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Started by Undertoker , Dec 18 2012 03:22 PM

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#61 Undertoker

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Lol
I actually wore my EX-48-1 to go out and pick my lad up on Friday from nursery
It was really warm and toasty.

It's pretty cold where I am as well at the moment, in fact they forecasting snow soon.
I had the M-65 on today for a trip to the zoo, that was also nice as toasty.

I've actually ordered a wool liner to fit into my M-65, it's out of an M-51. I like the feel of the extra weight, it makes you feel like you've really got a coat on if you know what I mean.
As far as I'm aware they fit straight into a 65, I'll be able to tell you all shortly lol

So where abouts are you based parka-liner ?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

I live in Europe B) :P


By the way, an M-51 "alpaca" liner is only 60% wool/40% cotton in comparison to the 100% wool content of the M-48 liner. An M-51 "frieze" liner, despite being generally 100% wool, is much less dense (or thick) and so not quite as warm as the M-51 "alpaca" liner. Either type should fit into your M-65 shell with no problem....other than the usual annoyance of the buttons not quite lining up with the liner's button holes :rolleyes:.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:10 AM

Here's a large shell....no liner though: http://www.ebay.com/...=item35c36a20d8

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

it looks lovely, but no point for me bud, i def need a small

that's my mission now small with small liner

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:19 AM

Here's a gratuitous and not terribly good pic of my two small M-48s. The one on the left is in unissued condition and is literally perfect except for the usual manufacturing defects. The one on the right is merely in good condition with lots of fade, blood stains and general wear and tear. I think given your height and weight, that a medium will also fit you. There's not a huge amount of difference between the small and medium shells...just a couple of inches pit-to-pit.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:45 AM

http://m.pinterest.c...96554616892511/

Saw this EX-48-1 for sale this week.
I think it's one of the fishtail parka.com parkas collection
The medium EX-48-1 I got is just a bit too big for me. It's also made of the thinner poplin material.

I am def gonna target a small sized one with a wool liner and made of the thicker canvas type stuff
When you get fed up with tw mint small one give me a shout
Parka ;0)

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:51 AM

I never seem
To see any small sized ones for sale to be honest.
I'll get one in the end ;)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:41 PM

A year ago one of the Moderators here had one mint in small size for sell.Maybe he has it still?????

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Found his thread
http://www.usmilitar..._+m-1948 +parka

Contact him,maybe still stored?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:24 AM

Found his thread
http://www.usmilitar..._+m-1948 +parka

Contact him,maybe still stored?


Thanks buddy
I have tried to PM him , but he can't be messaged, I'm guessing his message box is full
I have posted on the thread though, hopefully he will reply or get back to me

If I keep trying to find a small one, one will turn up buddy ;)

Edited by Undertoker, 16 January 2013 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

Keep looking, that's all you can do really. But in the meantime, have you considered an M-51?? Frankly, I prefer them to the M-48s, because the hood liner with the fur can be removed allowing the parka to be worn in warmer weather. It's cold where I live at the moment and I've been wearing my first pattern M-51, size medium. As far as warmth is concerned, it's not far behind the M-48 and has a slimmer, longer cut...albeit by not much. Blurry-cam pic attached:

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:16 PM

Since we are on topic of purchasing a M-1948, let me ask a question. Does anyone have proof that the only M-1948 parkas without the wolf fur are the ones that the US government released for surplus sale? Below is a parka that I bought from a KW vet along with the other items that you see here. Now he may have been mistaken, but he said these were the ones issued to him. However, it has been brought up in another thread that the M-1948s with the wolf fur removed were actually the ones sold off as surplus by Uncle Sam.

I bring this up so when Undertoker buys one, he buys a correct one with the fur (if that's what he wants). Any thoughts?




There have been some beautiful jackets posted here!

Does anyone have an answere about the missing wolf fur? Is there a source for replacement fur (other than me getting directly from the wolf!)? How hard is it to resew to the hood? Is it better for me to just look for an untouched parka?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

I've had fur replaced on some of my M-51 hood liners as well as one of my M-48 shells (the original fur on the M-48 shell was beyond saving...the M-51 hood liners had had the fur removed before being released to the public). The fur is real wolf, legally culled. I have to say it wasn't cheap, but I was able to choose much better quality fur than the US Army would have used. As for the difficulty in sewing it on...I cannot say. It was done by a professional. They also removed the wire...this makes the work much easier apparently, speeding things up. However, the wire can be retained if wanted. If authenticity is an issue, waiting for an untouched parka is the better option. But military vintage fur, even though may it may look OK, is probably unable to withstand cleaning unless it has really been well looked after.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:19 PM

i have considered a M-51
the only one that tempts me is the first pattern heavy wieght sateen tho in honesty

im also not too sure about sizing on the 51s

for example a medium M65 fits me ok
a medium M48 is too big
so for a M51, what size to go for ? im told the 51s are a tad small, so id be better off looking at a large in a M51 ?
not too sure

To be honest id rather hold on really and get what im really after which is a sateen , small M-48, but you never know.. lol

My M65 hood has had new fur put on it, and i got to say they done a really good job, though id did cost me dear it was done far better than i could hope for and like you said parka, they took the wire out, it sits a lot nicer as the hood is just so big as well on the 65s

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:28 PM

For your height and weight...a medium first pattern M-51 will fit no problem. It's comparable in size to a small M-48. Just the cut is different. I've read that some consider the sleeves on the M-51 a tad too short. My medium M-51 fits me very loosely, but the sleeves are the perfect length. But then, I don't care about minor sizing issues. These coats were designed to fit over other kit as overcoats. They're never going to fit like modern clothing. Once you accept that fact, choosing becomes easier. Even a small M-51 fits me with tons of room to spare. The major difference in cut between and M-48 and M-51 comes in the width of the sleeves....the M-48 sleeves are incredibly baggy towards the armpits in comparison to the M-51. I'd estimate twice the width. It's all part of the fun! :)

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:12 AM

I've decided to just tuck a wedge away and sit and wait for a mint, small m-48 in heavyweight sateen bud.
I do like the first pattern 51s, but I would only really be happy with a minty 48.

I keep hoping to hear somthing from somewhere, cash at the ready

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:33 AM

Seem to be struggling to get a liner, I must have just about asked everyone globally without any luck at all ;0(

If anyone comes across a liner please give me a shout

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

Still no success on getting a liner guys
Seem to be a very tough thing to get a hold of :0(

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

I'm still looking guys please
Cash waiting

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

Hello, I have the parka liner that's on the right side of the picture. This isn't my picture I just found it on the internet, I can't get any of my pics to upload since they're all too large. Does anyone know what is the name/nomenclature for this parka liner? Is it the liner for the for the M1948 parka? I've also seen it called or related to 1943, so I'm not sure if it was from WWII or Korean War era. If it's for the M1948, then it's the liner that has the wolf fur trim versus the outer shell of the parka (?). Any help you can give with the noun/nomenclature, picture descritption of the shell it goes with and any history is appreciated. Thanks.


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