"BOB" A-2 jacket by Real McCoy's

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by bentusian, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. bentusian

    bentusian One of the Regulars

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    Here are some more pics of my "Band of Brothers" A-2 jacket reproduced by (old) Real McCoy's - this company has been succeeded by Toy's McCoy, while RM is still in business now under different management.

    The jacket was in a very good condition when I got it from the previous owner, with only minor (and quite natural) scratches and abrasions.
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    Yes, one may well have a russet brown A-2.. ;)

    And its lining made of parachute canopy-like material.
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    "Twin label" typical of Rough Wear AC-23380 contract. But I'm not sure whether this particular detail in this modified version is historically correct.
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    Cheers, :)
     
  2. Silver Dollar

    Silver Dollar Practically Family

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    That's a really fine jacket. I like the canopy lining. Was that ever done or is that done for that particular model?
     
  3. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Great leather, but the lining is something else! I have never seen an original relined like this.
     
  4. andy richards

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    Looks great with that lining!
    Andy
     
  5. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up


    I have- there's one in the Schiffer book, "Geronimo!",
    which covers US Airborne uniforms and equipment.

    I think.


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  6. aswatland

    aswatland My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I think the lining really divides opinions here. If I owned the jacket I would have the correct lining installed but each to his own. :)
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I don't think it would be my first choice of lining, though it wouldn't bother me enough to feel the need to change it. It's an interesting idea, and at least plausible that it might have happened (as BT indicates), even if not common.

    What were the typical options taken for re-lining? I know there was the scarlet lining that some had sewn in to mark a fifth(?) aerial kill. Other than that, I suppose it might well have been a case of whatever they could get hold of...
     
  8. SGB

    SGB One of the Regulars

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    Real McCoy's New Zealand

    Is still the same, owned by the same people and staffed the same. They have nothing to do with Real McCoys Japan or Toys McCoy. They are also The Few, for the Japan market, which can be confusing.

    SGB
     
  9. bentusian

    bentusian One of the Regulars

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    That is still confusing [huh] - as far as I know the 'old' Real McCoy's Japan has gone bankrupt a few years ago and the owner (Mr. Okamoto) has been replaced. He then opened his own business under the name Toy's McCoy and is competing with the 'new' RM Japan along with other brands.

    Now in New Zealand, I know RMNZ and The Few are basically the same unit/factory in Christ Church. What I thought was that the factory is providing various A-2s of slightly different price ranges for Japan-based companies like RM Japan. Yet RMNZ and RM Japan are two different companies with no connection?

    And yes, the "BOB" A-2 above was released by RM Japan, but was still manufactured in NZ (probably by RMNZ?) as the inside tag reads.
     
  10. bentusian

    bentusian One of the Regulars

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    Here's a catalog shot for yet another "BOB" A-2 released by the 'new' RM Japan. This one's got some different details in label and lining material. While it is patterned like parachute canopy, the lining is actually made of cotton HBT. (maybe USMC duck hunter pattern?)

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    Again, I'm not sure whether this reproduction is historically based, but I have little doubt as Japanese could go way further than one can expect in researching this sort of stuff.. :)
     
  11. SGB

    SGB One of the Regulars

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    RMNZ and The Few are the same company, and yes they have no connection to RM Japan and do not make jackets for RM Japan. They make The Few for the Japanese market and have a few dealers in Japan, but none of them are RM Japan.

    SGB
     
  12. bentusian

    bentusian One of the Regulars

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    Thanks for the clarification. That was confusing because I heard RMNZ/The FEw is run by a Japanese guy. Then the two RMs have never been related in any manner before? Why using the same company name, I wonder...

    I've had two of The Few's A-2s and I quite like the jackets, especially their thick HH and finish.
     
  13. havocpaul

    havocpaul One of the Regulars

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    The use of parachute cammo silk as lining in jackets was fairly common amongst Airborne officers, probably less so with A-2's but as previously stated, an example can be seen in the book 'Geronimo'. I do like it myself, if I found an original with it I would never consider relining it as the historic aspect would be ruined. If anyone has a size 42 in this style let me know!
     
  14. regius

    regius Call Me a Cab

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    but who's the original maker of the Band of Brother's A2
     
  15. SGB

    SGB One of the Regulars

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    Real McCoy New Zealand.
     
  16. Blackadder

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    I tried this new one on a few weeks ago courtesy of a fd. Yours is actually in better condition. Unlike yours, the lining is just plain cotton. I must say that the new RM is not as impressive as your old one. The new RM A-2 should be in the same class as Buzz Rickson. On the other hand, RM's other products are still very very good especially the Buco repro and the N-1 Deck. For A-2 only, I'll go for the Few or Rainbow Country these days.
     
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  17. Dr H

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    I'm planning a purchase of an RM 37J1B jacket (Zelinski contract) very soon - an excellent product.
     
  18. Dr H

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    What's the link with Air Associates? Did they supply these originally?
     

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