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  1. Vpep

    Repo Cap???

    Thanks for the replies. That’s what I figured but it never hurts to get a second opinion
  2. Vpep

    Repo Cap???

    Hello everyone, This is for sale locally and I’m 99 percent sure it’s a modern reproduction, but I’d like to get some more informed opinions on it. It’s only five bucks, which means it’s either a reproduction or the person doesn’t know what they have. I look forward to hearing all your opinions. thanks, Vic
  3. Hello Everyone? I found this at a local antique shop that I frequent and it was reasonable, so I took a chance on it. To me it looked like an Aggressor forces soldier, because of the comb on the helmet. It’s made from fiberglass and painted a light green, although it’s very faded and has a few bad repairs. Has anyone seen these before. I’ve seen plastic Russians on eBay that look similar but these are quite different. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy the photo. thanks, Vic
  4. You are absolutely right Gil, I forgot to mention that aspect of their use in my initial post. I bet it was no easy task to try to hit one of these while they were whipping around in the sky. My next job is to try to find the control unit that a sailor would be holding to maneuver this thing. They are probably a lot less common to find than the kite.
  5. Thanks. These things display really well. I didn’t realize until I started looking them up, but I suspect they must have been used for areal identification because there are several types of German and Japanese aircraft printed on them.
  6. Here’s my latest acquisition after several dry months. I’ve been looking for a nice reasonably complete example of one of these Mark 1 target kites for a long time. I was lucky enough to find this one for a great price. It looks fantastic hanging from the ceiling of my war room. I hope everyone enjoys the photos.
  7. Unfortunately, these are the only photos I have at the moment, I’ll ask my friend for more. The buckle system works very similar to how WWI British web belts fastened like this photo.
  8. Good eye, I hadn’t noticed that. This is a CB pretty good mystery
  9. Brian, thanks for the information. This is definitely an interesting subject. If anyone can recommend any references on these, I would be grateful. I’ve seen McPheeters book, but at over $400, it was a little cost prohibitive.
  10. I want to thank you guys again for the information and feedback about the saddle tree, but I have one more question. What are the two “D” rings for on the front of the tree? Is this actually an artillery saddle?
  11. Thanks for the offer, but I think I’m going to take a step back from this project until I gain a little more knowledge about it. This was a snap purchase which turned out to be more than I anticipated.
  12. Thank you both for the advice. I think you are right. I’ve been searching for parts and the numbers don’t make sense. For what it takes to restore this one I could buy at least two complete saddles
  13. Thanks for the reply. That’s a good theory. The only issue is the date. The belt is dated March, and Aberdeen wasn’t established until October and became operational in December of 1917.
  14. My friend asked for my help identify this belt so I thought I’d present it here. I’m at a loss to what it is, hopefully someone here on the forum can identify it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. thanks, Vic
  15. Hello Everyone, I had the opportunity to buy What I thought was a M-1904 McClellan Saddle. It was very inexpensive in my opinion, (well under $100). It was one of those snap decision type purchases, so I wasn't able to do the research I usually do. I was hoping to restore it to put together a nice display. When I got home I noticed the placard that was stamped with the seat size was blank, and there are no markings on the saddle tree that I can find. I have read that Argentina had made copies of the M-1904 in the 1960s. I hope that's not what this is, but if I had to I could re s
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