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    Post by michelwijnand on Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:39 pm

    Instead of just posting other loadouts under the 80's one in the thread named after it, I figured it'd make more sense to make a new thread
    hosting them all, so here we go in chronological order.

    Belgian army, 1950's.

    M50 lower rank Battledress uniform
    Infantry color collartabs
    Bataljon Bevrijding shoulder insignia (5. linie)
    1St infantry division lion patches
    Unknown chest ribbon
    Sporting badge (behind pouch)
    FN49 (Mk2) helmet with net
    Belgian made P37 style webbing (belt, 2 braces, 2 basic pouches, bayonet frog with British No4 Mk3 bayonet, US style canteen in pouch,
    2 L-straps, modified British small pack, US M43 style shovel in pouch, messtins inside pack)
    M51 gasmask bag
    Brushstroke camo tent halve in pouch
    Tent accessories in Camo pouch
    P37 style anklets
    Belgian made ammo boots

    In the background: M50 greatcoat, early type M51 (M1) helmet with net, P37 style cartridge carriers.

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    Belgian 1st Parachute Battalion, 1960's Congo Crisis.

    Brushstroke Para smock and overtrousers (side-leg square-corner pocket type)
    Red beret with 1st Para badge
    Belgian made P37 style belt and 2 basic pouches (tied lowslung on the belt)
    Belgian made adaptation of the US WW2 design canteen in pouch (modified with beltloop)
    P37 style anklets
    Solidor low boots

    In the background: another type of camo jacket with hood.

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    Belgian army, 1980's - early 1990's.

    M64 summer uniform
    M64 foul weather/winter uniform
    M51 (M1) helmet with camo net
    M71 belt
    M71 suspenders
    1 Nylon and 1 plasticized M71 magazine pouch (cheated with this a bit, 1 pouch is for FAL, the other for FNC)
    Late type C FN FAL bayonet
    M71 bayonet frog
    M71 canteen in pouch
    M71 multipurpose buttpack
    M71 tent halve in pouch
    M51 gasmask in bag
    M71 backpack
    M71? sleeping bag
    Trifold shovel in pouch
    Laced boots (older type, M??)

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    Belgian Airforce Commando, 1990's.

    Summer Flecktarn uniform
    Dark blue beret with unit badge
    Flecktarn helmet cover
    Flecktarn tactical vest
    2 Flecktarn magazine pouches
    Canteen in Flecktarn pouch
    Flecktarn buttpack
    Flecktarn backpack
    Flecktarn sleeping bag cover
    Laced boots (older type, M??)

    Later added: 2 types of Flecktarn cap, Flecktarn parka.

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    Belgian army, 2000's.

    Ripstop Jigsaw camo summer uniform
    Jigsaw parka
    Schuberth 826 kevlar helmet with Jigsaw cover
    Jigsaw body armor
    Jigsaw tactical vest
    BEM 4 GP gasmask in Jigsaw bag
    Jigsaw legholster
    Bayonet sheath (Jigsaw frog part)
    Laced boots (90's type, M??)

    Later added: Ripstop Jigsaw helmet cover, Jigsaw canteen pouch, Jigsaw shovel pouch.

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    I'm also slowly working on a more modern Afghanistan loadout, will try and get it done after I visit Ciney later this month, where I'll hopefuly buy the last few pieces needed.
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    Post by M55q on Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:48 am

    Looks really good!
    I really like the early brush-stroke uniforms.
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    Post by Martin on Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:41 am

    Very nice!

    I like the Belgian 1st Parachute Battalion, 1960's Congo Crisis, but I also like them all!
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    Post by michelwijnand on Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:27 pm

    Thanks!
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    Post by Wolverine on Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:54 pm

    Does anyone know of any images showing the air force flecktarn/smarties gear in use?
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    Post by abefroman on Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:55 pm

    Awesome stuff as always, my friend!
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    Post by michelwijnand on Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:04 pm

    Massive photo-spam incoming!

    There's a few in here with the actual gear in use, even a few with a body armor cover!

    And thanks!

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    Post by michelwijnand on Sat May 05, 2018 1:11 pm

    Just made a loadout with my recently found desert stuff.

    Belgian Para-Cdo in Afghanistan.
    Not entirely sure how to date it, as I don't know exactly when the TBH-2 and NFM armor entered service, so for now I'm calling
    it late 2000's - early 2010's.

    Gear:

    Desert Jigsaw camo summer uniform
    Gentex TBH-2 helmet with Desert Jigsaw cover
    Jigsaw camo NFM Falcon Undervest body armor
    Jigsaw Arktis M171 Advanced chestrig
    Plastic canteen
    Desert Jigsaw legholster (lefthanded)
    Arwy desert boots

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    Post by Usall on Sun May 06, 2018 1:05 pm

    Very nice ! Wink The helmet and the body is not common !
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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun May 06, 2018 6:16 pm

    Thanks!
    I got lucky to get these both for nice prices. I even have 2 different TBH-2's. 1 with adjustable nape pad, other with non-adjustable nape pad and slightly different straps, though that one came from British SF.
    The body armor (cover) came from a crate at a surplus shop here in Holland. Next time I'm there I'm gonna check if there's more of them.

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    Post by Usall on Sun May 13, 2018 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the pictures, very interesting ! Wink
    Holland is good for the surplus and modern items ?

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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun May 13, 2018 6:38 pm

    Yeah there's some interesting places here with nice things to find Smile
    Though I also get lots of things from forums, ebay or facebook sellers.
    And of course fairs, like the one in your country a few weeks ago!
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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:16 am

    New kit!

    Belgian Para Commando UNAMIR uniform, 1993-1996 Rwanda.

    Gear:
    M71 para helmet (German liner/chinstrap type, missing "chincup") with Jigsaw cover, helmet net and rubber edge
    Poplin Jigsaw camo summer uniform (2nd type?)
    Old type 1st Sergeant rankslides
    Early type Jigsaw boy armor
    M71 suspenders
    M71 belt
    M71 FNC magazine pouches (rubberized type with Alice closures)
    M71 canteen pouch with canteen
    M71 shovel pouch (belthook type)
    M71 buttpack (snap button type)
    Black laced combat boots (older type sole)

    Intentional "mistake": the Belgian made FNC magazine pouches, I've actually seen mostly US LC-1/2 pouches in use, but I just wanted to show off this similar pouch type with the same closure

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    Post by abefroman on Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:27 pm

    Awesome display for Rwanada. Two questions. Do you have more details on the helmet cover? Are the early flak vest covers hard to find?
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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:19 pm

    The helmet cover in this case is actually a kevlar helmet cover since I couldn't be bothered to take the rubber edge and cut-down helmet net off and put the old type cover with foliage slits on there, I'd probably never get the helmet net back on there again since it's cut down almost exactly to the rubber edge, so it can't flap around much.
    In reality the old type cover, a parka hood, a random part of camo fabric or a US cover would be more correct.

    The old armors are quite hard to find indeed, I've seen a handful of them over the last few years.
    Bot not as hard to find as the completely green one of this exact type, I've seen just 1 of those ever!
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    Post by Wolverine on Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:34 pm

    Didn't we discuss someplace that for a short time, the early kevlar covers were used on some steel jump helmets (while the steel helmets were still being used by airborne troops)?
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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:07 pm

    I don't think I've seen that discussion, I'll check my pics to see if I might actually see one in real use
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    Post by michelwijnand on Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:39 pm

    Another one, Belgian UNPROFOR / IFOR, mid 1990's.

    Gear:

    Jigsaw camo rainsuit (early type jacket dated 1993, later type pants dated 1996)
    Blue UN cap
    Khaki UN brassard
    Wittock body armor
    Black laced combat boots (older type sole)

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    I don't know what year this pic is from so could be either UNPROFOR or IFOR.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:56 am

    Excellent additions! I'm curious about the rain suit. What's the difference between the early and later types?

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    Post by michelwijnand on Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:15 am

    Thanks!
    The only things I know about from the top of my head is that the jacket's lining is different, and the label too.
    From the outside the color looked different than all the newer jackets I saw in the pile (sadly no older pants there). Maybe there's some other detail I've missed, maybe the pockets were different, I really can't recall

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