Super Troopers Uniform

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  1. Master Chef

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    There has been a thread on this but without reference pictures or very much in the way of details. With Super Troopers 2 now greenlit I figured it was time to break out the blu-ray of the first, and being the uniform weirdo I am I noticed some pretty interesting stuff in High Def that hadn't caught my eye before. The uniforms in this film had always struck me as remarkably crisp and detailed for an indie comedy, sort of refreshing considering what little effort many big budget films put into this stuff.

    The Patch:
    I'd always known the patch wasn't a bog standard Vermont state police patch, and I now have the screencaps to prove it!
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    Ok shot of patch

    Rather than a full deer head on top there are only antlers, the tree is replaced with a snowcapped mountain peak flanked by two pine trees, the animals in the foreground are absent and the text reads "State Highway Patrol". A similar shield is found on the cruisers. I imagine the dimensions are quite close to the issue patch.

    The Uniform:

    The uniform consists of a tan shirt with Brown epaulettes and Pocket flaps, and dark green trousers with a tan leg strip with yellow piping. Gold buttons replace the plastic ones on the epaulettes and pockets, but not the shirt front (hidden by tie). I suspect these are military surplus buttons but can't confirm with any good shots. The tie is brown in color and clip-on (too many cops in the 30s-50s got choked on their own tie), with a plain gold tie-bar (visually identical to the one the Navy used to issue with the johnny cash uniforms, and I'm sure the other services used too). Collar brass is "S.P." in gold color, centered over collar peaks (Foster is missing these in a few early scenes). The patch is found on each shoulder approx. 2-3 inches down from seam, centered.

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    Close up of seam stripe

    The Nametag is centered over the right breast pocket, either touching the top or 1/4'' above it as in military regulations. All show last name in capital letters except Capt. O'hagen whose includes "CAP." in front of his name. The badge is an NYPD detective style shield. The seal in the center is blue enamel with the NY crest, identical to NYPD detective badges (I think). The lower panel clearly says officer but the upper appears to have been filled in and covered or sanded off, giving a peculiar "glittering" appearance when viewed in motion but difficult to capture in a screen cap. Each trooper has a unique badge number and I didn't catch any instance of them accidentally switching.

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    Good view of badge, each one appears to have been modified in this method

    The "dress" uniforms seen 2/3rds of the way through the film are definitely Army surplus coats, which makes me suspect that the pants in all scenes are as well. The leg tape on the dress uniforms is distinctly different though, so I may be wrong.
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    As I said, distinctly different

    The Campaign Covers they wear look like surplus fur felt ones. The Black sweat band seems off, but I digress (always remembered green ones). The gold acorns are of the typical police type. The hat badge is a stock one available on amazon which says "Special police" and typically has a pin back. The way the badge seems to try to escape in some scenes makes me think it isn't well secured as it sits below the vent used for a screw back badge.
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    Note the Army buttons, the hat badge touching the brim, and the change in name tag position for this scene

    Equipment:
    Each officer uses a Glock 17. They all wear black plain leather duty belts with various pouches and holster on the right side. Early on it seems everyone keeps their radio on their right in front, a terrible place in my opinion (a bayonet frog there racked me hard enough to give me pause when running, I can't imagine a radio in swivel pouch is much better). They look to migrate rearwards towards the end of the film. several officers carry a maglite in a leather frog (not the ring ones) on the left rear. The Dress uniform belt seems to be the officers normal one with the addition of the Sam Browne strap.

    All sunglasses seem to be gas station quality teardrop aviators.
     
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  2. StudioCreations

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    Years and years ago I got the wild idea to do a Super Troopers Costume Group so I discreetly contacted the movies costumer, Melissa Bruning, and asked her how she went about kitting out the actors for the movie. She was flattered to be contacted about such a wacky personal project, and she let me know that the uniforms were pretty much sourced completely through the Los Angeles CA based police uniform supply company: "Quartermaster" http://www.qmuniforms.com/ .

    Back then, a couple of items like the collar pins, had changed slightly in the few years between the movie and my research, so expect a few more items in the catalog to be slightly different these days too.
     
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  3. mistymills

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    My husband collects, among other strange things, military and police pins and patches. He knows a lot about them and he loves the movie and I THINK he had some story that he had found out in the patch and pin community about what they wore, but I'll have to ask him. I admit I sometimes tune him out a bit when he gets going. :)
     
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  4. Justicethebeast

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    I just ordered my trousers, shirt, and name plate all for under $50 from that website.
     
  5. thedewbs

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    Please link those items you found justice! Im having trouble finding the correct ones.
     
  6. Justicethebeast

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    Here's some of the links I used:
    http://www.qmuniforms.com/Brands/La...100-Polyester-Two-Tone-Short-Sleeve-Shirt.axd and http://m.qmuniforms.com/lawpro-100-polyester-fine-line-uniform-trouser the shirt you want the tan/brown one and the pants are the spruce green ones. In order to get The stripe on the side of the pants which is tan you must call the company to get it added since they don't sell them Pre made. I happen to have a sewing machine at home so I'm just going to add my own. The name plate is your discretion but it does take awhile to get made from quartermaster. (Best bet is to go to a surplus store to get one) all the collar pins and Vermont state police patches I found on eBay. The belt is something you can find at Walmart or you can buy a real police belt and pouches straight from quartermaster
     
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  7. OtakuCop

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    I am doing Rabbit for Halloween, specifically where he is wearing the "bullet-proof cup" over his uniform. I have the entire duty uniform, movie accurate. I just ordered the badge.

    If you want the exact badge in the movie, I recommend going here: http://www.chiefsupply.com/badges-and-id.
    -Choose Smith & Warren Visual Badge designer at top.
    -For design: Sunburst > Without eagle > S152A
    Finish: Gold electroplate, Font: Block, Back: Shell.
    Seal: NYSAB (listed under States). They also used NYSM & rubbed out letters. I thought about using the Vermont seal, but decided to go with movie accurate.
    Line 1: For the film they scratched out what was originally on the badge. I put 'State Highway Patrol' for mine to match patches.
    Line 2: OFFICER
    Line 3: Badge # of character you are doing (see below)
    Enamel: Soft, Color: Black, Attachment: Pin & Safety Catch, Shape: Curved.
    With taxes & shipping it cost $87.95.

    Character - Nametag, Badge #:
    Captain - CAP. O'HAGAN, 23601
    Thorny - RAMATHORN, 2564,
    Rabbit - ROTO, 12702
    Mac - WOMACK, 7414
    Farva - FARVA, 24427
    Foster - FOSTER, 3268

    Here is the hat badge: http://www.outdoor-warrior.com/Special-Police-Badge_p_33.html

    For the patches, I cannot find anyone that sells or makes them. SO... I am going to attempt to make a (probably half-assed) version by printing it on iron on paper, then transfering that to a blank patch. Or you can use the VSP ones.

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  8. Justicethebeast

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    The patch I had someone embroider some for me locally in San Antonio. It was about $70 for both to be custom made. Only problem was they weren't iron on they had to be seen on
     
  9. aevangel1

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    @ OtakuCop
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    Justicethebeast

    I found a seller on E-Bay that carries authentic looking patches for only $11.99 and * he delivers fast! Ordered them on a Sunday, got mine on Wednesday.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-TROOPERS-MOVIE-PATCH-STR01-/260564957781?hash=item3caae1ba55:g:2yIAAOSwDFNWFJy4

    @ OtakuCop

    I have a question; how do you get "State Highway Patrol" put on the badge? I was informed this makes it official and requires proof of law enforcement employment.

    Also I ordered the uniform trousers from Quartermaster supply and to get the right stripes I asked for piggy back stripes, 1/2" Tan on 1" Yellow/Gold.
    Now I have not received my trousers yet, they should be here in the next few days, but I am confident they will look right.

    aevangel1 aka: l0c0_machinist
     
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  10. cadilovr

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    Bumping this. Want to see the update on this.
     
  11. aevangel1

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    Hey all,

    I went to a Comic Con earlier this year and the costume looked great. One tip though; order your badge early, it will take close to two months for you to receive it. Mine did not arrive in time for this picture:

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  12. Mike J.

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    Awesome! :)
     

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  13. Master Chef

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    Sorry for the late reply, computer died and I forgot I can log in on my phone. Found and ordered those patches too, they are very nice. Only 2 differences I found were that the film patches were done on a cloth backing vs. the eBay patches very nice full embroidery, and the yellow border is thicker on the repros. Anyone seen the stills from the new film? They show a fictional Vermont highway patrol patch that is different from these ones.
    Here is my patch under incandescent lighting.
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  14. Madchild

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    I hope reviving old threads is okay. With the movie around the corner, I have been looking into cosplaying this for the premier on 4/20. I found this thread specifically the most helpful.

    Does anyone have updated pictures of their cosplay?
    Any advice or links on specific products they purchased for putting this together?

    I will post links for everything I purchased up till now..

    Trousers (Spruce Green)
    Shirt (Tan/Brown)
    S.P. Pin
    Tie
    Tie bar
    Nametag

    I ordered the campaign hat directly from Stratton. The build is as follows:
    F-40 Campaign Style Felt Uniform Hat
    Color: Chocolate Brown
    Shape: Regular Oval
    Size: (Whatever size is for your head)
    Standard Single Badge Hole
    With Gold cords, and 3 piece black leather strap with silver buckle (add-ons, not included)

    I also ordered a badge that is accurate to the new Super Troopers 2 movie. I have yet to buy the aviators, boots, and belt & accessories. I am also having Quartersmaster put the striping on the pants. To see how they turn out, I had them put on striping accurate to the first movie, and also the second movie which appears to be just 1" gold striping (according to the best screenshots I could muster off of Youtube). *Correction* Through more careful monitoring of the ST2 trailer, it appears the striping is not gold, perhaps just a single 1" tan stripe, or more than likely, the same as the first movie. I just don't have accurate enough screen caps to prove it either way.

    I must add.. ordering from Quartermaster has been a very unpleasant experience for me. I don't suggest ordering from them if you do not live in the US. I would order from Galls instead in the future. This is just my personal experience and is probably unique to my case. For you Canadian buyers, they do not ship to PO boxes within the US, so you will have to ship it directly to your Canadian address (at an extremely inflated shipping cost), or ship it to someone you know (a residential address) within the US to save on shipping.

    As for the patch.. I ordered the movie accurate patches from the first Super Troopers; however, the patch has drastically changed for the second movie and I cannot find anyone making them as of yet. If anyone knows someone who is, or is planning on producing them, I would appreciate the share!

    Also, if anyone knows the kind of boots they are using in the new movie, there is a fairly good second or two close-up on the boot in the newest trailer. I cannot identify them.

    The hat badge I had made was through the same place as the chest badge. These are the design specs I used for that.
    -Smith & Warren Visual Badge designer
    For design: S188
    Finish: Gold electroplate
    Font Type: Block
    Enamel Color: Black
    Enamel Type: Soft (Regular)
    Seal: C135P
    Line 1: SPECIAL
    Line 2: POLICE
    Line 3: *** Intentionally left blank ***
    Attachment: Screw Post & Nut
    Badge Shape: Curved

    If you want the badge accurate to the second movie, OkatuCop posted how to build the badge above. I took that and changed a few options to build my badge, which came in 100% accurate to the second movie. Smith & Warren manufactured my badge in a little over 4 weeks. I'll post what options I chose in the badge builder. *Please note: Smith & Warren can do Rush Orders if you need it by a certain date. It can get quite pricey but if you need it in time for an event, then you gotta do what you gotta do.

    -Smith & Warren Visual Badge designer
    For design: Sunburst > Without eagle > S152A (Or just search "S152A")
    Finish: Gold electroplate
    Font Type: Block
    Enamel Color: Blue
    Enamel Type: Soft (Regular)
    Seal: NYCAB (listed under States).
    Line 1: HIGHWAY PATROL
    Line 2: TROOPER
    Line 3: (Badge number of character you are doing, or your own custom number)
    Attachment: Pin & Safety Catch
    Badge Shape: Curved
    Back: Shell

    As you can see, there are two different versions of the badge seen in the trailer. The one with "8264" looks like an officially made badge (identical to my badge manufactured by Smith & Warren) with engraved letters whereas the "7707" badge looks like a cheaper version, or perhaps the hard enamel version that smith & warren offers (as opposed to soft enamel). Also take note: The badge says "HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER" on it now, whereas the first movie had scratched out the area around the seal and had "OFFICER" on the lower text part.

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    At 1:14:28 in the first Super Troopers movie, you can see a very good closeup of the buttons on the uniform. I am very confident in the next picture, these are the buttons used on the uniform. If you want to assume anything, you can probably assume these are the same buttons used on the tan/brown shirts as well. If you google "eagle brass buttons" you should be able to find a seller to buy these buttons.

    * I apologize for my taking a picture of the movie instead of a screenshot, iTunes prevents users from screenshooting DRM protected media.

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  15. Dan Gillespie

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    Following this as am thinking of doing it but preferably with a few others as will be a lot more fun, already have the shirt as it's the same one as the Rick Grimes one bought a spare when stocking up. Nightmare getting stuff from them as now have to phone up if you live in UK rather than being able to order online or via chat.
     
  16. MattgomeryBurns

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    Make sure you've got some product :D

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  17. Grubbzilla

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    How are you guys able to order the chest badge?

    Buddy and I have tried two different places and so far everyone wants authorizations from real law enforcements organizations.

    It has to do with the words highway patrol and trooper specifically.

    Or any leads on plastic badges that might look right?
     
  18. Madchild

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    If you know someone that works as a law enforcement officer, or if you work in an industry that isn’t in law enforcement that would require something like this (eg. Film industry), I would ask that person. There is no magic way around this. They all enforce the same rules.
     
  19. TRShep

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    Another question if you did not get the strip on the side from the Quartermaster where can you pick it up at? I have someone that can sew it on the pants just need to know what type of trim for the pants to get.
     
  20. Dan Gillespie

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    Hi guys working on mine at the moment, have got the collar brass, cap badge and patches for shirt. Found place that can get the hat from though going to be fair bit with customs etc i reckon. Same place as most of you with the hext badge, I might be able to get the chest badge through contact in Police re-enactment group i'm connected with as we have links with NYPD.
     
  21. TRShep

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    Welcome I hope you have better luck on your badge than my friend and I have had. If you can get extras let us know. ;)
     
  22. Madchild

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    I checked out multiple stores in my area and none of them carried anything I could use to accurately make the pants. I live near Vancouver, BC, Canada. I would suggest Amazon. Just get something like THIS. Having to buy bulk does not make it cheaper though and I would suggest just getting Quartermaster or Galls to do it for you when you buy the pants.

    If you are set on doing it yourself, or it's too late, then you will need 1" tan striping on top of 1-1/8" yellow striping. You'll have to piggyback the striping as seen on a screenshot earlier in the thread.

    I would suggest contacting people on this forum who have gotten a badge made and ask them to order you a badge as well (preferably when they order one for themselves). There is always the issue with giving a stranger money, or ordering one for someone else and them flaking on payment.
     
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  23. LordBlackadder

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    For those of you looking for chest badges without law enforcement contacts or 86 bucks to blow I found a replica chest badge and collar insignia at www.thecostumebase.com. 20.90 USD including postage.
    Arrived within 8 days to the UK. Only do one badge number 7707 not sure who's that is as super troopers 2 not out here until June 15. :'( DSC_0008.JPG
     
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  24. Madchild

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    Good find. "7707" I believe is Sean William Scotts characters badge number in SP2. As a bonus, this includes the "S.P." collar insignias, which is awesome.
     
  25. TRShep

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    Definitely, a great find until I can find someone nice enough to sponsor me for a custom LEO badge.

    I think with that just need to get the leg strip and I will be done with the basic costume
     
  26. Dan Gillespie

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    Nice, not passed info on to my friend but that sounds a decent price to be honest :)
     
  27. TRShep

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    My order has been shipped can't wait.
     
  28. dakotaguy

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    Does anyone know where I can find the piping on the uniform pants or what fabric I should use? I have pretty much everything else I need or know where to buy it. thanks
     
  29. LordBlackadder

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    This is my attempt using 25mm yellow grosgrain with 15mm beige grosgrain ribbon stitched over the top. It's cheap and easy to find on eBay.


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  30. LordBlackadder

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    Finished outfit at my local comic con.

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