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Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:31

Does anybody know if any of the newer Medical logos with the Caduceus are available either as a stencil or decal/applique? I'd like to repro some Med chests, and would like to go with a later war look. Thanks!

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 17:49

Doc,

I have uploaded the necessary image that you have asked for. What you will need to do is print it out on some transfer paper, or perhaps just reguilar paper, and then apply using PVA over the top (as per the originals). Kindly let me know your thoughts on it.

You can download the image from the following address:
http://www.med-dept.com/med_logo.jpg

Hope that helps,
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Mon Dec 18, 2006 20:22

Ben-

what is the 'PVA' you're referring to when applying the logo? Is it polyurethane or something else like that?

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 21:38

Doc,

My appologies. The PVA that I refer to is a white wood adhesive, that when dry, is clear. The original chests that are in my collection both have this later war logo on them, and both appear to have been applied in the same manner (i.e. positioned on the chest, and then glue applied over the whole thing, and over the edges to ensure it sticks down).

Sorry I didn't make it too clear. I'd love to see some photographs of the chest when you get it finished.

Thanks, and good luck,
Ben

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 21:59

Thank you for the clarification! I shall give this a try in the near future.

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Mon Dec 18, 2006 22:30

Glad I could help out Doc,

Thanks,
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 05:56

a good source of both decals and stencils is http://www.militarystencils.com/ His section on medical decals is http://www.militarystencils.com/Medical_Decals1.htm

I've seen these in use - very crisp and clean!

In his "PAINT MASK" section there is a nice cadeusis & circle for various projects.
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:38

Perosnally, I would hesitate about using those stencils posted on Rick Larsen's site. Some collectors have suggested that the stencil of UcaduceusS is actually a postwar insignia, introduced late on in 1949. From the research that I did when writing the Medical Chest article, the insignia featuring on the chests was exclusive to either the Geneva Cross in white circular field, or the Medical Department Logo which I have uploaded.

Just a head's up,
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 20:43

That's what I love about these forums - we all learn as we go. I have a plasma chest with a January 1945 date inside and what appears to be the US & cadeusis nicely stenciled on both ends - appears to be original - unit markings are not as nicely done, but one never knows.

The 9" circle stencil is the same size as used on 3 litters in collection dated 1942, 1944 and 1945, but larger than some dated 1942 and 1943. This is the closest I've found to this marking to date.

The 9.5" decals apear a little large, but I was told that these can be done in smaller sizes on request. I guess it depends on what they are being applied to.

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Wed Dec 20, 2006 21:18

Dave,

I wonder whether it would be possible for you to post an image of the plasma box with the markings, I certainly would be most interested in seeing it.

Thanks again for your continued information,
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 21:54

I'll dig it out next show & take a few pictures. The contents are repro (all but 1), but the effect is nice.
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Wed Dec 20, 2006 22:11

Great, looking forward to seeing it.

Thanks again,
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