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  1. Hey Lee-you know who did the uniforms and gear, right? He was still working on it about the time I left, was really frustrated with some of it.
  2. That is exactly the technique I used on my pole charge as well. Looks great. The only very slight problem is as the temps change the cord seems to expand and contract a little. Every year it seems like I get more and more slack. When I put it together, I used friction tape to hold it to the pole, so it is just a matter of pulling the slack up towards the charges, eventually, I can cut it and reinsert it in the blocks.
  3. Beautiful set. A lot can be said for the "joy of the hunt". Last year I completed my SCR-694 set up, only lacking the BX-53(or is it 54?), not the one with the spare tubes, the other one that held crystals. Certainly not as hard a search or long as your SCR-288, but did have to dig through GRC-9 and some French stuff for a long time to get WWII GI components. And I have always tried to convince people that every "thing" has a bunch of "stuff" that goes with it, it is not just the radio or just the machine gun. When I show it to people or take it out and set it up, everyone is surprised at all
  4. Can't we get them to add a section for Signal Corps equipment? I am extremely digitally challenged, but would not think it would be that hard.
  5. Looking at the wires coiled up in the back of the bag, it looks like they are missing the plugs, should be the same as on the handset PL-68 and PL-55 to plug into the jacks on a radio set. Your set and bag are in beautiful condition and the TM for it is nice as well. Funny, I have an "A" model with a 43 date on the data plate and a "D" model, like yours also dated 43, and yours is a "D" model dated 42. I do not know what the differences are between them and I am pretty sure that if they did a modification to them (An MWO in Army talk) they would not have bothered changing the data plates, ju
  6. Oh sorry forgot-the Reeling Machine is an RL-39, in your case "B". The only change between the WWII ones and the post war, actually the ones in the 80s and up, is that the handle is wood on the earlier ones and plastic on the later ones. All the ones I had in my Infantry Platoon in the late 90s had wood handles. The idea of not using a WWII one is great, if you get one with the plastic handle, just repaint it a WWII OD and wrap the plastic handle with either electrical tape or friction tape. Couple days in the rain and mud and you will not even be able to tell. The difference between the DR-8
  7. Think you mean the TS-10 Sound Powered Phone. The TP-9 was a powered phone that also worked on field wire, had about 3 times the range of the EE-8 models since it has an amplifier built into it. I got one, you need like 3 22 volt batteries and 2 D Cells to run it. But for regular Infantry type communication, up to at least Battalion level-TS-10s and EE-8s are the proper phones. The TS-10 is really a pretty good phone once you get guys to listen for it, with no ringer you have to whistle or yell into the handset to get the other guy's attention. But the things are almost bullet proof. You ca
  8. I tried that too, but given my location (ETO) it is a little hard to find someone to do it. I did take my Chelsea Signal Corps Message Center Clock to a clock repairman, he replaced the glass and cleaned and oiled it and I definitely paid "European Craftsman" wages, but it runs like a , well, clock. I am not even so much worried about the costs, just want them fixed. I will maybe try to give Mr Yates a call this weekend, hate barging in on people.
  9. This may not be the best place to post this, but thought I would try. Feel free to move it to the proper or a better area, please. Anyway for several years I had been getting my WWII watches repaired by a gentleman in Oregon name Doug Yates. Always did a super job, was extremely easy to work with and his rates for his work and parts was very fair. I have been trying for a while to contact him and the e-mails keep coming back. First I sincerely hope he is OK. Does anyone know of him and if he is still providing this service? Otherwise, I have a couple WWII-era watches that may have to sit uns
  10. Without sounding like a money-grubbing jerk, I guess it depends on what said item is. Something personal-his wallet, a stack of mail, medals, I would certainly contact him or them. Had an incident about 8 years ago where my wife found a cigar box full of letters and what-not at a flea market. Was about 3 months worth of correspondence between April and June 44, a couple small scribbled notes and some other small odds and ends. The letters were all very chit-chat "please send more socks"; "Thank Aunt Ginny for the cookies" and so on. Then there was a break about the 3rd week of May and it pic
  11. Hi- does anyone know if the Handcarts had the valve stem protectors on the tires like other vehicles? I am thinking they did since, well, they were valve stems and it looks like there is a depression in the rim where they would fit. Just thought I'd ask. Thanks in advance.
  12. Went with a few members of my unit to the 1st Division Memorial in Bulligen, Belgium in December. We laid a small presentation wreath after clearing the snow from the walkways and the 1st Division patches. More to follow from our tour of the North Shoulder.
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