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Collection from Italy: #2 P-38 Pilot, Tropical Environment


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Will post more decent pics of course - some small issues in re-sizing my photos.

Mannequinn airbrushed in "tanned" skin color, and a bit of unshaved beard added. This guy still retains the more USN-oriented shoulder holster for the S&W .38 revolver, could be an uncommon instance more than a true error. Not a bad display after all, one day or another I will exchange this for the Corsair pilot's M-3 .l45 holster and vice-versa.

 

AN-H-15 summer helmet is without its built-in radio receivers, so I put on it a standard AAF HS-38 set. Copied from the photo of Capt. Haning of 475th Fighter Group. Complete parachute is a Pioneer B-8 backpack-style, with attached seat cushion and (after many years) a complete C-2 Raft Pack.

The wound in left forearm was... treated with a original bandage from First Aid Kit :D

 

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That's a great looking mannequin..... with equally great kit!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Correct USAF extension for the PL-354 red plug of HS-33 radio set. Flight Gloves are the summer pattern B-3, somehow faded (this subvariant was deep brown when new).

Safety lanyard from the inner container (the raft, actually) of C-2 Raft Kit is clipped to right-side ring of B-3 Life Vest. Cushion also is visible.

 

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That's a great looking mannequin. (BTW...those are Army '44 pattern goggles, not aviators' B8s...but you probably knew that anyway? ;) ) Fantastic display!

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Hello Sabrejet, possibly might I have caused a bit confusion when mentioning the B-8 (referring to parachute) in post #7 I believe? Yes goggles are Army pattern 1944, not B-8.

Among others, they miss the nosebridge-covering extension of frame padding.

 

Glad you like it!!

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good looking set up but might I make a suggestion, switch shoulder holsters. The shoulder holster you have here is for the .38 Victory which is a standard navy sidearm and the .45 auto AAF. Also kill the navy dye marker its not very accurate.

I like the modified C-2 raft, its a first production case that has had the snap clips reversed. This would have been the version used first in theatre and very accurate.

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Hi Dustin, photo was takev several years ago and that Navy dye marker has already gone, just on that other F4U pilot. The one at lower right of B-3 Vest is cemented.

 

Cushion looks to be from a AN-6510 series seat 'chutes. The C-2 pack is indeed a great piece!!

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