Recommended vendors?

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Recommended vendors?

Post by DVuSS » 24 Sep 2019 09:44

New to the reenacting scene, so new that I haven't become a part of it yet. I've been looking at a plethora of different vendors for reproduction uniforms and I was wondering about some of your experiences with them. I'll put a list of the vendors I've considered below, opinions on them would be great. If you also had some experience with manufacturers, that'd be awesome to hear about too.

Hessen Antique
At The Front
Soldier of Fortune
Union Militaria
Gavin Militaria

Sturm
Richard Underwood
Fabric Adler Berg
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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by DVuSS » 28 Sep 2019 16:44

Come on, I can see the views.
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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by Pointless2Play » 29 Sep 2019 13:27

Soldier of fortune is good if you want items that fits everyone, like badges or other insignia. But not for uniforms, unless you fit average size.

I'm thinking of purchasing breeches and a tunic at Union Militaria aswell, but I have no experience. Look at their eBay reviews for more feedback

Both Richard Underwood and Sturm Mil-Tec are very good, however the older Sturm tunics are better than the current ones.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by DVuSS » 29 Sep 2019 13:51

It does, thank you P2P.
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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by strmn » 28 Feb 2020 21:52

All of those venders offer something good. Most offer crap. For equipment stay away from Hessen. ATF is a reenactor and does quite a lot of research that he shares with us. 1944 Militaria sells good stuff and sell SMW camo items. He too is very knowledgeable on everything WWII German. Gavin produces good entry level wool uniforms that are cost effective for new young men with no money. Boots I recommend Berger in Germany and Fredericci in Poland.
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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by DarkWind » 25 Oct 2022 20:49

So many factors to consider in forming an opinion. Customer service, quality, budget, impression, gear, unit, individual quirks... ...perhaps anyone new to the hobby would want to look at unit web pages. They commonly list approved vendors and certain common denominators start to stand out.

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Re: Recommended vendors?

Post by Jawol » 09 Feb 2023 23:01

Hessen has been weird with me. They sent me officers gabardine breeches with fuck*** blue hardware on them for the rear belt fasteners. Their excuse was “ this was blued hardware the Germans used during the way”. I ended up keeping them and am going to try and get rid of the color with alcohol or something because this is just for a display piece and the actual area is covered , but still what the hell.

Their ss insignia is trash too. Visor cap eagles are all not accurate, ss collar tabs are wrong size and runes too thick, and pips too shiny.

Only thing they are really good for is one of rare items or basic uniforms. Like the basic structure of their tunics and pants is perfect and generally that’s hard to find ,I believe they’re the only people in the US selling the actual uniforms both officer and EM to real authentic standards.

My advice would be to mix and match. At the front is near perfect but they have flaws with some things EG officers ss sleeve eagle is not made 1:1 with stitching or colors of thread. You have to find the best pieces from random places it would seem. Some places
Will make perfect xyz and horrible abc, and you have to have the eye to spot it out. Eg. best ss officers sleeve eagle on the market is only Militaria . Co. Uk, it’s made literally to perfection

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