Ja Dubow 27798 (Platon) A-2 jacket review and pics

ausreenactor

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There was a 'refund'; however, I am not completely across the circumstances.

I asked the other day if anyone had seen a recent eBay listing. Here we go!
 

ausreenactor

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Two recent listings on the 13th and 21st of August. First one was for US$400!!


Have an eBay notification set but I didn't get an update.... Booo
 

Micawber

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So I'm squinting at this on.my phone and can't quite see the size he is offering on the 'bay? I bought a 44" of him via greedbay months ago, my son has that now with the Catch 22 patch from Vic on it.

So these jacket's he's offering on there, cancelled or returned orders? Id be miffed if I'd ordered one the same size months back and then notice completed jackets in a suitable size up for grabs. Confused.
 

mulceber

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So I'm squinting at this on.my phone and can't quite see the size he is offering on the 'bay? I bought a 44" of him via greedbay months ago, my son has that now with the Catch 22 patch from Vic on it.

So these jacket's he's offering on there, cancelled or returned orders? Id be miffed if I'd ordered one the same size months back and then notice completed jackets in a suitable size up for grabs. Confused.
Well it offers the jacket in russet or seal, so it sounds like he’s offering to make the buyer a new jacket in any size or color. I wonder if this is a way to scare up some more business.
 

Officer Dibley

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I exchanged email with him. These are new jackets as if you had ordered off the website. Quoting 3/4 month wait.
If ebay is successful, expect the waiting times to push out significantly........

Personally, i’m not prepared to wait for a jacket that you can’t return if it doesn’t meet expectations. No matter how good the “value for money” some folks think it is. If it fits & you like the hide then great. If it doesn’t then it’s a waste of money . And the waiting time to receive the jacket is against ebay shipping rules and close to beyond paypal refund period.

Caveat emptor

Dave
 

taikonaut

Active Member
To be fair, communication with Platon has been impeccable, he always replied to me right away.
I concur. Out of all the well known repro makers they were the only one to respond about my query on jacket repair. We are a small group and not necessary growing or getting any richer. Some repro makers think they can afford to ignore us but business can easily get turned around for the worse especially in the current economic climate.
 

Smithy

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£55 / $68 shipping from another European country seems a bit steep. Can't remember what I paid before though.
That is a bunch of arse. By the sounds of it they're being sent Greek post. Greg's was booted back and forth around Greece for 8 days before it left the country. 55 quid for that? Me thinkey no.
 
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ausreenactor

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Vic paid a small fortune to get the ELC Monarch to me. It cleared the United States in 36 hours. Then it took three days to clear Melbourne Airport? Then another three days to get six hours up the road. When I queried the delay at Melbourne Airport, given it was a "PRIORITY" item the customer service lady said it was a standard parcel and standard shipping timelines applied. It arrived in the last post before I flew back to Townsville. On the box is stylish text = "PRIORITY INSURED"..

Don't get me started on the premium Global Priority Shipping through eBay. A week to bounce around the United States AFTER it gets to them. And it costs more than USPS Priority?

Hmmmph.
 

mike735

New Member
Finally got my A2 seal from Platon, I ordered it October 2018 and it arrived August 16, 2019. Communication was okay but I was not expecting a 10 month wait. I guess he is caught up and has the materials issue sorted I had to wait for leather and zippers. The kicker is the jacket does not fit, we emailed discussed sizing and settled on a size 42 which should have been loose enough to wear with a sweatshirt according to my measurements. The jacket is just to tight to wear with a plain shirt let alone a sweatshirt or sweater. I am 5'8' 160 pounds thick through the shoulders I usually wear a size 40 in modern jackets. I have been trying to find a comfortable fitting A2 and was hoping this would be it.
 

Brettafett

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Sorry to hear that Mike. I've been waiting for my russet version since April... No word. No replies...
Anyway, that's the thing with these. Great price for a great jacket... IF it fits.
 

mulceber

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Would you be willing to post pictures, Mike? Not sure how many A-2 jackets you’ve owned before, but they often seem like they fit badly to people who’ve never worn them before.
 

petermack09

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This is one of the reasons I’m considering not buying again without being able to try on,,,Iv just blown a chunk of cash on a jacket that although fantastic is just a bit tight ,,,
 

Brettafett

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Problem is... With these type of jackets at least, they are bespoke and unless you are lucky enough to visit a showroom or pop-up... No way to try on for fit.
 

zoomer

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Shoulder Circumference, gents!!! It's Platon's proprietary measurement, which no other maker asks for, and things probably will go completely kerflooey without it. :/
 

mike735

New Member
I will look into posting some pics this weekend. I have a US Wings modern A2 goat skin in large that is too big and baggy. I know that the US Wings version is a very loose interpretation of the originals. So my next purchase was a used Buzz Rickson size 42 that was also too small and it is smaller than the Platon and I have since read that the Japanese made jackets can run small. I did all the measurements requested by Platon and discussed with him that I wanted the jacket a little loose. The jackets fits but just to snug for any activity other that casual wear. My goal was to replace the US Wings jacket with a smarter looking jacket that I could wear to work, wear a thin base layer while being active. I know that the A2s fit can be unusual compared to modern style of jackets. I also bought a cheap used Orchard modern military contract flight jacket that fit good but had a musty smell that I could not get rid of.
 

Changeling

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Shame your Platon Dubow is too small after having to wait all these months.I guess it should be possible to sell the jacket and get your money back or make a small profit considering someone could jump the queue and buy a very desirable jacket without the wait.I am expecting mine in the next couple of months or so.
 
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