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JapanX, March 26, 2012 in Japan
Very interesting point of view was expressed recently regarding badge in posts #161-164 and #175-178.
It is fake because a) rays penetrate the feather array at the top and b) the star is brazed onto the badge, not riveted.
Let`s discuss this
These are the places we are currently interested
"Nomal" riveted star
"Our" badge indeed has rays that penetrated the feather array at the top
and no signs of riverting
Interesting that badge on the left (in the post #162) with original pin have practically "normal rays"
Reverse (for view with raised needle see posts #163-164)
But last badge has another pretty alarming quality ...
Take a look at this drips om propeller and edge
But the real fun begins with this badge!
These rays look familiar
Check out this inscribed reverse
Insciption reads (thanks Chris for your generous help with translation! )
School for military pilots at Tachiarai Fukuoka Prefecture
1st inaugural class for officer candidates
Another inscribed badge of the same type.
Reverse inscription is hard to read, but it`s obvious that this badge has engraved (!!!) insciption and riverted star (!!!).
Two kanji on the lefy look like name "Ikeda" (thanks Chris! )
Now another "player".
This time completely silvered one
Say "hi" to penetration
Reverse (note different type of pin)
Now what are these badges?
Originals or post-war replicas?
It`s quite understandable to me why these badges look suspecious to our colleagues.
First of all they often can be found in this brand new boxes
Another badge and another such box
Reverse (note how fat is the pin)
In addition to the boxes some of these badges have very fresh look (way too fresh!) + they have painted wreath (and sometimes not very carefully painted wreath ) ...
All these things make these badges look dubious ...
But what about inscribed badge from post #187-189?
Now let`s return to this couple of badges from posts # 161-164.
Both badges appeared on the YJ this summer.
First badge was sold on YJ on June 19
Then on August 18 it appeared together with second badge (without pin) on other YJ auction
where only badge without pin was sold.
October 7 this badge without pin was sold on eBay.
Well, what do you think about these badges chaps?
P.S. Unfortunately not only these badges could be dubious, but also badges from posts #31-40 + badges with flat pin ...
Just to cheer you up - another cavalier of pilot badge
At least his badge is 100% original
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