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jager 152

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  1. Leather can be a bit of a problem, (Not for me guvnor), and some so-called leather 'Foods', if used in excess can cause a flaccid effect that none of us like to mention, your scabbard just gets droopy . I have sung the praises of Renaissance wax, used by many museums. I sometimes use a little on 'Dry' leather, or as a light polish, good for protecting metal too. Beware penetrating oil, great for loosening up a gun lock etc., but it does what it says on the tin, and if left on bare metal it will event
  2. Now how do you feel about a nice, shiny collection ? Way back when the was a bit of a phase when everyone discovered Goddards Silver Dip. Crimea medals got the dip treatment, and they came out gleaming. Brasso seemed a great idea, as did, horror of horrors, the buffing wheel. Things do seem to have moderated, what many call a tarnish is more correctly descibed as a patina, acquired over the years and part of the items history . There is the argument that much spit and polish was used in service use, s
  3. And Kenny, why are my postings stuck at '47' ? I should be at least a Grossfeldmarshall mit swords diamonds and kitchen sink by now ?
  4. Kenny, I think you know only too well my opinion of DDR items. Apart from the fact that they are products of a very nasty regime, the designs are pretty repetitive, (Looks like they were designed by the same guy, or team ). I dislike anodised finishes, cheap and nasty. And yes, there must be warehouses full of it, just can't see the investment potential. The only thing I find interesting about the situation was when the wall came tumbling down. The DDR air force Migs joined the West German Luftwaffe for a
  5. P.P.S. Graeme, thanks for the kind words, you are right of course !
  6. Reece, German helmets can come damned expensive, particulary WWII models, even those without decals. German medals can be quite reasonable, but do beware of Third Reich fakes, many of them are just too good to tell from the original, particularly those that are die-struck just like the original. Why not get to know something about Imperial German medals, (I love them) ? If you buy a group of three, with an Iron Cross, you have something with solid investment potential, and they can be damned interesti
  7. And my vote for the most useless bayonet ? That ridiculous 'Prong' stuck on the end of the Lee Enfield during WWII, must have been damned effective tackling a can of evaporated milk.
  8. Apart from pigeon-fanciers, and bus spotters we are the most misunderstood set of folk on the planet ! That's why we cluster like lost beasts on forums such as this ! Reece, try explaining that it's like reaching back into the past and bringing back a piece of history with you. That 25 year service medal represents a large percentage of a guy's life. You are slowly but surely assembling a whole load of stories. Don't be too hasty though, there is an awful lot of rubbish out there, not just repro, but st
  9. And imagine what a superb target such an unmanouverable beast would present to a fighter-bomber armed with armour piercing rockets, such as the Typhoon or P-47 ?
  10. Apparently even during the American Civil War the number of bayonet fatalites was pretty minimum. "The bayonet was carried by the infantry on both sides. It was used as an entrenching tool, can opener, roasting spit, but seldom as a weapon".- Arms and equipment of the Civil War by Jack Coggins. I wonder if the bayonet was largely a psychological threat, the "Red line tipped with steel. I have a de-act WW1 Mauser, and with a Butcher Knife bayonet attached turns into a pretty impressive weapon, with the knowledge that you can stop an advancing enemy about four feet away from you. But, to shoot a
  11. Well yes, I guess I was about 13 or 14 when I obtained a percussion pocket pistol. No hammer but it was brass, so polished up nicely. I saw a name engraved on it, plus some proof marks. Some library books told me when and where it was made. I was truly hooked. Since then I have had many collections come and go, but it remains a life-long fascination . Just a bit of advice from one of the ancients, read as much as you can, watch the History channels, and don't become a lone collector, try to get
  12. One good reason for stopping making it, (The Maus, presumably), was the war was virtually ending, there was a severe shortage of all raw materials, and, vitally, fuel. The T-34 was still effective but the Stalin, with a much larger calibre main weapon, was a superb main battle tank, (It saw service in the Soviet satellite armies, middle east etc. well into the sixties). Incidentally, though very effective, Soviet armour was pretty rough construction-wise. If you get the chance go down to the RAC tank museum i
  13. The Maus was produced, there are photos of it supposedly on trials, and being discovered by G.I.s, but never saw action. The hierarchy in the Third Reich seemingly got into a wierd version of military Viagra, they became obsessed witrh the size of their weapons. Some totally impractical projects unvolved highly unmanouverable monsters, or very complex vehicles for which the technology would have been brilliant, but not when you needed maximum tanks to counter the vast amounts of T34s and Stalins being produced. I
  14. Whatever, be bloody careful, a friend of mine loved tinkering with live ammo and rendering it 'Inert' in various subtle ways, e.g. small rubber mallets etc. Eventually the detonator on a 20mm shell split the top of his fingers. No chance of going to hospital with powder burns, a few interesting moments with Inspector Plod of the firearms unit a definite prospect. Half a bottle of scotch and some tight bindings was the solution. Not a good idea though.
  15. It needn't necessarily be military. Maybe from a royal household, and there were an awful lot of those way back when. It looks early Victorian, but pages costumes etc. haven't changed much. Incidentally, beware uniforms which don't fall into a recognisable pattern. Theatrical costumiers have used ex-military jackets etc. for ages, and tarted them up. Old musicals like The Student Prince etc. have gobbled up and often f..ked up piles of regimental outfits.
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