Aero sell nice 'Capri' bells and bomb tag zip pulls! Gotta say that McColgan A2 looks quite nice but crikey, how wide are those epaulets? With shoulders that wide I wouldn't want a right hander from you Mr Bombing IP!!
For $399, who gives a flying __? Oh, I get it, you want an excellent repro for an even more extraordinary price. This one is just fine, nothing to see here, move along.
Mine is actually steerhide. I've never been bothered by that top tier level of accuracy. It looks like a nice jacket and fits ok, so I'm happy. There were so many subtle original variations that I think this jacket would blend right in if you somehow found yourself on an airbase in 1942.It’s a pretty nice jacket for the price , if you like Goatskin and you don’t mind having a jacket that is 100% accurate in terms of detailed construction . I like them.
I couldn't agree with you more Blue.Mine is actually steerhide. I've never been bothered by that top tier level of accuracy. It looks like a nice jacket and fits ok, so I'm happy. There were so many subtle original variations that I think this jacket would blend right in if you somehow found yourself on an airbase in 1942.
Honestly we only get the stich -for-stitch accurate repos for ourselves(and forums like this), the general public could care less. In all the years I've worn an A-2 I've only had a handfull of people recognise it as a bomber jacket, let alone an A-2. And of those only my college history professor knew it was an A-2. And even he didn't know anything about how many suppliers there were and fit details etc etc. He thought they were just cookie cutter generic leather kit the gov issues out, like socks or belts.
I highly recommend the jacket. I had mine custom made in a size 54. My wife has one in light seal brown size 46. As pictured:
Those pictures are what Steve at SMW sent me when I ordered her jacket. Its an off the rack size 48, not 46. I sent the reply before I realized I sent the wrong size. My mistake!
It also has some of the finer nuances that I personally look for in an A2. It has a triple marked talon zipper with the sunburst stopper, aaf logo on the wind flap and lot size tag under the pocket flap as well as seamless cuffs. I apologize for the poor quality pictures
Compared to how the russet steer is breaking inHere are more pictures of the seal A2 as promised. It should be mentioned this is the horse hide jacket SMW offers. These pictures were taken under natural light and is the true color of leather and knits.
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