CB2001

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    Yeah I came across it before, and mentioned in another Thing costume thread. But the pricing for it is ridiculous high.
     
  16. Apollo

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    I've been trying to see if bendingoak could do the hat.

    I know he does beautiful Indiana Jones fedoras so i don't see why he could not do this.

    Another bump for the Master hatter
     
  17. CB2001

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    Glacier Glasses: Now one of the most interesting items Mac has been seen wearing in a couple of the scenes are these big "bug eye" glasses. These are known as Glacier Glasses, which are used to help prevent snow blindness. Now, I was trying my best to go with sunglasses that match the size and style, but most of the "bug eye" sunglasses are for women and barely work. So, for me, I decided to use these. I picked them up from Target earlier today, and they are semi-Aviator style. I plan on adding the side covers (as seen in the second picture reference below), and had planned on cutting the "cross beam" piece at the top of the frames (but my dad got on to me saying that not many people would notice, though I know many will). So, for now, these are the frames I'm using.

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    For the ones in the film, they are Vuarnet Skilynx model 027 Glacier Glasses, made in the early 1980s. The drawback about them is this: They're $200-$300, and are difficult to find (even on eBay, any type of Vuarnet glasses are more than $100).

    However, thanks to another Thing fan, I've found a place that sells knock-offs of the glasses at a more affordable price. Here's the place: Econo Everest Glacier Glasses. They're about $21 dollars (including the price of the glasses and shipping/handling), but they are dead-on enough of a replica to be useful for your MacReady outfit.

    (I've posted thes pictures before, but its the best shots of them I could find.)
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  18. CB2001

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    Wig: I came across a wig that looks to be the same hair style. Originally, my dad suggested a Caveman costume wig (the upside for it was that it had a wig and a beard to go with it), but the issue I had was that its black, not brown. But on eBay, I found a user selling this wig, which looks close enough like the hairstyle MacReady has to me (but costs slightly more than the caveman wig and lack a beard). What do you guys think? Is it close or not? I used this picture for the comparison.

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  19. CB2001

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    Bumping to see if anyone responds to question on wig.
     
  20. pandamajik

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    Love this movie! Don't forget about one of his most important accessories - the J&B Scotch. In fact, my friends and I just refer to it as "MacReady".
     
  21. dropshipbob

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    That wig looks a little "poofy" (meaning big), but maybe you could take it to a hair stylist and have them thin it down? So yes, with a little work, I think it will be fine.

    As for the idea of the J&B bottle, I made one myself. I had a friend buy the bottle since I couldn't find it around here, I cleaned off the inaccurate label and tried finding an accurate version. With a little digging, I found a collector in Amsterdam of all places that had a collection of J&B bottles. I sent him a screen grab of the label on the bottle in the film and asked if he happened to know when it was produced and if he happened to have a scan of the label.

    Low and behold a few weeks later I got a reply with a scan of a label. The label wasn't 100% accurate, but it was the best/closest I had seen. I printed it off on sticker paper, slapped it on the bottle and there it was! :)

    In related news, I recently found that a water gun I bought many years ago is actually 95% accurate to the pistol Garry, and then Mac, uses in the film! And it's even 1:1 scale!!

    Do you plan on making the flame thrower?
     
  22. CB2001

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    Way ahead of you. If I'm unable to make my flamethrower backpack in time, I've got a high res label for J&B and I'll find a glass bottle that closely matches (I've tried to find an authentic bottle with label on eBay, but they're either the small airport size ones {which I did find one, empty, at a store}, huge promotional ones that are in this holder/pouring unit {which I have also come across} or the correct bottle, but is unopened {I don't drink alcohol}) so I can at least do my "causal/off-duty MacReady."

    Well, this is a costume wig, meaning its the kind of wig that you typically see in Halloween costume stores. I don't know if a hair stylist would be able to thin it down, but I think it looks close enough (especially since in some scenes Mac's hair looks a little poofed out.

    Good snag. I picked up a J&B label from the Paper Props subsection from a user named whitehammer. I'm hoping that Pier One has a bottle similar to the style (as Hobby Lobby didn't seem to have anything that looked like the bottle. They had the typical rectangle bottle that you see holding alcoholic beverages in in the old 1940 movies, but nothing that looked remotely like the bottle. I'm going to be checking around online to see if there's any online hobby stores that have them.

    Sweet! I hope you snagged it. I almost picked up one of the $1 toy revolvers I posted about a while ago to go with my outfit, but my dad was with me and he was worried about it being mistaken for the real thing at a convention (which is odd, as we went to both MegaCon and DragonCon together and he's seen tons of people carrying Airsoft guns. So, I can't really blame him for his concern, so I passed on it.

    Yeah, I'm planning on doing it out of PVC piping. But if I'm unable to get it done before MegaCon, I'll be coming out as "casual/off-duty MacReady" (as seen in the opening of the film, as well as a couple of other scenes, even if my costume isn't as screen-accurate as I want it to be).
     
  23. dropshipbob

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    Oh yeah, I snagged the watergun, got two of them in fact but didn't realize they were screen accurate untill a few months ago.

    If you don't get the flame thrower built in time, you could go as Mac right after he got Garry's gun and was going to see Blair in the storage shed. You'd have to get a blue hoodie which should be pretty easy. If your Dad is worried about any toy gun you might have being mistaken as real, just plug the end of the barrel and paint it bright orange.
     
  24. CB2001

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    Cool. Glad you snagged them.

    I'll try looking for it. But if I can't find the blue hoodie, I'll be walking around for a day as off-duty MacReady (if I do find the hoodie, I'm going to have to be carrying a big bottle of water with me, as I know how humid it gets inside the convention hall). Yeah, I told him that I wouldn't remove the orange cap at the end of the gun, but he's just felt that it was a bad idea (when I brought up the fact that he wants me to carry around a flamethrower and how that was any different, he pretty much told me that normal civilians can't get their hands on a real flamethrower and everyone knows that. Though I don't know if that's true or not, but he is former Army reserve so I have to assume he knows for certain about that topic).

    I will say one thing: I'm planning on walking around as MacReady for one day. I don't know if we're going for a whole weekend or not, but if its the whole weekend, I'll be MacReady for one of them. If it's only going to be for one day instead of the whole weekend, then that'd be it too. As much as I want to be as accurate, my actual beard will not be as much (I had planned on growing mine out, but my beard consists of red and blonde hairs, despite the fact I'm naturally brown-haired. I could dye it, but that seems a bit useless to dye it, only to shave it off later, but I haven't decided on my beard situation just yet).
     
  25. CB2001

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    New update:

    My dad and I today went over to Tallahassee to see if we could buy a flight suit on the cheap, but the cheapest one was $40. So, I've decided to go with green khaki-style pants (or even green uniform pants) for MacReady's outfit (that way I have only the T-shirt and undershirt to worry about and not have to worry about burning up (since I have to also wear the leather jacket). However, the place my dad and I went to were selling some ALICE Frames. I picked one up instead of making a frame out of PVC and using straps from a backpack. I'm still going to use PVC for the tanks and for the gun portion of the thrower.

    As a result of the above, which I believe I'll get done with it before MegaCon, I'll be leaving off the J&B bottle (honestly, I came close to snagging one earlier today from an Olive Garden, but they had recently cleared out their empty bottles. DANG IT!). I will be starting a build thread for the thrower in the prop replica section.
     
  26. CB2001

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    I have just started the thread for the flamethrower over in the prop replica action of the forum.
     
  27. YuriGagarin61

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    Very interesting thread Death Shroom...thanks! Do you know about the very-pricy R.J. hats, the Hollywood costumer guys sell? I'd love to get one but it's way above my present means.

    The RJ* by Baron Hats
     
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  28. CB2001

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    Yes. In fact, its been discussed at another Thing costume thread. I started this one as it is meant to be a project thread not a general costume discussion thread. In fact, the reason why I went with the hat I got from the costume store was because of the pricing (which is a deciding factor in most of the parts of my costume).

    BTW, it's just CB2001. I just used the "Death Shroom" image primarily because it was a T-shirt design I came up with for a short film I was going to do (but it didn't get off the ground).
     
  29. YuriGagarin61

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    Oops, my mistake! Sorry the image just jumped out at me. Yeah, as a matter of fact I found Baron's via that thread. Yeah, it's real a pricy if nice replica, and I do understand that you are doing this costume with an eye to doing it affordable. COOL thread though!!!
     
  30. CB2001

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    It's no problem. :) But my thread is also providing the information for those who are also looking for more screen-accuracy in their MacReady outfit. So, your post about the hat definitely fits. :D
     
  31. Justine

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    Mother of all that's holy, that's an expensive replica hat! The Thing is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I've easily seen it at least 100 times (long story short, I used to be engaged to a would-be film director and Carpenter fan). Sometimes, screen accuracy comes at too high a cost. I like to see people going for the spirit of things, with an understanding that money doesn't come easy and we can't all just fling money around.

    Besides, to really do MacReady right, it's all about the beard, man. Kurt Russell fought hard for that beard. The execs didn't want that handsome box-office-draw face covered by whiskers, but he argued long and hard that there's no way a guy like MacReady wouldn't have serious facial hair in that environment.
     
  32. CB2001

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    Well, the beard won't be a major problem. I'm going to start growing it out about a least a month before MegaCon. The only problem is that, despite having brown hair on my head, my beard is has more red and dirty blonde hair than matching. It's either grow out a non-matching beard or purchase one of the cheap costume ones (though easier to handle than growing out a beard, the drawback to a costume beard is that it looks exactly what it is: fake).

    And, as I've stated on the first post: one of the major factors is cost, which is part of the reason why I'm not having a whole lot of screen accuracy, but am trying to get close enough. So, its hard to work on something with almost a shoe-string budget, but I figured it's better than nothing.
     
  33. Havok69

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    I would suggest growing your beard and then using one of those beard coloring products you see at the supermarket to try and better match your hair. (Not sure if they only work on gray hair though?)
     
  34. CB2001

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    Yeah, I've heard of them, but I wasn't sure if it'd work with my beard or not. I'll look into to see how much they cost (got a CVS and a Winn-Dixie in town. If not at either of those, I'll try over in Valdosta) after Christmas (right now, I have no beard. I shaved since I know we're going to be taking some pictures during Christmas).
     
  35. CB2001

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    New update: Got a pair of green colored khakis that matches the same color as Mac's flight suit. Since an actual flight suit is $40+ at the local Army Surplus, and since I know how humid its going to be inside the hall that MegaCon is going to be in, I've decided to go with the pants on its own.

    So, on a basic level, I've got all of Mac's outfit done. The basic level is what looks like his "off duty" outfit minus the flight suit's top portion. I'll get the outfit together and take some pictures of what I've got. For MegaCon, I'm going to leave out the white "undershirt", as I'm going to be wearing the leather jacket.

    So, for the overall list I have:
    Leather Jacket
    White Long sleeved shirt
    Gray colored shirt (with a button up collar, while the one in the film is a solid T-shirt)
    Army Green khakis
    Pair of boots (actually, I've got two different pairs, one that is army issued that belonged to my dad, the other that is non-army issued that my dad snagged from a Goodwill)

    I don't know when I'll get pictures of all I've got, but I'm certain the overall appearance is going to be close, even though still not as screen accurate.
     
  36. CB2001

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    Here's an update. I purchased and received my wig. The wig I got was the one I linked, and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of it (it's doesn't seem like a full fledge professional wig, but its definitely not the typical costume/party store wig you pick up on Halloween). So, after getting the wig on, I threw on my jacket, the sunglasses and the hat (pre-modications) and had my father take a picture of me in costume. The wig itself is by Franco Costume Culture (Michele's Wig Collection).

    As you can see, it looks pretty decent. I honestly can't wait to get into full outfit to do a few shots. I know my beard may look correct in color, but as I've stated before, though the hair on my head is actually brown, my beard is more of a mix of red and blond hairs than a brown one. I've been looking at the getting beard dye to get it to match. And I know that my beard isn't as far out as Mac's is in the film, but it's been growing out for two weeks. Since MegaCon is next month, it's safe to say that I will have a bigger beard by the time MegaCon occurs. So, here's the first work in progress test shot.

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    I know that this one shot doesn't help out in showing the full thing, but I figured I'd post at least one shot to give an initial evaluation.
     
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  37. CB2001

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    I'm taking the silence in the topic as a bad sign, like how Mac did during the final scene in the generator room.
     
  38. dropshipbob

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    I think you have a good start there, but that hat...I'm not sure about that.

    I know you are on a budget, but I found a hat back around Halloween at one of those Halloween stores that should do the trick. I don't remember the manufacturer, but it was marketed as a tricorn/pirate hat similar to this...

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    Once I unfolded it and smoothed out the corners, it had a nice wide brim and a "bubble" top. The bubble (sorry, I don't know the technical term) is a little short, but since the screen used hat had a band going around it, all you have to do it cut it off and make a shim out of foam or some such to add height to it. Glue the bubble to the top of the shim and then cover that up with the band.
    Add some creases to the top and you should have a pretty convincing RJ hat.
     
  39. CB2001

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    Thanks, Bob. And thanks for the Info. Honestly, my dad and I plan on getting some felt of the same color as the hat and try to make some mods to the hat in an attempt to make it close as possible (right now, the hat is unmodified).
     
  40. CB2001

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    New Update: Well, my dad and I ran over to Tallahassee earlier today to look at a house that's for sale. However, before we left, my Dad and I were talking about the costume and how we were going to get the hat I originally bought folded. However, since we were in the area of the Party City, Dad suggested we run in to check out any other hats that may be bigger. Before we went in, I told Dad about the pirate hat that dropshipbob suggested, but we went in without any intention of trying to find the hat. However, when we went to where the hats were, we actually found that same hat. I showed it to my Dad and he was like, "Dude, that's big enough! We can make it work!" So, I went ahead and bought it and we've got it unfolded from the way it is, and have the front and back folded in a similar way to the one in the film. Tomorrow, I'll be finishing up some painting on the flamethrower prop and try to get the hat folded. I will get some photos taken whenever I can to show the entire outfit, no matter how inaccurate it may be.
     
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  41. CB2001

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    NOTE: This has been copied to both related threads. What better way to end both threads on the same note, eh?

    Well, here it is, the end results for both my flamethrower and my MacReady outfit. So, click here, minimize the YouTube window and enjoy the viewing of these pics. And note: I'm not wearing the grey T-shirt that I have in my closet. I'll be wearing that on Saturday at MegaCon (Feb. 18, 2012)

    "I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won." - R.J. MacReady, "The Thing" (1982)

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  42. MooCriket

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    I'm tired, Fuchs. I just wanna get up to my shack and get drunk. Not bad!
     
  43. CB2001

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    Thanks, Moo. I actually use that quote in the "drinking J&B" shot when I uploaded the pics to Facebook.
     
  44. Rikarus

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    Dude nice job! Looks pretty cool, get some weathering on it and bam! your there!
     
  45. CB2001

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    Thanks, Rikarus. I'm not sure if you mean get some weathering on the costume or the thrower, but if you mean the thrower, I added some weathering to the knob on the pack itself. My dad, being former Army and who helped out in making it, was opposed to me weathering or "metalizing" the pack because the military, whenever the is a scratch on a piece of equipment, they just repaint the whole thing (even though the group in the film are a U.S. Research facility, he talked me into keeping it the way it is because of the fact that it looks a bit more like a real flamethrower pack the way it is). However, he did allow me to also weather and metalize the thrower gun (the thrower gun is painted gunmetal gray, with flat black used on the business end, with some minor silver added around the very very end of the business end and around the holes drilled into the business end's cover (see my thread on the flame thrower to see the work done on it).

    But if you mean the costume, it's pretty much as weathered as it can (as most of the items used in the costume are stuff I found at thrift stores and flea markets).
     
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    New update: I have come to realize that R.J. MacReady may be doomed for obscurity. On the second day of MegaCon, I walked around for hours and only three people out of the 500+ there recognized me (and only after I began talking to them). I even had one guy walk by with wearing a T-shirt with Carpenter's The Thing movie poster art on it and he didn't even look at me. I was hoping that there'd be a few old-school sci-fi fans who'd recognize me, but there appeared to be no one.

    But, thanks to my dad after the first day, he talked me out of wearing the leather jacket, so we went to a nearby Wal-Mart and bought a long-sleeved shirt that looked like the thermal shirt, and I wore it underneath my grey shirt and went as the "causal MacReady", still sporting my hat and flamethrower (I even had the J&B bottle with me, but decided to keep it in my bag. The funny thing, is most people did a double take on my flamethrower pack after walking by.
     
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    "It's the hat. People hate this hat. It riles them up."

    Name that quote.
    You'd think a drunk with a flamethrower would get SOME attention.
    It is obscure, and people probably thought you just put together some weird stuff as a last minute costume. Mexican hat, flamethrower, army pants....

    But I remember someone dressed as Kyle Reese and Michael Biehn didn't know who he was.
     
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    You may be right on all that. But there's one thing I can say proudly: I was the only R.J. MacReady there. I swear, I thought I was going to run into a couple of more of them (since I know a few people who saw the prequel recently would have seen Carpenter's film as a result). And there's another thing I can say. To quote, Agent J from Men in Black, "I make this look good." (J/k, I honestly think I look good enough) Here's the pic my Dad took of me with the casual R.J. MacReady (with the last-minite long-sleeved shirt).
     
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    Any other Thing stuff there?

    It's a difficult movie to do. You're either a guy in winter clothes, or a sickening abomination with stomach jaws and crab legs.
     
  50. CB2001

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    The only other Thing related items I saw there was a guy who walked by wearing a T-shirt with the Carpenter movie's poster art I made mention of. I didn't see anyone else there as MacReady, any of the men of Outpost 31, no one as Kate, no one as any of those "crazy Swedes" or any Things.

    You're right about the limitations of the work, but let's face it, sometimes its best to limit things. I mean, I can't tell you how many girls were running around as the various versions of Catwoman.
     

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