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Spasm

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  1. You remember that trunk full of SS Officer's rings that have never been found, or that Werewolf unit who hid a trunk full of gold, or those looted pieces of Polish relics, or bits of the Amber room from St Petersburg............or yes, maybe a Luger.
  2. Cedar trunks in the attic that should never be opened.........blimey, I wonder what they could be hiding?
  3. Broadarrow....

    I would say the Inspector's mark.
  4. Somme 100 years ago

    Just got back from the National Commemorative Event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. A very moving return to the battlefield in a spirit of reconciliation and respect. Their sacrifice and suffering will never be forgotten. - words from Prince Charles.
  5. 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

    Thanks Peter and yes, just about 3 weeks, the real work starts now.... Rogi, no idea where they are going but if you fancy one you can have one for the price of a new Aston Martin. A choice of three - go for the green one (you'll need an engine though but they do deliver) http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehicle/,95,/77744/Sea_King.htm
  6. 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

    Thanks Rogi, I hope it reminds him of his work with the Junglies (as the Sea Kings been retired too now) for a while to come.
  7. 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

    Another leaving do da for a Retiree from 848 Squadron Commando Helicopter Force over the weekend. An ex Para Major was heard to say that he may give up drink the next morning. A Sea King heli tail rotor tip painted for him to keep forever. I can imagine him in years to come with his packet of Werther's Originals and Grandchild on his knee who asks what this is replies "Well, there I was surrounded...."
  8. 9 Regiment Army Air Corps

    Thanks Frank
  9. Battle of Jutland

    100 years ago Leading Stoker J.G. Langford served aboard HMS Superb during WW1 Here's his awards along with my painting of the 18,600 ton Bellerophon Class Dreadnought HMS Superb during the Battle of Jutland. http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/jutland-100/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwhN-6BRCJsePgxru9iIwBEiQAI8rq82naHczlxOAFfa2SjzZb7QLePd2WcV0g5SNaMv8L9QMaAtmY8P8HAQ
  10. What's The Use?

    What's the use? I had this self same discussion with the Admin Staff only the other weekend. As you are probably aware, or not, I've started to attend a few militaria shows to try to sell some of my artwork on relics, bits and bobs and paintings. I've been really pleased with the comments and discussions from both interested members of the public and also stallholders at the shows. One thing has struck me though, I put a fair bit of research into each item that I paint - making sure the correct helmet/item reflects the artwork upon it and that each badge, design etc painted relates, in some way, to the rest of the item. I try to ensure that each piece has it's own little bit of history with a story behind it. But that has never been the subject of the discussions when an item is selected off of the table by someone. It is probably due to it being artwork, one either likes something or does not, as simple as that. However, I asked the Admin Staff why should I bother doing all the research and additional artwork on something when no one really seems interested in the details. "Ah," she says "but would you be as happy with it if you hadn't put in that extra effort?" Quite right - that's the use.
  11. Help please

    Peter is quite right. This is a copy of the original postcard design by Bruce Bairnsfather (an Officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regt.). The publisher Bystander produced sets of postcards called "Fragments from France" that were Bairnsfather's illustrations of Old Bill's 'adventures' in the trenches - sometimes based on Bairnsfather's actual experiences. Each set contained 6 postcards, there were 9 sets in total. This one, called AD Nineteen Fifty was included in set 4. A pretty good copy but you can see some changes from the original. Just as a note - Gouache is a type of paint, similar to watercolour but very opaque (the colour you mix is the colour you get on the paper).
  12. I'm pretty sure that both of these daggers are made from parts. The second one without scabbard definitely. Although I'm sure they are precious to you as belonging to your father, as collector's pieces they are erm, sorry...pretty bad. Most of these daggers were manufactured before the war when mass production was in it's infancy, daggers like these were expensive and made by hand. Each dagger was fitted together very carefully and individually, there were no gaps or errors, each handle was finished to perfection. An original untouched SA or SS dagger is really quite a beautiful thing to hold. The blade RZM markings were a sort of quality check on later manufactured daggers - probably being used from about 1934 onwards. The 807/36 marked blade is the SS contract number followed by the year of manufacture i.e. 1936 while the M7/36 marked blade is the manufacturer's code made by E&F Horster of Solingen. Have a look here on the description of SS daggers https://www.lakesidetrader.com/Education/Meine-Ehre-heisst-Treue/
  13. Welcome to GMIC. Any chance you can take a few close up photos so the makers marks can be seen clearly. Ta.
  14. M16 Camo

    An original German M16 helmet maker stamped TJ66 - made by C.Thiel & Sohne of Lubeck and size 66. In the crown is the stamped steel rolling mill number R1426 - Stahlwerk Rochling of Volkingen. When I obtained this helmet it was covered in a horrible bituminous paint with cardboard SS runes glued to each side, underneath I found that it had been chrome plated, probably in the 60s or 70s by some bad boy biker. I've removed the bituminous paint, chrome plating and then painted as an aged camouflaged machine gunner's helmet and added a replacement liner and chinstrap aged to match. Turned out quite nice I think.
  15. M16 Camo

    Les, thanks for that. I did try acid (I think it was brick cleaner from a builder's merchants) a long time ago trying to get chrome off of bike bits and pieces without success. In fact, I was left with a bucket full of some pretty nasty gloop (caused some doubts on how to dispose of) and some badly pitted bike bits (I think the acid ate the steel quicker than it ate the chrome). I also tried the electro method with a battery charger on some other stuff (after being advised to go that way) - another failure and another large bucket of gloop and chrome still in place. I found the best method was to go talk to a chrome plating firm with the few bits and bobs I had left. I'm glad it works for you but I don't think I'll be getting many more chrome helmets and the bikes I have left will be stripped down and sold off as bits (no one seems to have any money for whole second hand chops and street fighters any more). As it was a helmet I went for the elbow grease method as it was free, I wouldn't cause an erm... episode with the Admin Staff over using anything in the least harmful (the instructions on the paint stripper was read to me more than once) and I could sort it there and then - well over a few hours. I would be interested in seeing your chrome removal process though as you never know what might come up in the future. Steve
  16. M16 Camo

    Chris - a layer of black bitumen paint applied to stick to the chrome underneath. The black bitumen came right off with paint remover, thinners and acid burnt fingers and wrists. No matter if you wear gloves the fingers split whilst rubbing and splashes always get over the wrists. Takes a while to start burning until there's the jumping about stage ripping the gloves off and running hands under the tap. Then the chrome took mechanical sanding - a drill with attachments to get through the chrome to the nickel layer. Done carefully so as to not wear into the helmet metal itself. Sanded smooth by hand then primed and paint. Really nice helmet that still has the rolling mill stamp so well worth the effort to keep it alive. But a lot of work I must admit. The chroming was probably done in the 70s as it was done on nickel and pretty thick. As it's quite difficult to paint chrome someone had, some years later, applied the bitumen a sponge liner, some string for a chin strap and some hand drawn card SS runes on each side - probably to attend some fancy dress party. Remember these things were pretty cheap in the 70s. I will even admit to having an SS dagger that I found in a market for sale that I then welded to the sissy bar of my bike!!!!!!!!
  17. M16 Camo

    Thanks for that Peter, Have had a quick look (seems like I've seen some of the pictures before) and will have another wander around and maybe give them a nudge
  18. M16 Camo

    Thanks Gents. Lots of elbow grease in that one but, as you say, worth it to bring it back to life. Knock away Chris, looks like you have room now.
  19. Coburg Badge

    Painted flask approx 100mm by 70mm. I've tried to show the etching in the photos.
  20. Coburg Badge

    Struggling Peter, struggling. But we'll get there one day. Thank you and happy whatsits to you too.
  21. One of only two in the whole world and the hiker received a certificate of appreciation and will be happy to maybe see it in a museum one day. Blimey, well done her.
  22. Coburg Badge

    Thanks Mil and welcome to the forum, nice to have you here
  23. I've been searching around some early photography and came across this image on Wikimedia Ambrotypes. It has a French title from the Archives de la photographie 1840-1940. It reads Anonyme Un veteran et sa femme (A veteran and his wife). I'm assuming the medal is a GSM Peninsula (as title refers) but as it is a French picture could it be something else? Such a great picture worth showing - assuming borrowing the picture from Wiki doesn't mean I've got to go hide in an Embassy. Close up
  24. Model 36 helmet

    Russian and looks to be redone with a Leningrad liner (probably during the siege). Pretty rare if it is and worth quite a bit of money. Horrible though I agree.
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