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 Post subject: Re: Polish Insignia.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 18:58 pm 
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We'll have to differ on that one Sean. Having bought Polish items off Derek and had him make up collar pennants for me, I was impressed.

I actually enjoyed doing the RESEARCH rather than just opening my wallet and relying on SoF's research. Or lack thereof.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 19:03 pm 
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But you are condemning SoFs Polish Airborne insignia by association. Because some of their badges are crap, and they certainly are, then all must be crap, which they are not.
What do you perceive as the errors with the SoF items? What do you think they missed when researching these badges?

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Well, judging from what I saw at Malvern, they're not right.

It will please you no end to note, Sean, that I didn't inspect them minutely with a micrometer and get my enormous portable library of original badges out to inspect them side-by-side. All I can say, as an experienced re-enactor who HAS done Polish stuff and HAS looked into it, they just didn't appear right to me.
Plus they seem to be made of icing sugar. Having seen Dereks (admittedly there has been the passage of many months between viewings), they were better.

Now, if SoF's stuff has shot up appreciably in quality, I will happily retract my statements and recommend them. I have no axe to grind here. I recommend SoF where I see quality and accuracy. Indeed, I came unstuck recommending their Black Berets to another re-enactor recently, based on the one I bought and the others I inspected. It would seem their new ones are terrible, by comparison.

There's another porblem with SoF - inconsistency. Monty's Locker is either good to begin with or improves. SoF, by comparison, do not. It would seem that you never really know if you're going to get their good stuff unless you go to a show, which defeats the 'No calls and exchange of e-mail, just get the order in.'

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 20:03 pm 
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they just didn't appear right to me.
Plus they seem to be made of icing sugar. Having seen Dereks

I looked long and hard at the real thing and any repros when I was looking at Polish airborne collar badges, and the SoF kites are well within the variations you find in originals.
Made of sugar? Cloth and a little metal chute? Do you refer to the chute? Like the originals are super tough? They are sewn to the tips of a tunic collar, how tough do they need to be?
If there are errors I'd love to know what they are, what are you seeing that I am not?
You cant even establish that Montys Locker can produce them. Who is Derek? The owner of Montys?
So you are on first name terms with the owner and have had a bad experience with Sof in recent times? Not posting with an agenda at all are we?
If you dont go SoF for this particular item what option do you have, who/where else sells them?

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I am wondering why i'm being questionned so intently by someone I've never met and have had no dealings with when I have offered advice to someone else based on my experiences. They're my experiences Sean - the forum is for me to share them when people ask.

If you don't agree, please state as much and leave it there. I would never suggest that you were being anything less than straight unless I knew differently. I've never met you so would not make a comment about posting with an agenda.

I don't agree with you, fine, but please don't cast aspersions as to my 'agenda' when you haven't a clue.

It's rude and i'm not impressed.

If you wish to ask anything further of me and my intent, please PM me as I don't really want to continue this on an open forum.


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Because my experience of the same thing is different to yours and this is a forum. Thats a place where stuff gets discussed and differing opinions are aired.
You have stated your opinion but not why you hold it.
What is so wrong with the SoF version that you post so strongly against it?
I dont think they are so bad and as the OP was looking at Polish Airborne they are quite an important item to his impression.
Having met has no bearing on anything, why would we meeting at some point change anything in this discussion? Your appearance or personality are of no bearing. Only your opinions count.

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You're being rude, Sean, by looking to start an argument by making comments about me personally. That is not on.

Incidentally, I know Alun at SoF by name too.


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No, I just want your answer.
It's not about an argument, I dont want one at all, but about the answer, which I'd love.
I'll happily say sorry for the agenda remark in an earlier post if it helps.

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Hi all

Ask our colleague Adam. He cane help you with Polish and other good quality badges :) Check his ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/adamczajka/m. ... 1543.l2654 or ask on this forum memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=8022 ;)

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The most important is that we have a chance to buy the polish badges from alternative sources (ebay, SoF etc.)
I'm very happy and proud to see anyone of you wearing polish uniform.
I would like to say: thank you for that.

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Member of my group produces all items you need for polish para, drop me a PM if interested.


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