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  1. Paul, yes, South Norwood just the place for old Vets to get a free Gin or two. But taking her indoors along shows some vinegar. The clasps look good but with the straight hanging bar and the obverse detail not looking like Victoria's profile or the reverse of her placing the laurel on Wellington's head. Given the date of the photo it must be though I suppose.
  2. I had no idea that these were stashed in the little City? (it has a Cathedral) of Brecon - Mid Wales. It has the highest concentration I've ever seen of VCs. The local: The actual Flag: And the VCs: The photo'd one is the only one they do not own (replicas in the display, the museum owns the originals):
  3. Jerry, yes, I went to see a friend at the fair. Only a small fair but very friendly with some interesting stuff.. He has convinced me to display (and maybe sell) some of my artwork at the next one. I'll be there on 22nd May. I'll probably pay another visit to the museum to get a second look, well worth a visit just to see the snow capped mountains and feel that Northerly breeze down the valley - brrrrrrrr. By the way, isn't the Union Flag displayed wrongly?
  4. And an original letter written by one of the survivors written the day after the battle:
  5. Train Eagle

    M40 Lufty, a couple of German ammo boxes and a painted repro train eagle - I've tried to make the eagle look like polished wood.
  6. Winter Camo

    I seem to have been doing a few winter camo helmets of late: Well worn Fallschirmjäger Luftwaffe DD An M35 Waffen SS SD And a Fallschirmjäger SS of 500/600 penal battalion
  7. Winter Camo

    Jock - I very much agree with you, None of my helmets would fool anyone for long but they do look very nice on the shelf. There are indeed very talented people out there forging stuff and have been doing so for a very long time. Long enough for the fakes to be pretty old. Remember those very highly priced daggers a few years back that were made in German factories just after the war. Given the prices helmets are going for i would rather spend on a known reproduction rather than risking on a supposed real one as I neither have the knowledge or the money.
  8. I've got 29 of these large format (370mm by 320mm) colour pictures hanging around and have been meaning to scan them in for a while (before they get bunged back up in the loft.) No idea why I got them and have no ideas what they were originally for - prints for a book? signal magazine? Any ideas?
  9. Here's a not so well preserved PAB in silver to Panzer Jager Lehr 130. Dated Jan 1945 presumably due to actions in the Ardennes. I think these guys were mounted in Panzer IV/70 (V) tank hunters - the Jagdpanzer IV. Any ideas on who the signature is?
  10. Winter Camo

    I haven't really been to the forums to look other than a photo showing some overspray next to a supposed gap made by masking tape. I must go and have a closer look.
  11. Winter Camo

    Continuing with the winter camo theme. A resprayed 1/16th scale radio controlled (with engine sound, recoil, exhaust smoke etc) T34/85 medium Russian tank. Jolly hockey sticks what what.....
  12. Winter Camo

    Larry - all the helmets are reproduction. All were straight out of the brand new box a couple of weeks ago with me then trying not to lose too much blood twisting up the wire baskets Jock - technically pretty easy to do with a bit of homework. Particularly SS runes as they are the easiest to reproduce. I believe these 'decals' runes were produced some years ago - like maybe the early 70s. In those days us custom sprayers were using cellulose paints, having to come out of garages full of fumes before we fell over. The paints mixed in thinners pretty well with flakes, metals and candies - just about anything would dissolve. The three or maybe four stencils could have been fairly easily measured and cut. Then basing on a couple of datum lines spraying the base, runes and lacquer could be lined up pretty accurately each and every time. The slightly blurred edges would be achieved by using a stencil that was placed and held with tape rather than a sticky (frisk) stencil. Given the simplicity of the design it wouldn't have needed an airbrush but was probably an old passche as that's what we had then. The overspray seen in the pictures looks like a pretty thick mix which was probably not controlled too well as the faker was producing lots of them with the minimal of masking. Not having checked but I expect any chemical analysis would be a pretty close match. Accuracy would obviously be a lot easier these days with computer cutters sorting out the stencils once the design is done - and that design could be anything you like, cut more accurately than you could achieve by hand. Multi mixing of paint colours including metals and content could also be sorted with some homework. Given that there's very accurate repro Fallschirmjager shells selling for £500 and that I've seen a DAK Fallschirmjager helmet advertised for $25,000 just recently I wouldn't touch any of them.
  13. Gents Any idea what this is? Obviously RAF and crudely cast brass, Quite big at approx 100mm by 100mm so wouldn't fit on a cap. Came from my next door neighbour and belonged to her late husband's brother who was stationed in India during WW2. At the war's close he and a friend meant to fly to Australia but they never made it. Apparently no one knew what happened. His belongings were sent back to relatives which is how it has ended up here. I'd guess a locally made souvenir but can't find examples on t'tinternet. Thanks in advance.
  14. I can't remember where I found these but are a good reminder of models of helmets, also, those of you who have relics with no stampings there's an identifying method for the manufacturer (well sort of as long as you have comparisons),
  15. Graham Try the Museum of Airborne Forces https://www.facebook.com/Airborne-Assault-The-Museum-of-the-Parachute-Regiment-Airborne-Forces-109068972454849/ or Chalk Living History http://chalknumber.blogspot.co.uk/ all very knowledgeable chaps with access to records etc Come back and let us know how you get on
  16. Moving up

    Thanks again Frank, took me ages to get the runway, roads and beaches in the right alignment and from an angle above. Had to draw from aerial photos of the time and not too obscured by clouds. The northern (Yorke Bay) and southern beach (Surf Bay) can be seen as white arcs.
  17. Moving up

    Thanks Frank, yep I did these
  18. Just bought a Defence of Stalingrad medal and certificate awarded to a tank regiment member as a backdrop to a painting I'll do sometime soon. However, I have no ideas as to translation. I've tried to use the cryillic alphabet aid on here but us oldies who have to use glasses to read the screen and then not to write things down gets the better of my patience. Rather than just give in, maybe a Gent can help me translate the top paragraph of this award list Many thanks in advance The awardee is number 31 on this page
  19. Nick - thanks very much for that. Any ideas about the top paragraph/heading? I'm assuming it states what the award is for and to what unit they were in. I'm sort of hoping I can then google about and find some more details about the dates and actions around Stalingrad
  20. A few A4 and A5 sketches

    I should do more of these. Apologies if one or two have been on before.
  21. A few A4 and A5 sketches

    Thanks for your comments Gents And.......many thanks for inviting people to like my facebook page Chris, much appreciated.
  22. A few A4 and A5 sketches

    Brian, I'm pretty amazed at the reception and comments on these sketches, They've also been quite well liked on my facebook page. Considering they take a couple of hours, rather than weeks, as is the case with my other stuff (helmets water bottles etc).I should probably leave the old iron in the garage for a while and do a bit more of this. Thanks Gents, is there another bottle in the fridge? I hope so. PS - come like my page - Skywolf UK - (I could do with the friends, hic)
  23. Silver Plated Flask

    A very nice Mappin & Webb silver plated flask. The flask itself is glass with leather cover above the shoulder that is removed from the silver plated and gilt cup. About 8 inches tall and pretty heavy. Obviously now painted as a remembrance item.
  24. Silver Plated Flask

    Cheers Frank