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 Post subject: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:15 am 
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Lloyd T is in the development stages of making retro wooden 50 cal 265 round ammo boxes.

In a P.M. to me he asked me if I wanted it left plain or painted brown with yellow stenciling?

I opted for the brown and yellow version.

But this as got me thinking? what styles (colour etc) were used and what significance did this portray?

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
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The unstained wood crates and colour codes from the .50 Cal crate colour codes thread are the pre-1942 system, which was being replaced with the stained boxes at the time (November 1942).
Obviously, stocks of the ammunition in unstained boxes were in use for a long time after the stained type came into service.

The stained type did away with the colour coded stripes, replacing them with yellow lettering and a silhouette showing the type of contents (linked, belted, clipped etc.), apparently for camouflage reasons.
The alignment of the silhouette stayed the same as the coloured stripe it replaced, i.e. vertical for .30.06 ammunition, diagonal for .50 ammuniton. The type of contents was printed on the side and end of the crate, in initial form.

Very late war crates reverted to unstained wood with black lettering as it was felt that the camouflage was unneccessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
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Photo from late 1943, showing both types of crate:

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Other than the large crate in the foreground (for 100lb practice bombs) the ammunition is being belted and aligned on a stack of more .50 cal crates. :D

The stack of crates on the left are marked for AP in cartons (the unstained boxes) and 4AP to 1 Tracer, linked, in the stained ones.
The unstained ones are the fancy dovetailed variant too.

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:27 pm 
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Station 128 wrote:
Photo from late 1943, showing both types of crate:

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Other than the large crate in the foreground (for 100lb practice bombs) the ammunition is being belted and aligned on a stack of more .50 cal crates. :D

The stack of crates on the left are marked for AP in cartons (the unstained boxes) and 4AP to 1 Tracer, linked, in the stained ones.
The unstained ones are the fancy dovetailed variant too.

All the best,
PB


Is it just me? or is there something sexual in that photo? all them boxes, all that ammo, all just waiting to be fondled.

Between me and Fickle Finger we could have a love triangle going on. :D

MIKE.

AKA THE A.A.F. FERRET APPARENTLY?

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
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You'll be wanting one of our Fuse crates next :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

beg, go on, there's a good waist gunner :lol:

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You'll be wanting one of our Fuse crates next :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

beg, go on, there's a good waist gunner :lol:

Dave



Phfft..................... :(

Ahh? but who as the blue bunny suit that some of your lads are after? :D

Now who as the begging rights? 8-)

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One Blue Bunny suit on it's way from the good ol' USA,

Patience is a virtue ;)

Hope you're well buddy ?

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beachmaster wrote:
One Blue Bunny suit on it's way from the good ol' USA,

Patience is a virtue ;)

Hope you're well buddy ?

Cheers D


All jokes aside, that is great news on another "Blue Bunny Suit" being added to the overall collection.

What size is it? is it complete wires etc? and who is the lucky owner?

And yes I'm well, how about you?

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
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Is it just me? or is there something sexual in that photo? all them boxes, all that ammo, all just waiting to be fondled.

Between me and Fickle Finger..? we could have a love triangle going on. :D

MIKE.


You leave me out of your weird 3-way fetish! UGH! :shock: :shock: Mike, Go and have a cold shower, at least I restrict my 'handling' to the shed!! ;)

Fuse crates nearly all stencilled, Thanks to PB for those excellent plans, the guy at the stencil shop gave me odd looks!!
Paul, any thoughts what the missing word might be??

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 Post subject: Re: Wooden 50 cal ammo boxes.
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Fickle Finger..? wrote:
Fuse crates nearly all stencilled, Thanks to PB for those excellent plans, the guy at the stencil shop gave me odd looks!!
Paul, any thoughts what the missing word might be??


Well, I've exhausted my methods of trying to find it..... oblique lighting to see if there's an imprint, Infra-red, Ultra-violet, etc. etc.
It appears that there was never anything printed there in the first place.
I can only imagine that the print pad was set up for something to be able to be added to suit, but was never used.

Sorry, did I forget to mention they were printed, not stencilled, for the yellow parts? :twisted:

Anyhow, how are you getting on for sourcing the retaining clips for the lid? And what's the chances of a few photos to get me inspired to draw more plans? ;)

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