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    Oct 26, 2017, 7:59 PM - Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #1

    I'm starting this thread as a resource for any and all to create a very accurate Jim Hopper costume/cosplay. Jim Hopper wears, for most of the show, a Stetson Open Road fedora variant (created by Orlando Palacios - links below post) and a standard khaki officer uniform (with Hawkins Police and American Flag patches, a name tag, and a badge). Be warned: the hat is over $600. Similar hats can be found for cheaper on Stetson's website or eBay.
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    He also has a casual outfit which consists of jeans, a blue plaid button up, a gray henley underneath the button up, and his signature hat. Jim (from what I've seen) wears boots similar to Crevo Bucks.
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    He is seen in one of two jackets: a chocolate brown light jacket (that I haven't identified yet) and a B9 navy blue parka. The parka also has a Hawkins Police and American Flag patch. I found a B9 on sale on Etsy and from Velour Clothing. But both were sold out and not in production anymore. If anyone knows a place on Etsy, eBay, or the web in general where you can find a similar or the exact same coat, please share.
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    As for weapons and other props, Hopper carries a Smith & Wesson M66 .357 Revolver with a 4 inch barrel (You can find airsoft or gun model versions of this online). Hopper also has a small yellow and white pen or mechanical pencil he keeps in his left breast pocket. And though this is not seen in the show, he probably carries a wallet with more credentials and IDs in it.

    Hat - http://www.hatshop.com/shop/view/str...e#.WfEr0tOGPLZ
    Hat Alternative - http://www.stetson.com/store/sturgis...?color=cordova
    Hawkins Police Patch - https://www.etsy.com/listing/4687786...hawkins-police
    Hawkins Police Badge - http://commissionedcredentials.com/s...roducts_id=244
    Boots - https://www.crevofootwear.com/shop/pc/Buck-8p199.htm
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    Oct 29, 2017, 4:13 AM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #2

    A little more info to help out - just finished (mostly) putting together my Hopper costume.

    Here's the company that actually made the holster for the production - Tex Shoemaker and sons - it's a border patrol style holster:
    http://www.texshoemaker.com/product....4&categoryId=2

    Here's a great resource for the name tag, and it's the accurate size:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/4666662...f=sr_gallery_1

    Hopper carries a Bic Clic commercial style pen, which are still common enough, just hard to find in the appropriate yellow with chrome hardware setup. I contact several printers who do custom orders and apparently the only easy way to get the pen is to do a large print run because (they claim) Bic won't sell them in the consumer market as blanks. I found one on ebay and removed the printing on it:

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    Hopper's uniform shirt looks to be a Flying Cross brand uniform shirt in Silver Tan. I have both the command style and the delux tropical, and the tropical seems to be the correct one.
    http://www.flyingcross.com/deluxe-tropical-shirts

    His uniform pants have been a bit harder. I found a standard law enforcement style pant - also in silver tan, but his on the show have two defining features that make them period - which also makes me think they were custom made for production - the pant legs have that classic 70's - 80's taper and flare to them which isn't common in uniform pants now, and the rear pockets on the pants have a pointed flap closure, which also isn't common, though it's similar to the USMC style alpha service pants, but I haven't' been able to find those in silver tan. But as I said, I think these were custom made for the production.

    And to add to what Darth Xelaider said about the blue winter coat - it's definitely molded after a civilian B9 Korean War era bomber jacket, but I think production also had these made. Hopper's looks to be a bit lighter in bulk and seems to be made from a cotton or canvas material, where the classic blue B9 was 100% nylon - which makes it slightly shiny. Everything else about the B9 is spot on, even down to the details on the split hood. I have a vintage one (actually the one that was sold on Etsy) and it's as close as you can get without having it custom made. It's also warm as all get up, and heavy to boot. Which is why I'm sure production made these - both to keep it lighter for filming, non reflective and not noisy (nylon is noisy as can be and would interfere with any sound recording they do on set.)

    EDIT: I think the actual jacket has been found by member Brochillington here: http://www.primouniform.com/34%22-B-...m?UMParent=180

    As to his uniform belt, in Season 1 it looks like he wears a standard black garrison leather belt. In season 2, it seems to have changed to a brown one.

    He also carries some sort of belt clip knife on the center back of this trousers, haven't identified that one yet.

    Also, I'm not clear on his watch on the left wrist, though he wears a blue elastic hair tie on his right wrist - it belonged to his daughter.

    Hope this helps add to the "dissection" of his police uniform!
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    Oct 29, 2017, 12:23 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #3




    Police uniform shirt with Dickies classic khakis (wide belt loops and narrow leg) ordered patches and had name tag made. Airsoft 357 and I made holster out of worbla Added padding because I am smaller


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    Oct 29, 2017, 12:32 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #4

    Allen Hawk said: View Post
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    Police uniform shirt with Dickies classic khakis (wide belt loops and narrow leg) ordered patches and had name tag made. Airsoft 357 and I made holster out of worbla Added padding because I am smaller


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    Oct 29, 2017, 1:41 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #5

    Thanks!


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    Oct 29, 2017, 1:52 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #6

    Thanks for the additions, guys! I have a few questions. . .

    Allen, where did you purchase the airsoft 357? And what make and model is it replicating? Thanks again for the info on the pants you found. Your costume looks fantastic!

    And sctcarts, do you have any sources/links/information on where to buy a B9? I have scoured Etsy, eBay, and other sites and come up short. Also, the attachment for the pen you mentioned doesn't work, fyi.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 2:22 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #7

    Thanks! It is the UHC model UA 931S - a Very close replica of S&W Model 66 .357 Magnum I purchased on Amazon. I tried to copy link but not successfully- I will try again. The s in 931 stands for silver. The proportions on name tag were off (my fault) I found Hawkins police patch on Etsy . The hat i purchased in Germany. Just a felt fedora - I am not paying $600 for the real thing!Thanks for likes!


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    Oct 29, 2017, 2:24 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #8

    http://www.airsoftnmore.com/media/ca.../ua-931s-1.jpg



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    Oct 29, 2017, 4:08 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #9

    Just posted this in another thread, but I believe i found a navy blue parka very similar to the one used in the show: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.ph...=1#post4342463
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    Oct 29, 2017, 4:22 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #10

    I concur with Brochillington's post - I think he found the jacket! I'm ordering one Tuesday and will post pictures as soon as it's in.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 6:35 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #11

    sctcarts said: View Post
    I concur with Brochillington's post - I think he found the jacket! I'm ordering one Tuesday and will post pictures as soon as it's in.
    That's definitely it! Cotton shell, dark blue parka hood, and the chrome zipper and diagonal pockets. I'm getting mine Thursday or asap before everyone else can! Thank you guys so much for finding that!!
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    Oct 29, 2017, 6:50 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #12

    Now we need to figure out the pants. It's those damn pointed pocket flaps on the back that keep hanging me up.....
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    Oct 29, 2017, 7:02 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #13

    sctcarts said: View Post
    Now we need to figure out the pants. It's those damn pointed pocket flaps on the back that keep hanging me up.....
    Do you have a reference photo for those back pockets?
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    Oct 29, 2017, 7:06 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #14

    I'll try and screen grab from the show tonight.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 7:13 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #15

    Thanks a lot!!
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    Oct 29, 2017, 7:15 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #16

    Here we are, the pointed flaps are on both pockets:

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    Oct 29, 2017, 7:23 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #17

    I don't think it would be too hard to find some matching fabric and sewing those on these pair of Dickies pants.

    http://www.dickies.com/pants/origina...-pant/874.html

    The only problem with these pants are that the belt loops are too narrow.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 8:08 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #18

    DarthXeladier said: View Post
    That's definitely it! Cotton shell, dark blue parka hood, and the chrome zipper and diagonal pockets. I'm getting mine Thursday or asap before everyone else can! Thank you guys so much for finding that!!
    I've emailed the manufacturer of these jackets (United Pioneer) and asked for some additional information/pictures. Hopefully I get a response tomorrow morning which I'll relay here.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 10:34 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #20

    DarthXeladier said: View Post
    I don't think it would be too hard to find some matching fabric and sewing those on these pair of Dickies pants.

    http://www.dickies.com/pants/origina...-pant/874.html

    The only problem with these pants are that the belt loops are too narrow.
    The fit and feel of these pants seems correct. The belt loops are fairly wide . It would be easy to add flaps but getting matching fabric would be tough


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    Oct 29, 2017, 10:47 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #21

    True. It doesn't all have to be so exact. We're not building a Blade Runner or Han Solo blaster lol.
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    Oct 29, 2017, 11:03 PM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #22

    And it may be that they either custom made the pants or found boot cut style uniform pants and added the pockets.
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    Oct 30, 2017, 5:47 AM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #23

    DarthXeladier said: View Post
    True. It doesn't all have to be so exact. We're not building a Blade Runner or Han Solo blaster lol.
    True!


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    Oct 30, 2017, 10:52 AM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #24

    Allen Hawk said: View Post
    The fit and feel of these pants seems correct. The belt loops are fairly wide . It would be easy to add flaps but getting matching fabric would be tough
    Buy another pair of these pants, boom, same fabric, same color. Or the matching work shirt.

    What color pants is everyone using? The Flying Cross shirt is Silver Tan. So Khaki? Or Desert Sand?

    Anyone got side by side pictures?
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    Oct 30, 2017, 11:05 AM - Re: Chief Jim Hopper Costume and Props Thread #25

    VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: United Pioneer no longer makes the B9 we were all looking at. They gave me a link to a catalog of their current product line. They have a 34" long coat that is almost the same as the B9 except for the hood and collar.

    http://www.b340.com/united-pioneer/mobile/index.html

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