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 :)

The Hunt for Red October: Typhoon Spy Photo Identified

When Jack Ryan is briefing the Joint Chiefs and the President’s National Security Advisor, one of the photos projected on the screens behind him is an angled, rear view of a Typhoon-class sub, allegedly the Red October.


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The Hunt for Red October: Simple Desktop Backgrounds

Thanks to the IMDb, we now know that THFRO horribly botched the Russian / Cyrillic in their opening titles. I don’t know how that happened, and why it has not been corrected in subsequent DVD / Blu-Ray releases. Anyway, I present to you the ballistic missile submarine Red October a couple of simple desktop backgrounds, of the English title, and the correct Russian.

I was surprised to note that the text for “Red October” is set in different weights for the English vs. Cyrillic. Seems like extra trouble to me. Couldn’t ID the font at WhatTheFont, might have been hand-drawn.

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.