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  1. Hi All, Recently I had a Good News/Bad News incident with litter carrier parts. Two brackets turned up on Ebay France at a €1 start price, so I bid... Ebay litter carrier parts ...and Won :w00t: However, the seller obviously didn't like the price, because he cancelled the aution after it had finished (I didn't know you could do this). :thumbdown: Ebay sent a form asking if I agreed with the cancellation - I haven't bothered to reply. The seller sent a one line e-mail saying that he'd sold them to a friend instead. :crying: For information, it had the same contract plate as Broccoli's, The Colson Corp., Elyria, Ohio, 14th October 1942. I can't read the serial number, though. Best Regards, Prof
  2. Hi All, Converto Airborne trailer? I have the Data plate only. I collect data plates - I have a large number of them, far easier to store than entire vehicles :thumbsup: Detail showing trailer number. I've only just noticed the 8 is stamped upside down! Best Regards, Prof
  3. People collect plates? What next, Thimbles? And they call me wierd for collecting militaria... :thumbsup: Saluts, Prof
  4. Hi, Looking for pictures, but the big giveaway was the colour, really quite orange. Some experimented with 'Dyegone' to remove he colour, then redying, but this tended to make the suits quite fragile. About 1990, I saw a repro suit in a US catalogue, and imported one to the UK, because it was the first repro I'd seen in feasibly a correct colour. When it arrived it was terrible-too light in colour, too thick, slightly furry cloth, tailored to look right externally, but that was it. The killer was the ABS plastic belt buckle! A pity, because as Glen mentions, we used to wear real jumpsuits to re-enact (I never did get the right trousers, I had modified WWII chino trousers instead), and I can remember him wearing original jumpboots on a march in Belgium, where the boots dropped to pieces half way round, and he was having to wring blood out of his socks at the end Best regards, Prof
  5. Hi, yes, it was just another example of the use of the badge with a red border. As an Ike jacket, the stitching pretty well could not have been done before D_Day anyway. Johan, I'm sorry, I didn't know it was your jacket. Since odd.bod13 had used it without specifying a source, I thought it was his, which is why I credited him with it (you should always quote sources). As an aside, since it's not been seen here before, here is a picture of the BRO on my Fixed Bail, Hawley lined M1. I don't know when it was painted (can people tell by the style?) but the overlaying bar mark was painted Sept 1944 for another unit for Market Garden. Presumably the helmet was Salvage at this point, and picked from a pile for re-use. I really ought to get round to writing about this one. :think: Best Regards, Prof
  6. Hi All, whilst searching for something else on the site, I came across the attached post which helps add a little to the subject. Post 17 by odd.bod13 The photo shows a BRO jacket with red cross stitching around the badge. I guess its Artillery, but someone with more knowledge of DI's will confirm. Best Regards, Prof Incidentally, I will also be at Stoneleigh, a long way to travel, but good for seeing old friends. :thumbsup:
  7. Thanks, Chris. Incidentally, ACME is the company that originally made the 'crickets' for D-Day Europe, and now make reproductions using similar metal bashing techniques to those illustrated in the video. Best Regards, Prof
  8. Hi All, you probably know that these are still made by ACME in Birmingham, UK. You may find this short youtube video of their production interesting (well, I did :thumbsup: ) Whistle Manufacture Link And a short history of the company Acme Whistle History Link Best Regards, Prof
  9. Sorry, I thought it was the same one, double stamped.
  10. Hi All, May 52 seems a little early for an M14. There is a seller here who is apparently taking slings with the same treatment date out of sealed packages supplied with unused 1950's supplied Garands. I hope this helps (not really my subject). Best Regards, Prof
  11. Hi All, the end pieces are probably a type known as Olongapo, a form of watch strap made in the Phillipines, and often seen on 1960's-1970's watches for people who served there. The 'typical' Olongapo is a full bracelet with emblems, but you do occasionally see these smaller end piece varieties. Here is a link showing some modern ones which can be made to order still. Olongapo Bracelets. Best Regards, Prof
  12. Hi All, it was the same in the UK 25 years ago. There was a sudden flood of M1 helmets out of the USAF, I assume as the Kevlar helmets became issue. They were sold in various surplus shops (such as Irish Menswear in Leicester) for £10 each. The helmets were mixes of WWII and post war parts. The liners were generally new or slightly used, and the shells repainted or original Vietnam colour, all with 'modern' covers. I spent some happy half hours in Irish's swappping pots and liners to get WWII helmets for £10, with a free cover thrown in. :thumbsup: There were even a couple of painted liners (AP, MP) in there too. Another surplus store in Rugby showed up several bundles of WWII sweatbands, also USAF surplus, made, I think, by Gem Dandy, for £1 each. I bought one for every helmet I had lacking one, but didn't buy spares. Big mistake in hindsight. Best Regads, Prof
  13. Hi DD, and Thanks for the kind comments. To complete the set, here is the OI stamped on the interior of the stock. The two rivet handguard is stamped the same, but I have no photo's to hand here. Also, the casting number on the butplate. Best Regards, Prof
  14. Hi, These are the (P), Ord wheel and OI markings on my "high wood" M1A1 stock. Best Regards, Prof
  15. Hi, In my experience, most re-enactors would die of shame rather than use something this obviously wrong. I re-enacted for many years, and have a lot of respect for the knowledge of serious re-enactors, and they do tend to self police against this sort of thing too. This is set dressing for a non-re-enacting Military Vehicle owner, or fancy dress, at best. Best Regards, Prof
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