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Alex K

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  1. HI Paul, Have I goofed? (I do but normally manage to catch them early before they get out), I'll check my info database regards Alex Got him mixed up with this dude I think, looks quite similar, (Or am I fooling myself and they are both the same person!!?) I have the as the Duke of Connaught
  2. One way of telling is that the bottom of the "V" points to the 1st arm of the "W", attached is mine, fakes or copies the "V" often points more to the right (Centre of the "W)
  3. yes, has the front been repainted? looks like it
  4. Kaiser Wilhelm II always seems to make interesting colourisations, three of a number, hunting at Balmoral in Scotland (I think), 2 others with all the work clothes but without a job, at Doorn.
  5. Hi all, thanks for the comments, been away on vacation, just got back, so to answer a few questions, the time taken depends on the complexity and number of gongs, etc, in terms of work -hours, Oskar Schindler, head and shoulders (Quite like that one!) 2 hours, I don't always work in one sitting as I'm not financial/time constrained, so on the more intricate one's I may do an hour, leave it and come back to it later, sometimes days/weeks later and do another bit rather than one sitting, I suit myself basically. Paul (R) thanks for the input, I appreciate if mistakes are pointed out as I prefer to get things as correct as possible, a simple tweek will alter the stars, thanks This one took a little longer due to the quantity of scrambled egg spread over his uniform! (Don't think I've posted it before) Continuing, I've started to look at the story behind some of the colourisations to add a little history where I can, one I came across deserves to be remembered, so a little narrative to go with it, I collate the information from various sources and credits are indicated " Flying Officer Robert Fitzgerald Conroy 429 (Bison) Bomber Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, 6 Bomber Group, RAF Bomber Command Killed in Action over Germany on March 24, 1944 “Robert Fitzgerald Conroy was born in a small rural Nova Scotia community and developed an affinity for the country way of life at an early age. After graduating from a one-room, multi-grade school, he began his adult years working for a forestry company and then enlisted in the Canadian Forestry Corps with his friends. He was anxious to be a pilot and was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force after barely a year with the Forestry Corps. Following extensive training in Canada, he proceeded overseas to continue to continue his bomber pilot education and training. In June of 1943, as a member of 429 (Bison) Bomber Squadron, he was shot down on a bombing raid to Dusseldorf, Germany; all his crew was killed. However, he survived, evaded capture and made his way to Spain and eventual repatriation to England. After leave in Canada, he returned to his squadron as pilot of a Halifax bomber. While part of Bomber Command’s last big raid of the war on Berlin, he was shot down and killed –this time all his crew survived. “Get Out, Get Out Now”, were the last words spoken by Flying Officer Gerald Conroy as he piloted his flaming and wrecked Halifax bomber to the ground over Southeastern Germany near midnight on 24 March 1944. He was on his second operational tour of duty and was participating in what was the last major Allied raid on Berlin, also known as “the night of the strong winds.”” He is buried in the Commonwealth war grave cemetery, Berlin Narrative extracts credits Robertconroy.com Grave image findagrave
  6. Hi Peter, thanks for the thumbs up, I suspect that King David got many orders not only for the Hula-Hula but for the fact that he did a Euro-blitz tour and maybe he was a welcome newcomer so they showered him with gongs, I believe he many more than he could sensibly wear on one uniform, as for the Haube, agreed, who knows maybe he saw them and said I like them, make me some regards
  7. The real Oskar Schindler And finally for the moment someone who doesn't get much mention, Mussolini and his friend
  8. I don't often re-visit colourizations I've done but leave them as they are, however reviewing this thread I looked at the first post which started the thread, it was a colourisation I did of Rudolf Witzig, sooo, I thought how would I do it now several years down the line so I did a "ground-up" attempt without looking at my original, here are the results, not a great deal of difference really (Uniform a bit different in colour I suppose)
  9. Hi all, a few from my clear-out file Marschall Petain General Pershing Ritterkreuztrager Wilhelm Crinius Regards
  10. Just spotted this, must also be one He** of a cellar!, could be useful in traffic jams though Alex K
  11. If the ribbons are moire or "Watered silk" type you would lose the effect as it is prone to water damage, they never quite look the same after anyway, perhaps just embrace the "History" Alex K
  12. They have their post-war uses!, came across this on a vacation to Kefalonia, Itallian? Alex K
  13. It all depends, with British medal collectors, there seems to be less of a problem with replacing medal ribbons with either "New" or contemporary medal ribbons, here new means as close to the original as possible, silk as opposed to new man-made fibres etc, I for one would obviously like to have medals with original pieces they came with, the problem here is what is meant by " Original"! does that mean the ribbon it was awarded with, the one that it was worn with or even the case of a replacement ribbon by the recipient? bearing in mind that during earlier periods medals were frequently worn and may well have had their ribbons replaced several times by the wearer themselves, European medal collectors I've found feel that it has to be either the "Original" or if that is not available, better, no ribbon, (I'm expecting to get shot down here!!),my opinion is that if it was awarded with one then it is incomplete without one, In the case of your very nice example, if they are intended for display, I would replace all of them, if kept away and hidden leave them as they are. I do replace ribbons but always keep the original if they are there, stored safely away, this gives me the option that if I ever want to dispose of a group, the ribbons they came with can be offered at the same time to a prospective buyer, interested to here other comments. regards Alex K
  14. Hi all, a request for help, I've come across this image of Fritz Todt's Ordenskissen, there are other images but normally only show the pillow with the Deutsche Orden awarded by Hitler, the image posted shows his other pillows also, unfortunately not the best quality, I've identified all the others awards except one breast star, so anyone out there who knows or can point me in the right direction? all comments appreciated. regards Alex K Edit further info, my guesswork is directing me to this, I should but can't recognise it! any help?
  15. Hi Lilo, just seen that it's been sold, however the link is



    1. lilo


      Hi Alex,

      I apologise for the delay in answering back to you.

      Many Thanks for the link !



  16. That's a bit of a real difference from the asking price, Lilo, just seen your post and was about to pm you the link, seems pointless now, however if you still need it, let me know regards Alex
  17. I would imagine not cheap, not the same but this Hawaii Order of Kamehameha I Grand Cross Star of French manufacture, in silver with gilt and enamelled center, 85 mm is for sale on a US dealers website at the moment, maybe for some sort of comparison, for 25,000USD
  18. Hi Tony, you're not alone, we all go through that period of not understanding what you can do with the software, me included, I just experimented with different tools, effects etc, eventually you get to know what you can and cannot do, I sometimes deliberately use multiple tools and effect on the same piece of the image, the results can be suprising and effective, I personally don't use the original image but make a working copy, that way if I do Goof up (and I do) I've always got the original to try again, it's perseverance. I had PS Pro X1 and it had some useful features, I currently use my old (1996 vintage Photoshop V4.0) and it still keeps going, amazing bit of kit
  19. Another one where the background actually contains very little detail "A family day out"
  20. Talking of backgrounds, they can at times be a pain, lots of work and don't always add to the image, attached is a well known image, I don't normally do the more brutal side of war but in this instance the story and image is well known, "Death of an SS General" Ernst Fick, "On April 29, 1945, during the Murnau Oflag (Offizierslager) VII-A assembly, a plane with Polish insignia had appeared in the sky, circled above the assembly square, tried to signal something and went away. Soon on the road to the camp appeared American tanks. At the same time from the other side of Murnau, two German cars approached. They stopped upon noticing the tanks. Germans had been taken by surprise. SS officer in the first car opened fire from the machine gun, at the same time his companion jumped out of the vehicle. Both men were killed on a spot by the Americans (SS-Hauptsturmführer der Reserve Max Teichmann and SS-officer Widmann). The same fate met the passangers of the second car. Among the dead Germans was SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Ernst Fick (in the above picture lies at left, while at right is his driver with the rank SS-Untersturmführer) who rides in the second car. His briefcase contained the letter signed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. It was an order to kill all 5,000 Polish POW officers encamped in Murnau! To execute this task Fick had had at his disposal an SS group in 40 armoured vehicles that started from Münich. Most likely the SS-man intended to assemble the POWs and killed them with the machine guns fire from guard's towers. After finishing off the Germans, one of the Americans' tank smashed the entrance gate and entered the assembly square. The representative of POWs welcomed American soldiers. He had addressed them in English. The commander of the tank shook his head and answered in Polish: " My name is Szewczyk, we came to liberate you". He was from Kalisz, Poland Source World War II Pictures In Details Here whilst I did the entire background, I actually cropped the image as it concentrated the view on the main subject, (Some may disagree), my apologies to anyone who finds the image disturbing, it's the only one I've done and thought before posting
  21. Hi Tony just spotted this after a break, actually quite nice work, wouldn't worry about backgrounds too much, as they are, well backgrounds, the soldier and bike are the point of interest, my tip use a faint colour wash (Say mid/dark green) for the background, it will show up but won't be distracting, you could also give the road surface a similar faint red/yellow wash regards Alex
  22. 99% certain it's a W & L, identical to mine (Pin Back/Brass core)
  23. That's exactly how I do mine, the difference for me is that with many enamelled pieces they are for storage and protection only. I don't sell my pieces, old cutlery boxes are a goldmine for this sort of thing, some of mine even the boxes are homemade from bits of card, old velvet and satin. Walker and Hall, I've got a few of their boxes!!
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