Both me and garrison44 are from one country. What colleague garrison44 makes in his life and hobby I am describing as a military journalist and publisher. I would risk an opinion he comes from one of the best WWII-dedicated 101st Abn living history association in Europe. That is why I would not be surprised by top quality of his replica of the parachute you are discussing about. But – if I may suggest – do not look please at him and his group of history lovers as Mr Easy Green case study. This group is not a supplier for world eBay branches the US WWII militaria repros under the slogans of "genuine", "original", "WWII-era", "vet direct purchase", "a hundred percent original, full satisfaction" and other unfair wordings. If they manufacture something from time to time it is for their LHA's needs only as far as I know and observe this group. They represent the highest standards and reenactment ethics that is why the market of US WWII militaria can sleep well.
What is more I am afraid that no ideal repro of the parachute you are discussing about and maybe no need to stamp it every side "Reproduction", "Reproduction", "Reproduction" because the people have their own mind. We have to remember that we do have Aviation Law. What garrison44 wants to do is not flyable certified parachute for jumping but a kind of "1:1 modelling" and I am not sure if his repro will be containing canopy or other soft material? Knowing the Polish Aviation Law and Urząd Lotnictwa Cywilnego (a counterpart of the US FAA) garrison44 would be ready to manufacture certified T-5 maybe at the end of his life.
WWII-era parachute is not M1 helmet very easy for artificial ageing and no better proof for it that garrison44 is not satisfied with the Vintage Parachutes product. I am not surprised because it is not so easy to replicate 1940s era elements at least made of cotton and rubber for instance. I am also a fan of military parachuting so I may tell something. Since the end of WWII my family stored big box of the elements of the US WWII-era parachutes -- mainly the covers, cotton cords and two-hook rubber cords for cover opening in the air. I do not have it now but for more than 40 years I used those two-hook rubber cords for various purposes. I used them as long as it was possible -- all those rubber elements were not serviceable very long due to natural degradation and loss of flexibility and elasticity. Very quickly the only one element of those cords were only their cotton coats.
Edited by Gregory, 23 December 2007 - 03:38 AM.