Thank you once again. That post was more informative than we could have hoped for, and it has answered some pressing questions! I will email you as suggested, but I also wanted to place this public acknowledgement of our thanks for the help you have given us.
To quickly update:
We have decided to keep the jacket, which [as you say] has four buttons. It is in really great condition, and our on-going research shows it to be fine for our current level. Naturally wed like to be 100 per cent authentic but I think well regard it as a framework look that can be upgraded as future opportunities present themselves. I think finding things when you are particularly looking for them is difficult, but as soon as you stop looking they are apparently everywhere, so well go with that principle!
Right. We now have two anyway! One is already doctored up, complete with correct insignia and belt, but it is a clocked 70s era tunic, and identical in all other regards to our initial purchase. Well retain the other as a spare. Admittedly, the skirt we have ordered is the number two, and I see you have now advised we get the number one. It hasnt yet arrived so we cannot check for cut, fit or colourbut it was cheap.
Hats: We have all but given up on sourcing one online as most are just a shade too small, and some of the things out there being touted as good reproductions even make ME recoil! We have found a respected manufacturer though who will make a good authentic looking copy to fit, so that is a relief.
I made a monumental error, which was prompted by haste! I brought a brass cap badge, but overlooked the fact it was a queens crown version! I realised the mistake before it even arrived, but it was a lesson learnt! Not the vendors fault I might add, because he wasnt suggesting it was anything other than portrayed in the photograph. Oh well.
ShoesWomen..Shoes..WomenNeed I go on? We have reached a compromise. The shoes we have do look okay, but were chosen for comfort over stick perfect authenticity. The other half now delights in pointing out all the variations seen worn by WAAFs of the era anyway, and she makes a compelling case for artistic license on that issue at least.
The insignia on her 70s tunic [the first one] has some subtle colouration, which when compared to reproduction war ones looks wrong. She says the difference is too small to warrant removing the arm patches [Eagle] and replacing them, but I think that is due to her concern the tunic may get damaged. Well get some originals, or very good copies and Im sure I can win her over. Eventually.
Ive gone OTT on collecting Kings Crown buttons, and I fear it is developing into a fetish. They are brass, shiny and tactile after all! Anyway, its the must have accessory for leaning towards authenticity, so a man cant have too many brass buttons surely?
What else? HandbagsRight, that is in hand, because I know we need an original gas mask bag and we have sourced them from at least two different suppliers, either side of the pond. I nearly opted for the tommy helmet too which Id have sprayed grey [I found a reference for colour match], but then I had a brainstorm.
I go as an 8th Air Force B:24 airbase residing gun chewing shade wearing cigar smoking pussy hunting son of a gun rightSo, post 1942. Would WAAFs still have had the Tommy helmets slung over their gas mask bags as obligatory items as late as 42? My research is on-going, but for now our dwindling budget is reserved for shirts.
What Price Glory evidently does the detachable collar shirt in the proper colour and weave as the original. Typically we have to source one from America, but such is life.
So A J me ole mucker, we are virtually there!
Im gonna email you now as we have a couple of other things on our minds. I just wanted to draw a circle around this thread and mark the quest as done and dusted. I often feel my posts are somewhat rambling, and others do comment on that occasionally too. BUT, my god the effort involved in explaining things at length and showing our enthusiasm pays dividends ten times over! Your assistance being a case in point!
Ill bow out nowThanks.