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  1. I am dating myself, but at northern Illinois...

    I am dating myself, but at northern Illinois events back in the early 80s, flat envelopes, about 3 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide were "preferred" by event sponsors. The office supply store had...
  2. Thread: Mike Yeck passes

    by KentG
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    I still proudly use a few items I got from Mike Yeck

    Back in 1980 when I started this hobby, the first thing the co. 1SG handed me was a few pages of mimeo that was Yeck's catalog - no pictures, just text.

    I think I may have it around somewhere,...
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    Big plus on the electrolysis method, I have used...

    Big plus on the electrolysis method, I have used it on a number of items, including bayonets. You can leave some patina on the parts by taking them out before they turn completely white, but the...
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    Having worked in the shoe industry for a number...

    Having worked in the shoe industry for a number of years, I can tell you the reason for rough out is that the strength of leather lies mostly in the first millimeter or so of the skin (outside). A...
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    Make them yourself, Lee makes a .31 RB mold for...

    Make them yourself, Lee makes a .31 RB mold for the buck, a .65 RB for the Ball. My .65 RB is a Dixie custom mold. There is little book on making CW cartridges that has the rest of the info, or a...
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    Earlier poster called using metal ammo cans "the...

    Earlier poster called using metal ammo cans "the bomb" and that's just what you made. If you reference the recommended storage by the manufacturer another poster put up a link to, or the National...
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    In formation, a rank of 4 in the column would...

    In formation, a rank of 4 in the column would have a depth of about 30 inches, but from experience, this loosens up on movement ( an interesting application of Einstein's theories on Brownian motion...
  8. Mahan's "Outpost" a must read on CW tactics and skirmishing

    Mhan's little Book "Outpost" has great details of how to tactically handle troops and formations - not the mechanics of drill, but when and how to use skirmishers versus lines and columns. It also...
  9. Recruiting Federal troops in Mid-South AR-West TN-SE MO area

    About 7 of us have formed a mess to protray Federal troops, mostly Iowa or other Western states for 150th event at Shiloh and Vicksburg. We are sorta hard core, sorta "progressive" shelter...
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    The boys shelled out $7.20 per overcoat!

    According to Downing's diary of his 11th Iowa service, he shelled out (Nov. 2 1861) $7.20 for an overcoat, but only $6.71 for a dress coat. He later recounts in Dec of 1862 he has purchased four...
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    Thanks for the pics, the Arkansas troops are portraying the Hempstead Rifles, 3rd Ark

    Thanks Mr. McBride,

    My sons and I are in your picture of Arkansas troops. We were portraying the Hempstead Rifles (Washington Arkansas) from photos of the unit, the original tintype of the...
  12. Thread: realism

    by KentG
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    Skirmish tactics and doctrine very under-represented

    Skirmish order and doctrine is very badly under-represented in our events.

    I wrote a little paper, (excuse the outdated format), available at this url

    http://www.mvep.org/skirmishweb.htm
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    British leather in Union service

    At the new Army Heritage Center museum they have a larger than life blown up photo of a named soldier in Co. C of an unknown Mass. regiment with Enfield and full British leather - belt, box, cap...
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