My recent visit to Eastman

Discussion in 'Repros' started by tjoenn, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. tjoenn

    tjoenn New Member

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    Last weekend, my wife and I visited Eastman's new place. Last time, in 2014, I picked up an A-2 Flying Tigers. Rob was kind enough to meet us there on a Saturday, turned out we were the first customers to stop by after they moved. I had asked Rob to have a B-3 and a B-6 ready for me, took me weeks to decide which contract, but ended up with the B-3 Perry Sportswear Mixed Batch and the B-6 Roughwear. Customer service is of course unbelievable, Rob had two sizes ready for me to try on and he couldn't be more friendly or helpful. My wife had told me that I didn't have a black jacket, so I asked Rob if he could also have an Ostman ready for me, and after being encouraged by my wife, I couldn't resist.

    After being home for a week, I am very happy with the choices I made. The Ostman is in my opinion very stylish and felt like it was custom-made for me. The B-6 is surprisingly light and I will get a lot of wear out of this one during the not-so-cold Western-Norwegian winters. The jewel, though, is the B-3. I really like the fact that it looks like two different jackets, depending on if you're coming or going! And the time-worn look is awesome and very practical as I won't be able to wear if many days, but I can hope for an unusually cold winter. However, being that the B-3 has always been a favorite of mine, since I first saw an add for Eastman at Oslo airport in 1990, being able to wear it just once or twice a year makes it worth it!!!

    On a sidenote, bringing my wife to Eastman, now twice, and letting her see and hear about how the jackets are being made has given her an appreciation for my hobby/obsession which is nice - very much recommended! She even told Rob "see you in a couple of years". That put a smile on my face.

    Pictures below of my purchases, one picture of my modest collection and one of me wearing the original G-1 I picked up here from a member - love wearing an original!

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  2. Bombing IP

    Bombing IP Active Member

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    Nice collection would be my pick also ,and most sensible for the Norway weather and summers !.

    BIP
     
  3. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    that is totally cool - enjoy!!!!!
     
  4. Smithy

    Smithy Active Member

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    Godt jobba og fine jakker ;)
     
  5. Jason

    Jason Member

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    Can see why that mixed Perry B-3 is your favourite, and the B-6 with the Crown zipper looks sweet, too. Nice additions to the family. Did Rob let you look through the factory floor area?
     
  6. tjoenn

    tjoenn New Member

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    He sure did! Was a very nice visit and the place will look really nice when they get it all together!
     
  7. tjoenn

    tjoenn New Member

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    Takk for det! Samler du?
     
  8. Smithy

    Smithy Active Member

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    Ikke så mye, jeg har noen repros, ELC 1940 Irvin, tre B-15C, ATF B-10, Aero Barnstormer, to A-2 (som er for små - jeg trenger en ny ELC, kanskje fra Duxford i år) ;)

    Takk for flotte bilder.

    Tim
     
  9. Silver Surfer

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    so ya successfully introduced your wife to the dark side, eh? and now she is a believer? oh, what an evil lad. hahahaha.
     
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  10. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on your recent purchases. The B-3 is awesome.
     
  11. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know they'd moved. I went to the old place many years ago. That trip is the stuff of dreams-how you going to decide which to wear? Agreed the B-3 is stunning. Congrats.
     
  12. gav

    gav Member

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    Great day out!
     
  13. falcon_ib

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    Absolutely beautiful jackets, glad to see they fit you well!
     
  14. Skip

    Skip Active Member

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    Cool !

    You look great in all of them
     
  15. Stony

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    Does Gary have somewhere he displays his collection? I know I have sold him a couple of rare jackets over the years.
     
  16. tjoenn

    tjoenn New Member

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    I don't know, they were still putting the place together. Rob said it would take some time as they at the same time had to make and sell jackets :) There certainly seem to be plenty room for his collection. Looking forward to seeing it next time!
     
  17. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Active Member

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    nice jackets - like both the B3 and B6
     
  18. FlyingYankee

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    B-6 if I could only keep one. all day long
     

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