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07-13-2011, 08:24 PM
I've been thinking about cosplaying Captain Jack Harkness and I'm looking for a bit of advice. I just bought a jacket and some buttons (photo here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/684/1022531.jpg/). They aren't exactly perfect, but they were the closest I could find at a reasonable price. The jacket is blue, but depending on the lighting, it can look grey, and I substituted RAF buttons with Canadian Air Cadet buttons (I'm from Canada and I found a jar full of them for a good price).

Thoughts on the coat would be wonderful, but there isn't much I can change about the colour (I don't want to risk wrecking a good coat by attempting to dye it).

What I'd really like is some ideas for what to make a Vortex Manipulator (picture here:http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/00/2/9/4/03389283452508949.jpg) and communication device (picture here: http://thetorchonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/captain-jack-harkness.jpg) out of.


07-15-2011, 04:02 PM
I actually just finished my Captain Jack costume. I had the jacket made for me so good thing you have yours alreayd cause I can't help there. Also if you wanted some RAF buttons I know ebay usually have Kings Crown buttons and sometimes you can get a large lot for a decent cost. Also I can't look at images here at work so I will check them out when I get home.

As far as the Time Vortex Manipulator goes I acutally bought mine. There was a Dr Who toy one that was released in the UK and I bought it off a UK collector... I know I saw a thread somewhere (not here I think) about someone who built one... let me see if I can find it.

I am not sure if this thread will help as I didn't read past the first couple pages and saw some diagrams and chatter about making it http://www.therpf.com/f9/doctor-who-time-agents-vortex-manipulator-spoiler-89715/

Maybe you can find one of the toy ones they made but they seem to be getting harder to find. Worst case take a lot of pictures of it to a leather worker and have that part made and try and build the center piece?

Sorry I am not that helpful! I did take the easy way out after all.

07-15-2011, 04:05 PM
Also while I am thinking about it there is the Prydon Academy forums which is all Dr Who based and they have a section for props and that... someone there might be able to help you better!

07-31-2011, 03:51 PM
Thanks very much for the help! The link is especially helpful.

I'd actually like to do as much of the work on the Vortex Manipulator as I can. My brother bought a used leather coat to make some leather pouches and he has some of the material left over. I've been drafting my own pattern from reference pictures and it seems to be going well so far. I've tried looking for the toy version online before, but I don't know if it will fit properly, plus if I can make it myself from real leather, then I'd like to try to make it look authentic. I still need to figure out how to make the center piece, but I just bought some blue LED lights online today, so I intend to have it light up. Once I've worked on it a bit more, I'll put up some pictures :D

07-31-2011, 04:37 PM
I am using the toy this time around mostly cause of cost limits and various other restraints I have to work with.

Next time I plan on having one made. The toy will do for now it just looks a little... small. Fits at least.

07-31-2011, 10:41 PM
Would you ever consider making one yourself? I'm thinking that if mine turns out I'll do a tutorial and put it up online.

Also, I was wondering if you had any pictures of your Jack Harkness cosplay? I'd love to see it.

08-01-2011, 12:28 PM
I'd love to see both of your Jack cosplays~ (Sorry for giving absolutely no advice. I'm new to cosplay so I couldn't help.)

08-01-2011, 03:40 PM
I have SOME.... somewhere... let me check.

OK, not the best ones though... but all I have at the moment. Also apparently the PC I am on does not have flash so I will have to just copy and paste the links as I can't actually copy the IMG tags for some reason....







Didn't like the colour of the holster so I redyed it:

NEw buttons! Proper Kings Crown RAF WWII buttons! (Bit blurry sadly)

Found some acutaly Group Captain rank bars:

08-01-2011, 07:42 PM
That's very impressive! I think you did a great job on putting the costume together. I'm especially envious of your cufflinks :P

08-01-2011, 07:47 PM
The vortex manipulator and cufflinks came all the way from the UK. As did the group captain rank sliders.

The rest I got around town or from the US.

I once thought about making my own VM but... I suck at making things. >.> If I had the plans I would give it a shot though... and if that failed I know friends I could possibly get to do it for a case of beer or something.

08-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Okay, so I'm currently commissioning the overcoat for my partner. I've always been convinced it is a charcoal gray. However, the lightning also makes it look dark navy. I'm leaning towards charcoal gray (Gwen does allude to the color in the first two episodes of season one), but I've seen dark navy variations.

I'm also wondering what fabric should I pick up for the overcoat. I'm thinking something heavy and twill-y.

I do have a collection of gold buttons that I can use for the front part. I do have some nice buttons leftover from Bible Black for the cuffs (small gold buttons with a nice regal pattern to it).

Insight would be very much appreciated!

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08-24-2011, 03:12 PM
It's supposed to be a blue-grey colour. If you want an idea what I mean by that, google "RAF Service Dress".

08-24-2011, 03:44 PM
It's definitely a variation of slate. I've been marathoning Torchwood for the past few days.

I always thought it looked like wool.

08-24-2011, 03:49 PM
I second the wool theory. To me, it looks to almost be a faded navy/slate color.

08-24-2011, 03:59 PM
Wool would be the best. Mine is wool.. I think.. at least it looks like it.

As far as the colour I am not sure myself. Sometimes I swore it looked blue and other times it looked very much grey.

With mine I went with a grey colour. dark-ish grey... slate.. ish? It sure is a jacket.

08-26-2011, 10:40 AM
I think any colour at or between charcoal grey and slate would be accurate enough. As for fabric, wool is best (since RAF coats were made out of wool), but I suggest you consider the temperature your friend is planning on wearing this coat in to help shape your decision fabricwise. Wool is very hot to wear, and if you can substitute a slightly thinner twill fabric in the same colour, then that would be a good idea.

11-13-2011, 04:29 PM
Hey, does anyone know where to find a vortex manipulator toy? I saw a couple of people had mentioned having them but the internet does not seem to believe they exist which is a bummer.

11-27-2011, 01:49 PM
Hey, does anyone know where to find a vortex manipulator toy? I saw a couple of people had mentioned having them but the internet does not seem to believe they exist which is a bummer.

This website says they're due in February (probably too late for Katsucon), however, the date for their arrival has been pushed back several times.


You can find them on eBay from time to time, usually located in the UK. But, they'll cost an arm and a leg through there.

11-29-2011, 06:54 AM
Rats, Katsucon is totally what I was aiming for. I'm also bringing pinup girl!Jack to Dragon*Con though so I'll go ahead and pre-order and then just never take the coat off in February, haha. Thanks!

Edit: Thank you ebay!

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01-09-2012, 07:00 AM
Well even though it's been a while since anyone last posted here I'm going to post anyways!
I'm going to be cosplaying Fem!Jack or as my friends now call her "Capt. Jacquelyn Harkness, sexiest creature in the whole universe" I don't have a vortex manipulator yet, but my fiance is going to buy me one (yay!) I do however have the Offical BBC Licensed Jack Harkness coat on it's way to my house right now. It cost me a pretty penny, but so worth it.

05-20-2012, 08:52 PM
I want that offical coat SO much. A friend of mine has one and he actually had it autographed by John Barrowman. Plans to steal.. er I mean liberate... it from him are in the works.

also apparently my Jack costume was a success! People at Dragon Con last year kept asking to take photos with me! It was all a bit overwhelming from my first time out in costume.

Setting up an album in my profile with some of the pictures I have managed to snag from people.

07-09-2012, 08:51 PM
With Barrowman coming to Fan Expo Canada this year and me finally finding a decent enough navy blue trenchcoat for cheap at a thrift store, I plan on meeting him as his iconic character this August.

EDIT: Here are a few pics of my cosplay: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/431028/

EDIT 2: Fixed bad link. Sorry about that.

02-03-2013, 09:41 AM
Thinkgeek has the vortex manipulator here, though it's out of stock at the moment: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0e4/?srp=3

If anyone's wondering, while I was surfing eBay for buttons, I discovered that RAF suspenders were Y-back.

Anyway, I found a lovely gray wool coat at the thrift store, the only problem being that it's light gray. Is there a fail-safe way I can make it darker?