Spirit of '44 Leather Patches

Discussion in 'Reproduction manufacturers' started by Jim Harley, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Jim Harley

    Jim Harley New Member

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    Hey all,
    After a 14 year hiatus I'm back making leather patches. It's been a fun journey so far, met a lot of great people. Social Media has changed everything. My website is a work in progress and always being updated. I've got almost 200 replica patches available and more to come. Thanks for having a look.

    Jim Harley
    www.spiritof44.com

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  2. CBI

    CBI Well-Known Member

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    Hey, there are great - keep us posted. I would certainly be in the market for some.
     
  3. Jim Harley

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    Here are some more...I really like the 15th AF carved patches. They are a bit larger than the standard 5" patches you see in the other theaters. If you have any questions please shoot me a message. My website has a 44 page catalog of reproduction insignias. Thanks!

    Jim

    485th BS 830th BS the "race to 100 missions" patch
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    404th Fighter Group 9th AF
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  4. shedonwanna

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    hey jfharley, good to see you again. we met several years ago at ellington field when you were in town with the "909". you had already "disappeared" and i recognized you by the a-2 (artwork) you were wearing. i've been painting patches for 30 years and prefer not to paint jackets - always referred folks to you. your hiatus has not hurt your work. these carved/incised patches are as good as i've seen. i post images here from time to time but won't steal your thread. just wanted to let some of the newbies know you've been around awhile and i can recommend your work. i've bookmarked your web site! dlmiller
     
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  5. Jim Harley

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    Hey! Thank you for the kind words. It has taken a bit to knock the rust off. I only picked up a paint brush a few times during my time on the tour. I wish I still had that jacket, it was unfortunately stolen. I really missed painting and after meeting and interacting with several hundred veterans it makes it all the more special. Again, I really appreciate your kind words. Feel free to add any to anything I put up, I am here to help and share as well as provide the best work I can.

    Jim


    hey jfharley, good to see you again. we met several years ago at ellington field when you were in town with the "909". you had already "disappeared" and i recognized you by the a-2 (artwork) you were wearing. i've been painting patches for 30 years and prefer not to paint jackets - always referred folks to you. your hiatus has not hurt your work. these carved/incised patches are as good as i've seen. i post images here from time to time but won't steal your thread. just wanted to let some of the newbies know you've been around awhile and i can recommend your work. i've bookmarked your web site! dlmiller
     
  6. Jim Harley

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    Been a while since I have posted. Spiritof44.com is up and running and features over 200 patch designs, jacket art, and custom artwork designs. I've also started documenting the USAAF with Google Earth. All the bases are still somewhat visible and gives a snapshot of where these guys served. Below are some screen grabs. Thanks!

    Jim

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  7. Bombing IP

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    Just wonderful work . Welcome back to the world of patches and the forum .

    BIP
     
  8. Jim Harley

    Jim Harley New Member

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    Thanks BIP, I'll be posting here regularly. Great site...fun to lurk and see what is happening!

    Jim
     

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