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Hey all,

 

Picked up these Liaison pilot wings off of eBay last week for a song. They arrived today and I'm less than impressed. The quality definitely looks reproduction to me. Rubbed out spot on the shield, excess material on the L and a really uneven finish on the back side. $28 repros aren't bad, but I did want an original pair... oh well...

 

 

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You can't see it in the top photo, but there is a small blob of metal on the L, there's a flaw in the wing on the right side upper-most feather too.

 

It is marked Sterling as well...

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Guys, these are indeed "locally" produced, they are most likely produced in Indiana by Weingarden Galleries. http://1903.com/productView.asp?productID=174 ALWAYS Check Joe's site before buying any wings, particularly if you are just starting down the wing path! And remember, if the deals to good to be true, Ebay or otherwise, it probably is!

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Guys, these are indeed "locally" produced, they are most likely produced in Indiana by Weingarden Galleries. http://1903.com/productView.asp?productID=174 ALWAYS Check Joe's site before buying any wings, particularly if you are just starting down the wing path! And remember, if the deals to good to be true, Ebay or otherwise, it probably is!

 

 

Indeed... just who I got them from. They're going to be used for living history purposes anyhow, but yeah, I didn't read the whole description. It says "reproduction" at the bottom of the description. I've got several original wings of various types, which I know to be real, these were an impulse buy. Still, Sterling wings for $28 wasn't terrible...

 

For someone who's been collecting for a long time and knows a lot of this stuff, I really haven't made a great showing on here now, have I? :D

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From the photos theses are 100% legit cast reproductions. That being said it looks like there is an attempt at a makers mark what does it say. As for it being made by Joe W I am not sure I think his are better quality then these.

 

Here is a phone of my Balfour L wing from Capt. R.A. Layton 0-1167949 T42 43 A (from his dogtags)

 

 

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John,

 

The hallmark is just "Sterling", no maker's mark.

 

I'm actually wondering if the helicopter pilots in the 162nd Liaison Squadron actually wore Liaison wings or regular pilot wings.

 

Jon

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