I removed the lining also, after trying on a Sjt's beret which was incredibly comfy the part of the leather band that the overhang coverred has also been removed, but with the new drill inspections it is rumored we will be removing head dress for inspection? My beret also makes me look like a Walty Para Wannabe so it needs replacing.
Ordered one from e.c.snaith on wednesday and it arrived today! Not shaped it yet but put I on, folded it over and it could've passed for being shaped! Quality seems really good. Got to get flash sewn on by the tailors then shape it!