Professional Uniform & Militaria Ageing Service
The Time Machine
The Time Machine has been running constantly for over ten years. I have been aging items for customers on a regular basis; basicly to the point where items shipped from Soldat FHQ are aged as part of the sale, over and over again!
Here is a set of new in box Ankle Boots and Gamaschen that a customer wanted put through The Time Machine. He wanted the boots dyed black, not my choice as I think they look great natural leather with heavy work over.
Extra Klasse set just through the Time Machine set on II.
German Cross in Gold with Document with pilot's foto. While not for sale this is a sample of work Soldat FHQ did for the grandson of this decorated pilot. The customer was highly pleased with the cased medal & document that were aged for presentation. The kicker was the custom's official in Berlin checking the items believed that they were authentic & had really been awarded during the war to the pilot! While I won't sell copies with Hauptmann Zahn's information, Soldat FHQ can produce awards & documents to your historical specs.
Soldat FHQ added insignia, stitched vents and then aged these two caps.
Returning customers regularly ask if I can do something to product that came from another vendor "to make it look better". I have always been happy to do this, I mean why not, guys should be as happy as they can with their stuff. There is nothing that looks sillier than a bright, new item being used to fill in a collection or to give historical presence to a display.
One of my favorite comments from a customer was that the M43 Eineheitsfeldmutz I aged for him looked more "original" than one his grandfather brought back from the war!
Soldat FHQ offers document completion services, these were aged and used to complete a project!
Prices are an individual thing depending on what I'm working on. Believe me some things are harder to fix than others. Usually the less you spend on something the more you spend to fix it, sometimes you win and sometimes not. Here is a general break down. This doesn't include anything but aging process.
Caps $25 to $35, Tunic $50 to $60, trousers or breeches $35 - 45, awards $5 - $10, flags & banners $10 - $75.
An Oberest with the Horse Recruitment and Training Program. A Soldat Schneiderei project follow by a trip in the Time Machine.
Getting into the Time Machine is not without risk! I do not guarantee miracles! Some things are not possible, but I have made some sow's ears into pretty fair silk purses over the years.
I'm not responsible for your item. If it get ruined in the process because the dye is not fast, the materials fall apart in the process, etc., whatever it is not on Soldat FHQ. I say I'm sorry. Have I ever lost anything? No, but boy I sure have had to work to get them back!
I do not age or modify replicas for the purpose of committing fraudulent sales or any other illegal purpose. What you do with what you own is on you, but if I find out about you using something I worked on for ill gotten gain you go on THE LIST and you never come off till you prove that you have changed your evil ways.
I took endless crap from the "experts" in the field about how my work was "ruining" the hobby. While this is a real back handed compliment, I don't want to go through this again. I suggest your read SOLDAT Volumes XI, XI-C and XID, I'm not alone in this aging business, but I am straight about it.