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  1. Guys, I have the HGU-47(V)4/P helmet pictured below, used by the TACCO VP-47 Golden Swordsman in the mid 80's. I would like to install the fitting pads but need some help sourcing the proper foam. The foam for the pads was completely melted when I got it, I do have the outer "leather" that was glued to the foam. I thought about just obtaining a new fitting set (also pictured below), however, I would really like to use the original pieces if I can as the rest of the helmet is original. My thought was to get the correct foam, glue the "leather" to it and then cut them out and install. My questions are; What type of foam (open cell, closed cell, something else...)? What color (black, gray)? Thickness? Was it the flame retardant type? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Rick
  2. One of my favorite items is this flight helmet used by the Tactical Coordinator of VP-47 in the late 80's. Nothing super special about the helmet itself... I picked it up (complete with carry bag) at a flea market for $5.00. All the foam from the fitted pads and ear cups had melted, so everything was covered in a sticky goo, it was partially sitting in a trash bag when I saw it. Spent about 20 hours meticulously cleaning it (being careful not to alter it in any way), the only replacement parts were the foam for the ear cups. After I got it cleaned up, I did some searching and was able to find an email address for the gentleman that owned it. I sent an email explaining that I collect militaria and asking if he would be comfortable sharing some details about his service. About 40 min later I got a wonderful email from him that contained all the details of his service. He explained that it had been cleared out in preparation for a move and that he was heartbroken over it's condition. He was so appreciative that it had been saved from the trash and very happy it was being cared for. It's one of the things I have the most personal connection to in my collection.
  3. I picked up a pouch for the Thompson M1928A1 drum magazine just the other day. I wasn't really looking for one, but happened upon this at a bargain price. It's in absolutely fantastic unused condition, a storage mark or two on the front, but otherwise perfect. The shoulder strap was folded up inside. It is stamped Boyle inside, no date. Does anyone know what year(s) these were produced?
  4. PRO- You get to actually enjoy it! I display (under the appropriate conditions) everything I possibly can. I spend my hard earned money to buy things I like and things that intrest me. If I'm going to buy something just to lock it away and look at it once a year... not really sure what the point is in having it. When I was younger, I bought several items that I kept stored away thinking, "one day my kids will want this". Then, my kids grew up and didn't have the same interests as I do. I basically ended up storing items for 25 years for someone else to enjoy. Display it and enjoy it, time goes by way too fast.
  5. I know that both WFL and Slingerland supplied snare drums to the Army during WWII. The Slingerlands are stamped W669-QM-19239 on the inside (which is the Army designation for the Slingerland model 634). I'm not 100% sure about Bass drums, but, I suspect that both WFL and Slingerland supplied those as well. Here's a picture of the Slingerland model (I don't own the Slingerland, just the WFL above)
  6. The snare in the photo should be this one... The "U.S." was removed, or lost to time. The hoop claws on the Army drums during this period were different than the civilian versions. Also a great picture of the drums in production, caption reads; - Drum beats for Uncle Sam - William F. Ludwig, 62 year old owner and founder of the WFL Drum Co. of Chicago, whose company is working on a large order placed with it by the U.S. Army, shown testing the final quality of one of the completed instruments. August 17, 1941.
  7. It burns me up when people list stuff in the "original" sections, then, when you called them out on it they say something like... well, doesn't say original in the title or listing. This guy has enough stuff listed, I'm sure he knows the difference.
  8. Second pic is labeled; April 1982. Fort Bragg, NC. The High Flight Parachutist, one of the five Special Force units.
  9. I sold this item to another forum member not long after posting this question, he sent me a link to some pics of the bottle set in use. First pic is labeled; Special Force, April 1982. Fort Bragg, NC. The five Special Force units: Combat Parachutist, High Flight Parachutist, Mountain Training, Frogmen, and Forest Jumper. You can see the bottle under the reserve.
  10. Does anyone know if there is a way to "era date" bibs/scarfs based on material, snap-style or construction? I'm sure construction methods (even within eras) varied pretty widely depending on the manufacturer. I've seen some made in Japan 100% rayon ones, parachute material ones, crepe paper material ones, etc. Only ever encountered a handful that had any markings at all. The one I have is the crepe paper style material with Scovill snaps. I've been told it was Vietnam era but have absolutely no information to back that up.
  11. Thanks for the info. I can't believe I've never noticed the foreign badges before, I suppose I should start paying more attention to dress uniforms.
  12. My morning routine is pretty standard; get up to let the dog out, make a pot of coffee, wife comes down flips on The Today Show, I do my best to ignore the inane babel emanating from the TV. This morning however there was a segment about US military dogs and their role in the raid that recently killed an ISIS leader. Within the story GEN Milley was talking about the K9 involved in the raid. As he was making his announcement, I noticed a set of French Paratrooper Wings on the right side of his uniform above his breast pocket. I don't know why, but after 40 years of collecting I don't think I never noticed foreign awards on us uniforms. When I looked up the generals official awards, one is the French Paratrooper award. After finding the most current uniform regulation that talks about wearing foreign awards, I found myself wondering when this started. Does anyone know when US Army personnel started wearing foreign awards, or, have any old school uniform pictures where this is the case?
  13. I see, I suppose if it was a Zippo there would be more value there. Since I don't have a particular connection or interest with the subject of the lighter I'll probably pass. I was only going to pick it up because I thought it might be a good deal, thanks for helping me out.
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