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my latest acquisitions


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the stories I would hope it could tell.... even though it’s ragged out it still one of my favorite pieces!
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Pah, you are bringing back so many memories of previous collections of mine! I've been feeling the twitch again but have so far been able to resist. I had a number of Bancroft and other pukka crushers through my hands over the years but the photos [prints] will be with 100's of others mixed up in various boxes.

Just found this early digital thumbnail image of one of mine that I captured for use in an advert.


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to give you an idea of how much attention to detail these guys are putting into their B-17 check this out:

(one of)...the most distinguishing aspect of the B-17’s interior is the aluminum identification stamps. These markings were placed on aluminum sheets by the milling companies as a means of product identification. Until recently, these markings could only be seen aircraft that survived the war completely unaltered – more often than not, this usually meant wreck-sites. However, the recent growing trends toward historical accuracy have brought a renewed effort to replicate these markings.

The most common of these markings reads “ALCLAD 24S-T AN-A-13.” “Alclad” is a trademarked term that has entered popular lexicon, but essentially it refers to a high strength aluminum alloy coated with a thin surface layer of high-purity aluminum. In this case, the “24” refers to the use of copper in the alloy, the “S” to indicate that it is a wrought material (can be shaped by rolling, drawing, etc.), the “T” that it is tempered (i.e., heat-treated), and “AN-A-13” to its specification: Army-Navy Aeronautical 13 (a specification common to 1942/1943 production aircraft).

In the interest of being as accurate as possible, we at Hangar Thirteen have worked to recreate these identification stamps. The wartime examples that we have use a particular serif font that was common to aluminum made by Alcoa of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania – the original copyright holder on ALCLAD. We scanned this font and cleaned it, copying not only the lettering but the spacing of the letters as well. All that remains is to find a way to apply it.

The fact that the lines of text alternate between “ALCLAD 24S-T AN-A-13” and “ALCLAD 24S-T” complicates matters. We lack the funds and space to invest in an industrial stamping machine. As such, the most promising option is to use a hand-printer. Looking very much like a handheld tape roller, a hand-printer allows its user to stamp a product by simply rolling the applicator against the material’s surface. We have priced these hand-rollers and while, they are somewhat expensive, they are no doubt the best option available to us. If you would like to help us by investing in these two hand-printers, by all means, do not hesitate to contact us.

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A wartime factory photo where the Alclad markings are clearly visible.
Pretty easy on the eye too!


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Excited to add this rare little beauty to my wrist!

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Type A-11 Ser.No. 42-10791
Ord.No. W535ac-18210
Spec.No. 94-27834
Mfgrs.Part No. 1768

a little wear on it and the interior looks a little worn but it works... hack still functions... might need a good cleaning. might be a complete rebuild with a couple replacement parts like the crystal But for only $200 I'd say I did good on a rare white face



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You’re on a roll this month. You’ve been pulling some pretty nice stuff out of the woodwork.


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I currently have it under good authority that my watch is 100% correct and authentic and probably the deal of the year! seems I landed one of the holy grails of A-11 watches for a steal. sweet!


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Old people purging before death lol!
These are the smart ones.... Generally it is the relatives doing a fire sale without realizing what they have.

The pre-Deployment Funeral Plan and Asset Appreciation for Tianna raised her eyebrows. "There is $6500 sitting on those three coat hangers and at least that again in the roller draw under the bed."


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Good thing you trained her well. My wife would immediately have a garage sale with a 3 for sale.
3 GWs for $100.o_O


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happy to report the UsAAC white dial is keeping perfect time and in sync with my A-11. Also I read that some (all?) white dials had hands that looked black but were blue in certain angles and I can show (although blurry) mine has the blue hands. either this guy was particularly careful with this watch or hardly wore it...