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    The Central Highland's of Victoria, Australia - Uc Dai Loi

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  1. I have 2 P-41 jackets that belonged to Ernest Carr 1 Sig Batt, 1 Mar Div. He served at Cape Gloucester and Okinawa. He missed Saipan due to malaria (was super lucky as the rest of his tent mates were all killed or wounded). One of the shirts was worn by him on Okinawa, and later used to paint his house! He only served in WW2. One of the shirts has his name written above the pocket. I can’t remember which shirt. Will take some pics.
  2. Great read. Its the same situation here in Australia.
  3. Its probably a 1980's version of the HD-1000. I can't find the model number anywhere on it. You are right about it being a breeze on the machine
  4. No its just a regular Janome. Its an older one, probably from the '80s.
  5. Lovely helmet. Its hard to see but the wings look to be an in-country made example.
  6. Great pick up. I haven't managed to get one either. Quite hard to find around these parts.
  7. The bluish patina is known as Verdigris, which is pronounced verdigri and forms on both copper and brass. It is an atmospheric oxidation, consisting of basic copper carbonate. One cause is exposure to saltwater, which one might expect to find on the gear used by a marine. Perfect for what you are trying to depict.
  8. All up I am very happy with my effort. The only down side to this is that the chinstrap is about 1.5 inches shorter (because of the folding) and therefore I can't fasten it across the back of the helmet. I will have to display it either done up, hanging down or hooked up into a helmet net. The end result:
  9. OK, I had my strap, now the fun part, attaching it. I have posted on the USMF before about the correct bar-tack to be found on WW2 M-1 helmets (I used to work for a defence contractor that used the same machines). However, not having access to that machine anymore the problem would be to replicate that stitch on my home Janome machine. I thought about this for a little bit and went a head and conducted some experiments using my machine’s zigzag feature. I was able to change the length and width of the zigzag until I was happy that it approximated the correct original bar-tack. I also u
  10. A couple more pics of the straps I was offered.
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