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    Apr 21, 2018, 12:39 AM - Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #1

    OK, this is my LAST attempt! I think I can say I'm finally happy with this one. I've been trying to get this costume right for about 12 years now. This is my 10th, yes TENTH replica of this costume! I'm really picky about all of the screen accurate details and measurements. I can confidently say that there are no others like this replica in the world, since it was made with measurements and scans of an original superman I and IV suit that I examined myself in December of 2016.

    This particular suit (tunic & leggings) was made by Super Costumes with fabric that I found myself and shipped to them. It was a bit of a departure from their normal pattern, and I had them make a few adjustments to there existing pattern to make sure it was screen accurate. All measurements are from a confirmed authentic Superman IV tunic that I measured un-stretched. The logo was even scanned on a portable scanner and then a template was made and given to super costumes to replicate. They did an outstanding job! I even used wunderlabel.com to make the Bermans & Nathans tags. I finished the printed portion of the tags with my inkjet printer. These tags are a little touch that I did only for myself and will not sell to anyone, because I do not want anyone try to pass off a replica as an authentic piece. They're just simply for my enjoyment since I can never afford a screen used piece.

    Boots were made by a bookmaker in Argentina with accurate zipper pulls and all. Cape and belt w/ buckle were made 100% from scratch by me based on my research.
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    Apr 21, 2018, 10:46 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #2

    This is beautiful! Will Super Costumes be offering this updated pattern for sale?

    I've been meaning to add a Supes costume to my collection.

    Sean
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    Apr 21, 2018, 11:50 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #3

    Bravo. This looks superb.
    Having gone through the same amount of attempts at trying to get an accurate replica, I applaud and appreciate all of your efforts. Great display. You should be very proud of that!
    Chris
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    Apr 21, 2018, 12:03 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #4

    Thanks for the kind words! Yes, I told Super Costumes to hang onto my patterns in case anyone else wanted one. You can pm me if you want more details on how to get my version from them. Also the fabric is readily available at spandexworold.com. Itís just ďfootball pantsĒ heavyweight Lycra in turquoise, red, and yellow. Itís suprisingly close!!!

    I do have my previous version of this costume available as well, minus the boots. Itís almost identical to the new Costume in the first post and in perfect condition. Pm me if interested. See below:

    ***Update, sold!!!***
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    Apr 22, 2018, 1:44 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #5

    Absolutely beautiful.
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    Apr 22, 2018, 2:54 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #6

    That looks stunning!!! And the mannequin you have used is perfect!!!
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    Apr 24, 2018, 6:17 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #7

    Previous Costume no longer available. Headed to the UK!
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    Apr 24, 2018, 7:41 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #8

    I was about to say... If you got a box of 10 other suits you didn't like sitting in the back of your closet,I would have perhaps been interested in one because this turned out beautiful.
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    Apr 28, 2018, 6:09 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #9

    Actually, I never had that many suits at one time. The first one I bought was all the way back in 2006 and then I would find a more accurate version usually within a year and I would sell the previous one and trade up. As more information was learned about the screen used version, the replicas became closer and closer. This process continued over 12 years until I was finally able to have access to a couple screen used pieces myself to get all the information I would ever need. The one thing that you have to live with unfortunalty with these replicas is that youíre never going to find the screen matched fabric, because it doesnít exist anymore. The machine that made it was destroyed in 2006. If someone wanted to re-create it, theyíd have to spend an obscene amount of money getting the fabric custom made. Even then, Iíve come to realize that there was no singular shade of blue used on these costumes, instead there was a broad spectrum of blue used across all 4 movies, so color accuracy is a little bit wider of a margin than once previously thought.

    Iím now working on other Superman prop displays to go alongside the suit. Really just things that I have had for a while that have been sitting in boxes for years that deserve some attention finally. More to follow!
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    May 1, 2018, 11:40 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #10

    Love the display, fantastic work, even down to the tags. Your attention to details really paid off! Bravo!
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    May 27, 2018, 10:28 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #11

    Congratulations. Really love your suits. The boots are amazing, can you tell me where to order the same boots, really wanna have a pair. Thanks.
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    May 27, 2018, 11:08 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #12

    Thank you. Unfortunately this pair was 1 of 4 limited edition ones done with the black elastic, the correct white zipper, and no Velcro on the flap. If that doesn’t matter to you, you can still get a “deluxe” edition that are almost exactly the same as these. Go on the ‘bay and search “Superman boots” and they are the ones that are $599.99. You could probably add the black elastic yourself if you really wanted to as it’s hand stitched after the fact. Also the real Reeve boots didn’t have Velcro holding the zipper flap shut (they used double sided tape) so you could always have them omit that detail as well since they make them to order. Original measurements for reeve’s boots were a US size 11 and depending on walking or flying version they were 19-21” tall.

    Here’s an example of different hieghts of screen used boots:
    Left-Superman I/II (repainted burgundy for evil Superman in III), Right- Superman IV prototype boots
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    Aug 15, 2018, 7:39 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #13

    Got another one of these suits available if anyone is interested. Brand new. PM me if interested. $1999 w/ free shipping.

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    Aug 16, 2018, 7:28 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #14

    Silly question but which were the taller boots? The flying or walking boot?
    Outstanding work!!!!
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    4 Weeks Ago  Aug 17, 2018, 10:14 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #15

    Thatís a good question. I donít have a definitive answer. I do know that the Superman IV boots were taller for some reason. They were also made by a different boot maker than the first 3 movies. I have a picture of the rough patterns from the boots along with a sample of the red leather given to the maker of the Superman IV boots from the producers of the first 3 movies somewhere. Iíll see if I can find it...
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    4 Weeks Ago  Aug 19, 2018, 3:48 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #16

    Here are the pictures of the boot blueprints I was talking about for Superman IV:
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    4 Weeks Ago  Aug 22, 2018, 8:33 PM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #17

    I actually have 2 suits available. Identical other than the shades of the colors used.see below:

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    3 Weeks Ago  Aug 29, 2018, 11:28 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #18

    Here's a totally weird question. I've been thinking for awhile of doing a Chris Reeve Kent suit (fedora, etc) with an open front and an exposed "S" tunic. I'm not interested in owning an entire Hero Superman suit for this, but an accurate lyrca top is necessary of course. Will Super Custumes do something like that?
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    3 Weeks Ago  Aug 30, 2018, 2:38 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #19

    That's a cool costume. Will show this thread to my friend because he is a fan of Superman.
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    3 Weeks Ago  Aug 30, 2018, 8:52 AM - Re: Superman Chris Reeve Costume Replica #20

    I’ve had the same idea. In fact, I tried the tunic that is for sale on my Kent display just to see what it would look like. I’m sure they’ll make you whatever you want.
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