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Indiego Jones
12-07-2012, 08:43 PM
Ok...probably, a controversial replica.

First this clarification: Not a actual HJ.

Since a few members start posting those beautiful vintage HJ, re-blocked, restored, etc, and a couple of HJ Raiders era; I'm looking on the web (ebay, etc.) for vintage HJs.
The search yields limited results. I could buy vintage HJ, but none Raiders era.

Then an idea came up.
What if I ask to the felt factory a special felt run (limited), using the current felt as basis but making a few "improvements"?
In order to replicate as much as possible the Raiders era felt.

The improvements are:
* slightly lighter in color (keeping the right undertones we already have on our felt)
* slightly thinner (reducing maybe just 0.5 mm)
* slightly less shellac, to make it more "pliable", "floppier"

They delivered a sample. Very nice.

Then, I thought, what if I try to replicate the sweatband and the liner, with the inscriptions and all?
If I want to have a HJ Raiders era replica, must have correct sweatband and liner.
There was a minimum to order. So, I did.

Next are a few pictures. I realize the hat needed a brushed...after the pics were taken...???
More info next week.

In the meantime, what do you think?

Clic to enlarge
http://imageshack.us/a/img832/7117/vintagehjproject01.th.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/vintagehjproject01.png/)
http://imageshack.us/a/img402/8816/vintagehjproject02.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/402/vintagehjproject02.jpg/)
http://imageshack.us/a/img845/8683/vintagehjproject03.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/vintagehjproject03.jpg/)

Regards.-

neutronbomb
12-07-2012, 08:54 PM
What felt have you been using previously? Could you compare the new "vintage" HJ fedora with one of your regular/standard fedoras and maybe show some outdoor sunlight comparison shots?

Ram Man
12-07-2012, 09:22 PM
Wow!! Looks awesome. Will this alter the price any? Either way I know what my next hat will be! Oh wait, I just realized this may not be a production hat, but if it is......

Indiego Jones
12-08-2012, 12:49 AM
It's bedtime here, but I couldn't help to login and check this thread.

We have not yet decided if we will do a production of this hat.

The sweatband and liner's back are full of this ink stamps:
http://imageshack.us/a/img805/6623/sellofedora.jpg

NB, the felt we usually use it's the standard our felt factory produce. 100% hare fur felt, color "coffee brown" (that's how they call it).
This sample it's basically the same felt, with minor differences.

If I have enough time, this weekend I'll post more pictures and also comparison of the felts.
Regards.-

Indiana Bugs
12-08-2012, 12:52 PM
Wow, that looks pretty darn authentic to me. Very nice.

Indiego Jones
12-11-2012, 02:47 PM
A few pictures.

It's difficult to show the correct colors and undertones. In person, the new felt, has more red undertones.

Clarifications:
* The Todd's HJ 2005 has been re-blocked at least twice. So, it faded a little.
* The HJ approx. 1960's color is fawn.
* The new felt is allways at bottom and left.

I can't figure it out how to show you the thickness and floppiness of this new felt.
Offcourse the thinner felt has to do with more hand pouncing during the making.

Looking foward to your opinions.
Regards.-

PS: if someone is interested on this, please contact me through the usual e-mail.

clic to HQ image
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/89/dscn54332.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/547/dscn54332.jpg/)
http://imageshack.us/a/img217/880/dscn54462.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/217/dscn54462.jpg/)
http://imageshack.us/a/img824/3703/dscn54402.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/824/dscn54402.jpg/)

Indiego Jones
04-30-2013, 02:38 PM
Taking orders.

Regards.-

PLATON
04-30-2013, 02:54 PM
I am thinking when I will have enough money to buy a hat from you.
For now, I have enough crisis...

Indiego Jones
04-30-2013, 03:10 PM
Thanks for your interest.
I know the feeling, in Argentina had (and have) harsh times with economic crisis.

indydude18
04-30-2013, 05:25 PM
Diego,

I think there is something funky going on with your website. I get a "404 Not Found" message when trying to access it.

What's the going price for these babies?

neutronbomb
04-30-2013, 05:28 PM
Yeah :hairguy:
+1

Indiego Jones
04-30-2013, 05:40 PM
Diego,

I think there is something funky going on with your website. I get a "404 Not Found" message when trying to access it.

What's the going price for these babies?

Yes, we're changing server.
The website will be out today, and maybe tomorrow too.

You wouldn't find this offering on our website, it will not be published because of the "nature" of it...

We quote this by e-mail. I'm sending right now.

djd
05-01-2013, 11:47 AM
Order placed!
I've asked Diego for a front height of no more than 4.5" ..... 4.75 looks too damn tall on me! I will have a fedora that I really feel comfortable in one of these days....

neutronbomb
05-01-2013, 03:06 PM
4.5 is a good height. IIRC gunslinger has done work that shows it coming in at 4.25 for the film one. Of course size and dimensions for each individual is a consideration. Seriously, you just may end up living in this thing.

djd
05-01-2013, 03:19 PM
Yes 4.25 sounds even better! I look at it as a proportion of my face. 4.75 and the hat looks as tall as my face below it. I see the Raiders hat as maybe 2/3 the height of ford's face..... Diego, can we get it lower than 4.5 with your block?

Gunslinger
05-01-2013, 08:31 PM
Yeah, I'd taken it as a given for years based on comments by Steve Delk etc. that the hat was bashed at 4.5" but when I reblocked a HJ for myself about a year ago I found that I didn't have enough felt to make the brim break at what would become the 4.5" height, so I cheated it a little to gain more brim. It ended up at 4.25, and I was actually shocked to find that when I did some overlays to see how bad it was off, that it was actually dead-on! Having said that, I don't think 4.5 is bad - as DJD says, it really comes down to your face.

djd
05-01-2013, 08:40 PM
Yeah, my Fed IV is about 4.5 and looks a lot better height wise than my AB which is 4.75.
So Diego, do you think you can make mine 4.25?

Indiego Jones
05-01-2013, 10:00 PM
Yeah, my Fed IV is about 4.5 and looks a lot better height wise than my AB which is 4.75.
So Diego, do you think you can make mine 4.25?
Yes, no problem.
We will be in contact throughout the manufacturing process.

djd
05-02-2013, 08:47 AM
Steele and Jones - best customer service out there

Ram Man
05-02-2013, 03:17 PM
Steele and Jones - best customer service out there

2nd that.

I've got one of these babies on order too and I know I won't be disappointed.

Indiego Jones
05-02-2013, 03:38 PM
Thank you so much guys.
We just try to give the same service that we would like to receive, as fans.

Keep the good vibes coming!
High regards.-


Pictures of the nÂș 1:

(clic to enlarge)
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/535/214sample.th.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/214sample.png/)

http://imageshack.us/a/img818/6528/interior214.th.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/818/interior214.png/)

http://imageshack.us/a/img153/5852/dscn616350.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/153/dscn616350.jpg/)

Gunslinger
05-02-2013, 10:53 PM
Too cool, man. Too cool.

So the new "special edition" bodies have arrived, I take it?

Indiego Jones
05-02-2013, 11:15 PM
Too cool, man. Too cool.

So the new "special edition" bodies have arrived, I take it?
We received a first batch. Limited sizes.
We look forward to receive the next batch in 15 days.

Don't worry, I have your felt body already reserved ;)

Gunslinger
05-02-2013, 11:17 PM
You da man! Did you decide or resolve the tweaks we discussed? Maybe PM if it's... top... secret. ;)

djd
06-19-2013, 10:02 AM
Diego tells me he's starting mine next week..... Can't wait!

neutronbomb
06-22-2013, 04:27 AM
Maybe I'm right behind you :)

Indiego Jones
06-25-2013, 04:28 PM
Correct.

djd's limited edition number is #05, and nb is #06

Regards.-

djd
06-25-2013, 09:10 PM
Bring it on!

djd
07-01-2013, 06:07 PM
Have you shipped any of these hats yet Diego? Who's going to be the first to post a picture??

Derek Dubery

Indiego Jones
07-01-2013, 06:38 PM
On wednesday it will be dispatched Ram Man's fedora (number # 02)
About a week after, if everything goes as planned, it will dispatch yours and NB together.

Regards.-

djd
07-01-2013, 07:42 PM
So it's down to you RamMan!

Derek Dubery

Indiego Jones
07-01-2013, 11:40 PM
Teaser

EXPLORADOR "HJ Raiders era Replica"
LE #02 - Size 58,85 cm
Style: Cairo - no distressing, no dirt.

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/4456/13j.png

Gunslinger
07-02-2013, 02:07 AM
Loving that colour!

neutronbomb
07-02-2013, 02:59 AM
woo hoo Indy_cheers

Ram Man
07-02-2013, 04:13 AM
Wow, what a treat to log in and come accross this.....very excited now:o

Will post pics as soon as I get it. Probably about ten days from post to Canada unless customs messes things up.
Stay tuned....

Thanks Diego.

HENRY JONES JR.
07-02-2013, 05:13 AM
Teaser

EXPLORADOR "HJ Raiders era Replica"
LE #02 - Size 58,85 cm
Style: Cairo - no distressing, no dirt.

http://imageshack.us/a/img839/4456/13j.png

Absolutely beautiful.

Indiego Jones
07-02-2013, 02:26 PM
Thanks guys!

It will be dispatched tomorrow.

Regards.-

djd
07-02-2013, 06:08 PM
Looking great Diego
Not that we ever doubted you!

Regards
Derek Dubery

Indiego Jones
07-04-2013, 03:00 PM
Pictures of LE # 04

http://imageshack.us/a/img507/161/9opl.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img22/904/psr3.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img62/9315/9r4.png

crismans
07-04-2013, 03:13 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I had decided to put off getting another fedora for a while, but now, with this...

Louisianna James
07-04-2013, 10:52 PM
Pictures of LE # 04

http://imageshack.us/a/img507/161/9opl.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img22/904/psr3.png

http://imageshack.us/a/img62/9315/9r4.png
This is a dream come true ;D

Gunslinger
07-05-2013, 06:57 AM
Boom! Ultimate Raiders, sorted. Awesome man.

Mr. Furious
07-05-2013, 12:41 PM
WOW! Don`t need another hat but ....WOW!

neutronbomb
07-05-2013, 02:06 PM
Freakin' awesome.

Indiego Jones
07-05-2013, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the kind words!

It's great to feel that the results are satisfactory, after so much effort.

FOR THE FANS.

Ram Man
07-05-2013, 05:52 PM
The fans really appreciate the effort. Only a fan could really know what a true fan wants and strive to meet those expectations and it shows in the quality of your product.

Keep up the good work:goodjob:

From a Fan

Indiego Jones
07-05-2013, 06:26 PM
Thanks TS. I hope your package arrives safe, quickly, and the fedora fits you perfectly.

The fans really appreciate the effort. Only a fan could really know what a true fan wants and strive to meet those expectations and it shows in the quality of your product.

Exactly, this is the kind of product only a fan can make.
It isn't a mass product. But a very limited run, for an specific market.


I just like to share this. It's a comparison between screen-used Raiders fedora and our replica.
I know the lighting conditions are not the same on the pictures, and the screen-used fedora is heavily distressed and dirty.
And the flash hit hard on our replica, specially on the ribbon.

But let's try to concentrate on the FELT colors.

http://imageshack.us/a/img545/2965/tdn.png

What do you think?

djd
07-05-2013, 07:05 PM
It's beautiful. I look forward to seeing how the colour compares to my AB

Ram Man
07-20-2013, 08:27 PM
So here it is at last. Not sure if these pics will show up. If not I will post a link.
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21205
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21206
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21207
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21208
And me pretending I am someone I'm not
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21203
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21204
Ok so here is the link https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598#cid=C0B3528D1041D598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21202

djd
07-21-2013, 10:43 AM
Can't see the pics RamMan....

This is mine which is based to 4.25" at my request. Looks great and should have it soon!
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/1625/3pra.png (http://img856.imageshack.us/i/3pra.png/)
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/3661/bs8w.png (http://img59.imageshack.us/i/bs8w.png/)

Ram Man
07-21-2013, 01:05 PM
Sorry guys. Try this one https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=C0B3528D1041D598!202&authkey=!AK4Ppq6yxNONvNQ Shown with my Viajero from S&J as well

For some reason the url's to these photos aren't working but this link should work now. I am a computer idiot which really doesn't bother me yet since that limits my time spent on them.

I measured the crown height on this one at 4.5". The color is amazing as it seems to change from one environment to the next. Once again it fits like it was made for me....oh wait it was made for me. I know the rest of you will be happy with yours.

djd
07-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Yes very nice! Lovely warm colour. Reminds me of the only AB beaver I've seen in the flesh

Indiego Jones
07-22-2013, 09:50 PM
Great pictures! Thanks for posting.

djd
07-23-2013, 07:34 PM
Diego informs me my hat is now on its way! Can't wait. May have to let one go when this arrives as I have no more space to display them. If anyone is interested in a beautiful Schubert SoC replica in a size 60 let me know

Ram Man
07-23-2013, 10:23 PM
I am looking forward to seeing it. If its no trouble post some pics with your other hats for comparison sake.

I put a few more pics up as well at the same link https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c0b3528d1041d598&id=C0B3528D1041D598%21202&authkey=!AK4Ppq6yxNONvNQ

djd
07-23-2013, 11:15 PM
Will do! The only indy hats I currently own are a rabbit AB, a schubert SoC and a Grey Fed IV. Previous hats have been a Todd's Uptowner, an AB Henry and a Magnoli HJ. This S&J one is bashed deliberately a little lower. I've convinced myself that this will suit my face more!

neutronbomb
07-25-2013, 02:16 PM
I don't know DJD. I took another look at your fedora photos and with a 60cm hat size I think your hats suit you just fine. I'm sure you'll be happy with 4.25, but don't throw 4.5 under the bus :)

djd
07-25-2013, 07:14 PM
Thanks NB. I think you're probably right but for whatever reason I feel slightly self conscious in such a tall hat. I'm not the kind of person who usually gets self conscious about what I wear, today for instance I've been sporting a rather natty bow tie and red suspenders (or braces as we call them). I ffrequently wear other hats too and have occasionally sat around the office wearing a WW1 officers cap for no good reason... Just something about such a tall hat feels wrong on me. Anyway if you don't feel comfortable in a hat you'll never really enjoy it will you?

neutronbomb
07-25-2013, 11:16 PM
True. Very true. I bought the coolest scottish navy wool sailors cap. And really thought it was cool to wear with my gold AO sunglasses. Then my wife was laughing herself sick. And thats saying something with the indiana jones gear she puts up with. Then she asks me for my autograph. Says to be sure to sign it "the village people". Ruined it forever.

Gunslinger
07-25-2013, 11:26 PM
The other day we were at the park at a kids birthday party. I'm wearing one of my Raiders hats with a black cafe racer jacket, jeans, etc. One of the women there comments that I'm looking good and very Indiana Jones-ish while looking mainly at the jacket. First time any one has ever said this to me. For a fraction of a second I'm processing "but it's ~totally~ the wrong jacket..." when my wife pipes in almost instantaneously with something like "oh, you have NO idea what I have to put up with!"

Fair call, I guess.

Indy_surrender

At least wives keep us... grounded. Good call on the AO mate - I never wear anything other than chrome Original Pilots these days.

neutronbomb
07-26-2013, 03:04 PM
It's interesting what triggers the Indiana Jones connection with people. Not once while wearing one of my indy leather jackets has one person made an indiana jones comment. probably about a half a dozen times though while wearing my barbour beaufort olive green waxed cotten jacket. Weird.

Ram Man
07-26-2013, 06:53 PM
I wear my hats out of the house most frequently when I walk my dog. The neighbors have never said anything about my hat. Only the occasional smile. They are well aware of me using the whips in and around my yard so I am pretty certain the connection has already been made.

Enough cannot be said about our wives who tolerate our (expensive) boyish behavior. Its difficult to explain why "another" hat or jacket is different than the last one. No questions are ever asked, just a smile and a slight roll of the eyes. Gotta love our wives....:-*

djd
08-18-2013, 10:36 PM
Anyone else got their hat from Diego yet? Opinions? Pictures?

djd
08-20-2013, 07:52 PM
Have you got yours NB??

Derek Dubery

Indiego Jones
08-20-2013, 08:48 PM
Have you got yours NB??

Derek Dubery

Not yet.
According to my current schedule, I'll be shipping NB and Gorak's fedoras someday next week...fingers crossed.

I'm working as hard as I can, getting ready hats and jackets.
Regards.-

djd
08-20-2013, 09:14 PM
Worth the wait. Just want to see some more of these on people's heads!

neutronbomb
08-21-2013, 07:21 PM
Sorry for not responding sooner. Been dealing with knee surgery. No bueno btw. Anyway, thank you Diego for updating.

Indiego Jones
08-21-2013, 08:30 PM
Sorry for not responding sooner. Been dealing with knee surgery. No bueno btw. Anyway, thank you Diego for updating.

I'm sorry about your knee. Get well soon!
Regards.-

neutronbomb
08-23-2013, 12:46 AM
:)

Mr. Furious
08-23-2013, 06:52 PM
I am sooo looking foward to this one! I already set up me lawn chair by the mailbox!

djd
08-23-2013, 08:23 PM
It's a fantastic hat. The only area where it fails to march up to the AB is the ribbon, which isn't quite right. Not black enough but unless you put them side by side you wouldn't notice

Indiego Jones
10-01-2013, 10:34 PM
Some HJ replica (Raiders era felt) pictures:
http://s1357.photobucket.com/user/indiegojones/library/Distressed%20jacket%20and%20HJ%20replica