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« on: October 18, 2005, 12:45:21 PM »

Hello All,

This is my first post to this forum. The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of my all time favorite CE westerns. I think everything about that movie is superb. I've got a question concerning the Jacket/Overcoat Josey wears throughout the movie. What type of jacket is it? What are all the straps hanging off of it used for? I did look for threads concerning this but didn't find any (did find one one his other overcoats though). Thanks in advance.

-jim
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2005, 02:56:38 PM »

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...I did look for threads concerning this...

"threads"?

Hahahahahaha!!! ;D
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2005, 03:20:20 PM »

Concorde, can you find some for us?  ;)
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2005, 05:03:42 AM »

Wow, guess this one's got us stumped! Can anyone recommend an alternate way of finding this information? The reason I'm asking is I'm making a sculpture his famous pose from this movie (my avatar). Here's a pic of the initial phase of the sculpt (sorry, had to cut half his head off for the hat).

-jim cox

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2005, 05:55:08 AM »

Hey Josey65  Please post a picture when you have finished the sculpture. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2005, 06:18:29 AM »

Here's a link to a small sculpture of Josey Wales which shows those odd loose straps in pretty good detail.

http://www.kitworld.de/images/ja17mtjosey.jpg

Note that the "buttons" are actually small pegs. I've seen modern overcoats with such fasteners, but on closer examination it appears there may be pegs on both sides (instead of pegs on one side and holes on the other), with little rawhide ties for tying them together. Odd....

The loose straps dangling down the front baffle me. They could be designed to hold the jacket together (and keep it on Josey's body) when it's being worn as a cape/blanket instead of coat, when the wearer's arms aren't inserted in the sleeves. They may also secure the coat in a roll when it's not being worn, but rather carried like a bedroll....

Hope this helps....

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2005, 04:33:22 PM »

Lin. - Will do.

Concord - Thanks much! Very useful information there.

Here are some other sculpts of CE you all may find interesting (not mine)...

http://www.theclubhouse1.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15602&highlight=ugly
http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6941
http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6558

-jim cox
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2005, 04:57:39 AM »

Last night I was watching a movie set in the 1600's, featuring a character who wore a heavy coat in the outdoor sequences. In one shot, though, he was riding his horse on what looked like a sunny day, and he had the coat simply draped over his shoulders, as if it was a blanket. He was riding at full gallop, and there was some sort of strap running from left to right across his chest, joining the the two sides of the coat/cape.

I'm now convinced that this what Josey Wales' loose straps are for.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2005, 10:07:44 PM »

actually, I would say the jacket you are talking about is a confederate great coat (field modified) of course. The cape is part of a blanket with leather braided ties to keep the cape secure. The fasteners on the front of the coat are wooden dowels with leather straps to secure the front of the coat. I would say that the buttons were long time gone. 
since these men lived in the bush, they would have to modify their own garments
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2006, 03:02:39 PM »

Here's the finished sculpture of Josey...

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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2006, 03:32:26 PM »

Ooooooooo....

Very nice!    ;D
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2006, 03:55:25 PM »

Great work, Jim! 8) 

Do you know how many hours you spent on it?
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2006, 05:27:41 PM »

Thanks for the comments.

Lilly, He took me somewhere between 60-80 hrs over a 6 month period, mostly working at night after the kids were put to bed.

Thanks again to all who helped with the jacket posting. The best thing about doing this sculpt was that I watched TOJW about a dozen times for reference! I'd love to do Cheif Dan George (Lone Watti) sometime too.

I'll post some pics of the painted piece when it's completed.

-jim cox

Here's another view:

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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2006, 07:53:27 PM »

I'd love to do Cheif Dan George (Lone Watti) sometime too.

Now that'd be cool! 8)
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2006, 12:54:00 AM »

Hey Josey  That is a fantastic sculpture.   I look forward to seeing the painted piece.   That is a long time but well worth the effort.   You should be really proud of it.    Thank you for sharing it with us. O0
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« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2006, 01:09:31 AM »

 O0 Very nice sculpture Josey ! O0
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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2006, 06:08:56 PM »

Hello,

Here's the painted Josey sculpt...

-jim cox

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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2006, 02:16:45 AM »

That looks good. Very good. Hats off to you, Jim. That's one of the best Eastwood items I've seen created, especially concerning sculptures.á
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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2006, 09:20:44 AM »

Well done Jim.     It looks brilliant now that it is painted.   Thank you for showing it to us.   O0
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2006, 12:46:24 PM »

Very nice, Jim  O0

What are you going to do with it now?
Display it  8), or sell it maybe?
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