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Military and Wartime1677 of 3974Vintage Unknown MedalWW11 Civilian F.A.P. (First Aid Party) plasfort (plastic fibre) helmet.
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Posted 2 years ago

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Dr_Rambow
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I wanted very much to wear this rig in a parade tomorrow (November 11th 2012), but the parade was moved to Monday and I couldn't get out of work. Lucky for me, I was able to pick up a really nice pose-able mannequin last night so I can finally display my collection the way it should be!

There are only a few inconsequential non-period replacements show here (replacements due to rarity or expense, but they look great!), but all major components are period ordinal (except for the boots). Kudos, If you can guess what isn't real (there are 5 things).

I was really happy with my belt rig, it is a 9 pocket mounted cartridge belt, so I added a .45 magazine pouch and a holster to it for fun. Also attached is a 1917 trench knife, a canteen, and a medical pouch.

The pack includes the meat can pouch (which holds my mess kit and utensils), pack tail extension, entrenching-tool with cover, and Springfield bayonet with scabbard.

If you can't see in the pictures, I finished replacing the missing collar discs on my 29th division uniform. I found a USNG 114th regiment disc (belonging to the Nashville group I posted before), and a simple Infantry Company C disc to match the patina of the 114th disc.

I should have taken off the Victory medals to give it a more correct wartime vibe, but I think it looks nice all the same.

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  1. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Now thats the way to display a military collection !!!
  2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Impressive!

    The victory medals work fine with the discharge chevron.
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Fabulous!!! Perhaps it's all for the best that you have to work, as you might be detained by Homeland Security wearing this ensemble. And now you have a manikin for permanent display of same. Congratulations for a splendid tribute to the brave souls who served in WWI! Best wishes, sir, for a splendid celebration of Veterans' Day!
  4. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    Well I would have been one of many; it was a parade with numerous fully geared reenacters with outfits like this ranging from WWI up to the current. Neither of my firearms shown here are live, so I really had no reason to worry. :) Besides, we were going to end up in Ft Mifflin, which is a great scene for nut-jobs like us.

    Thanks for the love guys! I'm really happy with how it turned out. It almost makes up for missing the parade. Did I mention that I hadn't been to Ft. Mifflin before?
  5. Militarist Militarist, 2 years ago
    Could you tell use what medals are on the uniform. I can see the WWI Victory but am not sure of the rest. Thanks
  6. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    I added some more shots of this set up on CW. Here is the shot of the medals: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/assets/stories/52eqF3yhLOB-vqoc9fa2Dg.jpg

    They are, from left to right, Brass USNG marksman badge, NJNG marksman badge (in use till 1916), Victory Medal w/ Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector, and the New Jersey Victory Medal.
  7. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 2 years ago
    awesome!

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