I've been looking for this for a couple of months now. Couple of reasons.
1. I don't have $447+S&H for the Michael Wittmann set from At The Front.
I don't even have $150 for one of the cheaper repros with no insignia.
(I'd feel a BIT iffy about wearing a Knights Cross, anyway, not having earned one. Or does that sound stupid? It seems kind of like wearing a Congressional Medal of Honor on a repro uniform would. Just, somehow, not RIGHT. Disrespectful in some way.)
2. Aside from being a history Buff who lists Michael Wittmann among his hero's, I'm also a science fiction fan. Some friends and I are working up an Alternate History presentation for a Science Fiction Convention based around the "30th Waffen SS Panzer Division 'William Wallace'" which takes place sometime in the mid 21st Century. We've found an unusual geometric camouflage pattern fabric for the uniforms. Silly, huh?
3. Justifying why one wants something like this (a Waffen SS Panzer uniform) is a lot like justifying why one wants ANYTHING one doesn't truly need to survive. Why ask yourself why? Toys is toys, right?
The Wife Person is going to get a software called "Dress Shop 4.0" in the near future. We're going to see if we can make up a pattern on that which coes as close as possible. Not perfect, not "real/accurate" but something. Any info anyone has that might be useful (Like measurements off a REAL Panzer Wrap and trousers) would be deeply appreciated. The actual repro makers are very uncooperative about handing out info. Can't blame them, I guess. Sort of shooting themselves in the foot.
I have seen a pattern for a couple of Wehrmacht infantry tunics. Both are for the single breasted type, one early (M1939?), the other the late model "british Battle Dress style(M1943)". Frustrating. So close, but yet so far...
I dealt with what we called "costume Nazi's" a lot when we did Renaissance Faires/the Society for Creative Anachronism. People who would nit-pick you to death on minute details of your costume: "Oh, you sewed it on a MACHINE..." or "That fabric isn't authentic. The print (or weave) isn't exactly period." or "They didn't have woven trim exactly like that." or "The sleeves aren't supposed to be quite that long." ad nauseum.
Excuse me, I have a life outside whatever hobby I am pursuing at the moment. I am trying. Give me a break here?
Thanks, guys. I'll try not to go on like this in the future.
(coffee FIRST, THEN post messages...)
Thought for the Day:
Politics is not the proper yardstick with which to measure the heroism of men.