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  1. hello, if amount of dirt /stains isn't really a big one (so it looks to me, judging by photos) couldn't it be better if you leave the item as it is currently? Maybe just me, but these things (if not in relic-shape of course) looks more appropriate when aged and with signs of their use?
  2. Thanx so much Dirk, too kind, Yes this one brought to end in last winter, has been my very last effort (through some 6 years) focusing on a US-related collection. My other plan, about getting 2-3 complete aviators in high altitude gear (all from former Eastern Block, virtually impossible to have any on US side) was it too, a very lenghty one - almost six years, and ended up last month. With that, my adventure in the collecting word came to a close; in fact, a thinning down on other typologies has already started.
  3. And these, really the last couple pictures for this topic. Already posted elsewhere for the 'US Cavalryman' discussion, but here just as a better result (with more photo resolution) that ideally could close the collection. Thanx.
  4. Thanx very much to both of you... too kind!
  5. Some additions in the last 12 - 14 months. This last shots not just for Cavalry weaponry, however it puts together my four Trapdoor-style longarms. Carbine is a Model 1877/79 from year 1881
  6. ...super-heavy, I'd say ... 😉 but, everything is relative in this world. I've seen at least a couple K-1s in the past, going away at much more - and, they weren't in the same condition as this...
  7. no ideas at all, I too would like knowing what the price - sure item itself is something super-fantastic, no doubt about.
  8. Yes I had done - not exactly that one, anyway a 85% similar Polish Air Force high-altitude interceptor pilot from early 1980s. https://www.worldmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/315963-polish-air-force-full-size-mig-21-pilot/
  9. @Paul, always too kind - thanx very much. Curiously this K-2B flight suit (here being at the edge of phasing out in US servicing as the newer Nomex-made CWU-27/P will start arriving in 1969) started being license-made about 1967 by Roma-located, italian 'Giusti' firm - 98% the same thing. One difference, in the Italian item the light grey colour never changed through about 13 - 14 years while the US-made one has passed thruogh many shades of different hues. Here the K-2B suit on my italian F-104 guy. Aside for a German-made Life Vest, all the rest is either straight from the USA or Italian-made after US patterns.
  10. Thaanx for appreciating Owen, yes some years back then were needed - in current times it would be different as for some aspects of gathering the stuff, or maybe not... who does know. Anyway one of the most difficult to be put together, only another jet age pilot has been a more lengthy matter, it's a high-altitude Soviet interceptor in stratospheric attire. Would like very much showing it but it's out of topic and of course, non-US item.
  11. hello, just made some more pics with better definition and lighting at this guy. Anyway a better result than those made years ago.
  12. hello, just wishing to point out a complete K-1 helmet and accessories (+ original storage box) in amazing condition and 1,000% new, currently sold, as shown on a French website. Photos speak for themselves. https://www.aeronantiques.com/en/flight-helmets/487-k-1-us-air-force-high-altitude-pilot-flight-helmet.html
  13. Forgot some tips about the four Springfield guns in the above photo: rifle Mod. 1866 (this made in 1867), rifle Mod. 1868 (made in 1870), carbine Mod. 1877 (made in 1881) and rifle Mod.1888 (made in late 1890).
  14. Too kind Mike, thanx very much.
  15. Thanx very much 'bender for appreciating. As a sidenote for this topic, Cavalry carbine was the first 'Trapdoor'-style gun I got when I didn't think yet about a US Cavalryman set of equipment. Back then idea was, to be able through the time to get one specimen for each of the various models (and their variations?) composing this fascinating family but it turned out being not feasible for many a reason - would have been at least 10 different guns, maybe more. Currently the collection includes four Trapdoors; however adding one Spencer Mod. 1865 carbine, one Sharps Mod. 1867 carbine and one Remington Mod. 1871 rifle there are seven pieces to make some history of long guns for the military section. Here the four Springfields as they look currently:
  16. just to enhance the shape and proportions of sun's rays on three of my Chits. Here the 2nd pattern Chit, Chinese-made on silk: here the 3rd pattern, still Chinese-made on silk: and here the US-made, late-war pattern on rayon (not longer silk) . All the three are extremely well printed and shapes are perfect:
  17. Hello, hat could likely be the only item being not in the correct timeframe the other pieces comfortably are. Decidedly a vintage beaver fur hat with ribbon-bound edge, civilian-made but very difficult to identify - headband too much deteriorated and also crudely repaired. Only legible are 3X BEA ... (standing of course for beaver), I seriously doubt it's an original Stetson as made in late '800s or early '900s. Much likely it's later in my opinion. Another chance is, could instead be a Stevens Company hat (they also manufactured hats in very similar fashion as Stetsons') but if so, that company didn't exist before 1917.
  18. hello Sam, just back yesterday on the Forum after almost three months - not a Blood Chits expert of course, here just my opinion. Leather specimen looks to me to be original, no wrong details about leather and back stitching as who knows how many artisans out there in China and India were making such 'souvenir'-type things by using (necessarily) different materials and ways of working. Good-looking Chit. The other one looks wrong to me, at least not from the ones as made by Chinese government through the war (from late 1941 to early 1945) and regularly issued to US aircrews in three-four variant being slightly different between them. Pattern was generally speaking the same, evoluted from the initial batches of Chits when issued first to the AVG in December 1941, in some ways they never changed - moreover your having the 'chop' centered in the middle would be not post-late 1942 and should sport some very precise things. In particular, * way of making the silk fabric looks to me different from the originals * all Chinese characters should be printed in a professional and strictly perfect way, with no ink 'bleeding' - even when ink and colours bleed through many years of bad storage (or, emergency use in wartime) they do that in a much different way. Yours seem having been hand-written instead of printed, with a vulnerable kind of ink * too much uncertainty as for the characters are written. Excessive variations in size and style, not really printed in my opinion * badly executed flag with much wrong 12-rays 'sun'. They were more than perfect in those Chinese-printed Chits, all identical and longer (and more pointed) * the 'chop' especially, should be much more elaborated than (apparently) a lot of simple traverse lines. Yes it could be period-original and made in war theater for some reasons after the official pattern, however it looks too much different from the true Chinese-made and issued Chit. Anyway my opinion - Franco.
  19. thanx very much Paul and Pointedcuffs !!
  20. a very last shot at the Schofield in a different lighting than the one in above post.
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