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somekindajoe
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PostSubject: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeSat Jan 03, 2015 6:01 pm

I picked up this silver wing motif hat off ebay recently.

Silver wing motif hat. Tanhat_zpsa47ae315

A little item, a random purchase, but I'm really pleased with it!

...and it got me thinking!

It's obviously from a mid 1970's 'Quatermasters' small card and is even featured as such in the 1975 equipment manual.

Silver wing motif hat. Manual_zps527e5fa8

...but the first hat I ever had with the motif was a blue pilot version on a late 1960's Mintex 'Buddy Action' figure. Am I correct in thinking the AM pilot of the time's hat lacked the motif? Did it appear as a KO before a 'genuine' Palitoy item or are they both copies of an earlier Hasbro piece?

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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeSat Jan 03, 2015 11:45 pm

No idea about the cap but that uniform in the catalogue is one I hankered after as a kid.I always thought and still do that it had a certain Gerry Anderson look about it.

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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeSun Jan 04, 2015 7:33 am

very nice steve!, looks great! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeSun Jan 04, 2015 8:19 am

The original 60`s blue cap was blank you are correct Steve :-) the motifs were only used on the later Internationals hats.
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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeSun Jan 04, 2015 9:30 am

That's a great pick up. I have been after one of those for ages. They have always come up at the wrong time for me. I looks in great condition, fantastic.
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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeThu Jan 22, 2015 7:18 pm

Update!

Thanks to Pete_AM Hank is now modelling the dark brown version of the hat!

Silver wing motif hat. DSCF8713_zps583f6154

I'm also a bit further along in my quest to solve the mystery of the Silver Wing motif! As previously explained, the motif didn't appear in the action man range until the mid 1970's 'Quatermasters' small cards but I had a blue hat with the motif on a Mintex Action Buddy KO figure in the 60's. As I can't find any example of the motif in Hasbro's GI Joe range it must have originated in KO and then made the jump to 'proper' figures. The complete opposite to what usually happened.

It even turned up on some Star Trek KO's before AM got hold of it!

http://www.plaidstallions.com/racktoys/lincolnrock.html

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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeThu Jan 22, 2015 7:36 pm

Here is a Defender wearing KO pilot gear, including a helmet with the Silver Wing motif. This is the early issue helmet.

Silver wing motif hat. 20141030_194856_zpsde1aac98
Silver wing motif hat. 20141030_194914_zps6ec83e5d

The later KO helmets were even more crude and had no insignia.

Silver wing motif hat. Pilot5_zpsdf9cacf9
Silver wing motif hat. Pilot7_zps836e11fe

Here's a Hasbro Pilot wearing the standard blue cap.
Silver wing motif hat. AF1_zps574c7c2d

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PostSubject: Re: Silver wing motif hat.   Silver wing motif hat. Icon_minitimeThu Jan 22, 2015 9:47 pm

Nice hat Steve! Very Happy
Great pics Nate!

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