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USN M-421A Jacket

Enigma1938

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Hey everyone
Im searching for a M-421A Jacket repro.
All I know are the jackets from The Real McCoys or the ones from Goodwear, but they are pretty expensive for just being a 'cloth' jacket.
I just wanted to know if anyone knows another manufacturer of this type of jackets.
Added a pic from the web:
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Thank you !
 

mulceber

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Thank you all for your advices. I ended up with a order at Fivestar. I think they did a great job in reproducing this jacket and they agreed to do it with a original maker label for me - no fivestar branded one :cool:
And the waiting begins....

Let us know how it turns out. Might actually pick up one myself if it turns out well. Which original maker is it?
 

mulceber

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I'm also curious how the fit's going to be. From the photos I've seen on JC's CD, it looks like the sleeves on the M-421A trended short, and Shawn's photos seem to confirm that.
 

Cocker

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I'm also curious how the fit's going to be. From the photos I've seen on JC's CD, it looks like the sleeves on the M-421A trended short, and Shawn's photos seem to confirm that.

That's what I got from the size chart also, yes. Hopefully, with Shawn, everything's adjustable! :p
 

mulceber

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That's what I got from the size chart also, yes. Hopefully, with Shawn, everything's adjustable! :p

I'm sure it is, but the question is, do we want to adjust it, if the originals had shorter sleeves? Some people undoubtedly will, but I'm on the fence. I'd like to see some photos of people wearing originals back in the war to see how pilots wore them.
 

Cocker

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I'm sure it is, but the question is, do we want to adjust it, if the originals had shorter sleeves? Some people undoubtedly will, but I'm on the fence. I'd like to see some photos of people wearing originals back in the war to see how pilots wore them.

I'd have zero hesitation about that! Don't forget I have arms of an orang-outang and need 28 inches sleeves usually, so there's no real other options for me here.
 

johnwayne

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Managed to bag a Ralph Lauren version from some kindly person here about 3 years ago who picked up several. Ken Calder at Aero also got one I recall. A pretty faithful repro it was too however, the sleeves on those were actually quite long, so much so I roll them up. The bi swing back does gape a bit but not a issue but quite a snug fit. Good originals are a bit like hens teeth I believe and with provenance, crazy money, for a cotton jacket!!
 

Chandler

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I'm sure it is, but the question is, do we want to adjust it, if the originals had shorter sleeves? Some people undoubtedly will, but I'm on the fence. I'd like to see some photos of people wearing originals back in the war to see how pilots wore them.
Remember that movie I mentioned, Dive Bomber? I'm pretty sure you can spot a few running around. ;)
 
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