This is what I joined the forum for, the learningI just went through JC's CD of original flight jackets again to look at how the Dubow 27798s fit. I saw multiple examples that looked to me like Nick's BK 1755 and Multiple that looked like his FS 27798. My conclusion is that it probably isn't a difference between contracts. I think it's one of two possibilities:
- Different 27798 jackets were slightly different in how they were constructed, resulting in some of them having epaulets that sit a little further forward on the neck. This might partly depend on the size of the original and how the pattern Dubow was using scaled up.
- It could also be a visual effect caused by how the jackets fit - a tighter fitting jacket might cause the epaulets to sit a little further back.
I agree if your reproduction matches the original you have it really can’t be wrong style wiseWell said, Mike. Ultimately these are tiny differences. I don't think either Five Star or BK/Dubow are making any mistakes here. They're all reproducing the details on the originals they've examined, and we all get to benefit.