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Man-of-Mystery

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The poll is up for jacket and jeans!

 

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The N-3b I bought turned up today. No label, but doing a bit of investigating I've come to the conclusion that it's a 1962-ish Southern Athletic (judging by placement of USAF decal on left sleeve over seam, sleeve length, zipper,fur)
It's got wool batting, so it weighs a ton compared to my other, larger N-3b.
The button loops were f***ed and unoriginal, so I bought proper size and colour cord to replace them and the waist and hood cord. The buttons were also unoriginal and too small, so I got the right ones and backing buttons as well. The zip has had it, but I managed to find the correct replacement for a fiver.
It was absoulutely filthy, but there were no rips or tears and the cuffs are all good. Just got back from the dry cleaners, and the bloke says he can sort it no probs for a tenner.
So the jacket owes me :
£25 Jacket
£5 Postage
£8 Buttons/backing buttons
£6 Cord
£5 Zipper
£10 New zipper sewn in (doing the buttons and loops myself)
£10 Dry cleaning

Total : £69/$90

Pretty happy with that. Doubt I could get anything as near as good for that price anywhere else.
Luckily it was listed as a 'vintage parker' and not 'N-3b' or 'parka'
 

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Seems like a lot of effort to replicate a look I sported at age 13 as a milk delivery boy wearing a snorkel my Mam got me from Millets for a tenner!:D

I realise that at the extremes of weather style has to take second place to practicality but it doesn’t get that cold back home these days does it?
 

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Seems like a lot of effort to replicate a look I sported at age 13 as a milk delivery boy wearing a snorkel my Mam got me from Millets for a tenner!:D

I realise that at the extremes of weather style has to take second place to practicality but it doesn’t get that cold back home these days does it?
I had a blue one and green one later. Little leather triangles above pockets.
 

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Yeah we all had shitty cheap snorkel parkas when we were younger. I'm not the biggest fan of 'em either, but the one I bought is a vintage collectable one that is worth way more than I bought and put into it. Getting it cleaned and having a zip put in at the dry cleaners and 10 minutes of sewing is hardly any effort is it ?
 

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Yeah we all had shitty cheap snorkel parkas when we were younger. I'm not the biggest fan of 'em either, but the one I bought is a vintage collectable one that is worth way more than I bought and put into it. Getting it cleaned and having a zip put in at the dry cleaners and 10 minutes of sewing is hardly any effort is it ?
You reckon you’ll keep it or sell it on for a profit?
 

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Depends what I can get for it. The only flight jackets I'll definitely keep are my horsehide A2 and Nomex CWU. All the rest (Ma-1s, N2b, N3bs) will go at some point. I sold on the M51 repro to a mate yesterday.
Also got stuff like this unused Chicago Police patrolman's jacket knocking about :
cpd.jpg

cpd2.jpg
 

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