according to my friend all the web gear is original all manufactured on or around WWI. Its a collective collection and mostly used for display and not for re-enacting. They were obtained in almost mint if not mint condition. It seems that mint condition items are still available if you are willing to pay the price. The M1910 carlisle pouch with bandage (mint) costs about $40-50. The only repros he says are the M1917 holster for the M1917 revolver and the M1912 .45 cal automatic cavalry holster. Apparently leather ages far worse than canvas. These holsters if available in mint condition would command premium amounts. There are sources of reproductions some acceptable and some excellent. Take a look at: www.ima-usa.com click holsters and choose US for OK holsters www.epsaddlery.com click military for high end holsters
Last Edit: Aug 17, 2006 18:23:07 GMT -5 by milspec
Don and I were able to make it to the VMMV open house this weekend despite the inhospitable weather. It was cold and rainy. We had an extra Scout with us. His name is Jay. We met a lot of great people and had a lot of fun. Most of the people recognized us as Philippine Scouts. There was the occasional Pearl Harbor or Wake Island defender. But everybody was within the ballpark. The kids enjoyed looking at our gear and weapons. We met Bruce who was the volunteer coordinator for the VMMV and there might be a chance that they can help out Don with his documentary. We also met Gunny who is the coordinator for the US Marine Corps Heritage Center. They held a Vietnam War reenactment of US Marines making an assault on a VC bunker. He also educated us on the M2 60mm mortar. I hope you enjoy the pictures. Photos courtesy of Jay.
Jay, Me and Don
With the Gunny
Philippine Scout 60mm Mortar team -courtesy of the US Marine Corps Heritage Center
Our Muses - Marilou and Rochelle
With Bruce of VMMV and a German reenactor
The Philippine Contingent
P.S. more pics to come
Last Edit: Oct 26, 2008 13:36:36 GMT -5 by milspec
Outstanding! Can't wait for more pictures I hope they can help Don out with the Stuart tank for the documentary.
I stayed home with my toddler son while my wife and 4 year old girl went to see High School Musical 3 in the movies... I took him to a hunting/gun shop with me to buy some targets and he went crazy when he saw the rifles and the camo hats they had at the store. He wanted to play with them... very promising ;D
Wish you guys were there with us. There was a lot inquiries about the group. I got an e-mail from Les, one of the Vietnam Marine reenactors, giving us a lead on a WWII weekend event in Virginia. By the way the Gunny's name is Gy. Sgt. Thomas E. Williams and he is the director of the United States Marine Corps Historical Company and would you believe it, he has great interest in the 26th Cavalry. He is very knowledgeable about various cavalry saddles and equipment. For those of you who don't know Marilou is Don's wife.
Here are some more pictures.
Don and I with a real Thompson and BAR
Jay with the Thompson
Inspecting a Colt M1911
We met Joe who is from Macabebe Pampanga and works for General Dynamics.
Don and Marilou
Jay time tunneled to the Vietnam War
Don and Jay in front of the M113
In front of the US Marine Corps Heritage Center Display booth
A friend e-mailed me this pictures of a gaggle of M3 Stuart Tank hulks that are currently in England and is believed to be for sale. The origins of the hulks is not know but a white circle in the turrets with possible small stars might indicate that they were previously in the service of the Brazilian Armored Corps which received M3 Stuarts from the Americans. Don't you wish we could get one to restore.
Here are some photos of M3 Stuart hulks In England.
Most are M3A1s
The 4th from the right looks like an early M3 with the Hexagonal Cupola and the fixed vision port on the turret
Post by legionnaire on Oct 30, 2008 11:46:25 GMT -5
If every member in this forum donates, then we can possible raise some funds to buy one of them. ;D I count about 16 of them in the first pic. No japanese markings on them? maybe left overs from the propaganda film "Down with the flag" ;D
Incredible pics, like discovering a warehouse of forgotten vintage equipment, rifles, mg's, Jeeps! I'm sure the earlier models will be bought fast. It's like all this aid by the US still remains and exists there. ours all ended up stripped by the "mangbabakal". Ray and I were just talking about all the armor and military equipment running around England.
Thaks for showing Milspec. BTW great pics you've posted.
Money in the Tank... 16 WW2 Stuart tanks imported into the UK It took over a year to achieve, but the Stuarts are now in the UK Ashford, Kent - 25th October 2008
Mike Stallwood of Kent based MV specialists, RR Services Ltd, has brought 16 WW2 Stuart tanks into the country and they are selling well to wealthy collectors looking for somewhere to put their money.
You would think that, 63 years after the end of the conflict, the chances of discovering a large cache of WW2 military vehicles - let alone tanks - in reasonably good condition would be virtually zero. But that is exactly what Mike Stallwood of RR Motor Services has done. Almost single-handedly he has extracted 16 M3 Stuart light tanks from the wilds of Brazil, and brought them to the UK.
The tanks formed part of a consignment gifted to Brazil by the US Army between 1942 and 1945. Some 30 years ago, 40 of those remaining were sold as surplus to a Brazilian businessman who, although there wasn’t the interest in vintage military vehicles that there is now (and none at all in Brazil), recognised their potential as historical artefacts. In the intervening years, some were disposed of but, in September 2007, Mike received a tip-off that there might be a sizeable number left. Within 10 days, he was on a plane to Brazil. There he discovered, on a remote ranch some 125 miles (200km) north of São Paulo, an armour eldorado.
‘There they were,’ he says, ‘a line of M3 tanks on a muddy, red-ochre field beside some dilapidated farm buildings. There were hornet’s nests in every one, plus snakes and spiders the size of saucers. So even the viewing operation was quite ‘interesting’. The tanks were in remarkably good condition inside considering how long the owner had had them, although they were under cover until about five years ago.’
On the spot, Mike committed to purchasing every tank that was still available, five M3s with nine-cylinder radial Guiberson diesel engines - which are very rare, only 1285 were manufactured - and 11 M3A1s with seven-cylinder Continental radial engines.
But shaking hands on the deal is one thing, getting the tanks back to the UK is another. The folio of mandatory notarised and legalised paperwork was a full ¼-inch thick and took almost a year to complete! And then came the logistic nightmare of actually moving the tanks. Mike is nothing if not hands on and, in August 2008, flew out to Brazil with nothing in his luggage except loading straps and chains. There, in conditions that would give a UK health and safety person a fit, and with the help of a couple of farm labourers, a hired teleporter, much sweat and not a little blood, he loaded the 16 tanks (each of which weighs around 14 tons) plus 60 tons of associated spares into 10 containers.
Shipping delays meant that it wasn’t until 17 October 2008 that all the containers were safely unloaded in RR Motor Services yard and Mike could reflect on the operation. ‘I’m highly delighted. The more I look round these tanks, the more I realise that, apart from this being a personal coup and one of the biggest adventures of my life, I don’t think anyone is going to find 16 WW2 tanks of this ilk again. The first two we’ve tried have run and I’m hopeful that the majority of these tanks will work without major surgery, but if it is necessary I have two spare diesel engines, 11 spare petrol engines, and tons of spares.’
Which brings us to the question of sales. Mike hasn’t yet finished adding up the total cost, but the first few will go to preferred customers who have already put down deposits. Certainly he is under no particular pressure to dispose of anything, and makes it abundantly clear that a falling economy will not lead to bargain basement prices. Indeed, he would like to hold on to a few and is quite taken by the idea of restoring one to driving condition, but leaving the exterior as is.
‘By the time the serious collectors and museums have had their pick,’ Mike concludes, ‘there won’t be that many available to sell. I can foresee already that I’m not going to have difficultly selling as many as I need to sell, and I’m inclined to wait and see what happens with the rest. After all, this is the single, largest outright purchase I have ever made and, without a shadow of a doubt, the most interesting, challenging, and stimulating. I’m in no hurry’.