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richard gerrard
10-26-2006, 06:03 AM
Could you give any infomation on the wested A2.Thank you

scotrace
10-26-2006, 06:16 AM
Welcome to the Lounge, Richard!

Wested makes an A2??

Havana
10-26-2006, 06:42 AM
They do indeed. They made steerhide A-2's for the Harrison Ford flick Hanover Street and for the 1990's Memphis Bell film. Now they're offering them in horsehide. Never seen one outside of the movies though.

MudInYerEye
10-26-2006, 12:56 PM
Avoid.

kronos77
10-26-2006, 01:55 PM
Avoid.

We need more information than that.

Weston
10-26-2006, 02:20 PM
Yes, I've always been curious to see one in person. If you've seen one in person, more info would be superb.

Kt Templar
10-26-2006, 02:35 PM
I've seen one, I've even tried it on.

Before I get to that, I'm a big fan of Peter and Wested, they do a great job for the movie repro community and have made many A-2 jackets for wartime movies. Memphis Belle, Hannover Street, Aliens etc.

Now I'm not a A-2 buff so can only go by my experience. I have a Wested Raider and it fits me well, high armholes, shoulders on the shoulders etc.

I tried on on of the A-2's, it was a horsehide, and a 38 or 40. It didn't suit me, arms were too long and the shoulders sort of bunched up so that the epaulettes formed "o"s, the front wanted to oven up in an "A" shape.

So it was too big in the shoulders and too small in the butt! Perhaps the Indy is more forgiving to my shape or maybe I'm just to short for the waist knits. It could have just been the wrong size for me. What I can say is that it was perfectly well made and if it had fitted I probably would have bought it, the price was pretty good too. 130 or so in the shop.The leather was nice and soft and not too heavy. I have a lambskin and expected the horse to be very heavy but it wasn't bad at all.

MudInYerEye
10-26-2006, 10:42 PM
We need more information than that.
Avoid very much.

farnham54
10-27-2006, 12:16 AM
C'mon, Mud, you can't tell me NOT to buy an A2 from the guy who makes one helluva Raiders jacket by just saying "avoid very much"

What are you basing this on?

Is it because you've seen one? Own one? Heard from a friend-of-a-friend they were no good? Have a chip on your shoulder about Wested?

You lead us to no conclusions! Please elaborate on WHY you say we should avoid the Wested A2.

Cheers
Craig

kronos77
10-27-2006, 06:49 AM
OK Mud,

Is it quality, authenticity, or both that troubles you about the Wested A2? And, please, give some detail. Please.

richard gerrard
10-31-2006, 06:41 AM
OK Mud,

Is it quality, authenticity, or both that troubles you about the Wested A2? And, please, give some detail. Please.
Well Im not sure what troubles me. but i would like to see some pictures so i can make up my mind.so if there is anyone who has got a picture please show me.

richard gerrard
10-31-2006, 06:52 AM
Has anyone, got pictures of a wested A2. if so please show me so i can see more detail.

matei
10-31-2006, 07:33 AM
I've got one of his Raiders jackets. It fits great, and it is very rugged. I like it a lot and wear it often.

However, I didn't care for the B-3 (?) bomber jacket that they made. It really wasn't accurate at all, and even Wested said that it was aimed at average consumers, who wasn't into details. Certain features on the original, such as 1 map pocket, wouldn't be terribly practical for Mr. Average Consumer, who probably wears it to the mall on Saturday and that is about it.

I didn't see any A-2s while I was there. It is probably akin to the bomber jacket - a nice leather jacket for the money, but not accurate at all compared to other products out there.

richard gerrard
10-31-2006, 04:29 PM
Thanks for the info, it was realy helpful. but it would be nice to see a picture.

kronos77
10-31-2006, 04:40 PM
I noticed Wested's site isn't very good for pictures, even for the Indy jacket. That is surprising and dissapointing. maybe someone who knows the Wested people could suggest they put some larger and clearer photos up.

adam
11-16-2006, 03:59 PM
I, too, was interested in ordering a Wested, basing this off the jackets they made for Memphis Belle, which I liked. However, as others mentioned, the website has a very poor picture.. I'm hesitant to order something from the U.K., spend all the money, and not be satisfied. I'll save my money for an Aero.

Raymundo
11-17-2006, 08:41 AM
I think the fact that no one seems to know anyone who owns a Wested A-2 or has pictures of one says it all. They make jackets for movies in the costume catagory (nice looking but not long lasting). For movie making, that works fine. IMO, there are many A-2 reproduction manufacturers that make a better jacket at a better price that will last longer since they specialize in flight jackets.

Ray

richard gerrard
11-17-2006, 03:42 PM
I think the fact that no one seems to know anyone who owns a Wested A-2 or has pictures of one says it all. They make jackets for movies in the costume catagory (nice looking but not long lasting). For movie making, that works fine. IMO, there are many A-2 reproduction manufacturers that make a better jacket at a better price that will last longer since they specialize in flight jackets.

Ray Thank you for the wested A2 info. I think im heading towards Aero in the new year.

Kt Templar
11-17-2006, 04:06 PM
Richard, where in England are you?

It might be worth visit to Wested if you are in the southeast.

The Wested A2 is what £150?. And you can have it in lamb, goat or horse. The goat and horse will last you plenty.

Aero etc are great and they do specialise, but you have to have deep pockets to start with, they will cost you twice as much. But it seems they may be worth saving up for.

I would disagree that all Wested jackets are "merely" costume pieces, that is definately not the case.

BTW Michelsons daughter has a Wested "Aliens" A2.

richard gerrard
11-20-2006, 04:40 AM
Richard, where in England are you?

It might be worth visit to Wested if you are in the southeast.

The Wested A2 is what 150?. And you can have it in lamb, goat or horse. The goat and horse will last you plenty.

Aero etc are great and they do specialise, but you have to have deep pockets to start with, they will cost you twice as much. But it seems they may be worth saving up for.

I would disagree that all Wested jackets are "merely" costume pieces, that is definately not the case.

BTW Michelsons daughter has a Wested "Aliens" A2.
I live in the northwest,so wested are to far for me to visit. Maybe i will just wait until i have enough cash for aero or eastman.Already own a us wings A2, So im in no hurry. Thanks pal.

BKLYN
02-26-2007, 08:51 PM
I know this discussion is probably over but I just had to reply anyway.
I ordered and received a WESTED A-2.
Let me start by saying, as a leather jacket, it's beautiful. The craftsmanship and the quality of the leather is great. BUT IT IS NOT AN "AUTHENTIC A-2" as advertised nor is it any resemblance to the one's in the movie "Memphis Belle" or "Hanover Street" (also as advertised).
To begin with, it has a snap at the neck as opposed to the hook and eye as shown in the film "Memphis Belle".
No collar stand, as shown both in "Memphis Belle" and "Hanover Street".
It also has a snap at the bottom of the wind flap.
A dark brown lining,
no specification label,
the zipper doesn't extend to the bottom of the jacket and if I examined it further, I would probably find additional descrepencies but I was in such a hurry to ship it back I didn't want too look any further!

Get your Indy Jackets at WESTED but, as stated earlier in this thread "AVOID" WESTED LEATHER if your looking for an authentic A-2!!!
To say that I was very disapointed would be putting it mildly. It's packed and ready for it's trip back to merry old England!

richard gerrard
03-14-2007, 07:55 AM
I know this discussion is probably over but I just had to reply anyway.
I ordered and received a WESTED A-2.
Let me start by saying, as a leather jacket, it's beautiful. The craftsmanship and the quality of the leather is great. BUT IT IS NOT AN "AUTHENTIC A-2" as advertised nor is it any resemblance to the one's in the movie "Memphis Belle" or "Hanover Street" (also as advertised).
To begin with, it has a snap at the neck as opposed to the hook and eye as shown in the film "Memphis Belle".
No collar stand, as shown both in "Memphis Belle" and "Hanover Street".
It also has a snap at the bottom of the wind flap.
A dark brown lining,
no specification label,
the zipper doesn't extend to the bottom of the jacket and if I examined it further, I would probably find additional descrepencies but I was in such a hurry to ship it back I didn't want too look any further!

Get your Indy Jackets at WESTED but, as stated earlier in this thread "AVOID" WESTED LEATHER if your looking for an authentic A-2!!!
To say that I was very disapointed would be putting it mildly. It's packed and ready for it's trip back to merry old England!
Hello.everyone just to let you know i gave up on wested.I now own a 60s G1 i got from ebay.but it needs replacement knits,waistband and cuffs. could anyone tell me where i can purchase from in england,without having to send the jacket for repair. Thanks

richard gerrard
07-18-2007, 12:21 PM
Hello.everyone just to let you know i gave up on wested.I now own a 60s G1 i got from ebay.but it needs replacement knits,waistband and cuffs. could anyone tell me where i can purchase from in england,without having to send the jacket for repair. Thanks
Hi again,I have just purchased an Aero unamed maker 1756 from ebay but im a little confused it has a nickel talon puller with a conmar zip its in seal brown and its a size 40 i bought it for 150 .The guy i bought from told me he paid 180 he also got it from ebay from a guy in france.dont get me wrong but i like the jacket a lot.I checked out aero leather company it is exactly the same as the one i got.Its short in lengh and has a sung fit. could anyone tell me if i got the real thing.Thanks .