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    #16
    Originally posted by kration View Post
    TJ,
    I'm actually doing quite well Thanks to two new Friends that are helping me find a great selection of items.... I'll post pics when I get the project further along !


    Kration
    Yes, please post more ! Tom

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      #17
      Hi Folks,

      In speaking with kration offline, he indicated that he is now exploring an Uzi equipped platoon leader.

      Thus, I am posting some pictures of my Uzi equipped PL in an effort to help his project along.

      I can't wait to see kration's finished projects; he's going for a "minty" look.

      All the best,
      TJ
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        #18
        Here is the full-body mannequin.
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          #19
          Here is my guy in Schneetarn. It was noted before that the helmet cover was designed for a special Mountain Trooper climbing helmet and that normally a wet weather jacket is worn under the camo but over the padded cold-weather liner.

          Thanks,
          TJ
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            #20
            Nice! That helmet cover isn't too easy to find either, in my experience. I assume this is the rubberized type?

            Steve

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              #21
              Steve,

              You are correct Sir!

              Thanks,
              TJ

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                #22
                Dear Bundeswehr Veterans,

                kration and I had a discussion the other day about the large buckle on the cartridge belt.

                Did you keep one that still retained all of its olive drab paint for parades and inspections? Was it "cool" to completely remove all of the leftover swatches of paint and polish the buckle up a bit? Or, did you just let the buckle alone and let the OD paint gradually wear off?


                Many thanks,
                TJ

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                  #23
                  Hi TJ,

                  Mine is brass in colour and no trace of any green paint?
                  But I cannot for the life of me remember that I ever removed the paint?? I know it doesn't quite answer your question, but it's got me thinking whether or not I was issued with the brass coloured buckle or not?? I know that I would not have removed the paint because I didn't have the facility to do so.
                  Now I'm gonna have to pull out the box and check again!

                  Dion
                  Even the Gods are helpless against stupidity!

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Guardian 5 View Post
                    Dear Bundeswehr Veterans,

                    kration and I had a discussion the other day about the large buckle on the cartridge belt.

                    Did you keep one that still retained all of its olive drab paint for parades and inspections? Was it "cool" to completely remove all of the leftover swatches of paint and polish the buckle up a bit? Or, did you just let the buckle alone and let the OD paint gradually wear off?


                    Many thanks,
                    TJ
                    Well, for at least some of us it was. We used two have two Koppel. One OD for training, exercise etc and a second one to wear "on base". The second one was sanded/polished. I still have mine unfortunately it applied some patina since then... Was this a common usage? I would say no. I only have seen a couple of other polished ones and very few with the Battalion insignia engraved additionally.



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                      #25
                      Interesting! ProudKraut, I don't think I've ever seen one like that before. Now I know that if I do see it that someone soldier had it modified instead of it being like this from the factory.

                      Dion, the paint came off very easily during use. I've had maybe two dozen of these belts and all of them (except one unissued one) had significant amounts of paint missing. Some only had the paint in the grooves and around the edges, with the rest worn off.

                      Steve

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                        #26
                        In my outfit we certainly didn't remove the paint either - it wore off the Koppel all by itself.

                        But I can remember that there was a "SpieƟ" in the sister batallion, FschJgBtl. 253, who in the barracks wore a silver-plated belt buckle. Maybe it was just silver paint - I never asked him, being a lowly Gefreiter... That individual also prefered jackboots over the jump boots, which were polished to an unearthly shine.

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                          #27
                          Gentlemen,

                          Very interesting information. Thanks very much for sharing. It seems that we are on to some new learning.

                          Much obliged!

                          All the best,
                          TJ

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                            #28
                            Please indulge me

                            In my years on WAF, I've never strayed to this part of the forum. I must say, this is an incredibly interesting thread. Thank you.

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                              #29
                              Only one was issued, and, same as above, no memories of what condition it came in paint-wise. I also don't remember anyone actively removing the paint. I could very well imagine that it was done though, maybe even I did it and just can't remember now... Why was it done? Because the majority wanted to have that seasoned look, wearing, at least somewhat, faded uniforms and shoulder ranks. So a worn buckle would go with that image, a new fully painted one would not. If it was green or not was not really a concern for field exercises.

                              With that said, some acquired a second belt to wear with their pants, instead of the black leather belt, ending up wearing two at the same time when the jacket was worn.

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                                #30
                                Great thread to see what is in other collectors have in their collections.
                                Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare express themselves as we did. Quote - Sophie Scholl - White Rose resistance group

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