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  1. The process is called felting. If you go check out the Tartan Authority website, there is a detailed, multi-part post from the early 1940s on the topic. Basically, moisture, agitation and heat will combined with the spun fiber and encourage it to return to it's natural state. It's why a Scottish yard was cut 38 inches at mills with regard to wool. There are curing techniques that will ameliorate the shrinking, but it's the natural tendency of wool to shrink.
  2. I'm looking at a set from 1982, and I agree with coli8344, the letters are much thicker. I'm not sure if there was a uniform method of embroidery for these however, so there could have been a lot of variation even in the same timeframe.
  3. Looking great Zepher, can't wait to see the next update!
  4. Are the any markings on the rim? The French restrikes often have a pointing hand and the name of metal (cuivre or argent). I also found a few comments on a web site that I can not vouch for. Just from a cursory glance, the letters in COMITIA seem to be leaning slightly leftwards, which seems to be common in the 1850s French restrikes (If the D and M in AD ORAM are low, this another indication of that production). From a UK collectors website... "You can tell the original from the restrike, there are small raised dots between the words "CLASSIS PRAEFECTO" and a mark above the "QUEUE" where the
  5. Bitburg transitioned from Phantoms to Eagles in 1977. Nearby Spangdahlem kept the Phantoms for Wild weasel duties. My dad (Avionics) was one of the last to PCS in '77, much more turnover when you change planes. I think that was the first deployment outside CONUS for USAF? There are no mountains like that near Bitburg, those look Alpine, which is symbolic of Germany, so I wonder if the print was to commemorate the initial deployment? Patches are very familiar. Artist - not. F-15 was an awesome plane, shattered the vertical climb record (faster than a Saturn rocket) and even had a satellite ki
  6. Excellent! Some great ideas there, thank you for pointing that out, BEAST.
  7. Thanks! Yes, the display will in a room with a north facing window, and on the north wall, with a bookcase between it and the sun and I'll also try to get a frame with UV protecting glass, just in case. Sewing it to some archival muslin with fine thread sounds like a better idea than the one I had of pinning it.
  8. It's not tough to do some online research and discover the recommended ways to mount and display documents, insignia and patches, but when I search for the same on flags, I end up with a huge amount of data on how to present flags at ceremonies and such and nothing about mounting for displays. I have a hinomaru yosegaki (good luck) war trophy flag I'd like to display, but I figure the details of how to do such a thing are just as valid for US unit guidons or other flags, so I thought I would ask here, especially as I have seen a few mounted and displayed in a similar manner in the pinned di
  9. The red stripes are Navy hash marks, 1 bar per four year term of service, displayed on lower sleeve. I could see the other being navy, the shape resembles a propeller screw, but it's not one I know.
  10. Oh yes. Not positive, that shot looks like a view of the Bowling Lanes and Arcturus theater, but looks reversed. I remember being able to walk out my second story bedroom window in order to shovel snow away from the doorway. Used to have to plug in the engine block to keep it from cracking. When we were there, it was RAF, RCAF and USAF. They'd have a winter carnival involving snow sculptures and lots of drinking games between the squadrons. If you could stand the cabin fever and constant dusk in the winter, it was actually a great place to be stationed. I really loved the smaller bases lik
  11. Sweet! I lived in Goose Bay from in the early 70s (Whitman Circle, on USAF side). Was isolated, but a great place, especially as a kid. I've always loved that Crest-Craft patch, been keeping an eye out for a while, but always seem to get outbid, and lately it's been harder to find.
  12. The one I am familiar with is Smokey, a Yorkie, also known as The Yorkie Doodle Dandy. Found in New Guinea, they thought she may have been an IJA/IJN pet, but was not. A soldier bought here for a few bucks by Bill Wynne. She eventually flew some photo recon missions and ran some cable through a narrow pipe in the Phillipines to help restore air field communications. Went on to be a rehab dog after the war and also I think some TV spots. Pics from Huffington Post website
  13. Awesome that you were able to bring the PH back to the grouping. Persistence does pay off!
  14. Beautiful set - thank you for sharing it. Interviewed a Bataan survivor once, a hellish event that was always with him physically and mentally, as I would think for all who endured it.
  15. I don't only collect the assorted unit histories published after the war, I also read them. Currently reading The Golden Cross, A History of the 33rd Infantry Division in WW2 by 33rd Infantry Division Historical Committee. The recount of the struggle on Bench Top Hill by the company that only brought a canteen of water per man only to find a dry creek bed and then spend 36 hours in the tropical heat with no water was brutal. And the photo of a half million dollar of silver pesos uncovered by an arty strike was intriguing, but I found no detail about it in the text.
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