To patch or not to patch...

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Earloffunk, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    Do you have any pictures Greg?
     
  2. Micawber

    Micawber Well-Known Member

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    I have one patched and painted repro jacket. It was done by a dear veteran friend of mine approx 25 years ago as a copy of the originals he painted for his crewmates back in the war. I doubt it would fit me now, not that I ever wore it much as I am more a low profile kind of chap but it's a much valued keepsake and reminder of my now departed pal.

    He also painted a miniature leather jacket for my son and presented it to us and the baby when we were attending a group reunion in the States. I think my son had to get to around two or three before he finally grew into it and of course it was not long before he grew out of it. His younger sister wore it a few times when she was the right age but it still looks like new and the paintwork fresh.
     
  3. Brettafett

    Brettafett Well-Known Member

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    Patch it, just make sure its period correct. USAF Shoulder decal with Flying Tigers patch wouldn't be correct, would need both the CBI shoulder patches... but I assume you know this...
    Its a 'cheap', but very good jacket, patch and paint the hell out of it... If you decide you don't like it, get another, or keep it for those 'show' days.
    Agree with others, I would not likely patch a top-tier jacket, but these jackets are exactly what thats for! Bob Dong, Bronson, AVI etc... They are perfect for patching and painting.
     
  4. B-Man2

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    Steve
    Any chance of seeing a few pictures of his work?
     
  5. Micawber

    Micawber Well-Known Member

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    Just so happens Ive been hanging some bits on the rail behind so I quickly yanked that jacket out. Sorry but arty farty pics of a high end repro they are not. Truth be told this was the second one he did as the first, a better jacket, started to shed the pant really badly

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  6. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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  7. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    Looks really good and appropriate.
     
  8. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    I agree that patches would look great on the Dong, but I'm a bit biased since I'm a huge fan of patched, painted, and personalized jackets regardless of price.

    I'm also really into patch construction, so modern computer-guided pieces look noticeably worse to me than patches done on other more historically accurate mediums, like hand embroidery on silk or layered leather (both common in the CBI). Historically accurate repro patches in a variety of styles can usually be made for about $50-100 USD. Just something to consider.

    One of my favorites, 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, Long Range (Photographic-RCM), 6th Reconnaissance Group. Painted directly on the jacket, probably from the immediate occupation period when they were flying mapping missions over the Japanese Home Islands and the Korean Peninsula:
    20thPRS6thPRC_Japan1.jpg
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    20thPRS6thPRC_Japan4.jpg

    Sometimes patch placement differed on B-10's compared to A-2's and other jackets, so you can have a little fun with it. Note how the MTO-style embossed wings are right on top of the pocket:
    15thAF_Gunner_50Missions.jpg

    (not my photos)
     
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  9. Flightengineer

    Flightengineer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, very impressive.
     
  10. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Greg
    Your recent photos are shouting out that........You Are Back!!
    ( particularly the one with your new co-pilot;))
     
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  11. Griffon_301

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    Ah another nice Blue Nosers patched jacket :)
    I have patched my RW B-15 with that patch and a name tag too...
    I also added a 4th Fighter Group patch and name tag to the RW B-6 I bought last year...looks great IMHO.
    I don't mind patching up top tier jackets as long as they still look historically correct...
     
  12. Carl

    Carl Well-Known Member

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    Blue noser !!!
     
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  13. B-Man2

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    Great looking artwork, only out done by greater memories of the person who painted it.
    Thanks for sharing Steve.
     
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  14. Art

    Art Well-Known Member

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    CF71120F-23FE-4816-AA99-D1DB6909029B.jpeg 000C79C7-2847-4C78-927B-714C4E3FACA4.png A164B393-CD8B-4C02-97BE-333E797692D9.jpeg Hsssssssss ..I can feel my ears burning but here u go and I love it and know that they aren’t coo boned correctly but it’s purely for my aesthetic pleasure and that’s the main thing.. gen.skywalker ?? Again it looks and sounds good
     
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  15. Art

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    F63F6FE1-CC97-4791-A6AC-EB6653559E89.jpeg This one all patched courtesy of Eastman
     
  16. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Both jacket looks good and you’re the only one who has to like the way they look!
    Cheers
    B-man
     
  17. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    patch it!

    it will add personality and make the jacket unique - even it woul dbe a cheapo repop
     
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