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  1. Not sure if you ever completed your round. I just did one the same as yours. Hope that helps if you haven't already done yours.
  2. Huh. Called out some of his crap several years ago and got pounced on for it. Guess I was right.
  3. Zeph, I just bought a WC52 and you have given me the courage to start tearing into it and restoring it. I don't have near the amount of work you did as it is in fairly good condition, but I bought a set of map table rails and plan on blasting them and painting them to install soon. Very nice restoration you have done, I wish I had a tenth of the skill you do.
  4. I assume you are talking about the third picture? The one with the aerial map reading FM? If that is the case, you are looking at a phenalic US Army mechanical pencil.
  5. I have no way of knowing who or how it was repaired, it was already that way when the previous owner got it. He had the helmet for 15 years before I picked it up five years ago.
  6. Again, doubtful this is military configured, especially PJ. Why would any operator who would have to get out of an aircraft to do any tactical business have a big red "shoot me here" patch on to simply identify a rack number. Doesn't make any sense. In all the years carrying operators around the battlefield, I have never seen any wearing these vests, they wear equipment that is mouldable to their bodies so they don't jiggle. Having worn one of these for over 10 years, these vests are atrocious for anything other than sitting in a cockpit. I am thankful I never had to escape or evade wearing one of these, let alone think about an operator trying to do anything with a vest that carries very little of anything useful.
  7. That vest is the Army variant, however, I don't know what that 310 patch is for. Also, the darker flat pocket on the front is the flare pocket and it should be on he back kidney area of the vest, not on the front. The PRC-90 radio pocket should be where the flare pocket is. It looks as if this vest was repurposed. Maybe used by a wild land fire fighter or something, but that is not Army standard configuration.
  8. Why would a rigger use a shiny snap when these type of military snaps are blacken brass? Looks like a repro for a reenactor.
  9. They are a little tight, my pouch has a odd little fold at the bottom preventing it from going further down. But when it is in a different pouch, it's not much looser. I have seen pouches with holes in the flap as they are made tight.
  10. Sorry, I misspoke, it is not a two but a three piece cleaning rod as opposed to the four piece of the newer cleaning kits. I put a newer shorter rod on the ruler for comparison. These three piece rods are shiny, almost look nickle plated. Here are a few more pictures of the rest of the kit.
  11. Linedoggie is correct. The side pouch with the pull over flap is for the two piece cleaning rod that did not last long and are hard to come by. The zippered pouch on the front were for the brushes and the patch packs.
  12. The even more obvious question, mint fresh out of the can would indicate it's a live grenade, a little on the "federally frowned on" side of the law to be posting on a public forum board. I agree with you, flat bottom doesn't go well with a original yellow painted grenade.
  13. I don't know what kind of paint you used, but it might help to use a primer first. It looks like you used Krylon paint directly on the grenade and the paint looks like it settled in pools and is starting to fill in the letter stampings. You may have more luck using something akin to school bus yellow for tint.
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