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    Post by BringMeOurFlag Thu May 26, 2011 1:21 pm

    I know, there is/was a topic about it, but I couldn't found it back.
    So, Do you think it's OK to use a original uniform for re-enactment?
    Or shall I buy some reproductions?

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    Post by Nkomo Thu May 26, 2011 2:08 pm

    If it were me, I'd DEFINITELY use non-original pieces for reenactment. There is no sense using a piece of history to reenact with. Get yourself some newer unpatched DCU's and patch them with whatever unit you are portraying. Make sure the uniforms are never put back into circulation as originals.
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    Post by P-E Thu May 26, 2011 2:50 pm

    I've the same opinion as Nkomo...if you want to use real uniform (because there's a difference in quality in comparison with the made in china repro), then you'd better buy repatched uniforms or previously used uniforms without patches (so patches removed), then you can sew the one you'll by yourself depending on your team. First, these uniforms are cheaper, and secondly it avoid to "destroy" an "authentic" uniform with his original patches' configuration...

    That's just my opinion...and I'm happy you asked the question because it's a mark of respect for soldiers (and incidentally for collectors).

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    Post by Misanthropic_Gods Thu May 26, 2011 3:52 pm

    I would say it all depends....standard DCU...maybe. Modified or otherwise unusual, why not just make your own out of a commercial DCU shirt and mark it as such so as not to fool any collectors in the future
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    Post by P-E Thu May 26, 2011 4:35 pm

    what do you call a 'standard' uniform ? You mean a 'common' (unmodified) uniform (original patched or not) ?


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    Post by Misanthropic_Gods Thu May 26, 2011 4:49 pm

    P-E wrote:what do you call a 'standard' uniform ? You mean a 'common' (unmodified) uniform (original patched or not) ?

    Possibly an issued unmodified unpatched DCU...or even just a Commercial DCU.
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    Post by P-E Thu May 26, 2011 5:06 pm

    ok ok, then I totaly agree with you.


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    Post by kilroy was here! Thu May 26, 2011 5:48 pm

    Just wear a standard issue field uniform from a surplus seller. IMO don't even put patches on it, no matter if you're portraying any special division from todays wars. Just take a look at MP.net. The real soldiers, whom most reenactors say they are doing it for, don't think too kindly of people "reenacting" current conflicts. Tbh I agree with them, it's kind of weird (reenacting is supposed to educate the public about what happened and that stuff. If the public wants to know then they can ask the real veterans what's happening, not fake soldiers) and rather inappropriate to even reenact the Gulf War, or even Panama. The only thing that upsets the real soldiers more is seeing people wear insignia, ranks and similair things when they haven't earnt them.

    In essence, just buy unissued BDUs, DCUs, MCCUUs, ABUs, whatever, and don't sew insignia or branch tapes on. It's already looking strange enough, there's no reason to piss the real soldiers off by essentially playing war, in their eyes it'll look like your trying to steal their accomplishments/experiences.
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    Post by Ben Thu May 26, 2011 10:53 pm

    Reenacting is supposed to be done for historical events... therefore I've never understood how one is to reenact parts of a conflict that is still ongoing?

    No flame/troll/offence intended, just an observation I've made.


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    Post by Misanthropic_Gods Thu May 26, 2011 11:16 pm

    I personally dont much care if people re-enact or dont, but I think that if they are going to make stuff, they should mark it so as not to trip up a collector in the future.
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    Post by Philip Fri May 27, 2011 6:42 am

    Ben wrote:Reenacting is supposed to be done for historical events... therefore I've never understood how one is to reenact parts of a conflict that is still ongoing?

    No flame/troll/offence intended, just an observation I've made.

    Can't agree more.
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    Post by ladrang Fri May 27, 2011 7:23 am

    What can I say more, everything is already said.

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    Post by HoovieDude Fri May 27, 2011 8:19 am

    Ben wrote:Reenacting is supposed to be done for historical events... therefore I've never understood how one is to reenact parts of a conflict that is still ongoing?

    No flame/troll/offence intended, just an observation I've made.

    Absolutely. Nothing galls me more than to see someone doing this. I find it more disrespectful than anything and a poor attempt to gain attention.
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    Post by BringMeOurFlag Fri May 27, 2011 10:52 am

    So,
    If I would go for reenactment I should buy a re-patched uniforms.

    but I see, most of you says that is disrespectful...
    For me, what I want to do is just for myself, a friend of me does reenactment of world war 2. It looks awesome to do, but I like more the modern uniforms and etc. But I understand you guys, Somewhere I know that I looks disrespectful... but that's not what I want to do, It's more about respect for me...

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