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    WW1 : British 1914 Leather Equipment.

    1914 Leather Equipment :~


    Ever since discovering , with Richie Elbourne and Royoboy’s help , that is was possible to make Scale 1908 webbing equipment , I have also wanted to make the alternative, the 1914 Leather Equipment .
    It was issued to the New Armies , and some Territorials , and in the end became almost as widely worn as the webbing version.

    Most of my detailed info has come from the wonderful Karkeeweb website, where you can discover more than you will ever need to know about British Army Equipment :~

    Infantry Equipment, Pattern 1914

    In the event , the 1914 pattern equipment was not just used for training, but went to the Front, and saw the War out.



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    Making it in 1/6th posed two problems : a suitable source of leather; and much more difficult, the brass buckles . The buckle types are not available anywhere even in plastic .
    For the 1908 and 1937 webbing buckles it is possible to get an etched brass fret made , designed and produced by Richie Elbourne… the results have proved spectacular.
    The 1914 metalware is different : it uses traditional cast saddlery buckles, which are not flat , but 3-dimensional in a way impossible to reproduce with photetch.
    After many years of pondering the problem , and considering painted pewter ( hopeless, the paint comes off instantly ), I bit the bullet and contacted Beechcraft , a lost wax casting business .
    The response was favourable , so I sculpted and cast into pewter a complete set of buckles, which were then sent to Beechcraft for conversion into brass , by the modern version of the very ancient lost wax process.





    The results were not cheap, but not prohibitively expensive either : a set works out at around £15.

    The brass castings are also about 8% smaller than the originals, which is to be noted for future projects !
    You have to polish the brass , and do a little filing here and there, and of course add pins if you want. I just got the double buckles cast , since all the single buckles can be made up from brass wire .



    The leather is perfect , from my friend and colleague PAD 75, who gets it in Paris , thinned to a range of fractions of a millimetre.
    I stain it using Fiebigs spirit-based leather dyes, in this case Light Brown, slightly thinned with surgical spirit.The brass rivets are the smallest type of ship-builder’s pins.



    The hardest part is the cartridge boxes : I made a Sculpey former to stretch them round, then sewed them on the machine . It greatly helps to wetform the leather parts before sewing , and lightly glue in place to stop them shifting under the machine .



    If you are careful , machine sewing thin leather is quite easy , and gives a much better effect than just glueing.

    Getting it all to go together properly took much time and fine adjustment. Inevitably scale cast buckles tend to be a bit tighter than the real thing, and I had to skive a lot of leather tabs to get them through the buckles.
    The Small and Large packs are painted shirting cotton.



    The first soldier is from the London Regiment ( Royal Fusiliers) :~







    I’ve also done the alternative parts for pistol-armed soldiers , with the Webley holster and the ammo pouch to go with it.
    Here’s two WIP chaps from the Machine Gun Corps :



    Lots more to be done with these two , but you get the general appearance of the equipment.

    If anyone wants the basic set of buckles, please contact me : I have a limited number of spare sets, at £16 plus postage. Be warned , it’s a lot of work to manufacture the complete equipment .
    The Lost Wax process has a lot to commend it for small runs , and I already have various other items in the pipeline.


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    Wow! Absolutely amazing stuff! Can you do an RFC figure sometime? I would
    love to see one done by you, the expert.
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    WOW, marvelous Tony. That is really something else. Your patience, and abilities are really a great inspiration to me. Bravo my friend.

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    Wow! More awesome looking equipment from Mr. Barton. That leatherwork is very inspiring!

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    Tony thats great! I loved the original equipment years ago as a uniform collector- and now i see them done by you. Your leatherwork is great and it looks so original.
    Only one word FANTASTIC!

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    I had the honour to see it before it was posted here. Terrific stuff
    Ars gratia artis. (art for art's sake)

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    I don't even know what to say other than wow...

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    Wow! one has to double think in order to distinguish it is 1/6 th scale!

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    Pure artistry...

    Would that I had a fraction of your talent sir.
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    Really impressive, top notch craftsmanship. Would cost quite a lot to produce sets like these for sale.

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    I think you've actually outdone yourself Tony - that leather equipment is just out of this world!

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    Incredible work! Everytime you put something out there it is another work of art that just keeps raising the bar. This leather equipment is magnificent. Superb job.

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    Tony:

    Just beautiful. A real work of art.

    xavier

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    That..... Is amazing work.

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    I am floored. Incredible workmanship!
    .... I'm a rooster illusion.....

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    I am not into the era, but holy ..... that looks unbelievably awesome. I really had to look twice to make sure i wasn't looking at reference pictures of the gear.
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    Beautiful, magnificent, and won by a true quest. You're a mad genius.
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    Beauty!

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    That's amazing work, Tony. Just outstanding craftsmanship.

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    Stunning, as usual.

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    Another unbelievable custom job. Well done.

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    I cant believe the realism in the equipment and the naturalism of the way it sits on the figure. OUTSTANDING
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    Perfection, sheer perfection Tony.
    The colour of the leather is gorgeous.

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    Oh these are beautiful! I love the colour of the leather - the buckles set it all off nicely.

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    incredibly excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Barton View Post

    The first soldier is from the London Regiment ( Royal Fusiliers)

    the leather work really sets this figure apart from your other WW1 series. For some reason it's reminding me of the mini TV series of Catherine Cookson's 'The Cinder Path'


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    Incredible work as always.

    CHEERS!

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    Beautiful!

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    There's no denying great work.

    Well-done.

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    I'm just going to chuck all my figures in the rubbish. Not much point after seeing this. Might as well take up drinking and football instead.

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