I find it interesting that in many photos, there are no stripes. The 92nd CA PS doesn't seem to wear any. Some of the 31st US, doesn't appear to have them either. I realize that I am looking at photos from 1938-41. I just found that rather interesting.
It will be scratch built, a non firing prop made of all metal. But not definite if the guy in the Philippines will be available to build it and shipping it is another unknown area to determine.
If you are in the US you could buy a parts kit but for the 1917A1 it is near $3000. The 1919A4 on the other hand costs only $300. Maybe you could start with a 1919 kit, replace the rear sight and make a water new jacket?
We bought our 1919A4 from Ohio Ordinance and made a dummy right side plate and tripod. Turned out nice for photo shoots as shown below.
If not we also drew the 1919a4 in autocad which could be re-designed into the 1917 and manufactured from (PVC) Sintra PVC Board. Give the CAD drawing to a sign company and have them lazer cut the pieces out for you and glue together. Make the jacket from PVC tubing. We've been thinking of the same thing lately
That's a great idea. How much would you say it will cost for a sign company to do that?
I know this is a bit off topic:
Being in Hong Kong I'm not sure the rates in the US sign shops but it shouldn't be that bad since they would only be cutting only certain pieces.
You would need both side plates, back pistol end, front receiver, both top peice and swing up feed lid and the bottom plates. I would also have them cut out for a few other pieces that you could shape with files and putty and build-up. When I get some free moment I'll try and draw up the 1917a1
Great picture of the replica Vickers Machine gun. The craftsman who created this is very talented. More so because he made it out metal. He did a good job on the gun itself and also the tripod. The tripod is the most challenging part to create. If I remember right there is a Colt manufactured Vickers MG in the AFP museum in one corner of the second floor exhibit. Col. Aguilar showed it to me personally when I was last there.