WW2 Stenciled T-Shirts

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  1. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    I was inspired by some of you guys on the forum to make my own stenciled shirts based on WW2 originals:

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    "Long Rangers" 307th Bomb Group, 13th Air Force, Southwest Pacific

    This was my first attempt, I went a little heavy on the paint but I'm happy with the result. I used the Marsh font for this one.

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    In the original photo above, the two in front center are clearly wearing stenciled 13th AF t-shirts. I can't make out what's stenciled above the symbol, so I made a best guess. This photo was probably taken on Los Negros Island, Wakde, Morotai, or Clark Field on Luzon.


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    This one is based on the 73rd Fighter Squadron's Armament Section Softball Team. Not sure when or where this picture was taken but I'm thinking either Bellows Field, Hawaii, Saipan, or Ie Shima. They were part of the 7th Air Force's VII Fighter Command, the "Sun Setters VII"

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    XXI Bomber Command, 20th Air Force, Guam 1945 (bad lighting but t-shirt is white)

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    It is based on two originals I found photos of.

    I printed out each design on cardstock, then cut it out with an exacto knife. The t-shirts are just the cheapos found in art supply stores, so I sized way down for a WW2 fit. I then prewashed each one, applied paint, let it sit for 3 days, ironed the reverse, let it sit for another few days, then hand washed it and let it sit. Now they can go through the washer and dryer with no paint bleeding or chipping.

    Personally I like the imperfect nature of my shirts. I'm sure that the original artists, in 100-degree heat with 100% humidity and no shade on a remote Pacific island, made mistakes too.

    Thanks for looking!

    Evan
     
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  2. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    Here's some happy customers:D

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    If anyone on the forum wants one, just PM me your t-shirt size and a few dollars to cover materials, and then shipping. I'm not trying to make any profit on this, just sharing with the community!
     
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  3. Bombing IP

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    Outstanding! ,re the imperfect nature I 100% agree .

    BIP
     
  4. B-Man2

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    Very nice and pretty impressive work!
     
  5. Edward

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    this so rocks! great work!!!!
     
  6. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys!!!!
     
  7. Cocker

    Cocker Well-Known Member

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    Great job! I love the Bar Flies and the 20th AF ones!
     
  8. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    Great stuff!
     
  9. Flightengineer

    Flightengineer Well-Known Member

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    Nice!
    Did the small smudges of paint come through the stamp accidentally or was it done specifically to imitate the original?
     
  10. ties70

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    Evan,

    great job!

    Might not be perfect, yet, but with some practice to find out the right amount of paint and optimize your process, you would be able to copy the originals to a much higher degree. The B-17 for example can be structured in several cardboard patterns, making it easy to apply the parts of the design after on another, not all at once...

    Best regards,

    Ties
     
  11. falcon_ib

    falcon_ib Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys!!! All errors were purely accidental :D Thank you Ties, I appreciate the advice. I'm looking forward to practicing and continuing to learn while doing my best to stay faithful to the originals.
     
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  12. ties70

    ties70 Well-Known Member

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    My pleasure, Evan! Keep them coming!

    My first and so far only attempt to stencil a t-shirt is this here:

    First fault was to choose a black shirt to stencil something white on it.
    Of course it took much more of the white paint than I wanted it to. Good thing is that some of it got washed out afterwards. The stuff I used was special textile paint, that gets fixed by ironing and a first wash.

    The letters were intended to be yellow, but turned out to look olive drab...lucky me!

    The shirt is cheap, maybe 2 for 15 USD.
    As they come from the retailers "underwear" department, they are quite trim and the body is knitted seamless...gives them the WWII period look.

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    Best regards,

    Ties
     
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  13. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Cool looking t-shrt Ties.
    Nicely done.
     
  14. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like there is something beneath the 13th symbol as well. Nice job!
    Dave
     
  15. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    doesn`t look that shabby Ties
     
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    Tom segura
     

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