I found this vam at a boot sale a few weeks back, it also came with a bundle of uniforms which you can see in my 'Boot sale finds' down in the MAM section. I've fixed a few vams up in the past, one of them is 3rd from the left in the last photo. I replaced all the elastic on that one and got all the green mold off that covered his entire head, I also removed a red ink stain on the face and painted in new eyebrows for the missing ones. I originally posted my repair work over at Mikes (Action Burt forum) in 2009/10.
This vam below was quite grubby when I found it and looked in a sorry state. The talker box is all there but needs to be repaired. I managed to get a bit of speech going, it sound backwards and fast.
The very thin pressure spring had perished, and the pull chord had been shawn off as you can see in one of the photos below. Perhaps one day I will find a spare spring and have another go at getting it fully working again, I've had no experience with fixing this type of thing though.
Here's the vam after the head was cleaned up with soapy water and mild toothpaste using a soft toothbrush...
In my avatar you can see a young me with a slotted shouldered AM, that particular uniform jacket in the photo was the first piece of vam kit I repaired back in the late 1960's. I remember sitting at the dining-table and stitching up a seam that had come undone, when I had finished the work ( after pricking my finger umpteen times lol!) I was really pleased with my handy work and wanted to show mum, but as I grabbed the garment off the table, it took the tablecloth with it! I had sewn the jacket to the tablecloth and had to start all over again.
I'm still sewing/repairing AM uniforms today, but find I need plenty of light, and have to wear eye-glasses to see what I'm doing. I've got plenty of vam garments stacking up that need stitching, I'm planning my sewing/repair sorties for this years coming Autumn nights
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