USN Deck Zip project [Bronson MOD]

Geeboo

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There is a couple of wrong in the Bronson USN Deck Zip jkt 2017 version.
1) The 1st is the alpaca lining - all versions point to me it is navy wool lining instead of Alpaca. The 1 & only 1 I can locate with an alpaca lining is NAF1168/ contract NXs-1404. Anyway, I will change it to navy wool lining
2) Zip jacket are without wind flap-> will renove that
3) The fake Talon brass zip is ok -> but will change it to Mash NOS Talon of exactly the same period
4) Will change the knit cuff as well from Mash
5) The highlight -> will hand wash + hand bleach myself to the most desirable effect out of the 10s of specimen found - as shown attached. The area around zip is darker & so does under-pit area
6) Will also add some stencil at the
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back + wash-out effect, too
That will be a VERY LARGE PROJECT & will not be completed in a short period.:)
 

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Skyhawk

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Interesting. An alpaca lining and a label with NAF instead of NXs. Is this another rare USN flight jacket? Possibly an attempted replacement of the cloth 37J1 before they made the M422 + M423 jackets?

The early USN 37J1 jackets had a prefix of just N or NOS. Not sure about NAF besides an unrelated acronym for "Naval Air Facility".

Looks like an awesome project! That label sure would be an easy reproduction.
 

Thomas Koehle

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Yeah - interesting project ...

Have been looking for one of those jackets in 44 but as far as I know they are produced only up to 42???

Anyone any other info?
 

Geeboo

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some work in progress.
The jkt is ripped to its shell before bleaching.
The stitches are so dense & tension-ed, it is like iron-clad. Very strong sewing machine had been used, in this regard, it is almost indestructible - extremely difficult to dismantle the lining.
An accident happened, the seams are so strong that when I tried to use brut force to tear apart the seam, the upper part of the left chest was torn !
 

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Thomas Koehle

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wow!

good job so far the jacket already looks like 70 years old

for the brushing I'd focus more on spots which would have - in real life - the highest amount of wear like elbows aso

looking forward to see her finished
 

Geeboo

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The Mash zipper & knits arrives today. I am lucky that the deadstock Talon has the mark "3" in the box, indicated it was made in 1943. The same zipper box is found on my original M445A jacket. I said lucky because its web page said some zippers are without this marking & delivery is based on arbitrary
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picking.
Just a bit of fun side-talking that when I say to my tailor I want to change the alpaca lining of this brand new jacket & he is quite puzzled - do you mean it ? YES, of course !
 

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Geeboo

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the label arrived, it looks ok.
Just read from atthefront website that there is a thin nylon in between the shell & the wool lining for wind proofing in 1st pattern deck zip jkt. Since they claimed they have dissected
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an original to reproduce - I trust them & will add such.
By then, an original zip deck must be very very warm cos a thick shell + a wool lining is already warm enough, adding such a wind proof nylon will make it un-wearable in Most of the days - esp. in Hong Kong where i live !
 

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jack31916

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It's true that there's some sort of liner between the shell and the liner of the jacket. I don't know if it's a sort of nylon but I thought it was more a plastic / thin rubber material to make the jacket wind (and more important) waterproof on the inside. My friend has an original NOS Deck Hook jacket and I have a Buzz Rickson Zipp Deck jacket. When wearing the jackets for the first time at a reeanactment show we were making a lot of noise like someone was twisting plastic bags. Once worn in the noice disappeared.
 

falcon_ib

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Wow great job! Love how the aging and faded colors correspond to where it would get the most wear. Stenciling looks great as well.

Evan
 

B-Man2

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Geeboo
I am officially bestowing the title of “Creative Jacket Wizard Extraordinaire “ on you.
You now have a new tittle .... use it wisely Jedi;)
 
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