Anyone around here still doing WWII Squadron Patches?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Worf, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    That teacore that you spoke of previously, it wasn't Long Island Tea by any chance, was it? There you go I've put them straight.
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  2. kittyhawk

    kittyhawk New in Town

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    Check out Johnny Signor, Johnny Buchanan and A-2 Leather Flight Jackets By usbomberjackets.com on Facebook.
     
  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I think part of it has been the rising prices in recent years; a lot of manufacturers have priced me out since 2012. A lot of folks have been priced out of the game, or like myself would rather spend the same money as a simple A2 costs on a more elaborate, civilian design.

    Gorgeous bike. There's something about a BSA that really has that 'time machine' quality many other brands of the same era lack - I think it's because, beautiful as a 59 Bonnie is, I could go out today, in theory, and buy a very similar bike from Triumph, made this year, but with BSA, well.... there are only so many of them now, and they aren't likely to reappear. (That said, I know somebody is now reproducing the Brough Superior. If somebody bought the rights to the GoldStar and did an affordable, Euro4 version, they surely couldn't lose money?)

    Always been amused by the discovery that BSA meant Birmingham Small Arms.... now I know the Peaky Blinders were involved in that factory, it makes sense... ;)

    Oh, yeah - it's just a made-up name for the leather that stuck. I guess it appeals to the same guys who buy a Fender Relic - they want a real 62 or 57 Strat but can't afford it (or have one but don't want to take it out on the road!), so they buy a new guitar built to look like the real thing, with several decades worth of (simulated) wear. Me, I prefer my guitars to look new - like I bought it in 57 and it's still 1958.
     
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  4. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    I am with you on that front Edward, I like the things I buy new to look new.
    Having said that I have to say that the folks at Fender do an amazing job on these relic guitars. I got to see one up close at a Guitar Center near me and the work they had done in oxidizing the metal parts of the bridge, tuners, etc. was astonishing. The same is true with the aging they had done on the nitrocellulose finish as well as the plastic pick guard. It truly did look like a guitar someone had used and abused for years and then left to rust in a damp and musty basement for a decade or two.
     
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  5. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

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    Those painted patches, you may as well make a dozen at once as they are so time consuming to make as you cannot really paint over fresh paint, Make a few though and you will not be that much into time as you lay on each colour. The other thing is do you really want a perfectly weathered patch on a new jacket or vice versa.
    Final thought for tonight, should you buy one of those John Chapman 'Goodyear' jacket and wear it fairly frequently, they are said to be the best out there so could a 30 year old well worn jacket be mistaken for an original?
     
  6. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Oh, undoubtedly; it may not be to my personal aesthetic, but I have a huge admiration for the skill involved. And they are undoubtedly beautiful guitars in their own right. I'vel ong said that if you go by Leo's original design brief: an easily repaired and maintained guitar that is reliable and capable of regular, profesional use at a price the working musician can afford... well, Squier hits that hard on the nose. But while it sometimes seems counter-intuitive to see suich utilitarian designs at the very highest price band, their sheer quality as instruments can be breathtaking. My next Fender will be a Player Series Strat, but if I could afford a custom shop 56 spec with a few tweaks, you bet I would have one!
     
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  7. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    Yeah... I flew for about 10 years with the 99th Pursuit Squadron on IL-2. Don't fly much since they switched to "Battle of Stalingrad". Just couldn't take re-programing my entire pit set-up AGAIN! I fly offline for fun but that's all. Thanks for the memories!

    Worf
     
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  8. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    Carrie just wrote me back... no love or luck with Aero sooooo it's back to the drawing board. I know the patch looks frightful but I doubt anyone will give me much lip about it.

    Worf
     
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  9. Hide'n'seek

    Hide'n'seek One of the Regulars

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    See my post above. We do have the patches you want, both in hand painted and embroidered. Not sure who Carrie talked to?
    You can email me denny@aeroleatherclothing.com
     
  10. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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  11. Cocker

    Cocker Practically Family

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    For painted leather patch, IMO, you cannot beat Miroslav Sekulic in the quality vs price aspect. He did one 365th FG patch for me, and it's a piece of art!
     
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    dinomartino1 One of the Regulars

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