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  1. welcome aboard. Great canteen...what's the last name on that? Looks like 'VEDVATT' or 'VEDVAT'
  2. I'd suggest contacting eBay with screenshots of this issue
  3. Finally...I added some text. I put the unit name above the crest, in raised font. And I engraved the rim with "Camp Upshur" atop. We have a joke motto on Camp Upshur. We are literally as far from the flagpole as one can be on base, and thus mostly escape the politics of the National Capital Reason. Quantico's slogan is "The Crossroads of the Corps". As we like to say about the camp, it's located "Where the Crossroads End" Next step is to test print this and see what alterations or overhauls are needed....
  4. I decided to incorporate this crest into the coin, which required me to download and learn the basics of INKSCAPE, which allowed me to reformat the image into SVG, which is readable on Blender...While I love the terrain features in the background, it was a bit busy, so I just went with the basics. Once I converted it to svg, I was able to upload it on Blender and render it three dimensional...
  5. Did the other side tonight...much quicker with some of my newly acquired skills. I'm not too confident this side will print right, and if not I have another idea that could replace it. Guess we'll find out once the test prints are done... A couple years ago, the Commandant directed that the Battle Skills Test, or BST, be reinstated, but performance based rather than written test. We decided to put together a comprehensive, week-long training package at Camp Upshur that covered all 30 required skills and culminated in a 12 km, 12 station FINEX. We have done 8 iterations,
  6. If you actually read my post, you'd see that I did not post that link to compare the medal to yours. I did not state they were the same. I posted it to refer to Adam's post of the existence of reunion strikes...and nobody said the medal in the thread was a reunion strike. I know Owen, and I knew Bob...and while I trust both of their opinions they are just that-opinions. As was what I originally posted. An opinion. That's prefaced with the phrase "in my mind". I never presented it as fact. These are so rare that even the most experienced collectors may not have handled any number of
  7. So which one is it? In one post you say there was no second run, however in another you say there was two strikes. From what I've read (I believe in "No Bended Knee", but I'd have to check that) the first mold broke after about 50, and a second mold, I imagine made from recasting a first strike medal and thus diminished in detail quality, lasted around the same. Also, it is believed that these medals were also struck in the 60s or 70s for a veteran reunion for those who never received it...Adam refers to it in this topic: I would imagine that back then they simply
  8. I am on my phone so can't pull anything up, and if there's provenance then the auction should at least mention, if not depict that. Particularly that venue, as most people I know who have dealt with them, and I myself when perusing their inventory, have seen a mix and match of real and fake. I assume the one you are keeping is the one with provenance and in a group, while the other is the one off eBay. To me, a side by side comparison is not provenance as likely the best replicas were cast from original strikes and the original medals were so crudely made to begin with that repros
  9. Technically, at least in the Marine Corps, uniforms are supposed to be stored without insignia or ribbons and only put on for wear. So, just for conversation...let's say you found a Marine uniform to a historically significant individual...MOH, commander of a famous campaign, whatever...devoid of all insignia. Would you just display the slick blouse as is? No ribbons, no EGAs?
  10. Not a doubt in my mind that's a repro...looks like most of the other ones that have appeared on auction right down to he ribbon, not a single scrap of provenance with it...one of the rarest US medals in history ... Being sold by a dealer who often mistakenly (or knowingly, but benefit of the doubt here) lists fakes as real
  11. You're describing a humped uniform, or a representative uniform, or even a fantasy uniform...not a restored uniform. Restored uniforms are those that have original and RATED insignia/awards added after meticulously researching the vet's service record...and is disclosed when offered for sale/discussion
  12. Next...I had to add words to the rim. I considered 3D text, but decided instead to engrave the text, so when I 3D print these, I can use a syringe to fill the voids with colored resins to minimize painting.. However, once I start test printing, if the engraving is too narrow, I might have to switch to raised text. This required me to learn how to use text, how to wrap objects, and how to engrave a 3D model...excuse the tilts...engraved words do not appear when viewed straight on since it's all the same color. I had to cant it to capture the details Finally, I decided to fill t
  13. As the senior enlisted of a small, out of the way unit in Quantico...I often get asked if we have challenge coins, as Quantico breeds coin collectors. As we are usually a 6-10 man detachment...we do not. I recently got a 3D resin printer to putz around with...and a couple days ago decided to learn the ins and outs of Blender by trying the different tutorials in making a coin. Once I finish this, I intend to print some out and give them to my Marines. But thought I'd share the progress as this is an interesting learning curve and I can see these skills being used in personalizing pl
  14. I'd want to see the ghost behind the emblem, and a photo showing Marines wearing helmets with an EGA on them...since I don't actually see any EGA's in those scans
  15. Are there any dates in the book? There were two Daniel E Days i the Marine Corps, one entered in 1952 who was with 11th Marines in Korea, and the other in 1956 who was a food service Marine (cook) here at Quantico. There was also one who joined in July 1945, but no entries aside from that so he may not have finished boot camp, though he could be the one who entered in 1952 Any service numbers in there? That would help
  16. We had a dude do that in Iraq, too. Claimed a pen in his flak strap hit the trigger and the safety failed. We all called bull
  17. You might be surprised. While pandemicpalooza might not be significantly affected the market yet on onsie/twosie sales...I think it's absolutely going to result in lower sales prices of something this large and I fully expect many lots not to achieve opening bids...which may mean we'll see them reappear at lower prices
  18. Sure, many auctions wash their hands of it. But considering that outside of eBay, I've never once mentioned the name of any auctions I patronize, I doubt you're used to the auctions I attend. Here's one with a lifetime guarantee... https://www.meigrayauctions.com/mobile/default.aspx Oh, look, another one... https://www.artemisgallery.com/ If you want to fanboy up to a collection known and proven to have obvious humps, that's your business. Ultimately it is up to the buyer, but that doesn't mean that the community can't warn young or inexperienced collectors
  19. There are absolutely auction houses that guarantee what they sell, and many more who offer inspection periods at a minimum Even the auction site hosting the sale is known to do it........
  20. Rule one when buying from dealers of antiquities...no guarantee=steer clear. This is a well-known and much observed rules in TR and even ancient antiquity communities...but oft forgotten in the US field.
  21. Wonderful to see another one of these show up...these are one of those hen's teeth most of us will have to admire through photos
  22. It's WWII enlisted...worth $10-$15
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