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Old 12-07-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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A rescued tunic: Captain of the Algonquin Regiment of Canada.

I had this old tunic that I had dyed greenish for Canadian use, but I messed up the insignia for another unit, and so I removed the patches. But the glue residue - Fabric Tac - was too much, and so I tossed the tunic onto the reject pile. But Dragon mid-production M37 British tunics just can no longer be found, so I decided to apply new insignia to cover the old glue spots, and reuse the jacket. I was for the most part successful, but two tiny specs can still be seen above the green 4th CAD armored patch. They cannot be seen in person, but annoyingly they show up under the photographic lights. I will perform a delicate Exacto-blade scrape-surgery later on and remove them. A similar spot appears behind the Canada flash. I have this love/hate relationship with Fabric Tac. Under normal lighting, these spots are nearly invisible, but I just can't stand knowing that they are there!

I also had this cool British officer's cap which came with a Cyber Hobby Euro release. He was an officer with the Cold Stream Guards (Cold Cream Jars?) - you know, the expensive dude with zero kit! I removed the cap badge and replaced it with a bronze painted Algonquin cap badge supplied by Tony Barton. The figure and gear is the same as the Westminster officer that I made recently, but with just a tunic and hat swap.

I also taped and rolled a piece of paper towel around his waist, to help hold the belt in place on the tunic reinforce band. It often slips up higher, but it was meant to sit astride the tunic buckle.


0-4 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

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Old 12-08-2019, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: A rescued tunic: Captain of the Algonquin Regiment of Canada.

Nice looking Captain, the unit patches and rank look great. What glue spots? Glad you were able to reuse the jacket. Thanks for showing the Captain.
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Old 12-08-2019, 08:56 PM   #3
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Re: A rescued tunic: Captain of the Algonquin Regiment of Canada.

The two small white blobs thus:

0-2 by Stephen Duffy, on Flickr

I'm obviously still trying to learn Flickr editor ...
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Old 12-13-2019, 02:33 AM   #4
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Re: A rescued tunic: Captain of the Algonquin Regiment of Canada.

Great-looking Canadian officer and I agree, the cap really...er...caps it off very nicely. Having seen all your threads to-date, would be great to see a group shot of them all. British battledress, I've found, is getting harder to find...particularly the early DML variants and particularly if you have a large group getting larger and want to remain with one type rather than differing shades as the DML 'Soldat' para, the recent DiD issues and the generic battledress fitted to DML's Brit figures all differ and do stand-apart when viewed together. At the moment, I've been saving up on the clobber in order to one day put together a large story of Brit paras during WW2 for one of the local ScaleACT shows (sort of an enlarged variant of the 'MARKET GARDEN' dioramas I did back in 2014). All part of the hobby I guess. Cheers, Steve
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