Some repro patches from my collection

Yardstick

Active Member
First up today is another service unit, the 597th Engineering Squadron, assigned to the 381st Air Service Group. It's a striking design incorporating the CBI shield and is fabricated in a mixture of smooth and pebbly goatskin.

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Next because everyone is painting it now and I hadn't done it yet, is the painted 320th BS, 90th BG. It's a really bold design and I just had to add it to my collection.

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And as a bonus this is my hand embroidered version of the same design (posted previously in another thread).

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Yardstick

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Some embroidered patches today. First is a version of the 78th FS, 15th FG - multi-piece felt with embroidered detail. To the right of that is a 22nd BG hand embroidered patch where the green border denotes the 408th BS - other squadrons in the group had yellow, white or red borders.

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Next is a comparatively simple design and an easy patch to replicate, the 424th BS, 307th BG - The Long Rangers (I'll also post the group patch sometime soon as it is one of my favourites). On the right of that is a hand embroidered version of the 707th BS, 446th BG. This is a complex design and was tricky to replicate. It is also unusual in that it is one of the few patches to incorporate the colour purple (by chance the 78th FS patch above is also another, although I think that is just a quirk of the felt used in the multi-piece felt originals).

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Bombing IP

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Outstanding you capture the nievety perfectly with pizazz ,something a lot of makers just cannot seem to grasp .If you were to soak your patches in tea it would be near impossible to tell them from originals .A very well done my friend from someone who used to make patches I wish I could make them this good .

BIP OUT
 

Bombing IP

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I disagree you place yourself in 1942 and imagine to how they would of made them up basic material and skill no HI Tech .You are to hard on your self analysis and 100% wrong .

BIP
 

ausreenactor

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Some embroidered patches today. First is a version of the 78th FS, 15th FG - multi-piece felt with embroidered detail. To the right of that is a 22nd BG hand embroidered patch where the green border denotes the 408th BS - other squadrons in the group had yellow, white or red borders.

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Next is a comparatively simple design and an easy patch to replicate, the 424th BS, 307th BG - The Long Rangers (I'll also post the group patch sometime soon as it is one of my favourites). On the right of that is a hand embroidered version of the 707th BS, 446th BG. This is a complex design and was tricky to replicate. It is also unusual in that it is one of the few patches to incorporate the colour purple (by chance the 78th FS patch above is also another, although I think that is just a quirk of the felt used in the multi-piece felt originals).

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Never knew about the 22nd BG borders being different colours! Like the 90th...

Both were Australian based units....

Learn something every time I come here...

Thanks much. Great patches!
 

Yardstick

Active Member
Both were Australian based units....
The Australian made embroidered patches are some of my favourites. Although most of them are machine made, the stitching is nice and dense has a hand made look - that makes it comparatively easy for me to replicate. Many of the Aussi made patches are also hand finished (typically the black lining and detailing) and this means that each patch has little errors and foibles that gives them real character.

US made embroidered patches (particularly the later ones) are very obviously machine made, use a single thread in each stitch and are usually on twill (Aussi and UK made seems to use 2, 3 or even 4 threads with a felt base). The overall effect of the US manufacturing method is closer to that of modern patches and consequently they are my least favourite of all the fabric patches.

I've a nice collection of Aussi made replicas and will share some more pics over the coming weeks.
 
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ausreenactor

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The Australian made embroidered patches are some of my favourites. Although most of them are machine made, the stitching is nice and dense has a hand made look - that makes it comparatively easy for me to replicate. Many of the Aussi made patches are also hand finished (typically the black lining and detailing) and this means that each patch has little errors and foibles that gives them real character.

US made embroidered patches (particularly the later ones) are very obviously machine made, use a single thread in each stitch (Aussi and UK made seems to use 2, 3 or even 4 threads) and are usually on twill. The overall effect is closer to a modern patch and these US made examples are my least favourite of all the fabric patches.

I've a nice collection of Aussi made replicas and will share some more pics over the coming weeks.
Thanks mate!
 

Yardstick

Active Member
I promised to post some more 'Aussi made' embroidered patches, so here goes. The first set is from the 307th BG. On the left is one of my favourite designs: the Group's Long Ranger patch featuring a cowboy cat, riding a bomb (I wonder if that was the inspiration for the famous shot in Dr Strangelove some 20 years later!). This was a particularly tricky design to work out, as the images I used as reference were of rather worn out originals - how the chaps, holster, gauntlet and saddle fitted together was not very clear but a better image luckily came to the rescue. There is also an alternate group design featuring a stylised LR, as carried on the vertical stabilisers of the Group's B-24s. On the right is the 371st BS of the same group (the 424th BS patch in my previous post was a sister squadron).

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Next up is another 90th BG patch but something a bit different this time. This is a chain stitched example of the 400th BS version of the patch. One curious thing is the line of stitching around the skull. I have no idea why this was added but it is present on the two originals I've seen (see pic below), so I also included it on my example. If anyone has any thoughts on the line of stitching, please let me know. Finally to the right is the patch for the 400th BS. Apologies for the reflections but this one is currently in a frame.

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Original 400th BS version of the 90th BG patch.

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ausreenactor

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I promised to post some more 'Aussi made' embroidered patches, so here goes. The first set is from the 307th BG. On the left is one of my favourite designs: the Group's Long Ranger patch featuring a cowboy cat, riding a bomb (I wonder if that was the inspiration for the famous shot in Dr Strangelove some 20 years later!). This was a particularly tricky design to work out, as the images I used as reference were of rather worn out originals - how the chaps, holster, gauntlet and saddle fitted together was not very clear but a better image luckily came to the rescue. There is also an alternate group design featuring a stylised LR, as carried on the vertical stabilisers of the Group's B-24s. On the right is the 371st BS of the same group (the 424th BS patch in my previous post was a sister squadron).

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Next up is another 90th BG patch but something a bit different this time. This is a chain stitched example of the 400th BS version of the patch. One curious thing is the line of stitching around the skull. I have no idea why this was added but it is present on the two originals I've seen (see pic below), so I also included it on my example. If anyone has any thoughts on the line of stitching, please let me know. Finally to the right is the patch for the 400th BS. Apologies for the reflections but this one is currently in a frame.

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Original 400th BS version of the 90th BG.

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Awesome. Thanks for posting the pics!
 
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