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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 weari
  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.
  14. I just picked up two in the last three months, one was $300 and the most recent was $200 and it has a small hole in the seal that I need to seal up.
  15. Unfortunately, a deployment halted my cyclical cleaning and resupplying the KW packs. Hopefully this summer after the MVPA convention, I can get back on it. I will be sure to post pics. The picture here of the room is so old that I barely remember it in that configuration, I need to do a update there as well.
  16. Again, very nice examples, love these things.
  17. Very interesting read, thanks for posting.
  18. Very nice, Even empty, a rare item. Thanks for posting these.
  19. They didn't completely abandon the chocolate. About 2/3rd of the way down the label, it talks about the chocolate, so they must have put it in the end as a separate item instead of mixing it in.
  20. Here was my buddies grenade. It was out of the packaging when he got it, or else someone in the packing plant had a funny sense of humor.
  21. Recently, I was finally able to secure the final major piece to my WWI collection that I have been searching for. Because this is an item that most people will never get the opportunity to see or touch, I decided to take pictures and post for reference purposes. These rations were developed as an emergency ration in the case a unit was cut off or supplies were not reaching the troops. It is comprised of bread and meat and this sample was made at the Armor Meat factory in Kansas City, ironic that KC is also the home of the WWI museum.
  22. Thanks, I came home last fall, unfortunately light one M-67 grenade though.
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