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#1 USMCRECON

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:31 AM

I just got this pair of 3" Luxenberg pilot's wings in the mail today. They look OK to me but I wanted to get the opinion of some of the wing experts on the forum on the pictures below (I know they're not Joe ***************'s as I asked him about them before bidding). I would appreciate some expert opinions before I leave feedback. Here's the front.

I left them as large a size as possible to provide the best detail views as possible. The down side it that probably only one picture will fit on a given post.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:32 AM

....and here's the back. the pin is open as far as it will go in the picture.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:34 AM

Here's a close shot of the back of the shield with the markings.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:36 AM

Look good to me!

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:39 AM

Finally....a close shot of the pin hinge and clasp. This composite of both ends shows what look like large, deep striations. I think the magnifying macro lense and the flash accentuated these as, in reality, they are almost invisible to the named eye and are are just barely discernable when I run my fingernail over these areas.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:40 AM

Look good to me!


Thank you for the super fast reply, Paul.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:10 PM

I agree with Paul, nothing really jumps out at me. They look good, but of course that is always hard to tell unless you have them in hand.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 06:19 PM

What is the exact size from wing tip to wing tip?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 06:45 PM

What is the exact size from wing tip to wing tip?

There is nothing wrong with these wings. They are quite nice.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 08:24 PM

There is nothing wrong with these wings. They are quite nice.


Although the popular opinion is these are good I would still like to know the exact size if you do not mind...

PS a little FYI I am not suggesting they are bad nor good just want to know the size.

Thanks

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:44 AM

Although the popular opinion is these are good I would still like to know the exact size if you do not mind...

PS a little FYI I am not suggesting they are bad nor good just want to know the size.

Thanks


John,

Hasn't anyone told you that size doesn't matter, oh wait, that was for something else... not wings http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/hapy0004.gif ( oh how I crack myself up)

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 10:55 AM

Sound ike you are speaking from experience... ;) in wing collecting that is.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:54 PM

Although the popular opinion is these are good I would still like to know the exact size if you do not mind...

PS a little FYI I am not suggesting they are bad nor good just want to know the size.

Thanks


Hello John. No problem giving you measurements. The only problem might be the definition of "exact."

I've already put them into my wings display case and screwed the back on again (8 tiny Phillips-head screws) but I measured them through the glass of the case so I can give you an "almost" exact measurement.

From the widest point of the wings to the other widest point is just a hair or two under 3 1/4 inches. If you take into account that they are bent slightly to contour the chest of the wearer, I think that would put them at pretty much right on 3 1/4" wide.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 08:55 PM

Hello John. No problem giving you measurements. The only problem might be the definition of "exact."

I've already put them into my wings display case and screwed the back on again (8 tiny Phillips-head screws) but I measured them through the glass of the case so I can give you an "almost" exact measurement.

From the widest point of the wings to the other widest point is just a hair or two under 3 1/4 inches. If you take into account that they are bent slightly to contour the chest of the wearer, I think that would put them at pretty much right on 3 1/4" wide.



THANKS I wanted to compare them to another set. Speaking of display cases I am looking for new ways to disply my wings care to share a photo of your display case?
Regards,
John

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 04:14 AM

THANKS I wanted to compare them to another set. Speaking of display cases I am looking for new ways to disply my wings care to share a photo of your display case?
Regards,
John


Hi John. I'm going to be leaving shortly to go to the airport to pick up my old Recon Platoon Commander. We're having our Vietnam reunion this week and I probably won't be able to spend much time on the computer between now and at least Sunday afternoon.

My current display case isn't really much to write home about. It's actually a bit too small and not all of my wings fit in it but, until I can get something larger, it'll have to make do. I'll take a photo of it either Sunday evening or early next week and post it here.

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Posted 01 May 2008 - 04:17 PM

Thanks Bill!

I hope you have a great time with you buddies at the reunion.

John

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:54 PM

Thanks Bill!

I hope you have a great time with you buddies at the reunion.

John


Hello John. As promised.....below is a picture of the one display box for my wings. I have more wings than room in this particular box and the ones that are in it are crammed too close together than I'd like so I'm looking around for another on.

It's a rather heavy oak frame with a screw-on Masonite backing sheet, and a piece of glass cut to fit. the glass is rather reflective, as the photo shows, but I plan to go to a frame shop to get a piece of the nice, non-reflective glass to replace it. Inside is a sheet of thick foam cut to fit and it has a piece of velvet cloth covering the foam. When I bought the box several years ago it came with a really cheap-looking piece of "velvet-like" cloth over the foam. I found a really nice velvet remnant at the local fabric store and picked it up for a couple dollars. It makes a much better backing than the cheap crap that came with the box.

Once the wings are placed where you want them on the velvet, all you have to do is carefully lay the glass down on the wings, then (again carefully) push the frame down until the glass pushes gently on the wings. This will push them slightly into the foam and fix them in place. I usually let it sit like that for 15 minutes or so to let everything seat before carefully but quickly flipping the frame over so the wings won't shift (you can see that a couple of mine did shift despite my best efforts) to tighten the screws down and lock the back to the frame.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:25 PM

Bill,

Thanks for taking the time to post this. Looks like we have about the same type of display. I buy my cases from Steele's Display Cases and found them to be of very good quality. They come with the high density foam which I recover like you have done. I am switiching out the backing material for something I know will not have hrm the silver which I undesand is possible with some materials.

I currently have two cases with wings - one USAAF with the other all Navy. Both cases only contain Balfour wings... all my other wings are stored. This brings me to a question I have been thinking about and want to run past all the other collectors.

How do you store your wings?

BTW there some interesting wing in that case I wouls love to see more photos of.

Cheers

John

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