I agree with John. Shaun needs to reduce the fleece considerably, to about 1/2 inch in the sleeve an waist ends.This will make it look extremely nice and accurate.
No Burt, I believe 1/2" is best as it IS a Mechanics jacket. Grease and oil on all that fur looks terrible.1/2 inch seems a little too small if we’re talking about the width of the fleece line, and not the height of the fleece. Take a look at an ELC D1 photo. Definitely wider than 1/2 inch. Here’s a Real McCoy D1 . I think you guys will agree the fleece line is wider than 1/2 inch. Just an opinion.
Here’s an original for comparison
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I'm a little confused as to why that's even a consideration when it comes to accuracy, saucerfiend. The government didn't care about their mechanics looking good, they cared about them not getting hyothermia on duty.Grease and oil on all that fur looks terrible.
As I've read over the years here...D-1's often were traded with the pilots' B3/B6's, correct? I asked my dad, and he had a D-1 in USAF working on the B-36, but didn't recall any trades. Too bad he never kept any of his mil stuff...The original d1 I had had very wide arms (huge)and very shorts fleece 6 mm. Turn up on the cuffs and waist was minimal.
I believe mechanics would often work beneath the airframe arms about their heads. The jacket had to be loose and light.
Post some pics when it turns up Scott. One thing I don't miss about Melbourne is the 100+ summer days.But back to D-1 and 5-Star. I was having some feelings of not getting numbers right with not just me, but my son. I think it's hard to get into this when it's pressing 100º daily, and personal life is in a toilet...
I'm def getting one, but wanted to give Shawn a break and reset the whole order.
OTOH, I did order a @LunaReplicas Type 2 NASA jacket, and I'm stoked for that! It's still too hot for that but maybe a couple evenings up in the hills will allow me some new jacket fun.
Thst arm shape is typical of most WW2 sheepskins, B3's, Irvin's and D1's. Tight tubular arm shape combined with sheepskin make a bulky uncomfortable fit.
Are you going to see about sending it back to redo the arms? Is that possible?I would say to anyone until Shawn fixes the three items or at least makes the sleeves at least half as big (just way to tight on the arms !!) I would wait on one !!!!! You will be disappointed !!