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  1. These were developed by a Boeing employee. I have a wartime article about them somewhere. I have the Ju 88 version and used to have a FW 200 example. They are fairly fragile and are rare. I sold the FW 200 version because it had a crack in the plastic. I've only come across two in all my years of collecting.
  2. Kraus serial number in helmet (not shown above) has army post WWII RA prefix (?) Vietnam cover, Vietnam helmet, etc. Somebody's blowing $300 on a good yarn.
  3. I was in 'Nam from Oct. '68 to Oct. '69 and the nylon bags were in use. We were still using the older type "osnaburg" fabric bags as well. I'd say at first it was about a 50/50 mix with the nylon bags replacing the older ones as time went on. I preferred the older type. The nylon bag had a shorter string that was a pain to tie and that nylon material was hard on the hands. I was in a airmobile 105 battery and filled thousands of those things. I even have a certificate issued by the 1st Cav that says so!
  4. I have a nice WWII TL-122-B flashlight that was covered in a waxy white material. This is apparently also a problem with WWII plastic canteens. I also have an interest in vintage model trains and have noticed the same problem with the plastic used on '50's vintage American Flyer cars. I went on line to see if the model train community had a solution to this problem. They did. It turns out this waxy deposit is a mold releasing agent and not something exuded by the plastic. The solution is to use a hair dryer set on high to melt the residue. I have a dryer that is particularly hot it it worked like a charm. The white deposit instantly liquified and could be wiped off with a paper towel. The flashlight now looks good as new.
  5. Don't forget a water bucket. The breech needs to be swabbed out between rounds to extinguish any burning material that might ignite the powder charge. I've seen 155 crews in Vietnam use one man to load and I have seen some footage from WWII or Korea of a crew really pumping out some rounds using a single loader but this is not normal. I think "regulations" require two men on the rammer staff as well.
  6. I believe the 474th only wore Ike jackets and used the theater made 474th patch. The 1st SSF cord looks like one of those movie prop jobs. Without a closer look it's hard to say. I'd save my money.
  7. Here's a similar helmet. http://www.usmilitar...hl__+elvis +era
  8. I called eBay and found out the following: They are trying to enforce a government policy that has been in effect since 2011. This restricts the shipment of certain military equipment and technical information (like military manuals) overseas. eBay has been slow to implement this policy because of the sheer volume of sales. However this means you can still list your items with domestic shipping only indicated and they can still be viewed and bid on by people overseas! Another ridiculous and uneeded restriction on the sale of legitimate collector's items.
  9. Helmet is listed as a WWII item in the WWII collectibles category. I just tried to revise the WWII manual with overseas shipping and got the same warning. I'll call eBay tomorrow and find out what the hell is going on.
  10. Yes, a WWII U.S. M1 helmet. I've been selling them for years with no problem. I sold a Vietnam era liner last week with no restriction. Tonight I also listed a WWII TM (manual) and got the same sort of warning.
  11. I just listed a WWII M1 helmet on eBay but they wouldn't allow overseas shipping due to "restrictions". I had to list it for domestic sale only. Anyone know anything about this?
  12. As indicated above, the tape is "vintage" and appears a lot brighter in the photo than it really is. It's actually an off-white shade with a yellowish tint. It also picked up a little soil and looks like a perfect match to the age of the helmet.
  13. Earlier this year I posted some pics of a chaplain marked helmet I found in the basement. For some reason I had put one of those plain green cloth covers on it about twenty years ago and forgot I even had it. A couple of the Forum members suggested the markings were tape residue and not paint. The more I looked at it the more convinced I was that this was the case. I recently came across some ancient "Red Cross" brand tape and decided to restore the helmet markings. Interestingly the adhesive backing was an exact color match to the residue on the helmet. Also the gaps under the crossbar matched the stencil effect on the original perfectly. Here's some before and after shots
  14. I don't think electrical tape would stick to a cloth helmet cover. Also there is a small raised piece on the front and a metallic looking strip a little further up. I'll have to try and find this segment again and take another look. I also don't think he's wearing a net.
  15. Recently I found a great DVD collection called "Vietnam, America's Conflict". It's basically a collection of vintage armed forces short subjects on the war in Vietnam. Many are from the Army's "Big Picture" series. Naturally there are lots of views of the weapons and gear used throughout the conflict. One shot really grabbed my attention. Below is a screen save from one of the episodes showing an Army unit in the bush. The soldier in question is an RTO with a strange addition to his helmet. Is this a decoration or some signal corps device?
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