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Patching AVI M-422A

Which patch?

  • VF(AW)-4 Nightcappers felt patch

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • VPB-71 Black Cats leather patch

    Votes: 2 50.0%

  • Total voters
    4

coolhandluke

Well-Known Member
I recently purchased two patches to potentially use on my AVI M-422A. I originally planned to patch the jacket with a 4.75" hand painted leather VPB-71 squadron patch from seller dblowrider on eBay.

While waiting for the VPB-71 patch to arrive from Argentina, I ran across a nicely made VF(AW)-4 felt patch and am a little torn about which direction to go.

At this point, I'm heavily leaning towards the felt Nightcappers patch, strictly due to the baseball theme. Does anyone feel this is a mistake? Below are photos of the felt patch mocked up on the jacket, along with photos of the hand painted VPB-71 patch.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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mulceber

Well-Known Member
I like the nightcappers patch - you don't see felt patches around all that much, it's an unusual shape, and (personally) I like the Latin motto ("night is my helper").

I'll also throw in that, if you're going to dress up an AVI jacket with patches, it'd be cool to do some upgrades just to give it that extra bit of authenticity: authentic spec label from Steve Sellers, original talon M-42 slider from MASH (or an original Talon M-39 slider from Dave Sheeley - both are accurate). That's just me though.
 
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coolhandluke

Well-Known Member
I like the nightcappers patch - you don't see felt patches around all that much, it's an unusual shape, and (personally) I like the Latin motto ("night is my helper").

I'll also throw in that, if you're going to dress up an AVI jacket with patches, it'd be cool to do some upgrades just to give it that extra bit of authenticity: authentic spec label from Steve Sellers, original talon M-42 slider from MASH (or an original Talon M-39 slider from Dave Sheeley - both are accurate). That's just me though.

Thanks for the input Jan. I thought the Nightcappers patch was unique as well. I'd love to add one of Steve's labels, but I'm a little hesitant to do so in the event that my hand stitching looked like garbage.

Would you suggest using brown or matching yellow thread when sewing on the squadron patch? I'm hoping that a local motorcycle leather shop can machine sew the patch onto the jacket.
 
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