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Well I have looked around at a few places online for the flight suits and dress blues.  I "like" the stuff at Anovos, but I don't know what they are smoking to think I am paying $1250.00 for an officers uniform dress blues.  Guess I will have to try one of the other suggested links.  I really want the flight suit though.  Tahmoh and Leah were telling me at the Con about the terrific weight loss program you get with the ownership of one of those flight suits.

I used to make full suits of leather armor for folks at the Renaissance Faire in Texas, and for $1250, you got one hell of a suit of armor for that price.  A blue chefs coat and some trousers with a couple patches doesn't come close in my book to "getting my money's worth".

So the search continues...

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Comment by Cdr. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 13, 2013 at 8:38am

There Are MANY Sources To Get The Plain Olive Green And Black BDUs,Even Though The Top Parts Aren't The Same As The ones On The Show(No Straps Or Buckles on The Breast Pockets); One Of These Is Quartermaster(QMuniforms.com); They Mostly Cater To Law Enforcement, But They Do Have BDU Type Unis In Green And Black; Another Is the Sportsmans' Guide, They Sell Military,Law Enforcement,And Hunting Unis, And Accessories.

Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on October 12, 2013 at 6:00pm

Marine Uniform (Costume)  - Blade Weapons:

BSG Marines are most often seen carrying one of two common blade weapons: a Marine Kbar (aka Ka-Bar or Leatherneck); and an M7 Bayonet, Vietnam era.

Below are rubber practice examples of both. They are not real knives and are accepted by most conventions for costume wear. This doesn't mean you buy them at the site, it's to show the item so you can start your own internet, ebay or gun show search for the best price.

The first is a Kbar made by Cold Steel, a real knife company that makes practice knives. It is marked "Cold Steel" and has a thick blade that will not cut or stab a tub of butter, perfect for cosplay. I bought one at a gun show for nine bucks. The kydex sheath in the second link is for this model number practice knife. No rubber Cold Steel fits in a real sheath. Bought the sheath on-line for ten bucks.

http://www.knifehog.com/p-1180-cold-steel-leatherneck-special-force...

http://www.visiontactical.com/index.php/fabric-covered-cold-steel-t...

The M7 bayonet below is rubber but cast from a real M7. It has a point and something of an edge, but is still safe for sane people and accepted at cons. Bought one on-line for twelve bucks. Good news is it fits in a real M10 black plastic sheath. Bought one at a gun show for fifteen bucks, you can do better.

http://thefieldwerks.com/m7_bayonet_rubber_replica.html

http://www.knifecenter.com/item/ON1750/Ontario-Sheath-Scabbard-Fits...

More later. Comments and criticisms accepted if they save money.

Iceworm out.

Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on October 12, 2013 at 5:10pm

The Major is right.

The kits on Alchemy show the components I need, but I don't have to buy 'em there. Take the BDU uniforms, for example: BDU top at the surplus store, twenty-three bucks new, less used; one foot of Velcro in the proper color from the same surplus store, three bucks (don't think it's available used, but I could be wrong); one fourth yard or less of fake suede for shoulders at cloth store, couple bucks; three quarter inch wide belt material for pockets and cuffs, four 4" and four 8" lengths, that's 48" for about four bucks; four plastic fasteners for the pockets and cuffs, two bucks or less; paint to dry-brush buckles if you need gold, seventy-nine cents at Hobby Lobby; needle and thread from Family, zero dollars; cut off lower pockets, sew on all pieces, value at what your time is worth; Raven patch from Actual, seven dollars; brown tank top from Marshall's six dollars; add pants, belt, shoes/boots and tee-shirt in right color from closet, zero dollars; and no weapons or rank for modest folks, zero dollars. One BSG costume for about forty-eight bucks and change. The forums provide plenty of good ideas, and the sites like Alchemy provide the exact details of the components, much better than any freeze screen pics from the internet. All uniform discussions should have cost-effective considerations, and I'll continue to work on it. That's why our discussions on Marine uniforms offer the Razor assault tee-shirt version, which avoids the cost of an LA Tac vest, Giro helmet, Paulson goggles and other expensive accessories. We should also cover the high-end screen correct versions. Our friends the original Cylons draw a lot of attention and those suits don't come cheap. A lot of research has been done, we can find that and create more, with an eye toward cutting costs where possible. Several members have already done a lot of work. This would be a great place to consolidate and collate the effort. Iceworm morphing to a bookworm. Out.

Comment by Cdr. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on October 12, 2013 at 3:44pm

$140 For A Shirt? Geez, I Could Get That From an Army Surplus Store For Less,Albiet It's Different From The BSG Style.

Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on October 12, 2013 at 11:59am

Fellow Crew Members and Costumers,

John, Reamer and others have provided several good uniform sources. Here's a few more, forgive me if they've already been listed:

SciFiHero and the subset GalacticaHero are discussion sites that are topic and series targeted. http://www.scifihero.net/forums/index.php?act=home

Alchemy Arms is my source for kits like Kathy's Khaki BDU's, bought their kit for sixty cubits and put in on our  surplus BDU's. They have a booth at most Texas Cons with uniforms, kits, weapons, patches and other items at fair prices. I like to see items before I buy.  http://www.alchemyarms.com/Default.asp

Weapon Blender specialize in airsoft weapons and gear.  http://weaponblender.com/Contact-Us-5.html

Patches n Pins sells, well, you get it. Haven't bought from them but prices seem fair. http://patchesnpins.com/

I plan to leave some details later on Marine duds later, since Cylons and MARDET's are more fun and photogenic in groups.

Regards, Iceworm out.

Comment by Scott "Beowulf" Bulkley on June 19, 2013 at 8:14am

Wow four years and you haven't hunted this guy down for a "Come to the Gods" meeting?  As an artist, I fully understand the take your time for quality purposes thing, but working when you feel like it and then adding the insult of "you better like it or to hell with you", that would justify to me, more stern action for suck lack of vision.

I really hope that the competition does help drive the price down.  I know what the material costs for this stuff and even with labor it is no where near the price being asked.  Keep my fingers crossed.  Until then, I will piece together what I can from my personal ingenuity.

Comment by John David "Buzzsaw" Feagin on June 19, 2013 at 4:14am

YES! I have to agree. I think ANOVOS or someone like that is really bad about that sort of thing. I've seen the green BDU's priced outrageously.  All you have to do is sew some off color patches and the like to standard OD BDU's. However, there seems to be more competition, so prices MAY go down as long as interest continues.  Some of the sources provided are much more affordable, and their stuff is not bad quality. More "realistic" stuff is going to be much higher end AND you'll have to wait for ages to actually get it...since it's usually tailor made.  Oh, I had ONE uniform I ordered probably FOUR years ago, and still haven't gotten it.  The guy's supposed to be good, but only works if and when he feels like it. If the customer doesn't like it, frak'em! So, my experience is that these sources are a better option.  You get it in a reasonable time, and if you want to modify something, you can.

Good hunting!

:o)

JDF

Comment by Vincent "Archer" Bonacci SR on June 18, 2013 at 9:49pm

I think the prices on some of this stuff is insane.  I paid less than 500 (with tailoring and medals) for an actual set of Army Blues.

Comment by John David "Buzzsaw" Feagin on June 13, 2013 at 6:06am

Here are the uniform sources I share with everybody.  The flight suit from Cosplay Station really is good. You might want to make a harder leather vest, but it's not necessary. It's GREAT.  Also keeps you toasty warm in the Winter!

 

If you or any you know are interested in Battlestar Galactica uniforms from the Re-Imagined series, here are several to pick from. I got a flight suit and Commander’s blues from these folks a few years ago. Not bad for the price. You can modify at will.

Main Page:

http://cosplaystation.ca/newarco.html

Flight Suit:

http://cosplaystation.ca/commission148-new.html

Commander’s Uniform:

http://cosplaystation.ca/commission149.html

Officer’s Uniform:

http://cosplaystation.ca/commission149-new.html

Number 6’s Red Dress:

http://cosplaystation.ca/commission306.html

 

If you or any you know are interested in the Original Series uniforms these folks have some good and affordable uniforms and props:

http://www.battlestargalactica.org/

 

If you or any you know are interested in higher end quality uniforms from both TOS and Re-Imagined Battlestar Galactica, these folks have lots of really good stuff:

Main Page:

http://shadowdalecreations.com/ 

Good hunting! So say we ALL!

:o)

Buzzsaw out.

Comment by John David "Buzzsaw" Feagin on June 13, 2013 at 6:03am

One thing IS for certain...The flight suits truly ARE an excellent weight loss program...Very Hot!

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