This is a blog is about the replica WWII era caps and other flight gear I have made.

Flying caps are a fascinating part of WWII flying gear. Like the A-2 jacket, they are still functional and stylish today. I hope to include a smattering of info about the original caps from which my caps are modeled.

The patterns I use are taken primarily from originals in my collection. One of the biggest challenges is to find materials in the correct weave, weight, and color. More often than not I have to dye the fabrics.

All cap materials are hand dyed, hand cut, and hand assembled. Starting with nothing and having something I can wear is all part of the enjoyment. It can be very time consuming but there is a sense of pride that comes with it. I wear one of my caps almost daily.

With each cap I make, quality improves and ideas for other caps come. Blemishes and all, I think they can be pretty convincing.

This is not a business nor an "Items For Sale" site. There is no way to recoup the time spent on these projects. Nonetheless, you might find an item offered for sale here and there. I can only hoard so many!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

B-1 Cap for sale

    Here are a few B-1 caps. Two are originals and two are mine.
    Here are the two reproductions:
The reproduction on the left is spoken for by another VLJ ( forum member.

The one on the right is a recent test cap and is available. It has the best color of any of my B-1s yet - you can see above that it is the best match to the originals.  That was from a batch that took a while to get right.  I may have enough for only one more hat with that material and must now source more.
The imperfections are all related to the sweatband so are not readily noticeable.
Size is approx. 7 3/8 (approx. 23" around head).

$ SOLD $+ $5 shipping to the CONUS. SOLD!

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