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Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:15 pm
by Vlaanderen
Hi Norton,

I think the cup/mug is insulated, I still cannot think where I bought it, must be an age thing :? .

Tomorrow I am driving to the Midlands for the Stoneleigh Militaria Fair.

Is this the cup/mug you are after, the "Osprey", as we call them?.
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Please give me a "shout" if wanted, I'll see if there are any for sale.

Regards, Norman.

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:06 pm
by elandil
ITS HERE!! IT'S HERE!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Got a guy in the phillipines, cost me 3 FSR's in trade, but it also came with a Chinese PLA ration so I feel it was a deal.

I'm so excited!!!

Here it is with a GI tin for comparison..

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With a Kindle for size comparison
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With a FRED in it for size, and a NATO chow set..
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By itself...
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Cannot wait to put it thru it's paces... :lol:

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:15 am
by Norton
That looks like a great mess kit, deep sides on the pan and the tray. If you had a canteen cup and Esbit or G.I. canteen cup stove to boil water you would have a nice field set. Very unusual design , really no other kit is square like that kit. Do you plan to cook in the pan or just use it as a eating set. After you cook or heat the meal with other means?

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:18 am
by elandil
Norton wrote:That looks like a great mess kit, deep sides on the pan and the tray. If you had a canteen cup and Esbit or G.I. canteen cup stove to boil water you would have a nice field set. Very unusual design , really no other kit is square like that kit. Do you plan to cook in the pan or just use it as a eating set. After you cook or heat the meal with other means?
Got the esbit, and 2 canteen cups, just didnt have them at work for the pics. Plan on doing both, cooking and eating out of the plan. Hoping to christen it with a can of corned beef, maybe with some root veg, soon...

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:30 am
by housil
Your mess kits are so nice and shiny, I wouldn´t "ruin" them on fire/cooker, just display them :cry:

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:15 am
by Bypah
Vlaanderen wrote:
Is this the cup/mug you are after, the "Osprey", as we call them?.
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Please give me a "shout" if wanted, I'll see if there are any for sale.

Regards, Norman.
That is part of the Crusader system that is the cup that covers the canteen. I guess they use it to transfer any hot liquid made in the metal canteen cup to this one??? :?: :roll: :mrgreen:

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:48 pm
by Vlaanderen
The BCB Crusader set up uses the "Osprey" plastic bottle and cup/mug, which is issued to our forces.

The one in the photo is the drinking cup/mug.

I'll get my Crusader set out, with other bits and pieces and take more photos.

Regards, Norman.

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:31 pm
by elandil
Vlaanderen wrote:The BCB Crusader set up uses the "Osprey" plastic bottle and cup/mug, which is issued to our forces.

The one in the photo is the drinking cup/mug.

I'll get my Crusader set out, with other bits and pieces and take more photos.

Regards, Norman.
Please do, I've been rather curious about it and other british mess items.

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:07 am
by Norton
Vlaanderen wrote:Hi Norton,

I think the cup/mug is insulated, I still cannot think where I bought it, must be an age thing :? .

Tomorrow I am driving to the Midlands for the Stoneleigh Militaria Fair.

Is this the cup/mug you are after, the "Osprey", as we call them?.
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Please give me a "shout" if wanted, I'll see if there are any for sale.

Regards, Norman.
Sorry for not replying sooner, I am OK right now but may PM you in the future. That looks like the best way to drink hot tea, coffee and soup without burning your lips. That is the big drawback with metal canteen cups or traditional camping-ware. It is tough, but burns your lips and gets cold quick.

Re: a discussion of mess kits

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:15 am
by chitoryu12
I should have a Russian IRP and a 1984 Soviet mess kit arriving next month, which will give me a chance to try both out simultaneously. Looking at the mess kit, it does seem to be optimized for the kinds of food typical to Russian meals. They still issue similar foodstuffs to the old Soviet Union, with a lot of fatty canned meats mixed with kasha porridge and stews. Cooking in the field is meant to be done with fuel tablets.