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  1. Did the tail number on Baugher's list line up with a contract of other Voodoo's?
  2. It looks like the 80339 tag is your radio call number. This is also the tail number. You might want to look at Baugher's list and see if #58-0339 brings up anything.
  3. This is a section of parachute canopy. The ashtray at the top left is just shy of 4.5 inch's in diameter. Compare the size of the pattern on the canopy to the other patterns shown. Just a note indoors my camera is off on the color scale. its not as yellowish as it looks.
  4. Member The tri-color systems are very rare and as I recall only 5th Group was supposed to get them. I am not sure if that even actually happened. We tried to get them for 21 STS but we were slated for woodland and that is what was issued. Paraclete never built ELCS although they do make a version of that vest. They have a different kit for a different set of customers. The above is from another site as are the photo.
  5. Thanks Milsurp! I was able to find some information...kind of. The government paid 1,195.00 to Safariland per kit. The bag shown looks to have been made in 2004, assuming I read the code correctly. I guess for their time they were cutting edge. I found out the white pads (not shown) were flotation pads inserted in the vest. Yes this is complete according to the booklet that came with it. It looks like the three markets for this are 1) collectors of Spec Op gear used in the middle east. 2) Reenactors portraying Spec Ops operators in that place and time frame and 3) Survivalist and hunters look for this gear in woodland. I took this to a local surplus store I go to quite a bit and back in the day when these would pop up they would break them down and part them out. You are correct that woodland is still around. It makes sense the 3 color desert was used up in the middle east and that could be why fewer are found. I only found one kit desert kit for sale and a handful of parts from the kit.
  6. I didn't set out to do a forensic study on this photo, but I keep seeing small details. Look at the ground and his boots. They are muddy. His clothes are not soaked. I see no defined shadows, so its cloudy when the photo was taken. It may have rained the night before. He is dressed warm. The canteen we can see is on his left side and looks to be snapped. He is right handed. He is holding the canteen cup in his right hand and his Tommy gun is placed on his lap for a right handed pick up. Odds are being right handed he has another canteen on that side and that is were that canteen cup came from. The canteen cup is black from being used over an open fire. He looks to be sitting on the side of a road. The terrane behind him rises up behind him and is cleared for a few feet behind him then turns to thick brush. He has his pack on so he is on the move and not at some rest area. Photographers tend to travel by jeep when they can. I would venture a guess that the photographer had a thermos of coffee in the jeep and offered some up. But then again I wasn't their. It's only what I see. Every photograph is worth a thousand words and none of them may be true.
  7. When I really look at that photo I see a guy who has been in the field at least a week if not more. I don't know about you but it would take me closer to two weeks to grow facial hair like that. He is dirty, his clothes are dirty his hands are dirty he looks worn out and tired. He still has fight in him, but its clear he has been in the fight for some time. His M-1928 is on his lap, not sling over his shoulder, not propped or placed on the ground.That is a soiled cut parachute on his helmet and around his neck. Something he picked up along the way. Something he figured would give him a slight edge. That is a telling photograph. I'm sure the photographer thought so too.
  8. It's not a frog skin helmet cover. Look at the back of the helmet. I see the helmet isn't covered towards the back. That is likely a very dirty soiled cut parachute cloth that covers the front of the helmet, not the back. If I had to guess the soldier used the scarf to cover his face and blend in with his helmet covering. Mosquito netting is see through and thin. Look at how that cloth has frayed at the edges.
  9. Thanks Mike, What if I put the M-44 net on it? Still too much? : )
  10. Thanks! I was going over old posts and came across someone talking about reinforced tack. What is that about?
  11. This is out of my wheel house. I picked this up at the swap meet today. I understand what the booklet says, but who got these? It looks complete and its made by Safariland. What is the ball park on it?
  12. I just ran across this old thread and I'm gonna add a M1C I just picked up. It's front seam manganese rim. The chin strap is a flat buckle short strap. The heat treat reads 10-9A. I can't make out what the number between the 0 and 9 is.
  13. After years of looking I finally picked up a late war M1C pot to go with my M1C Westinghouse liner. This is a swivel bail front seam manganese rim. The chin strap buckle is flat. The heat treat stamp is 10-9 A. I can't make out what is between the 0 and the 9. The strap is short, it does not connect in the back. The first photos are it dressed up and the later photo's will be the details of the pot. I have already posted the liner before.
  14. That is what I found. I didn't know it was called a bridal hook.
  15. Really? Is it an alloy? I found the catapult hook from an F4U at a crash site and that thing was really heavy. It was only a "J" hook but it was thick solid heavy metal. Nothing in size next to your tail hook. I would have thought given the size of your tail hook you would be something in the area of 75-100 lbs or more.
  16. If you look at a number of my posts you will see I have a few WW2 aircraft seats. I didn't know how lucky I was to find seats complete with the post the seats mount to and in the case of my P-51 seat it also had the springs. It's hard enough to find period correct lap belts and shoulder harness's . A handful of times over the years I have come across these in very good condition, but they are few and far between. I have never found the seat posts or springs...ever. Now and again I come across the seats, but they almost never have anything attached. Has anyone found anyplace that has the seat posts and springs? I'm shopping around for the springs to see if anyone has a ready made item that looks like the originals. If I can't find them ready made I will be forced to have someone custom bend some. I took my complete seats to a metal fabrication shop that has laser cutters and found I can replicate the posts with all the mounting holes and seat positioning holes exactly like my originals in stainless steel. One offs are a little pricey and the numbers come down if it becomes a production run. My questions to all of you are does anyone have a hook up on the seat posts and springs? If not, is anyone interested if I do a small production run? The photo's show the two types of seat posts I am thinking of replicating and the springs.
  17. This photo is from epray. It is cotton with the box X stitching. The cinch pull is the type used in late WW2. I have seen this type cinch more commonly at the WW2 crash sites I have been to. The other D pull cinch shows up on the older crash sites.
  18. As that article states the time frame the bomber was made or how long it was in service plays a part it the color. A WW2 era B-25 D crash site I went to had indications it was zinc chromate bomb bay . A post war B-25 crash site I went to had indications it was a very light grey in color. That B-25 was in a recon configuration and that light grey Bombay probably reflected light better in low light conditions or at night.
  19. This is a side by side with the other half. The lighter green belt has the 1944 dated ink stamp. That 1944 dated belt I have is mismatched in color. As best as I can tell is the darker green one may indicate late war or very early post war. In another post I showed a nylon belt that had that same dark green color with the box X stitching. That was early post war issue. The pull cinch on the belt is an early mid war in origin, but I have no idea how long they used it.
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