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

ausreenactor

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Ok, nerd alert! A simple thing you can do to upgrade your Platon Dubow (or any repro) is swap out the repro Talon puller for an original. It's easy to do with a pair of needle nose pliers and a little patience. Told ya I was a nerd.

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Anybody got a puller/slider that I could use for a BR Superior Togs B-10.... Conmatic (Conmar)??
 

ausreenactor

Well-Known Member
#5 or No. 5 rings a bell.... Zipper is fine. Just the puller on the slider comes off... I just use fingers above and below the puller...

Thanks for the pic... The style matches.

Are these yours?
What is the length?
How much for a complete zipper?
 

Pilot

Well-Known Member
#5 or No. 5 rings a bell.... Zipper is fine. Just the puller on the slider comes off... I just use fingers above and below the puller...

Thanks for the pic... The style matches.

Are these yours?
What is the length?
How much for a complete zipper?
Thx a lot yes!
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all mine , I also have Talon brass zippers and the typical ones for M-41 and for some RW A-2‘s.
Lengths from 54cm to 65cm.. but can be adjusted.
Price is nor really the point shipping via courrier service ( we all posted earlier no more standard postal... too risky..) will be very costly
 

ausreenactor

Well-Known Member
MASH Japan have some.. And a US vendor had lots of 5 sliders for a song. As you said, the shipping was a bit crazy. Had US$70 to ship a WWII Tank Destroyer garrison cap the other day.. He was able to over ride eBay's auto shipping calculator. Quoted $16 and I hit the BIN option after watching it for six months...

Hang on to those. They might come in handy! Thanks again..
 

Lord Flashheart

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Just thought I'd add a little postscript to my experience receiving my jacket last week. I had emailed Platon in mid June to enquire after progress and got a reply to that a few hours after the jacket turned up. I thought it couldn't hurt to thank him for the jacket (if not the radio silence) and this led to an email conversation. I think it's fair to say he appreciates that the customer service isn't what he'd want but candidly for the price he charges his view is it's better to make a good jacket. His emails have been really apologetic about the communication and he asked me to let anyone else I know who has ordered that they will get their jackets. The Covid-19 thing has been awful for his business but he's still going.

I'm sure there are more established members here who know of Platon better than I. I can only take this at face value and pass it on in case it helps anyone else here. I know my jacket took 7 months but no one could've predicted this pandemic. The radio silence isn't great but the jacket I've received is. It's very much a personal judgement.
 

ausreenactor

Well-Known Member
Just thought I'd add a little postscript to my experience receiving my jacket last week. I had emailed Platon in mid June to enquire after progress and got a reply to that a few hours after the jacket turned up. I thought it couldn't hurt to thank him for the jacket (if not the radio silence) and this led to an email conversation. I think it's fair to say he appreciates that the customer service isn't what he'd want but candidly for the price he charges his view is it's better to make a good jacket. His emails have been really apologetic about the communication and he asked me to let anyone else I know who has ordered that they will get their jackets. The Covid-19 thing has been awful for his business but he's still going.

I'm sure there are more established members here who know of Platon better than I. I can only take this at face value and pass it on in case it helps anyone else here. I know my jacket took 7 months but no one could've predicted this pandemic. The radio silence isn't great but the jacket I've received is. It's very much a personal judgement.
Kudos!
 

MrBlue

Member
Just thought I'd add a little postscript to my experience receiving my jacket last week. I had emailed Platon in mid June to enquire after progress and got a reply to that a few hours after the jacket turned up. I thought it couldn't hurt to thank him for the jacket (if not the radio silence) and this led to an email conversation. I think it's fair to say he appreciates that the customer service isn't what he'd want but candidly for the price he charges his view is it's better to make a good jacket. His emails have been really apologetic about the communication and he asked me to let anyone else I know who has ordered that they will get their jackets. The Covid-19 thing has been awful for his business but he's still going.

I'm sure there are more established members here who know of Platon better than I. I can only take this at face value and pass it on in case it helps anyone else here. I know my jacket took 7 months but no one could've predicted this pandemic. The radio silence isn't great but the jacket I've received is. It's very much a personal judgement.
7 months! I placed my order with BK in June, so that means I might only get my order next year. I mean if lead times at Platon's are any indication of lead times at BK.
 

mulceber

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7 months! I placed my order with BK in June, so that means I might only get my order next year. I mean if lead times at Platon's are any indication of lead times at BK.
They aren't. Granted, BK's lead times are long too, but as near as I can tell they maintain separate production lines. Before COVID, at any rate, BK was down to a lead time of about 3 months. Platon's was longer, by a month or two, from what I can recall.
 

Greg Gale

Well-Known Member
Platon is a true artist, and we are lucky to live in a time when he decided to start his business and offer such great jackets at this price. I also sent him an email of praise a few months ago. Hope his business will get through this COVID-mess soon.

Can you guys with Russet Dubows post photos in different lighting conditions, please? In some photos it looks almsot like a light seal, in others it's very light russet. I can't figure out what the real color is like. Thanks!
 

Maafly

New Member
I am new purchasing an A-2. To anyone who recently ordered from J.A. Dubow Mfg. Once I placed my order July 24th with J.A. Dubow website, under my purchase detai that was emailed back , my payment came back to me as listed below (payment to Bill Kelso). I sent Platon an email to confirm order, but have not heard anything yet. Did anyone with recent purchase get same payment detail? thanks so much.
Payment to:
Bill Kelso Mfg
bkchicago@gmx.com
 

mulceber

Well-Known Member
Hi Maafly, welcome to the board!

Yes, I think everyone who buys from Platon has the same experience. He used to work for Bill Kelso before he started his own company, and the jackets are very similar. There's some speculation as to why BK and Platon evidently have the same paypal account, but at any rate, this is par for the course and not a sign that anything is amiss.
 
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