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McVickers
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No, looks well covered, but not over-done

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Posted : 07/08/2014 5:06 pm
Poacher
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It looks busy but not overdone.
You will lose some if playing in woodland or shrubbery.

aka Stigroadie

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better by design

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Posted : 07/08/2014 5:26 pm
Bazooka Joe
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-- attachment is not available --
Too much?

Give it a swirl round in a bucket of water then let it dry.

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Posted : 07/08/2014 7:00 pm
Kendo
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-- attachment is not available --
Too much?

Pretty much how mine looks - same lid as well. As Poacher says, expect to lose some while bombing head first through trees and bushes; I certainly did. Even if you don't lose any of the hessian, it will get torn to buggery and frayed beyond use, so you'll probably have to replace some strips after a few games.

Give it a swirl round in a bucket of water then let it dry.

I'm curious. What does this do?

'ABSIT OMEN'

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Posted : 10/08/2014 6:17 pm
BootedFeet
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Give it a swirl round in a bucket of water then let it dry.

I'm curious. What does this do?

IIRC this makes the hessian lose it's rigidity and go all floppy, reportedly making it better camouflage.

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Posted : 10/08/2014 6:29 pm
Iceman
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I just squirted some water on it,
I would assume it would do the same.

Why do you always carry that umbrella?
-Bad memory. Never could remember the password. Knew no Jerry would carry one. Had to prove I was an Englishman, you see.
A bridge too far

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Posted : 10/08/2014 6:33 pm
Kendo
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IIRC this makes the hessian lose it's rigidity and go all floppy, reportedly making it better camouflage.

Hmm. If that's correct wouldn't that cause the hessian to lie flat against the shell of the helmet?

I could imagine longer strips hanging beneath the rim, so that would help break up the helmet's shape I suppose... Still, I would have thought keeping the material somewhat rigid would have been preferable, seeing as it would be more susceptible to sticking out from the lid and therefore destroy the very distinctive dome shape.

'ABSIT OMEN'

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Posted : 10/08/2014 9:05 pm
Bazooka Joe
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Giving it a good swirl round, will help loosen it up, re shape it, and give it a more natural look when it dries. You may also find that the strips of hessian divide into individual strands (also helps the look a bit in my opinion).

Photo from this site: http://www.perthregiment.org/rperth4.html

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Posted : 11/08/2014 6:29 am
Kendo
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Giving it a good swirl round, will help loosen it up, re shape it, and give it a more natural look when it dries. You may also find that the strips of hessian divide into individual strands (also helps the look a bit in my opinion).

Photo from this site: http://www.perthregiment.org/rperth4.html

Ahhh, I get it now. Will have to try this myself now! Cheers for the info, folks.

'ABSIT OMEN'

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Posted : 11/08/2014 6:05 pm
BootedFeet
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No problem kamara- I mean, fellow Britischer pal! Much playing fußball and drinking of the teal! :)

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Posted : 11/08/2014 6:21 pm
Kendo
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No problem kamara- I mean, fellow Britischer pal! Much playing fußball and drinking of the teal! :)

Hmm... you're okay, Hans. You're okay.

'ABSIT OMEN'

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Posted : 12/08/2014 9:49 pm
Iceman
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He seems fishy...

Why do you always carry that umbrella?
-Bad memory. Never could remember the password. Knew no Jerry would carry one. Had to prove I was an Englishman, you see.
A bridge too far

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Posted : 13/08/2014 2:24 am
Iceman
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So no real smart to put on the helmet with a webbing chinstrap? Looks like I'll ask a fellow brit for help on saturday...

Why do you always carry that umbrella?
-Bad memory. Never could remember the password. Knew no Jerry would carry one. Had to prove I was an Englishman, you see.
A bridge too far

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Posted : 28/08/2014 11:06 am
Granger
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Major threadomancy!

I've just joined these forums and I have found this thread to be incredibly useful. I believe I have almost everything I need plus a few extras. My respirator pouch turned up today, as did my binocular pouch which I had hoped to use as storage for delicates but have found I am running out of space on my webbing.

How much of the webbing was optional? Did it really come down to personal preference?

For example, if I wear to take off the water bottle I'd have enough room for a bino pouch but would that push my "look" too far to the historically inaccurate side?

Regards,

Ralph

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Posted : 17/10/2014 7:23 pm
Allenby
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Keep the water bottle. It's essential kit; after running around for a few hours, you'll need it.

Think about it from the point of view of a combat soldier. Would you rather have a set of binoculars, or water?

Always go for the standard, every man look; the most common webbing arrangement, etc etc. also remember you have to carry it round for almost six hours. It can be a lot of weight. Go light. The amount of stuff that soldiers would discard to cut down on the amount of crap they had to carry was staggering.

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Posted : 17/10/2014 7:59 pm
MartinR
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The only optional bits were what the CSM said were optional. IRL you'd probably want something to drink, and something to dig holes in the ground with. As Allenby says, for Airsoft, you need something to drink, often quite a lot of stuff to drink if it is hot and you are out all day.

You can jam a ton of stuff in a small pack, if you are running out of storage space.

Cheers
Martin

"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" Helmuth von Moltke
Toys: AGM MP40, Cyma M1A1, TM M14/G43/SVT40, TM VSR/K98, SnS No. 4, ASG Sten, Ppsh.

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Posted : 18/10/2014 4:12 pm
Granger
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I didn't use my small pack today but I kept the water bottle and trenching tool. The bottle sure came in use and I certainly felt the part. Next up I need to get is the toggle rope.

I think I have all the accessories mentioned in this thread, apart from said toggle rope. The respirator bag didn't see use today but I'm planning on using that to carry bb's, batteries and a speed loader for the sten when I eventually get it. The small pack I figure I could use for the things that I don't need to get to quickly or do things I do not need during combat, e. g. Snacks, keys. Any tips in this area are very welcome.

Regards,

Ralph

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Posted : 18/10/2014 5:48 pm
MartinR
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With my British kit I usually end up with:

left pouch: a couple of spare mags, maybe a couple of pyros
right pouch: BBs, speedloader, maybe a pyro, spare battery
dressing pocket: bandages
top right hand jacket pocket: notebook, gumshield
lightweight respirator bag: extra water, energy bars, fruit & nut, camera
small pack: rain cape, car keys, phone, wallet, tools, maybe spare water, lunch (in mess tins)

if you are wearing a Denison you have lots of huge pockets to put things in.
You don't need loads of BBs for WW2 games, but for regular Airsoft you may need more mags/ammo/pyro.

Slightly different pouch combo if using a rifle.

Cheers
Martin

"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" Helmuth von Moltke
Toys: AGM MP40, Cyma M1A1, TM M14/G43/SVT40, TM VSR/K98, SnS No. 4, ASG Sten, Ppsh.

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Posted : 18/10/2014 7:37 pm
Russe11
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A Mk3 pouch will hold 6 Sten mags (You may need to dampen it and stretch it). 2nd pouch is bb's and pyros. Speedloader is top pocket.
Heres an idea: Carry lunch in the gas mask bag and fill the backpack with a block of foam. At lunch you then have a handy cushion.
I would do this but I tend to travel at least part way to games by train and need the carrying space.

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Posted : 18/10/2014 9:42 pm
Granger
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That's good advice there. Thanks guys.

It'll be a while till I get my UKARA but I can practice with the setup while renting.
Left pouch: mags
Right pouch: bb's, pyro and battery
Resp bag: lunch
Small pack: tools and accessories
Denison: speed loader and map

Regards,

Ralph

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