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 Post subject: Salvation Army Service-C's
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:43 pm 
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Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
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A quick trip to my local Salvation Army and Goodwill gave me all the bits I needed to make the following set of Service-C's:

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The shirt was longsleeved, and I intend to use the spare material to make the pocket flaps SA. The pockets themselves aren't going to be as they have that pleat in the front, but it's only noticeable on one side thanks to the ship patch. I may use a little spare material to clean up the inside of the collar too as the simple conversion is more obvious on this shirt than on my BDUs.
I took some photos of the process that got me this far, so I'll post them on here soon.

The badge is from Dom of course, and the idea of wearing it this way came form Aaron Horrocks. This was my dad's lid from when he was in the service. My Marine is only a private so this seemed more appropriate.

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 Post subject: Re: Salvation Army Service-C's
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:58 pm 
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Service Number: A10/TQ1.0.92147E1
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Needs rank chevron on the left sleeve. Search eBay: "Marine Rank Chevron: WWII era PFC, pair - wool on khaki" for the correct one.

This is the standard set by SSgt Burton for Svc C. Officers wear subdued rank pins in their shoulders.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:36 pm 
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Nice thrift finds!

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Thanks Dom! The only auction that came up was a bit more than I'm looking to spend (i.e. it costs more than the rest of the uniform combined), but I will use it as a guide when I hit up the surplus stores.

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 Post subject: Re: Salvation Army Service-C's
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:29 am 
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Bro it looks awesome!

By coincedence, the shirt for my Service C was a thrift store find as well (it has the pleats in the pockets too)!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:09 am 

Location: Illinois
Service Number: A12/TQ0.0.92155G1
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Just to note, the officer bars (as seen in Aliens) are not really subdued. They're black, sure, but they're not dull. They're really shiny, same as the one on Gorman's hat.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:51 am 
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Can you cite reference?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:35 pm 
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I went digging through my dad's old military stuff (looking for rank chevrons), and look what I found!


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It will need some serious TLC, but I think I can make a nice Dropship helmet out of it. If only there was a detailed thread on how to recreate the dropship helmet 8) (/sarcasm)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:22 pm 
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Service Number: AO2/TQ1.0.1233E1
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Looks great! My Service C shirt and pants were thrift store finds also, it is THE place to get 'em! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:09 pm 

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SFC Baldwin wrote:
Can you cite reference?


The scene where Gorman is in the apartment. Look closely and you can see glare on the shoulder bars.

On the hat, watch the briefing scene and any other time you can catch a glimpse of the insignia on his hat. If they were actually subdued, they'd be matte black, but they're clearly reflective.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:53 pm 
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You need some shirt stays so you look sharp there!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:12 pm 
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Shirt stays? I'll have to research that. Looking sharp certainly is the goal!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:10 pm 

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Don't wear them...they suck. It'll take all the fun out of the costume.


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Service Number: A07/TQ0.0.82154E1
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Go with the stays it will amke you look alot sharper. but they do become a pain to wear so glad the navy went to cammies now so we dont have to always wear them.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:35 pm 
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I have extra shirt stays for sale... And I can always snag more on my next gear run.

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Yeah, they can be uncomfortable if you're not used to them, but they really are necessary to have that sharp look. Otherwise your shirt will look all crappy and unprofessional.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:40 pm 
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you know i need to grab some soon and im always on base everyday....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:46 pm 

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If you have a lot of leg hair...shirt stays blow.

24 hour duty was always a nightmare for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:08 pm 
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Hudson JM wrote:
If you have a lot of leg hair...shirt stays blow.

24 hour duty was always a nightmare for me.


<------7+ years and never stood duty in Chucks (or Bravos). WINNING!


Love the look. Up to you to wear the stays. I probably have a dozen pairs laying around here somewhere of varrying types (ones that connect to your socks as well as the shirt, or connect to your shirt but have loops for your feet, its all preference)

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Lejeune sux.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:40 pm 
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Location: Bath, Maine
Service Number: A03/TQ1.0.12143G1
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Using the leftover material from the sleeve conversion I made screen accurate front pockets:

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Then the more I looked at this picture Mole found the more I realized the Mandarin collar just looks like the shirt stay:

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So I removed my poorly modified collar by seam ripping the edging thread:

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Which leaves me with this:

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The shirt stay just needs to be resewn and it's done.

Finally, I moved my subdued caducei (sp?) to the shoulders:

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Any heartburn with that from actual military folk? It's where Gorman had his rank bar.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:21 pm 
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looks good to me. i think we need to make a set layout for the C's as a uniform Reg on here. i see so many with rank on sleeves but then we have some with on the shoulder. Im down for which ever im also working on my own shirt need to go buy another to do the pockets, i made my pattern for them just need matching fabric. the spare shirt i bought was the wrong tint of tan and heavier fabric.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:24 pm 
Wow...that's really awesome. Kevin or Retro...do you guys have pics of the shirt prior to mods? That way I can keep my eye open for what to look for...same with the pants.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Sorry I didn't take a picture of the 'before'! It started out a lot like a longsleeved Dickies workshirt. Ideally there wouldn't be pleats in the pockets and it would be a less stiff material (mine is ripstop). Buying two shirts works as well, but for how little material you'll need I'd opt for modifying the sleeves and using that.

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 Post subject: Re: Salvation Army Service-C's
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:13 pm 
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Matt, generally we are using USMC Service C shirts and modifying them accordingly. As for trousers, the ones pictured here are the incorrect colour. Good old Commonwealth Rifle Green dress trousers are more accurate. I'm sure you can scare yourself up a pair.

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