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Spasm

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    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.
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    Moving up

    Thanks Frank, yep I did these
  3. 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
  4. 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
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    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.
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    A few A4 and A5 sketches

    I should do more of these. Apologies if one or two have been on before.
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    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)
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    Silver Plated Flask

    Cheers Frank
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    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.
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    A few A4 and A5 sketches

    Thank you Gents. Yes, more time required. Chris - be interesting to hear about the design.
  11. Nice find Jock, The raw edges go on these but the M42 is my favourite - a troopies helmet
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    Coburg Badge

    Thanks Robin Chris, yes, battery charger, salt and pretty easy to be honest. First go so not too bad,
  13. Stig Jock is quite right, the SS helmet in your first post is a very bad copy of an M35 (1935). It is not a copy of the later M40 or M42 as the vents were integral in the helmet press. The decals will be wrong on closer inspection, the helmet maker stamps will be wrong. I even went up into the loft to find the helmet to quote the lot number but I must have already binned it in a rage at ordering such a bad copy over the internet. Please do NOT buy this. The dealer is trying to confuse things talking about supply of helmets to China. The seller, his two experts and the helmet are not genuine. We've all had our trousers pulled down in the past, me more than most by the way, you do not need to quiz the seller any further. Walk away.
  14. Yep, looks like a Chinese repro to me too. I have one in the loft that just really needs throwing away. The shape is completely wrong - look at the skirt angle below the vent. And the vent,,,,well, just wrong. These new repros are easily available on ebay etc and are very cheap but better to go for the more expensive ones that, at least, look the right shape before you go trying to age and paint up. I agree that originals are soooo expensive and risky to buy due to the forgeries and that repros are a pretty good alternative. But go for a good one or an original helmet that's been restored. Good quality ones can be up to £500 but keep away from the junk.
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    Army Air Corps Apache

    Thank you Gents, all your comments are appreciated. Chris - I asked Sophie if she would like to respond to a German based South African ex Foreign Legionnaire who called her beautiful - she said "No thanks, he probably wouldn't understand me...." .
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    Army Air Corps Apache

    Something I've done for the AAC at Yeovilton Base. An Apache tail rotor - a lot bigger and heavier than you may think.
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    Army Air Corps Apache

    Arrived
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    Army Air Corps Apache

    Thank you Chaps and Chapesses. A very warm welcome Squadron Girl Alli, you'll enjoy it here, very knowledgeable and friendly people. Enjoy.
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    Army Air Corps Apache

    Thanks Gents. Paul - it's just about 15 pounds (that's what the bathroom scales say) and very unwieldy when trying to paint.
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    FE2 and Immelmann

    Late on the 18th June 1916, Max Immelmann in a Fokker E.III, serial 246/16 encountered No. 25 Squadron of the RFC near the village of Lens. He attacked immediatley and got off a burst which hit RFC Lt. J.R.B Savage, pilot of FE.2b serial 4909, mortally wounding him. This was Immelmann's 17th victory claim. The crew of the second aircraft he closed on was piloted by Second Lieutenant G.R. McCubbin and Corporal J. H. Waller as gunner/observer - it was Immelmann's last fight. McCubbin was awarded the DSO and the DSM and sergeant's stripes were awarded to Waller. Take that.
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    FE2 and Immelmann

    Cheers Eric Proper laminated wooden prop with riveted brass edge.
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    Display flasks

    Tony, probably almost the exact time I was painting them
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    Display flasks

    Been working on a few of these lately. Obviously can be done with any unit, dates, service number and name. Ha, this time next year Rodney. A few others
  24. Michael, yes you could be correct, thanks for that, I'll have another chat over the fence.
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