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Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:34 pm

A fellow in Germany was looking for dimensions on lafette 42 straps, so I made these pics for him and thought you guys might also want to see them. The dimensions might be just a tiny bit off, but not more than a few millimeters.

I took some 3/16" dia music wire (high carbon steel) fond at Ace Hardware, heated and bent them with a vice and oxy-acetylene torch into the triangles, and gas welded the ends. The buckles were made with the appropriate size low carbon steel rod, and sheetmetal for the buckle rollers cold formed into the cylindrical shapes with using hammers over a piece of the music wire used as an anvil of sorts. The snap rings can be found at Ace Hardware stores. I not, then they can be ordered. They are zinc plated so you have to sand off the zinc and dip them in Brownell's Oxpho gun bluing acid to make them dull grey to match the other steel parts, and some reshaping can be done cold to shape them into a shape more like the German original ones. The leather is about $45 worth of "burgundy" latigo, from Tandy Leather store, cut with a razor knife to the proper dimensions. The line indentations along the endes of the leather are made with a line scribing tool that is nothing more than a dulled knife edge alongside an edge guiding extension of metal. Leather punches are used for the holes and some modified leather lettering punch tools are used to make the "fsu 1942" waffenamt stamp. I later found out that the fsu letter code was from a different factory than my lafette manufacturer. Oh well. The dimensions came from those supplied from other lafette owners and auction descriptions of original straps, and are pretty close. The advantage of making your own straps is that you don't have to settle for incorrect postwar Yugoslavian strap designs that are noticable as incorrect from a distance.



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Postby AlexHH » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:52 pm

Hello Kurt,

it was me who asked you for the dimensions.
Many thanks,
Alexander

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Postby saddler » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:01 am

Nice work there

Good to see someone else making them

I have my reproductions almost finished - just finalising the metal clips (coming from a saddlery supplier either in Germany or here in the UK)

As soon as my sets are completed I will let the board members know

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Postby tomcatshaas » Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:08 am

saddler wrote:Nice work there

Good to see someone else making them

I have my reproductions almost finished - just finalising the metal clips (coming from a saddlery supplier either in Germany or here in the UK)

As soon as my sets are completed I will let the board members know

Jon


Great Jon !

Let us know when they are completed. I would be interested in a set or two if the hardware is correct.

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Postby Gowert » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:15 pm

hello jon,

already sent you a PM on pozzi's forum about lafette straps (tom gow ) :)

let us know when you have a set ready and making more.

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby CRUSADER » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:40 pm

DA,

This is great info. I'm having a set made. The fellow working on the project for me asked for a few other dimensions. I edited your original photograph to better illustrate the dimensions that he is asking for (hope you don't mind!)

Could you provide A,B, and C dimensions? Or ... A & B, or B & C ... or A & C ... hehehe, my attempt at humor :D

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby gdmoore28 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:55 pm

DA --

Can you hear my hands clapping? That is some extraordinary leather work -- especially considering that you used the same kind of tools I usually use -- homemade! Just really nice. :D :D :D :D :D :D

For your next act, I'd like a belt for my jeans, same color, and made to resemble the Lafayette straps. Size 34. And don't forget to emboss my name on the back, bookended by little pictures of 8mm brass . . . . 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:48 pm

Thank you for the compliment GeeDeeEmm!

Which WaffenAmt number would you like on that?

Crusader: A = 7,5 cm, B= 22,5 cm. C= 30,5 cm
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Postby CRUSADER » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:25 pm

Thanks DA 8)

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Postby Bil » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:13 pm

DA-maybe make a pair for Garry-that way when he is on his next re-enactment,the assistant gunner can carry him! :lol: Better make a set of pads,too. ---bil
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Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:26 pm

pads... to cushion his buttcheeks. :mrgreen:
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Postby gdmoore28 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:34 am

NOW you're talking!

I wish my comrads looked out for me as well as you guys. :D :D :D :D

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby David » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:14 pm

Anyone want to make me a set of these?

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby CRUSADER » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:42 pm

The guy working on mine has made them in the past for other collectors. When mine arrive I'll post some pics in a new thread. If you like what you see, let me know. I'll ask him if he'd like to make another set.

Cool?

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby David » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:47 am

Sounds good.

I'd like to find me some straps so all my best friends have a way to carry my lafette mount comfortably.

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby navalgunner » Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:40 am

for anyone making the Lafette mount straps. I finally found a supplier for the buckles. its CD JARNIGAN AND CO, they make civil war uniforms and equipment. a 41mm roller buckle is $1.80 cents its the B122.
I have started to make the straps and waiting on shipment of buckles.

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby CRUSADER » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:42 am

Cool! ... now really impress us & find the snap-hooks! 8)

HAHA!

Post some pics up when you finish them!

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Postby BELTLEAD » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:21 pm

Are the reproduction straps from I.M.A. nice or Farbie?

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Postby David » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:20 pm

BELTLEAD wrote:Are the reproduction straps from I.M.A. nice or Farbie?

I dont know where they got theirs.

But those straps are not like any kind of WW2 german lafette strap I have ever seen.

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Re: Look --> Replica Lafette Strap Dimensions

Postby navalgunner » Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:54 pm

Just finished mine, CD Jarnigans, a civil war supplier has the correct size roller buckles that are blued. they are about 5 bucks each


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