SteveI 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.
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 badlySteve
Any chance of seeing a few pictures of his work?
Thanks, very impressive.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, painted directly on the jacket probably from the immediate occupation period:
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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:
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(not my photos)
Great looking artwork, only out done by greater memories of the person who painted it.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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