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This custom vest is multi pocketed front and back in typical air crew fashion

 

 

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I am surprised you didn’t notice the k2 cut underneath with it’s pointed collar showing.

See the sleeve pocket is on the right?

Custom made for a southpaw no doubt

Also an early tiger print that’s lime green to the eye

 

 

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A tiger painted helicopter helmet from the Richie grouping.

It’s part of a large grouping to a Japanese American who was interned as a child in WW2 and who went on to join 10th group and ultimately served in Vietnam.

 

 

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The Richie grouping is one of my favorite sets in my collection

The helmet is a work of art.

Here’s the tiger pattern.

The helmet has seen extensive use and was touched up many times

It’s also hard to photo without a real camera set up which I have done for my camouflage book.

 

 

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He was part of the original training cadre of the Redondo school and no doubt helmet was used for instruction overflights.

Here’s his name and insignia painted in a unique camouflage to match the stripes of the pattern

 

 

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As typical a mis marched tiger suit is worn by him

 

When dealing with veterans groupings this is quite common

It’s usually only Collector’s who need to perfectly match up washes and dye lots.

 

I have no problem with mis matched suits as photography proves this time and time again

 

 

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When the group was split up the buffalo holster was bought by my mate Bryant who kindly gave it to me to add back into the group

It’s a nice twin mag type not commonly seen

 

 

 

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Harvey keitel was cast as the original Willard

He’s wearing his tigers as they worked for 30 days around the beach scene and the village air cav assault

He didn’t work out with Coppola.

 

 

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Shirt had the insignia removed and put back into circulation and was placed into the stock room.

More on that little story later

 

Owen

 

 

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Western supply’s all the movies uniforms

A friend of mine worked on loading the container and confirmed the costume.

 

 

 

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Oh dear!

That vest is something else, and didn't notice the K2 like you say, early cut AND with Southpaw zips! Wowee

Now tiger painted helmet...unique to say the least, could only occur on a flight helmet, never it seems on an M1, until one turns up and proves everyone wrong, right?

 

as for Keitels shirt, what the f**k? Is that possibly Keitel's then same one used for Willard(Sheen) or did Willard get another one made?

Also interesting to see how crudely it's made on the inside right

 

Awesome stuff Owen, hats off and more so for showing to us all, credit!

AG

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Oh dear!

That vest is something else, and didn't notice the K2 like you say, early cut AND with Southpaw zips! Wowee

Now tiger painted helmet...unique to say the least, could only occur on a flight helmet, never it seems on an M1, until one turns up and proves everyone wrong, right?

 

as for Keitels shirt, what the f**k? Is that possibly Keitel's then same one used for Willard(Sheen) or did Willard get another one made?

Also interesting to see how crudely it's made on the inside right

 

Awesome stuff Owen, hats off and more so for showing to us all, credit!

AG

aG

 

The HK shirt appears to be only 1 used but the photos are very limited

The MS shirt has been given a bit more camera time.

My research has found at least 3 different shirts used based on pattern placement.

The patches on the example I have examined has had the patches removed and applied at least 3 times.

The collars match on both shirts perfectly

On HK shirt the diagonal slash goes one way and the opposite on the MS examples.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s some I found on line but obviously would love to find bigger and better pictures

 

 

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Here is another tiger painted helmet not my guys

It seemed to be a mid war tread among the chosen few

Enjoy

Owen

 

 

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