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  1. I did some research and came across this page by Mark Brando. I'm no expert, but the patch below left looks identical to the one I posted. Brando cites ASMIC in claiming it was made in Japan in 1969 but not known to be worn in Vietnam.... https://www.101airborneww2.com/eaglepatchcorner3.html
  2. Thanks Bob. Is there a thread on this? I did a search but nothing came up.
  3. The SSI on the left arm looks original. What are your thoughts on the subdued patch? German made?
  4. Martin, That is very helpful and thank you for taking the time to write up that explanation. I agree with you on the patching thing. For the record, the person I bought this from is taking them and back and did not claim they were originals when he sold them me. He has been very fair and helpful with me since I was a kid. It's mainly an issue of him having too many uniforms to keep track of. Regardless, thanks to help members like you provided me, this has been a learning experience getting into Vietnam uniforms. One question though, isn't this a 1st pattern jungle jac
  5. I'm glad it's a fun piece for you. The forum members were discussing if it's real or not, and I've articulated the reasons why I think it isn't. So far, we haven't seen anyone on this thread indicate a single objective feature supporting why the shell paint job is real. As you've said about another helmet, "It's a crude tiger head that is lacking some fine detail normally seen on these esprit de corps pieces." I respectfully submit that the same would apply here. I can't comment on the liner paint job so you may have done well there. Again, I'm not sure why you want to make things
  6. Thanks for the personal insult. Really appreciate it. I actually questioned this helmet before I posted anything about uniforms. As I mentioned, I have just started collecting Vietnam uniforms but have been collecting helmets for 20 years. As for your helmet, I think you summed up the issue best in another post on BDQ helmets: "No Ranger would have been allowed to have a Tiger head painted so crudely , Cammo .......bad .... Tiger Really bad."
  7. Sorry, I meant helmets painted by screw-ups.
  8. Anyone know what happened to this website? I see that the link no longer works.
  9. Do you have any pictures of confirmed original helmets (or wartime photos) that show screw up helmets? I've never seen one but would be interested to see the evidence.
  10. Every single original BDQ helmet I've seen uses stenciling or spray paint on at least some part of the helmet. This one uses neither. I can't say I've even seen a wartime picture of one that was this sloppy. Other than the color yellow, it shares close to the nothing with the Delvin or Tiger lady pictures.
  11. What about the ARVN wings and name tape puckering?
  12. Thank you! Yes they are mine and took a long while to find. I do need some leather straps for the blanket bag though.
  13. That's really interesting. Bob, do you have a source for that? One theory I have is that the North took the covers as captured materials and had one of their Communist named factories (Factory 1B) inspect and mark the covers. Some time after that they ended up with a movie company.
  14. I am relatively new at collecting Vietnam uniforms so please bear with me. When looking at a particular garment which has ghost lines showing the former presence of another patch, is that usually an indicator that the uniform was a post war makeup? I've seen some with significant puckering but also ghost lines. I'm sure that men would replace patches but how common is it to see a "Vietnam original" shirt with ghost lines? I guess the main question is if ghost lines are something that should weigh on the originality of the garment. Thanks in advance! For example, in the below
  15. My understanding was that Xuong IB means Factory IB.
  16. I want to thank the members here who have posted explanations as to why this uniform does not have wartime patches. I will be returning it. Here are the inside pictures: What I've picked up so far from members like spike and others who have pointed out details to look for: -appear to be some ghost stitch lines showing where previous patches were removed. -puckering is insufficient on some of the patches (I think?) actually looks good on the ARVN Para BADGE? . -threads are all the same color. Am I on the right track?
  17. I want to thank the members here who have posted explanations as to why this uniform does not have wartime patches. I will be returning it. Here are the inside pictures: What I've picked up so far from members like spike and others who have pointed out details to look for: -appear to be some ghost stitch lines showing where previous patches were removed. -puckering is insufficient on some of the patches (I think?) -threads are all the same color.
  18. Thanks. Presumably, the 4 would represent the 4th Group?
  19. Very cool. Were these used primarily by air crews or infantry?
  20. That is very helpful and informative. Thank you for your valuable feedback and guidance. I'm not sure why you are claiming that I have lashed out at everyone who is trying to help me. If that is the way you feel, then please accept my apologies. But it's false to claim that I have been lashing out at everyone who has been trying to help me. The only person I lashed out was Kammo-man for the simple reason that he was not trying to help me. With that said, I have still thanked him on multiple occasions. So you and I can agree to disagree over how helpful we think he is. Also, I am n
  21. Allan, thanks for the kind words. To set the record straight, I asked "how do you block someone?" I understand that a lot of the more senior members here are friends, but if someone wants to provide snarky, rude, and other unhelpful responses (i.e. "FAKE," "Don't use wire hangers," or "ask mommie dearest"), do not expect me to laugh it off. I have been collecting helmets and field gear for 20 years now (since I was a kid) and have started to move into the uniform realm. And as some folks have already alluded to, militaria collecting is one of the most unwelcoming hobbies for kids that are int
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