Jan,Yup, agreed - looks like a repro from any other maker. The second jacket you posted may have a bit of "square shoulders," but it also looks like it's newer. I could be wrong though.
Thanks ! I'm planning to make a Flying Tigers Tribute A2, pilot C. H. OLDER, I still have ordered layered leather patches from Sean Collins and Nametag from Jim Buchanan. Which contract should I choose and which leather and knit color ? Thanks for the kind help.Right now he’s got good patterns for the Doniger, the United Sheeplined and the Cable 27753. Any of the above he should do well, although I don't think anyone's bought one of the latter two yet.
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Thank you for your answer!I'd sit tight: Shawn's out of horsehide right now and should re-stock in the new year. In the meantime, he's hard at work putting together a pattern for the Dubow 27798 (a very comfortable contract, btw), this time based on a pattern taken from an original. He also already has patterns for the Cable 27753 and the United Sheeplined contract, both taken from originals (albeit, remotely). Both of them are very comfortable, but I don't think anyone's bought one yet, so you'd be the first.
Thank you for a great explanation!Horsehide is generally the more desirable leather in the VLJ community, but both leathers are extremely tough. Horsehide ages beautifully and develops great character in anywhere from 6 months to 5 years, depending on the hide and how hard you wear it. Goatskin has a pebbly quality to it, and it also ages very well, but on a completely different time scale: it requires far more time/abuse before it starts to really develop great character. I have a goatskin jacket that's nearly 80 years old, and it looks half that age. In the late '80s/early '90s, the Air Force brought back the A-2 in goatskin, and those jackets look great now. This is just my estimate, but under ordinary wear conditions, I would expect goatskin to develop great character sometime in the order of 10-20 years.