Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by Steve27752, Jan 27, 2017.
Which is an original 'G' mask and which is the new one?
Nice repro !
No, one mask is original and the other one is my new repro 'G' mask.
You'd think the top one was the repro due to lack of wear on the microphone assembly but I bet you've thrown a shifty one here to throw us and the bottom one is actually the repro
Sticking with top repro, and bottom og. Both nice examples though.
The top G-mask is the repro Steve.
The top two are the repro mask.
It looks like a NOS G-mask as it is that good Steve.
I am very impressed with Neil's work.
Do the repros use original hardware? They are great work and ridiculously accurate.
Damn it! I over thought it
Seriously well done repro, looks the biz.
They can be done with original hardware, or as with my mask the mic is a resin copy, I have a NOS original that I will put into it.
You can pic up a Type 48 mic very cheaply Tim and having an original installed in the mask would be a nice touch Steve.
The position of the lower copper pin on the wearer's left is slightly too high on the repro, meaning the webbing strap is slightly kinked.....appologies for the Nit picking, beautiful job!
I used to collect RAF flying clothing MANY years ago and remember paying £45 for a Mint G mask still in its box -still sealed up from a guy who used to run Quartermaster stores in London.
Always recall the advirts in Machine and Mart for his stock items- E type helmets at 50 pence each- C type Naval at £5 complete with looms and earphones...1941 flying boots at £15 a pair...if only I owned a Tardis LOL.
So if I wanted one of these G type masks where would I obtain one from? and more importantly how much?
A mint G-mask with oxygen tube will cost over £500 these days on a well known auction site. There are several dealers who sometimes have them for sale and good ones go for £600+ on their sites.
To be honest if I would only pay that kind of price if it came as a complete set of mint late C type helmet with loom in size 4, MkVII goggles and G mask.
BTW when are you going to publish the book on the Irvin?
In all good time John. I'm still doing some research. I think you will be unlucky there John as a decent first pattern C-Type now sells for over £350. An external loom is nearly £200 these days. Prices have become insane. Here is a later pattern internally wired example in a size 2 with a £350 starting price. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-RAF-T...219396?hash=item2efc2bb8c4:g:Ws8AAOSw4GVYRANP
Dibs on a signed copy Andrew
You're right about WWII RAF gear prices, they've gone stratospheric over the last ten years or so, and especially early war items. Even prices for signed WWII RAF books, paintings, etc have shot up over the last few years - obviously due to the diminishing number left but some things are starting to command serious money, especially those related to the Battle of Britain and famous aircrew.