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    Hello!

    I recently made a post on the "Show your mannequins" thread about my RAF Leading Aircraftman uniform.

    Apparently this rank wasn't entitled to wear the Pilot wings and still a pair of PW's are attached to my uniform and was probably added postwar. Therefore my question is, since they seem to be sewn to the uniform with just a few threads they seem to be relatively easy to remove. Would it be better to carefully remove the wings and still have a (IMO) good RAF uniform or simply try to return it to the dealer?

    What would you all do?

    Many thanks for your answers and time.

    Best regards, Tobias

    P.S I know the medal ribbon doesn't match either but I'm mainly focusing on the wings at the moment.

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    Hello Tobias, it depends on how much you like the tunic and if it was very costly. While this is not my area of collecting that does look like a very nice tunic with or without wings. You have to be comfortable with your decision.

    Good Luck, Al
    Regards, Al

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    If you paid over the top because the tunic was miss-sold as a pilot's i would return for a refund. If you paid the price of the sum of the parts i would remove the pilot's wings. Regards Paul (depends how much you like the tunic)

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    Price is important. If you paid much for the rank and wings, take your money back. Otherwise keep it. I wold not return it just for the wings and definetely put on display after removing them.

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    Thank you all, the price was not too bad at all for this tunic (250€) so I’ll feel pretty comfortable with removing the wings. I'll probably also feel alot more satisfied with the tunic now that It's historically accurate rather than I would if I were to keep the wings on it.

    Another plus side is that the Wings look like a good pair so they'll be a new addition to the RAF collection I guess

    Thanks again!

    Tobias

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    And it's done! Very happy with the results (I have to thank my mom.)

    Now I don't have to buy a pair of Wings atleast

    new uniform 2.jpgnew uniform.jpgnew uniform 3.jpg

    removed insignia.jpgremoved ins.jpg
    Last edited by Sensei; 01-27-2023 at 06:14 PM.

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    Excellent! Looks great
    Regards, Al

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    Hello Tobias,

    Good decision removing them and great work by your mother. Looks very nice.

    Best regards
    Wolf

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