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Hiki French uniforms

Postby Moss » Mon May 25, 2015 9:37 am

For any interested parties, Hiki are now doing French uniforms:
http://www.hikishop.com/ww2-france-fren ... -1318.html
Just the greatcoat for now, but I imagine they'll have tunics, trews, caps, puttees, etc. up soon.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Granger » Mon May 25, 2015 11:58 am

Funnily enough I was talking to Kroot about a French impression at kasserine
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Moss » Mon May 25, 2015 12:09 pm

It is something that's crossed my mind, but Brit kit takes priority for the time being. Maybe when I see how much they do the rest of the uniform for...
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Granger » Mon May 25, 2015 2:42 pm

I'm determined to finish off my British impressions before I look at starting anything else but French would be quite unique.

EDIT: If anyone is up for doing a French impression I'd definitely join in. I think it'd be a really unique looking squad
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Moss » Mon May 25, 2015 3:17 pm

I know that CHThree has 1940 French kit, have a look at the operation Copenhagen section in the past games area, it's a very smart looking uniform.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Granger » Tue May 26, 2015 9:23 am

Just had a look at the pictures and the uniform does look interesting.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Moss » Tue May 26, 2015 10:08 am

SOF sell the 1st world war style leather belt kit, which I believe was still in use in 1940.
You could also use your ZB-26 as a stand in for an FM 24/29.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_24/29 ... achine_gun
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Granger » Tue May 26, 2015 11:09 am

That Zb26 is turning out to be a really flexible weapon!

Really interested in the French uniform, I'm torn between that and German Heer.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Colonel Tigh117 » Tue May 26, 2015 6:27 pm

Easy, the Germans had blitzkrieg!!! And the French had the almighty.......urrrr retreat krieg, or surrender krieg ;), joking aside the French kit does look rather good
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Hänschen klein » Tue May 26, 2015 8:37 pm

Granger wrote:
Really interested in the French uniform, I'm torn between that and German Heer.



Can`t imagine there are ever going to be many events where you will get use out of French kit. Standard German Heer however :wink:
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Granger » Tue May 26, 2015 10:01 pm

Hänschen klein wrote:
Granger wrote:
Really interested in the French uniform, I'm torn between that and German Heer.



Can`t imagine there are ever going to be many events where you will get use out of French kit. Standard German Heer however :wink:

Ha ha that did cross my mind!
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby CHThree » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:53 pm

Hänschen klein wrote:Can`t imagine there are ever going to be many events where you will get use out of French kit. Standard German Heer however :wink:


Never that let that stop you from having the cooler uniform... :wink:
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby CHThree » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:57 pm

BTW, my Mle 38 uniform was from Schipperfabrik, and I am not *that* impressed with its accuracy, (pockets not sloped, pantalons"golf" not silly enough etc). I have higher hopes for Hiki. Just as well, as schipper seem to have given it up.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby Moss » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:07 am

How were the side packs and such from Schipper? They seem to be the only place that does repros.
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Re: Hiki French uniforms

Postby CHThree » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:12 pm

The Mle 38 side pack is a lovely bag, with few minor niggles: - the colour is a little orange - originals are either seem to be a light green simnilar to post war french packs or very faded looking tan; The srap is made of quite a thin webbing fabric, not so that it would break, but it folds itself over, the metal work is panited rather than japanned. I really like it though, I use mine every day (with a leather strap from a post war french bag).

The leather work is pretty sturdy , I spent a while darkening mine with various shades of polish .

BTW Hiki now has an M38 tunic on his site.

www.hikishop.com/ww2-france-french-m38- ... -1323.html

Still no collar tabs for concealing insignia though :-(
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