N-3A Parka from C.H. Masland & Sons

Dany McDonald

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Here is a jacket I picked up this week-end. It’s an N-3A form C.H. Masland & Sons. The over-all condition is pretty good considering its age. I’ve always been interested in the Korean War era and jet age from the 50’s, and picking pieces of equipment from that era is still possible. I will have it cleaned professionally and fix some issues here and there.
Wish I could put a production date on it. Anyways enjoy!

Dany.
 

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Clark J

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One of he nices I've seen in a long time ! Where did you score that one ? Funny thing for as great it is wounder why the shoulder screen is so faded ? And it's still blue with no fading.
 

Dany McDonald

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Local adds....And I too wonder why the colorfastness of the nylon resist so well while the shoulder transfer faded so much.
 

MikeyB-17

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Nice! Main zip has been replaced-would have been a big paperclip Conmar. These blue ones weren’t around for very long. I believe this was a 1950 contract.
 

Pilot

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Very nice! congrats.
Will list mine all original ( original zip an decal incl.) .
Have a N-2A as well.
Nice jackets... so far always under - valued.
Congrats.
 

ausreenactor

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Nice get mate!

I rate the longer styles in cold, windy weather. Expect that extreme cold was the focus. Tianna has a Buzz Rickson. NEVER wears it. Constantly whines about being cold?
 

Geeboo

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quite bulky when wearing it.IMO, main zip should match with side zip - in your case be blackened Brass 50's Conmar with a clip pull and a long nose. Cannot find Masland N3A, but have a N2A showing the use of that - that jkt is actually mine & a Real Mc
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Coy Japan doing the same thing - so I believe that is the zipper to go for.
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Pilot

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Agree! The trim and the blue hood fur liner...
Saw a lot of replacements with synthetic material... Yak!
 

MikeyB-17

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And here’s an N-3A. The Conmar is your boy. I can only find pics of Maslands or Aviators Clothing Co. N-3A’s, they may have been the only companies that made them. ACC used Crowns.
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Smithy

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That's lovely Dany and in good nick too. The blue nylon ones can go a purple/lilac colour from large amounts of UV exposure but that one looks excellent! Nice score.
 

Doctor Damage

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Local adds....And I too wonder why the colorfastness of the nylon resist so well while the shoulder transfer faded so much.
Amazing find, and local too! I'm quite envious. I really like these N3A parkas for the exposed cuff knits and the drawstring accessible from outside, both features which I think look great and separate these from the more 'predictable' N3B parkas.

The USAF decal was basically painted on so rub it enough times and it will start to come off/fade, plus nylon isn't the best cloth for absorbing certain things. The colourfastness of the nylon is a completely different process.
 
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