Announcement   Supplying home made reproduction WW2 Red Army (RKKA) bags and pouches 1935 - 1945 world wide. I aim to provide usable affordable items not readily available elsewhere, I try to be as accurate as possible on dimensions, patterns and materials, I copy items directly from my own or other private collections. Originally started in 1987. Please feel free to follow my Facebook page;- https://www.facebook.com/OTK87/?ref=bookmarks

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Last updated on 08 Jul, 2018

Supplying home made reproduction WW2 Red Army (RKKA) bags and pouches 1935 - 1945 world wide. I aim to provide usable affordable items not readily available elsewhere, I try to be as accurate as possible on dimensions, patterns and materials, I copy items directly from my own or other private collections. Originally started in 1987. Please feel free to follow my Facebook page;- https://www.facebook.com/OTK87/?ref=bookmarks

Simon Vanlint

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About

Why Red Army?

There was a desire to explore Eastern Front re-enactment in the UK in the mid 1980's. Soviet uniforms, equipment and insignia from the Second World War (Great Patriotic War in Russia) were not readily available, let alone accurate reference material. So we had to make our own based on any references we could find. This led to a big research project, and I got hooked. OTK 87 started life making necessary items for our re-enactments back in 1987. What I am doing here is just a continuation of that.

Where possible I copy genuine items in my own collection, or collections of friends and colleagues. My main fabric is canvas cotton duck from the Soviet plash palatka rain cape which is used for the majority of the products I make along with military grade cotton twill fabrics imported direct from Russia, therefore using genuine fabrics from the country of origin. I also work in natural linen for some items. Smaller items such as buttons, buckles, cotton tape, hemp cord are imported from Russia, China and Korea.

I aim to provide items no one else is making here in the West, and I am always looking to expand and improve my range.

Due to the limited random availability of certain materials or fittings, production runs on certain items may be very limited, and once they are gone, they are gone!

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  • Simon Vanlint

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    WW2 re-enactor since 1980, and still learning! I enjoy the whole process from developing a product to seeing them in use in other groups pictures. I see what I produce as an extension of my hobby.

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Last updated on 23 Jul, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

For all custom work accepted, manufacturing time and any additional costs will be quoted before work commences and agreed. I normally create a special listing for any custom work and activate it when ready, providing you with a direct link to it. Or you can use the Request custom order button.

If I need to purchase additional items not held in stock specifically for your order, you will need pay for your item in advance to cover the cost of any purchase. This cost is non refundable if you change your mind or cancel after purchase is made.

Wholesale availability

For some of my lines, I can provide a quantity in excess of the number listed. Please message me if you require more than the listed quantity and I will notify you if this is possible and how long before your order will be ready.

Please give me as much notice as possible on this as some items are time consuming to make, and I may have other commitments to consider, plus I have limited time to work each week.

Shipping policy

All items are sent regular Royal Mail, orders with a production value in excess of £20.00 will be automatically sent with a tracking number. If you require a tracking number for a low value purchase, please contact me BEFORE making your purchase, I cannot add the additional cost later.

Combined postage is automatically calculated in my shop settings to save you money.

For all items shipped, a notification will be sent within 8 hours of actual posting. Any tracking numbers can be used by clicking on the "track my item" button in that mail.

Or you can enter the tracking number into the Royal Mail website, and then your own country's postal service website later. https://www.royalmail.com/track

Prices

I aim to keep my prices to a minimum to cover my costs. The materials I use often change in price depending where it comes from, this is reflected in my selling prices, these prices will go up or down as a reflection of the material costs. + 5% to cover Etsy/Paypal fees and commission are built in to my prices and NOT added later.

Authenticity

I try to be as accurate as I can when reproducing an item, this includes dimensions and shapes, materials and fittings. If it's an item I myself own I often have that original item beside me when working. A lot of wartime produced RKKA items vary from what I produce in some way, As a general rule I try to keep my products as close to the object I own/have access to/or reference on. If you wish a variant, please message me. If new or better information or materials come along, I upgrade my products accordingly.

Destinations

I ship my items world wide, I have supplied my products to clients in the UK, USA, Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Austria, China, Hungary, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Norway, South Korea, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea & The Czech Republic.

Returns

It is EU legislation that returning an item to an EU country requires you fill out and attach an EU Returns Form. This form needs to be printed out, filled in and attached to the outside of the returns package in a clear bag for the benefit of UK Customs authorities to identify "returned goods" as opposed to "purchased goods" for import tax charges. Failure to comply will result in your returned package being refused and returned to you. If I end up paying import duty and handling fees for any returns for something I made, this cost will be deducted from your refund. Etsy's EU form for returning items to the UK can be found here;- https://extfiles.etsy.com/cancellation-forms/EUCancellationFormEN.pdf

Orders to Asia

I have sent a few orders to Asia, but encountered problems with Oriental text, please supply your name and address in Latin text. Asian language characters are not always recognisable to Etsy, and I am getting addresses showing just square symbols and numbers!

Availability

Some of my materials and fittings are difficult and hard to come by, and as such, some of my products may be produced in very limited runs. I will use alternative fabrics and fittings if I am happy they still fulfil the level of authenticity I am aiming for. I cannot always simply just "get some more" to meet demand.

Shipping charges

Shipping charges cover the actual postage costs, plus any and all packaging required including boxes, jiffy bags, mailer bags, grip seal bags, labels and printing + 5% to cover transaction fees.

Combined postage is automatically calculated in my shop settings to save you money. However, it is virtually impossible to predict which combinations will sell in multi item purchases, and occasionally a shipping over charge will happen. If this does happen, I issue a refund the same day as the order ships. All refunds can only be issued via the original payment method.

Seller details
Simon Vanlint
134 Longfield Avenue
FAREHAM, Hampshire PO14 1QG
United Kingdom