Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by tefouane, Oct 16, 2017.
Looks great! If it is comfortable I'd say its a keeper!
Why do you feel the need to wear a mask?
Fit looks great! It's a terrific jacket-personally I'd have to do something about the cuffs, but if you like 'em, why not? (I can clearly remember, on reflection, Aero's website stating 'we use the correct 1/4" sheepskin on cuffs, windflap and waistband' or words to that effect, but that was well over ten years ago. For me, if I was ordering one, if they weren't prepared to do it like they used to, I'd go elsewhere-but I know not everyone is as bothered as we are about such things).
Great looking jacket and a perfect fit, the cuffs will flatten down over time.
He is about to go off to a masked ball wearing the B-3 Steve!
just because I don't like my face on the pics....
It can't be as bad as mine;-)
I just looked-they still say that!
OK, I've popped up
Firstly, the jacket in question is beautifully made except for a skipped stitch on one of the belt corners. I'd put the machining up against anyone's the stitching is superb. Thanks to those who have commernted on the exceptional sewing by which ever of the two young lads made this particular jacket
The jacket is from about three years ago when Greg and Tony were learning the style. They cut their own work and were not made aware immediately that the offending panels should be cut in a thinner shearling. A few dozen jackets were made with the 25mm sheep trim
The label is a "house" label used for earlier jackets, trainee's etc.
The buckles and zipper too are from way back and neither are currently in use. (Do did you guys miss these faux pas?)
All of these points were dealt with some time ago but thanks to those of you who showed your concern, we welcome constructive critisism at Aero.
Let's hope you apply the same "Level Field" disection of quality and detailling the next time one of the "New Kids On The Block" posts pics of a new jacket.
I've lost count of the number of badly made starter jackets that have had rave reviews on VLJ
As always it's good to have your input which we all appreciate. I did have a suspicion that this might be an older jacket as the fleece length issues had been mentioned before and I think corrected in the superb seal B3 you loaned to me a few months back.
Can you share some photos of the up to date version ?
The two lads did very well with the jacket Ken. My point was more about the historical inaccuracies of the jacket, the fake 1940 label and the 1942 style construction.
Always good to see you Ken-I miss the old days of the Classic 20th!-nobody was questioning the workmanship of the jacket, just the obvious discrepancy of the cuffs etc. I was particularly interested because, as I've repeated here ad nauseam, I wish I'd never sold my Aero B-3, and I hope soon to be in the market for another. I've noticed that there are pics on the Aero site showing the thicker cuffs, and it looked like you'd abandoned the thinner ones. I'm glad to see that's not the case.
Knew we could rely on you Ken, as you know too were a fussy lot here but as you say, constructive criticism ain't a bad thing. As I said I'm not into shearling but if I was I'd be more than happy with that one, love the colour.
Over the last few years we brought in a lot of young kids, most of which have turned out to be astonishing craftsfolk, the average age of our machinists is now probably around 30.
These youngsters bring in a lot of enthuisiasm with them and it's great to see them flourish
No zero hours, no minimum wage, no internships, everyone has a proper job with a real future and now have skills that might otherwise be lost in a few decades, instead they will be passed on over and over again.
that is all great to hear!!!
It is a great looking B3. By comparison on my 11-12 year old Aero seal/russett B3 ( im the 3rd owner) the fleece at the cuffs and waist is probably a quarter of the size of those. That said, no doubt that jacket will do it's job quite well for it's owner. Im sure that few, if any, of the people he meets in that jacket will notice any discrepancies.
Thanks guys for taking time to debate. Just have a little question : does the 3 back panels B3 in redskin exist? Thanks again for your kind help.
That is fantastic Ken, but it does not address my question though!
Some of the transitional jackets from early 1942 had some redskin panels such as for the windflap and cuffs and a three panel construction. I have yet to see an entire 1942 B-3 jacket constructed from hand finished redskin. The point is also the label is for a fictitious contract with a 1940 date when B-3 jackets at that time were made using a two panel construction.