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Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 12:00am

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I've decided to put together a list of cheaper alternatives for WW2 uniforms and equipment, so hopefully some of you great filmmakers are inspired. These uniforms are not 100% accurate, but are dirt cheap, and would be great for extras and even main characters.

There are some great high quality reproductions available, however, sometimes they can be out of budget. (atthefront.com)

Please don't copy this, just link it here.

US ITEMS

Wool Uniforms: M1951 Shirt and Pants, http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/product/m1951-wool-field-shirt-3434.cfm VERY Close to WW2

M41 Field Jackets
Civilian khaki jacket or windbreaker, can be found anywhere. Get cheap ones, like some $25 ones at Sears or something.

M43 Field Uniforms:
Czech M85 $5 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=223026
M65 & M51 Field Jackets (very similar, except these use zippers instead of buttons) Search eBay $12

Army HBT Uniforms:
Dutch Shirts $5 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=249171
Austrian Shirts $6 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=69973[/b]
OD BDUs $12 Search around, easy to find

US Winter Camo:
Bed Sheets $10

US HBT Pants:
Greek $14 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=442729
Austrian $6 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=459624

US Wool Pants:
Italian Wool Pants $8 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=462864

US Boots:
French Combat Boots $30 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=97128

US Helmets:
Steel Pot M1 Helmet $15 Search around, surplus stores, eBay
Steel Pot Liner only, helmet net, $12 (a lot lighter then actual helmet)

Also, always search eBay, as you can still find some original stuff for not too bad prices.


GERMAN ITEMS

German items are always more money, that is because they didn't win the war, and massive amounts of surplus did not hit the market. However, some of the countries in the area developed clothing very similar.

Winter Parka:
Swedish ones, $3.50 ea http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=442724

Wool Overcoats:
E. German $15 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=236338

German Tunics:
Norwegian, Swedish and Swiz tunics are all close. About $35 ea, so search around. armynavydeals.com
East German coats are pretty similar http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=459601 (not wool though, look for wool ones)

German Wool Pants:
E. German $5.50 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=386068

German Helmets:
Cushman Helmets, paint them up and they should be fine. http://www.cushmanpaintball.com/GermanHelmetPage.html

German Hats: Search eBay about $15

Camo:
The only camo that comes close is reproduction. You can find splinter BDUs on ebay, or some SS jackets for cheap, although they are not %100 accurate. Atthefront.com occasionally has a splinter smock for $30. Don't use flecktarn, it stands out too much.

I suggest filming in the winter, as you can always put bedsheets over people and use cheap wool coats. It also hides up some equipment issues.

Well there it is for now. Hope it helps you. Let me know how your projects turn out. Remember to look for reproductions if you are going for accuracy. Also, properly 'age" these uniforms, it looks alot better. (run around, through in mud, give to dog etc..)

Now you all have no excuse.......make WWII movies!

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Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 12:03am

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WORLD WAR I

GERMAN

Tunic:
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=JK191&ST=2
Cheapest look alike I could find.
You could even use the ones from above

Pants:
German ones from above
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=TR130&ST=2

Helmet:
I think a metal reproduction is your best bet, no other cheap ones.
ima-usa.com

Hat:
German from above, stretching it a little.

US:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-US-Navy-Military-Surplus-Khaki-Jacket-Coat_W0QQitemZ380062455172QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item380062455172&_trkparms=72%3A1163|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

US Navy Khaki Jacket, look around.

Pants:
Khaki wool pants

Helmet:
Either British WW2 Helmet (not turtle one) or plastic cushman helmet.
http://www.cushmanpaintball.com/GIHelmetPage.html

Thats it for now, I need to start my script

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Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 1:11am

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I love you...But a Vietnam one??? or a World War 1 ...one?
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 1:18am

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Haha in time. I would love to do a World War I movie.
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 1:33am

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Bookmarked +1
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 2:17am

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hey speaking of. What can I use as leggings ?
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 10:31am

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You can find original leggings very cheap. (US) I found some at a flea market for under 5 bucks each. I;m not sure about German ones, maybe look for Austrian or something
Posted: Mon, 8th Sep 2008, 6:01pm

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Wow! cheap.

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Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2008, 1:14am

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World War One up. Not a steady supply of these, but they are out there.
Posted: Tue, 9th Sep 2008, 4:00am

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thanks!
Posted: Wed, 10th Sep 2008, 5:13am

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what can I use as a world war 1 gun???
Posted: Thu, 18th Sep 2008, 12:45am

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i got a m1 garand even though its ww2 its on ebay it broken but new and cheap for a prop, real wood cock the bolt
Posted: Thu, 18th Sep 2008, 12:53am

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The M1 garand was not around during WWI however. For WWI you need either a springfield, Mauser 98 (or K98 as a carbine) or an Enfield.
Posted: Mon, 22nd Sep 2008, 1:55am

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cool i have a springfield.
Posted: Mon, 22nd Sep 2008, 2:02am

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but the leggings i cant find, the ones at sports is sold out so i cant find any others...
Posted: Mon, 22nd Sep 2008, 8:16pm

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eBay or atthefront.com
http://collectibles.shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_fromZR46?_nkw=leggings&_sacat=13956&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l1313&_odkw=gaitors&_osacat=13956
Posted: Tue, 23rd Sep 2008, 1:37am

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yeah what is 3r?? i dont know if i can fit in it.
Posted: Tue, 23rd Sep 2008, 10:20am

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http://www.coloradoairsoft.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=6134
Check there too.

It says to order 3r or 4r otherwise they wont fit.
Posted: Thu, 25th Sep 2008, 6:37am

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ok,
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 1:22am

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Ok. Im looking for a less than 100 dollar tommy helmet? I cant find one at all.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 1:38am

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Are you looking for an original WWI helmet? If so, look for a British WW2 one. They are externally identical to the American ones, however the lining is different.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 7:42pm

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no im not looking for a peice of shit.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 7:55pm

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mikeh wrote:


If so, look for a British WW2 one.
Come on ,please, start doing your own research. I've answered many of your questions. Look around, youll find all the info you need.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 8:22pm

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JasonX1024 wrote:

no im not looking for a peice of poo.
Ha. Ha. Seriously though, he did work hard to gather this stuff.
Posted: Fri, 26th Sep 2008, 8:31pm

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Although many of the Cushman products are not off the best quality, there are still a great many of people who have created great results from them. Check out Ima-usa.com
Posted: Sun, 28th Sep 2008, 8:46pm

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THANKS THAT ONE IS GOOD!