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#1 rustywings


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:27 PM

Here's something most wing collectors won't encounter very often! Check out current ebay listing #302657178988.


It's a very well made reproduction of a 1920's style USN Observer's half-wing which has been deeply etched on the reverse with the identifier "Repro #7."


A tip-of-the-hat and a hardy applause to the unknown individual who etched that word of caution and identifier! It's a shame reproduction artists don't mimic this example... 


(FYI... I have no connection or relationship with this current ebay listing.)

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Edited by rustywings, 04 March 2018 - 12:50 PM.

#2 Lee Ragan

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 07:54 AM

I have one of these repro half wings. They were made in Texas in the 1980's. The fellow who had them made was a retired Navy Aviation Ordnanceman  and a collector of militaria, (To protect his identity  I won't mention his name and I don't even know if he is still alive.)

#3 pfrost

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:17 PM

Russ, I think you are mistaken, "REPRO#7" doesn't actually mean reproduction #7.  It stands for REserve Patrol Reconnaissance and Observation (RePRO) squadron #7.  Its a very rare wing, first designed by LT A Beckman and LTjg  J W Valdemort (call sign "HeWhoShallNotBeNamed") at the NAS Museum Copy Depot (note the "M" hallmark").  A limited number of these high quality wings were made using exacting standards and equipment maintained in a garage and sold via catalogs and cracker jack boxes.


Someone is going to get a fine addition to their collection!



Edited by pfrost, 05 March 2018 - 12:23 PM.

#4 mghcal

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 12:30 AM

If only they were all marked like this!

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:18 AM

Sold for $34, 3 bidders/7 bids...........

I'd love to see an original as they are my favourite USN wing! Anyone on the forum have one?

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