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  1. Slightly obscure, but here seems a good place to ask... I’m after a postwar West German paratrooper Helmet chinstrap assembly. Ideally the GSG-9 type with a QR buckle and plastic chin cup, but any type would be good. They look very similar to the WWII M38 Fallschirmjager helmet chinstrap assembly, but are made of green than grey/blue leather. You can see an example here: https://www.kpemig.de/Bundeswehr-Kinnriemen-fuer-den-Fallschirmjaeger-Stahlhelm-alter-Art I’m also interested in postwar West German paratrooper helmet liners and liner retention bolts. Would also consider purchasing a complete West German LL 1A1 paratrooper helmet if it has a size 68 shell. Thanks, Mark
  2. I'd have thought olive green 1960 Pattern clothing would be better for a late 60s early 70s portrayal as DPM 1968 Pattern wasn't issued until about 1971 onwards. Admittedly 1968 Pattern is a little easier to find in large sizes.
  3. The following suggests not. It looks like the ‘not for sale in the EU’ bit is going to be changed to ‘not in the United Kingdom’: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/742/part/15/made?fbclid=IwAR2lwKty3vioy0JaS_EqAkV8lptzJbDMyVbTQcSVsuS1x3rgZutJMTy_Cq4#f00061
  4. The trader market from 2000 (when I started going) up until around 2012. It would take all day to do and there were always bargains to be had - especially from foreign dealers who you otherwise wouldn’t have seen in the UK.
  5. Hi, Recently acquired this. It’s a 1953 dated hood for the sateen combat smock, but with some DPM material stitched over the top. The DPM is a waterproof nylon (?) material, not sateen or polycotton. The hood appears to be unissued and the stitching has been done very neatly. Has anyone seen another like it? Presumably it was intended to be used with a DPM P60 smock or a P68 smock. My initial guess is that it’s some sort of commercial conversion using old surplus hoods. Cheers, Mark
  6. FYI. Silvermans have reduced the prices on their stock of 75 PLCE: https://www.silvermans.co.uk/collections/rucksacks-load-carrying/Webbing+1972-Pattern Although by their pricing standards, that's not saying much...
  7. A standard part of the first PLCE set AFAIK. Later issued in DPM with a subdued Red Cross symbol on it. There was also a larger OG medical pack that attached to the side of the bergan.
  8. Discussed before and they’re a bit of an oddity:
  9. Test assembly. The only things that aren’t original are the paint and the bolts. I think I am going to have to improvise a lookalike crown pad out of a suitable black foam rubber.
  10. Thanks for the comments. I am quite pleased with how it’s turned out. It so happens I have just sourced some original chinstrap attachment loops which will be an improvement on the slightly crude repros I was previously going to use. Hopefully I’ll eventually bump into some original bolts to go with them.
  11. There was also a trials bottle and mug prior to the P58 that was not adopted: http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1958/components/equipment/equipment_water_bottles.html
  12. Very nice items. I also have examples of the Cascelloid and F&G water bottles: For reasons unknown, the F&G one is it’s own unique smaller size compared to all the other P58 water bottles I’ve seen. Presumably it would have had a matching non-standard size mug as well.
  13. A nice find. Likewise I’ve acquired a few bargains over the years by going ‘off piste’ into antique / bric-a-brac emporiums. If they’re not militaria specialists, they often don’t know what things are worth.
  14. Some progress pics. I stripped it back to bare metal, gave it an undercoat of red oxide primer and then a top coat of textured olive drab. I have an original liner and chinstrap to fit and the brass bolts and chinstrap loops are repros that I have chemically blackened. Just need so sort out a replacement crown pad and it’s done.
  15. Update: I’ve nearly finished restoring it and it has been painted as to spec in textured olive drab paint over red oxide primer. An outstanding item is the rubber pad inside the crown which I need to recreate. I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on it’s dimensions including thickness, whether it is round or oval and ideally what type of rubber it is made of? (Sorbothane?) Thanks in advance for any help. Mark
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