Hunt for Red October: Replica Orders

Retouched HD screencaps:

Appears to be two sheets, double-spaced, stapled together in the upper left hand corner.

I’ve recreated this in two sheet sizes: US Letter, and Metric A4:

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A4  •  US Letter with A4 Proportions

Not dead accurate, but close, given the reference material. The US Letter with A4 Proportions has trim lines on the edges.

The Hunt for Red October: Officers’ Parade Caps

I’d never noticed these until my latest viewing. The senior officers have ‘parade caps’ which they almost never wear. Here we can see Dr. Petrov wearing his during the evacuation after the ‘reactor accident:’


And here are Borodin and Ramius with theirs, which appear identical with the exception of additional gold wreaths on the bill:


Note that these appear to be using the same badge as the ushankas, and the buttons holding the braid appear to be the same as the smaller Soviet naval buttons.

Red October: Ramius’ Cabin Set Dressing

Barely visible in the film is this plaque on the wall of Ramius’ cabin. It’s only seen for a few frames when Ramius kills Putin:

Wall Plaque

Appears to be some sort of commemorative Soviet Navy plaque. I can see the Soviet Naval flag at the top, and what appears to be a globe, and possibly a ship and a submarine. A quick search for “Soviet Navy plaque” turned up no matches.

The Hunt for Red October: Captain Ramius’ Ribbons

OK, I’ve had this done for a while, but I’m only about half-way through acquiring my own ribbons. I thought I’d throw this out there while there was still time for any of you who might be making your own Ramius costumes to find & buy the ribbons.

I started with this old auction photo, which, as far as I can tell is a match to Ramius’ uniform:

Continue reading “The Hunt for Red October: Captain Ramius’ Ribbons”

For Sale: Red October Sail Markings Shirts (and Buttons)!

Based on my meticulous replica of the Red October’s sail number and markings.


Not cold and hard, but soft and comfortable, comrade captain!

Will there be other products in the future? Well, I probably can’t slap the English titlecard art up there. I’m not totally confidant in my Russian translation of “Red October” either, as Google translate gives me two slightly different wordings :(

HOWEVER, if you wish me to add the faux anechoic tile pattern to the white text, just ask :)

Hunt for Red October: Missile Keys Identified!

Stop the presses, everybody: I have managed to ID the ‘found item’ donors for the Red October’s distinctive missile keys.

First: the references:

Kind of a distinctive looking key, right? Hole at the top…. Seems to have some kind of large circular detail with markings in the center, as shown by the reflections in photo 3? Maybe a custom car key or a house key? Or were they totally made from scratch?


Look familiar? There is no doubt in my mind that this is what was used.

This is an unusual kind of old hotel room key, a Winfield key. Here’s a better look:

Spray painted gloss red, this should be indistinguishable from the real thing :)

As a kid, I collected keys and key chains. I thought the Winfield key was correct, and digging into my closet for a box I probably hadn’t opened in ten years, in my keychain collection I found the blue Winfield key pictured above.

I’m curious to see if this newfound ‘fame’ alters the going price of Winfield keys… So, good luck! And if you don’t win mine, happy hunting anyway! These can be found for relatively cheap, if you are willing to wait.

Here’s what my key looks like painted red:


Hunt for Red October: Captain Marko Ramius’ Hat / Ushanka

Here’s a good picture of Ramius’ hat (ushanka). Note the Soviet Naval badge (see the anchor?).

For more on the fascinating history of the Ushanka, click here!

Hat Badge 1

The Hunt for Red October: 1990-2015: Captain Marko Ramius: So It Begins…

During my preparations for a costume party / potluck lunch at work, I made a list of the ‘big’ films that came out 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years ago. Among those was The Hunt for Red October. And I thought to myself, hey, here’s a costume I don’t have to shave my beard off for: Captain 1st Class Marko Ramius… All I have to do is turn my hair and beard salt-and-pepper gray, somehow. That seems do-able, and I like Red October, so why not do that for Halloween this year?

I’ve been poking around the internet looking for good costume references, and cheap costume parts on ebay. Bit the bullet and ordered a black Nehru jacket that I hope will fit. It was $30, which is probably about as cheap as they get. Lucky for me the actual costumes from the film are black, though I think the real Soviet uniforms can go either way – black or navy.

I need a couple of pins, and a whole bunch of ribbons (“fruit salad”), and the epaulettes / shoulder boards. The ushanka’s optional, I think. Probably gonna be hot anyway, even without it.

Today, I was lucky enough to identify all the ribbons on the ‘fruit salad’, thanks to a close up photo from an auction, and Wikipedia’s lists of Soviet medals. Trivia: Some are doubles, which may or may not have been possible in real life. One is for saving a drowning man (very appropriate), two are for ‘defense of the arctic’ during WWII (unlikely, I think), and one is the Order of Lenin, which the ship’s doctor seems to imply Ramius doesn’t have.

Ramius at his youngest would be 56, I think, if he served in WWII. Connery was born in 1930, so he would have been too young to serve in WWII, ironically, unless he was a cadet or something.

Anyway, expect a post on Ramius’ ribbons soon.