my latest acquisitions

Edward

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Buckle is similar to the leggings buckle. Perhaps try At The Front?
well close but not quite right. too big and its a flat metal buckle instead of rounded. but its the right idea. These on the leggings are a bit long... I'm sure whoever makes them could maybe be persuaded to reproduce the shorter M3 version.
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Edward

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well, if anyone in the other forums needs a slider buckle I can point them in this direction to help with their restoration but they'd be spending $45.00 and then have to destroy the leggings to retrieve the buckle! :D
good enough.. I'm done. :p

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ausreenactor

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They sell bits on their own. Real men can join steel so you might be one of them and shorten the buckle. P.S. I am not a real man.
 

Edward

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today I completed the restoration of my M3 Flak helmet with the addition of new felt pads. I believe the originals were wool felt and these modern ones are most likely man made material but you can't see the difference. I could perhaps find some water based dye and color the tan ones to match the original but the brown ones are close enough. also you can see here the diameter is an exact match. they are just a tad thicker but not by much.perfect for replacing lost ear pads.

I did have the usual rusting on the ear protectors so I used phosphoric acid to remove some of the rust and additionally it converts some of the iron oxide into an inert layer of ferric phosphate and preps the surface for paint of which I sprayed a can of a near match Rustoleum Olive Drab. Being its on the inside portion I wasn't too concerned with it not being an exact color match but one day may hit it with a different closer OD match.
(For the rust I used Klean-Strip Phosphoric Concrete Etch & Metal Prep + Rust Inhibitor from Home Depot.)

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Edward

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just had to add this to my collection.only one other bidder so I got it for a steal. needs servicing but its rare enough to find an original Elgin box but even more rare to get the matching serial number. the label is a bit scuffed up sadly but for $162 what the heck....
the acrylic crystal is yellow. I thought it yellowed with age but this one appears to actually be yellow tint. not sure that is original and don't recall if any were issued that way.
Not sure how these were initially boxed and displayed. I feel like a cardboard piece may be missing that the watch would have been strapped to under the cutout window but not certain. I added my own OD watch band as it came with a very old and badly decayed leather one.

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Edward

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found a great piece to add to my 1940s vintage USAAF office! A card index file cabinet... and not just any... this one is marked on the bottom (albeit a bit faded and worn) Property Air Force United States Army so it fits right in with my decor perfectly! Dove tail oak construction, bakelite handles and its a match to one in a photo I've had for a while....
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Thebigger problem with finding more stuff is running out of room and having to re-arrange stuff... I need a bigger desk! :D

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Smithy

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Your office is just too cool Edward, I absolutely love it and all the wonderful attention to even the smallest details. Fantastic stuff!
 
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