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  1. Hello, dear colleagues! I'm back after a very long time!.. I still collect Project 941 "Akula" badges and medals! I'm going to show you the items I got during this time!
  2. Hello! I agree: no connection with Russia... Best regards, Phil
  3. Hello Chuck, first of all, I wish you a Happy New Year! Your first item is an icone of "Christ Pantocrator", made as a pendant with tsar's crown. I don't know about the other items, but some members will tell you!.. Regards, Phil
  4. Hi, there! In my collection of badges and medals of russian submarines "Typhoon", more than 90% of the badges are made of brass (and hot enamel). You know the disadvantage of brass: it tarnishes quickly. Each time I get a new badge, I wash it. I most oftenly use dishwashing liquid because it's very efficient to remove old dirtiness. One day, I used this one: On the following pictures, you'll see (in three steps) how this liquid cleaned and made the brass shine: It's a matter of 1 or 2 minutes, simply using your fingers, then you just have to rince with warm water and to dry
  5. Hello! Here is my collection of badges and medals about "Typhoon" submarines: The support on which are attached the badges and medals is a material called "carton-plume" in french (if I translate word-by-word: "Feather-cardboard") : It's a kind of sandwich, made of stiff foam between two sheets of white and smooth cardboard. In France, it's available in 3mm or 5mm thick. It's very light, and very easy to cut out. I cover it with adhesive film which looks like velvet. I prefer dark green color for elegance: Most of my badges have screwbacks. I just have to make a hole in the
  6. Hi, there! Do I make a mistake, or the authentic ones are made of sterling silver?.. I write this because I think I've seen one on a wellknown auction site, last year.
  7. Hello, friends! I also think that these pics feature lifeboat crew members. Here, in France, such people can be awarded with a lot of medals as you can see on this new picture:
  8. Hello François, I just asked some russian correspondants. I wish I'll get replies soon...
  9. Hello! I would like a lot to buy the Nakhimov Order miniature! Does anyone know if it's possible, and where?.. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hello! Here is my little memorial (made by my russian ex-fiancee and I, some years ago), which includes two icons: St Nicholas and St Serafim Sarovski: Each year, a lampada is lit on august 12th : The "Kursk" badge is the enamelled variant.
  11. Hello! Nowdays, the VLKSM badge with Lenin's head still is used! But only on Dembels custom badges! A "dembel" is a young man who is about to end his military service. On this occasion, there is a tradition which consists in customizing the uniform and to wear custom made badges. Here is an example from my collection of "Typhoon" submarines medals and badges: As this VLKSM badge still is used on this specific ossasion, it's not possible to tell if such a badge is recent or from soviet era...
  12. Thank your for this idea, François, must be the right explanation!
  13. Hello François, merci! thank you for answer! I don't know about the size of the badge on second pic: I don't own it, I copied the pic from an auction website to get an example to illustrate my question. Beside of this, I noticed that many badges are available both in the two grades of manufacturing and in the same size. Here is the example of K-141 "Kursk" submarine: My badge, made of gilted brass and hot enamel (very scarce): The most common badge, made of painted heavy metal: ; These two variants are the same size. Manufacturing a hot enamelled badge certainly is more expensi
  14. Dear colleagues, a lot of soviet and russian badges are available in two grades of manufacturing: hot enamelled heavy metal, and painted light metal. Here is an example: Enemelled heavy medal: Painted light metal: I Wonder if anyone could post some explanation about the coexistence of these two qualities for a same badge. Thanks a lot in advance! Phil
  15. My collection today, on a larger frame (32"x16", or 80cm X 40cm) : Some deals are on the way with my russian pal. So I'll can post pictures of new items within some weeks...
  16. Dear colleagues, as I wrote in my previous post, I recently received several badges and medals from Russia. Here they are: TK-17 "Arkhangelsk", from a very recent set about the launching of various submarines. This badge is made of obsidian! 90th anniversary of the Maintenance & Technical Services of the Fleet: Official badge "For Long Range Campaign" (variant): 20th anniversary of TK-17 "Arkhangelsk": 105th anniversary of the Submarine Fleet: 100th anniversary of the Submarine Fleet (with two officers daggers): 105th anniversary of the Submar
  17. Hello, gentlemen! I had information about this badge of TK-17 "Arkhangelsk": it's just a souvenir, it was not made on any specific occasion. Since I got this badge, I received five new medals and badges from my pal in Russia! 100Th anniversary of Submarine Fleet (2006): "Homeland - Honor - Courage" / 18th Division Heavy SSBN: The letters "TРПК" specifically refer to "Project 941 Akula" submarines. All the "Typhoons" are part of the 18 Division. Гарантииный Авторский Надзор: Information requested, please! Thank you!.. "Heavy SSBN Arkhangelsk" / "In the memory of serv
  18. Dear colleagues, thanks to my pal in Russia, I just got this new badge: TK-17 "Arkhangelsk": The "Arkhangelsk" is the 5th "Typhoon" submarine: she was commissioned in december 1987. Presently the TK-17 is in reserve, in Severodvinsk Navy base (near Murmansk). Here is a recent picture: This badge is an excellent manufacturing quality: It consists in four parts: the rope, the St Andrew's cross with blue hot enamel, the anchor, and the submarine. I don't know on which occasion this badge was created; I'm waiting for information from a russian collector. But if a forum m
  19. Hello, gentlemen! I recently got in touch with a russian pal who helps me to get new items for my collection! Thanks to him, last week I received these two badges: "Dembelskyi": In Russia, a "dembel" is a young man who reaches the end of his military service. On this occasion, it's a tradition to customize the uniform, as you can see here: This customization can include handmade badges as the one I show here. I saw various dembel submariners badges and I have to say that they're very well made and it's easy to recognize the types of submarines. So, we can suppose that the dembel who
  20. Dear colleagues, since my last post, six new badges entered my collection, thanks to a french collector: Commissioned TK-208 "Dmitri Donskoy" (dec. 29, 1981). TK-208 was lay down in june 1976 and launched in sptember 1980. Still in service. TK-12 "Simbirsk" launching (dec. 17, 1983). TK-12 was lay down in april 1980 and commissioned in december 1984. Withdrawn from active service in 1996, then scrapped in 2007. A badge to symbolize the construction of the "Typhoons" by "SEVMASH". "Sevmash" is a shipbuilding company based in Severodvinsk, a port city in Murmansk area. It'
  21. Here is another example of very large badge, for SSBN Projekt 667BDRM "K-84 Ekaterinburg": On the picture of my collection, by comparing with the size of the medals (which are in normal size) you can see that quite a lot of badges are very large!..
  22. Thank you, TacHel ! Well, it seems Russians are not afraid to make very large badges, as some other badges of my collection can make you think!.. ;)
  23. Hello! I just received this new badge from Russia: This large badge (brass made) is a part of a recent set. TK-208 "Dmitri Donskoi" is the first Typhoon built: laid down on june 1976, launched on september 1980, and commissioned on december 1981. It is still in service in the Northern Fleet after an overhaul to use the new intercontinental missile "Bulava".
  24. I didn't knew that officers could do this! It's very interesting! Moreover, I couldn't imagine that making such commemorative badges by personal initiative could be possible by copying a pre-existing official badge!..
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