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M42 Worn Uniform Page
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have made this page to show how I have added the pockets to the rear of the DiD
M42 jacket, ever since I saw the picture on the right of the altered full size
coat. What kept me from making this jacket until now is the obvious fact, that I
would have to cut up a spare donor jacket to allow me to get the pockets I
wanted. Plus somehow I would also have to make sure that the factory stitching
is kept in place as much as possible.
So after much thought about this I decided to use a spare Ricky Foster jacket I
have for the pockets, luckily this coat is the same type as used for the Albert
Ross figure, so the pockets will be a close match for the colour. The thing that
I found out was that when the pockets are cut off the donor coat, it is
important that the material that the pocket is sewn onto is also cut off with
it. This way the factory stitching is kept in place, plus you have the material
under the pocket to use to sew it onto the other coat.
These pictures show the donor coat with the edges
of the pocket, that has to be cut around with a sharp model knife to get the it
off the coat. In the first picture above left I cut around the square under the
pocket to remove it, the middle picture above shows the top of the pocket. I cut
through the coat just behind the edge making sure that I left a thin edge of the
coat material, so this would allow me to sew the pocket onto the rear of the
other jacket. This would also allow me to hide the stitches behind the top
pocket edge. The other picture above shows the jacket with the pockets removed.
the pockets have been cut out and the loose threads and edges trimmed up, you
will have the separate one's as shown above. The picture above right shows the
front and rear of the pocket, the square part on the back is the part that will
be sewn onto the rear of the other jacket. Note:
I am hoping that if I keep the stitches small enough when I sew the pocket onto
the new coat, it will look like the pocket is held on by the factory stitching
and not mine.
The picture right shows the removed pockets laid
loosely onto the back of the jacket that I want to have the rear pockets on. I
am going to pin them in place to make sure that I have them lined up correctly,
plus that they won't move when I sew them onto the jacket.
I would like to thank Paul (.308) for the
original idea about cutting the pockets off the jacket, because he has shown me
how he has altered his figure's uniforms some of which can be seen here -
And I must admit that when I first thought about
cutting up a perfectly good jacket, just to get the pockets off of it and seeing
the work that Paul had done with his figures. I honestly thought what a mad
thing to do to a sought after coat, so I kept putting the idea off. But finally
I am afraid that the need for the rear pockets on the coat got the better of me,
so I took the knife to the jacket. Plus I have also realised now that I have actually
done it at last, I now have another two pockets from the
donor coat to use on another
This is a picture of the finished coat with the
pockets sewn in place on the rear of the jacket. (The best that my lousy sewing skills
will allow me to do...) Another idea that was passed onto me by Paul, was
about using some double sided tape to hold the pocket in place whilst it is
being sewn in place. I must say that I have tried it and it does make the
positioning of the pockets easier to keep still.
M42 Worn Uniform Example
Some experiments I have done with simulating wear
on the 1/6th scale uniforms is shown below, this was done with some fine
sandpaper to rough up the edges of the tunic. The holes were made by cutting a
small hole with my model knife, then I used the sandpaper over the top to make
the wear that caused the holes.
Because the jacket is the one I cut the pockets from, I wanted to see what
result I would get if I continued to use the sandpaper on it past the slight
wear effect I wanted. So the pictures below show what happens when I get carried
away with the sandpaper.
M42 Worn Uniform
After doing my experiments with the spare jacket
above, I now had an idea of what wear and damage I wanted on the uniform that I
have on my figure. In the pictures above I have added some wear
to the knees, elbows, collar, epaulettes, cuffs and the pockets.
Note: The flash from the camera has highlighted the sanded areas
more than they actually show on the figure, even though they are lighter than
the rest of the uniform it just seems that in the pictures it looks like I have
a mad half hour with my model drill...