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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:11 am

    Thank you guys, appreciate your comments.

    These are some nice pieces .  Foul weather set was made only about 4  months ago !!

    Steve,

    Having had the time to examine the HD set , it looks to me  more like it has  the cut of 2nd type ( amoeba ) Estonian uniforms  rather than a BDU type .  

    Right down to the arm pocket and the  elastic gores at the back.

    Have seen desert uniforms in this cut.  Definitely the early desert uniforms were cut just like the HD set I posted .
    Don't believe HD units would ever be issued with desert uniforms.

    Very possibly the HD woodland uniforms were themselves early army issue but were phased out when the vertical zippered chest pocketed uniforms were introduced.
    Only speculation, but it would make sense for HD units to be issued simpler and probably cheaper to produce earlier uniforms.

    Funny that HD units were wearing M90type cut amoeba uniforms ( vertical chest zippers ) while the regular army was wearing the type 2 amoebas..

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:01 pm

    Oh, for sure it is the same as the "traditional" cut that goes back into the 1990s. I called it "BDU" out of laziness to separate it from the zip type introduced with the digital uniforms.

    Up until now my presumption has been that the "traditional" cut digital uniforms (both desert and temperate) were transitional between the amoeba type and the vertical zip cut. They certainly are very rare. Especially the desert type. It's not too uncommon for a new camouflage pattern to see some limited production in an older style cut before transitioning to a newer style cut. The Lithuanians did it with their desert uniforms, for example.

    However, I'm now suspicious that your information is correct and that this uniform was for the Defense League. On my part, the only pictures I have of it in use are from a very unfortunate series of photos of Defense League personnel standing in review at some sort of event. I say "unfortunate" because the members were largely physically unfit for military service and/or not the best looking soldiers in other respects. Russians had a field day with the pictures at the time.

    Which is to say, although I can not say for sure if the uniform was purpose made for Defense League use, or that it was never worn by regular military, the Defense League absolutely did wear it. Since they did not wear official issue uniforms at the time, I think a betting man would say these were made specifically for the Defense League. Though they could have been made for regular military and were surpluses off to Defense League.

    Whatever it is, the uniform is rare and a fun one to have! Congrats.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:43 pm

    Steve,

    Funny; laziness was the leading  factor in my referring to the Defense League  set as  a BDU type as well ( expediency another ) .

    I agree  original issue Estonian digital  woodland and desert uniforms were of this type until the introduction of later cuts ( and patterns ).

    Received some info that confirms it today .  Pretty much confirms  some of the things we have figured out..

    These type of uniforms were first tested in 2005-2006 by the Scout Battalion ( Estcoy 3, B Coy ). They were of lightweight cloth with a green interior.

    There were supposedly some difficulties with the Canadian government over pattern copyrights.

    Ministry of Defense ordered a large stock of these types of uniforms but they were not well received by troops who wanted modern cuts with  better materials.

    As we have seen the troops got what they wanted.    When new uniforms were  issued  stocks  of the earlier uniforms  were transferred to the Defense League .

    The  early type is now obsolete and no longer issued  to any unit although some defense League  troops still wear them.


    I agree about the unfortunate Defense League post that you are referring to.  Anyone willing to defend his country is an honorable man no matter how fit ..


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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:37 pm

    Ooo! I guessed right! Yea Smile

    This explains why the Defense League received the digital uniforms so quickly. In fact, the "unfortunate" pictures were the very first ones I saw of the new pattern. Certainly they had them while most of the armed forces were still wearing amoeba type. Normally one would expect an organization like this to get them dead last.

    This makes a lot of sense. Also, if I didn't say it before... my uniform also has Defense League badges on it. When I received it there was nothing on it, but the badge outline is distinctive and was clearly visible.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:08 pm

    Here is a comparison of Cadpat and Estonian temperate patterns..

    2 of the colors indeed  seem to be very similar...

    Steve,

    Nice that we have good info on these early uniforms. I find the pattern very interesting  and the uniforms  well made..


                                                                       








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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:15 pm

    I'm wondering if the objection was to the desert pattern since that is the one that served alongside Canadian troops in Afghanistan. That pattern, unlike the temperate one, was changed significantly. Though I don't know why since I don't think it looked a lot like CADPAT.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:25 pm

    I'm almost certain the Canadian government only objected to the woodland pattern; Estonian Arid is not even close to Cadpat Arid.

    And as you mentioned , Estonian Arid was significantly modified at least once.



    Going somewhere else again, I found early  Estonian winter trousers with a purple liner like the liner of the parka Raff posted on this thread.

    Trousers  are  genuine issue.      Perhaps purple liners were official issue after all ???




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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:00 pm

    I think I have a removable liner in this material. Somewhere Smile I don't think the liner material means much in terms of authenticating "commercial" items. Suspect items that use materials that are in issued items isn't proof of anything. Suspect items that use materials that are NOT used in issued items is a more reliable measuring stick.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:48 pm

    This one came from a trade with a member of this forum..

    Nicely matching set  with correct patching , rank insignia, and headwear..

    These early uniforms ( type 1s ) were general issue, but also used by Defense League units (as this one was ) before HL units were issued with their own  distinct uniforms.

    This particular set was used by a junior sergeant of the Defense league from the city of Tartu .



                                                                                  

                                                                                  

                                                                                  


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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:54 pm

    I'm glad this beauty has a nice new home Smile

    The Defense League badge on this jacket is not one I've seen elsewhere. Not too surprising since the Estonians went through a phase of heavy experimentation with badging.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by dynamo.alex on Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:40 am

    certainly lovely stuff to be seen here. I particularly like the older camos. nice stuff. thanks for the info and link Sal. it starts for 80EUR that's surprisingly a very good price for an eBay item of such beauty nowadays.
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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:16 am

    Alex, My pleasure,I've been looking at that listing awhile...

    Looks like a decent deal...I would have grabbed long ago it if it were not in Europe.. pirat


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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:04 pm

    Looks like the price has been reduced to 50 Euros..

    It goes off in an hour..But I bet if nobody buys it today, it will be relisted.

    This is a bargain..


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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:25 am

    EUR 50 is an excellent deal! However, it underscores the general lack of interest in big, bulky, heavy winter uniforms. I can tell you that if I ever purge my European collection the first things to go will be the winter uniforms. I probably will take a loss on them since I probably spent +50% of the value on shipping and I doubt very much I'll get 150% of what the uniform is worth.

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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by Zedthefed on Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:38 pm

    Per Steve's request, here's the tag off my new "Estguard" set tags.



    CollectinSteve wrote:Following up with my comments about the small batches. There appears to be two distinctly different AS MIKREL uniforms:

    1. Made from more-or-less standard military cotton cloth. Chest epaulette instead of shoulders. Camo ankle reinforcements instead of green nylon.

    2. Made from polyester type cloth. Shoulder epaulettes and not anything on the chest. Embroidered "Estonian Defense Forces" over left breast pocket. Green nylon ankle reinforcements instead of camo.

    Mine seems to be a combination of both.
    >Camo ankle reinforcements
    >Shoulder epaulettes
    >Polyester Cloth
    >No Embroidery

    Other things are, Pants pockets are all velcro closure and The jacket has has one arm pocket with pen holder.




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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by onuendel on Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:53 am

    For trade/sell these estonian (non use anymore) headgears
    First you can see that the (blue,black and white bullseye is removed and replaced with kuperjanov skull and someone is removed the tag inside..



    this pattern was in use in very short time in my opinion and maybe to only defence league



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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by onuendel on Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:40 am




    to sell/trade
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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by ripcord on Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:45 pm

    Just cant get enough of this pattern,


                                                                                       

                                                                                   

                                                                                        










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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by mylle on Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:52 am

    Thats not fair! Laughing Laughing
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    Re: Estonian stuff

    Post by jimmyduncan23 on Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:06 am

    nice uniform

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