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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:31 am 
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I really ought to point out the "for aircraft use only" printing was extremely rare.
This appears to have been an additional printed side, on the usually bare "back" side of the crate.
Out of the 500+ wartime images of these crates I've looked through, only two showed this printing scheme.

See HERE for a basic sample of the various regular patterns. I have full-size graphics of most of them finished to various degrees which I would be willing to provide.

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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:59 am 
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Had a look at the Axholme .50 box stencils
it looks okay but the links look wrong and they're not lined up straight
or at least don't look like the ones I've seen...
the link itsself is too short check out the links in this one...

I re-drew my stencils in Illustrator from photos from one of the crates at Thorpe Abbotts
You can remove the perspective from the image in photoshop (square it up) and trace them in illustrator.
Underspraying is definately the way to go though, gets much better results, or at least spray it then rub it right back...


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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:02 am 
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Thanks guys, in another year we'll have it spot-on between us and you won't be able to move at events for linked .50cal in crates!! 8-)

Lots of good work going on, I'm learning lots. Made my first link stencil by drawing around a link and round, so I wasn't happy with the shape of the Axholme ones,but the convenience of having one stencil that fits the whole side etc is great! As I say though, I've got a big list for him to alter on all his stencils for crates of that size.

Got to load a resize programme on this old computer, then I'll send some pics out.

Laurence.
(P.S Saw a crate of inert rounds in cartons with the metal liner that the dealer had opened THAT MORNING (with a can opener :twisted: :roll: )at stoneleigh, Sheetmetalwork anyone??)

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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:56 pm 
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the box that he had for sale at £500!!? the box being for 30cal n the rds in the metal container being 50cal drill rds....? numpty...


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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:06 pm 
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That's the one! He didn't look very happy when I suggested it would've been better to open the can from underneath, instead of butchering it!
I suggested to him that collectors were more interested in the crate and liner than the contents :roll: , Burl was even getting excited about the wingnuts!! :P
By the end of the conversation he'd knocked one hundred off the price!!! 20% in one go, best ever from a dealer!!

Laurence.

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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:36 pm 
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Nothing more satisfying that watching a dealer come clattering down in price only to go
"erm... nah" and wander off

If anyone wants the PDFs of mine let me know I'll dig 'em out


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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:40 pm 
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as soon as he said £500 I just chuckled and walked off! did u or burly buy it? I may have done for £100 but £400!? would have asked him for a blood test to see if he was on something!!! greedy get!

tally ho!


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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:28 pm 
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Not a chance! Not at that price :o
I didn't see it TBH... spotted one or two 50 cal bits but it was all a bit thin on the ground
There was a top cover and some dummy rounds, but the guy wasn't forthcoming with a price... he wanted to play the guessing game and I didn't.
He wouldn't even give a ball park figure... so i offered a tenner...watched him gasp and clutch at his throat and left him to it 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:22 am 
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Like your style!

Took Burl with me, we were maybe going to get it between us but didn't want to be saddled with all those drilled rounds to get rid of!!

If the crate had been tidier.. If the liner not butchered.. if...if....but the 400 notes definately was the 'walk away' factor :lol:

Got him to give me first refusal on the crate and liner when he's sold all those rounds, not holding my breath though.... :roll:

Laurence.

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 Post subject: Re: F.G. Crates.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:42 pm 
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Did you see the crate for blank rounds that was on ebay the other week?
It was an interesting variation


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