One of a kind , an unknown desert DPM print !!!!

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    One of a kind , an unknown desert DPM print !!!!

    Post by bravo_2_zero on Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:12 pm

    Take a look at this !

    Looks like a regular desert jacket from the 90's but it's not. Take a look at the camo shapes and you can see they are all wrong.




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    Side by side of regular desert DPM and the new stuff. I have selected areas that contain the same shapes for you to view.




    I don't think this patten has ever been seen before , I've never seen it.

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    Post by LeeKitchen1975 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:01 pm

    That's brilliant...never seen anything like it!! Wow

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:07 pm

    Were the screens reversed? It does look different than regular desert DPM. Very interesting.


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    Re: One of a kind , an unknown desert DPM print !!!!

    Post by bravo_2_zero on Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:49 pm

    Camo_fiend wrote:Were the screens reversed? It does look different than regular desert DPM. Very interesting.
    Yes , the jacket was printed 4 part ghost , sand pink have used the yellow and bown woodland screens and the brown they have used the black and green woodland screens.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:09 am

    Interesting indeed! I cracked out a couple of my sets and nothing matches this one. I have set, also made by Compton, that I kept since it had a different printing than others. But nowhere near as interesting as this one!

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:47 am

    I must be the only one that doesnt see it:( 

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    Post by cairyhunt on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:10 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:I must be the only one that doesnt see it:( 
    X2 mate No

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    Post by bravo_2_zero on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:59 pm



    On the left is the unknown DPM and on the right is the every day stuff you see 100,000,0000 of.

    I've highlighted the black DPM shapes in blue that are found in both prints, I've also highlighted 2 areas in red that are missing on the mystery camo that would be printed brown in woodland and regular desert DPM.

    This print is almost a camera negative of every desert DPM you'll find anywhere. So I'll coin this jacket at negative DDPM.

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    Post by bravo_2_zero on Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:27 pm

    I also suspect there could be more unusual and unseen types of early desert DPM out there. I suspect combos like the USA 3 colour desert where the coffee stains ( coin name for the brown shapes in 3 colour ) could have been replicated by putting desert pink through all but the black shapes found in woodland.

    We had the 4 colour updated 80's print which was scrapped as Iraq had the same camo,

    We have already seen sparse which is just DPM brown printed on pink,

    We have the 2 colour 4 print screen pink brown combo regular desert DPM

    We now have this a negative of the regular desert DPM ( I suspect this version was scrapped because it doesn't look British , even to the eye of a collector it looks odd. You kinda have to study it to see the shapes where as the regular deserts is easy as pie to identify. )

    So who knows how many other combos were printed in the first few mad panic days the British had to mass produce an issue desert set from scratch.

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:37 pm

    There are plenty of variations in the DPM patterns themselves and the colors used, even for the desert kit. But this is the first one that appears to have selected different screens for the desert color. To me the most distinctive "tell tale" sign is the brown shape in the middle top area. It's "cut up" in ways not seen in other desert DPM patterns. Reminds me of the way to differentiate between Belgian M&B and Brush.

    I don't know why they printed it like this, but I also think it doesn't look as good as the standard way.

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    Post by Easy Gee on Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:49 pm

    Nice one off piece mate, I love it.

    The print is obviously different, I really appreciate the non-standard items and this one is one of them,congrats!

    I need to keep a closer eye out for this kind of kit in more detail amongst the plethora of DDPM on the web!

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    Re: One of a kind , an unknown desert DPM print !!!!

    Post by Fallschirmwomble on Sun May 25, 2014 8:20 am

    An interesting observation, I'm going to have to study this.

    When the Gulf War kicked off, British troops weren't able to use their own camouflage (1980s 4 colour Desert DPM) and so deployed wearing temperate DPM. Some bright spark in the MoD had previously okayed sale of Brit uniforms (4 col DesDPM tropicals) to Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard.

    If it didn't prove confusing to UK Forces, we certainly would have suffered more "blue-on-blues" from are allies than we did.

    The DesDPM (1990s 2 colour) that we're familiar with started out as a rush job. I read in a 1990s magazine (I think "Military Modeller") that there were something like 7x different DesDPM patterns (by the time of writing or actually worn on Op Granby).

    I'm wondering if the brief to manufacturers were along the lines of "We need a desert version of DPM but in these 2x colours (brown/beige). See what you can come up with. By the way, we need it yesterday."

    Speculation but it'd explain why there were so many variations in the print. Is there a way to match print with manufacturer? I'm wondering if there were 7x different manufacturers...

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