2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 1883

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2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 1883

Postby Dixie » 25 Feb 2013 00:37

I have finally reached near-completion of my 2nd Volunteer's uniform so I thought I would share some photo's.

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There are probably flaws - please do point them out if you see anything glaringly obvious. Yes, I am using a MKIV MH (I don't have a short lever as that is currently out of my price range) and I do have gaiters - but am not wearing them here.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Bazzaboy » 25 Feb 2013 19:03

Dixie,
If there are flaws buddy, it's not much and I can't see any...excellent , well done :D

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby QSVC » 25 Feb 2013 22:06

Looks good, well done. You've put a lot of effort into that.

Did you cast the helmet plate? Where did the black equipment come from? Hand made? The tarred haversack is brilliant.

Envious of your efforts.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby GrantRCanada » 26 Feb 2013 06:34

Very impressive, James!
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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Dixie » 01 Mar 2013 15:03

Thanks chaps!

The haversack is actually from these people: http://www.civilwarsutler.co.uk/products/equipment-accoutrements/haversack-black/. They have a good range of bits and pieces available too which can be suitable, (eg the combination cutlery in the soldiers mess equipment section!) However you can easily make replica tarred/oilskin cloth by painting canvas with blackboard paint and adding some boot polish, which is what I have done with the mess tin cover.

The helmet plate centre is an original brass one that has been painted, however as per the below photo I have made a mold and cast these now in plastic resin... I'm rather pleased with how they turned out so now I just need to get my hands on a correct volunteer battalion one to make a mold. As these parts are painted, the impact resistant plastic resin is perfect - and cheap! I may follow with helmet spikes and cruciforms.. whatever I can get away with to bring costs down.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby QSVC » 04 Mar 2013 21:01

Great achievement James...........well done.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby smilingsixth » 06 Mar 2013 18:18

Great pics & well done mate.

Looks like a great deal of hard work and money had gone it the uniform & equipment.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Dixie » 07 Mar 2013 23:23

Thanks!

Off to Crownhill Fort in Plymouth this weekend for the first event of the year, and first outing in the above uniform. Fingers crossed it won't be too cold!
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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby QSVC » 07 Mar 2013 23:47

No risk of that here, you'd be cutting the legs and sleeves off and still panting & perspiring !!

I hope its a good weekend for you, post pics of course please if you have a chance.

All the best,

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Chasseurs » 09 Mar 2013 19:35

Well done !

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w've got at least 60 of them !
Well that leaves another 3940.....
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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Dixie » 23 May 2013 13:47

Further to the above post regarding casting badges, I was kindly lent an original 2nd volunteer battalion badgewhich I have now cast. I am rather pleased with the results!

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby QSVC » 24 May 2013 07:41

Hello James,

Very nice........I've tried a few times to cast various items and failed miserably. What do you make the mould from? The detail is very sharp, once painted is hard to pick as a casting.

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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Frogsmile » 30 May 2013 18:33

Good stuff James, well done. You look very good and it is clear that a lot of effort has gone in.

One thing I would suggest is to wear longer trousers and ensure that you use braces. Trousers of that period were high waisted and loose around the waist and to look right had to hang from braces at the shoulders. They were also worn longer than today and often shaped to sit slightly higher over the boot at the front than at the back and with a slight flare.

Do you have a black cloth tab to sit across the gap in your collar?
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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Dixie » 31 May 2013 10:16

Hi Frogsmile,

Thankyou for the compliment! My trousers are worn with braces and I also wear a Victorian civillian shirt underneath the tunic. Do the trousers not look like they are sitting correctly?

The tunic does not currently have a black cloth tab at the collar, but I can easily add one. None of the uniforms I have seen at the regimental museum have had a collar tab - not to say that they didn't have them, however.

If you recommend adding one, I will do so!
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Re: 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment, 188

Postby Frogsmile » 01 Jun 2013 15:51

Dixie wrote:Hi Frogsmile,

Thankyou for the compliment! My trousers are worn with braces and I also wear a Victorian civillian shirt underneath the tunic. Do the trousers not look like they are sitting correctly?

The tunic does not currently have a black cloth tab at the collar, but I can easily add one. None of the uniforms I have seen at the regimental museum have had a collar tab - not to say that they didn't have them, however.

If you recommend adding one, I will do so!


Dixie, the general make up of your uniform is excellent I think.

You do wear your trousers way too short though. If you look at all the Forum images of Victorian soldiers and officers that show their feet you will see the correct way to wear your trousers.

Full dress tunics had a throat tab that protected the throat from the hooks and eyes that secured the collar and it was usually closed across the gap in most period photos that I have seen from the 1890s on. In the earlier, 1880s period with a more rounded collar opening, there did not appear to be a tab.
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