I've just aquired what a believe is a WWII vintage M1 helmet. It has a front seam with swivel bales with what appears to original paint or a minimal repaint. Am I correct in that a front seam helmet with swivel bales dates from 1943-1944?
I have decided to clean it up a bit and make a good WWII looking helmet with new liner and hardware. Also, I wanted to repaint it as it has alot of scuff marks and I was curious about paint color. I have read Krylon Camo OD paints are a good match. Also, atthefront.com sells a can of paint that is suppose to be a perfect match. Anyone have any ideas/thoughts on this?
Finally, I've read a few posts and how-to's on replacing the "cork" texture on the helmet. I read about the saw dust method but it doesn't look quite right. Does anybody know if this texture is really cork or some form of sand/gravel. It appears to be a from of coarse sand. Also, how is this applied or how was it applied when the helmet was manufactured? Was it mixed into the paint or sprinkled on while the base coat was wet and then painted OD once it was dry?
Thanks for any help on the subject. This has probably already been covered but I just wanted to confirm. Thanks again.
The cork was mixed in with the paint, and sprayed on throught the same gun.
If I were you, I'd grind up some cork, spray some paint onto the helmet, sprinkle the cord on, spray more paint, and repeat all over the helmet. I'd test it on something else, because it does take some practice. Take it slow and do little bits at a time. I'd just got for the ATF paint, but I must say, Rollin's cork texturing really sucks.
If its got original paint I would leave it as it is its worth more. As you just cant find originals any more. If you want a good airsoft helmet just look on e-bay for one with bad pant. It helps to look in the Korea war section thats were I picked up two of my fixed bales for next to nothing
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Thanks for the replies. I just washed the helmet to get the dust and dirt off it and it doesn't look any better. The paint appears to be fairly original but its not in too good of a shape. It still has really good coverage but its not great. It has tons of scuff marks and several permanent marker tags on it (maybe to identify it as surplus?). Also, the cork texture is really thin in most places except around the lower rim. I figured I'd just re-texture/paint it and put on a painted unit marking to look good. I've already ordered the liner and hardware as well as a helmet net so I'll go with the ATF OD paint to finish it off. Thanks again for the help.
Jerry-ADK: yah Patrick, I contacted the air museum to see if they would let us promote WW2 Airsoft there, and no one ever got back to me. I guess they dont like plastic guns, lol
Jun 13, 2014 20:27:38 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: I don't think its the guns...I'm pretty certain it sjust mainly a ww2 blankfire event. In addition to that, its for organized units mainly.
Jun 14, 2014 1:12:47 GMT -5
antonius agustus: Unless you've registered in a unit, which I didn't think you needed to do (I was wrong), they won't let you in if your in uniform and gear. I'm liking Reading's airshow less and less every year. And Jerry, that's too bad because that was an excellent idea.
Jun 16, 2014 15:39:48 GMT -5
patrickl29th: does anyone know were I can get a boneyard d boys kar 98
Jun 16, 2014 17:26:30 GMT -5
antonius agustus: Evike has them from time to time and so does AirsoftMegaStore
Jun 18, 2014 16:12:03 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: Antonius, they let you in if youre not with a unit- you just cant have weapons.
Jun 19, 2014 5:26:37 GMT -5
antonius agustus: It must be a new rule then, definitely don't remember it the last couple years.
Jun 22, 2014 12:24:07 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Yah, I guess WW2 airsoft isn't what they want at their event. Any other kind of WW2 enthusiast is ok, just not reenactors with bb guns. I guess ill have to join a BF unit if I want to go and period camp.
Jun 23, 2014 21:33:22 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: The thing is, its not an organized unit. Reading is mainly for larger, organized and established units.
Jun 24, 2014 17:18:38 GMT -5
unterfarbfuhrer: Hey. I'm starting out. I only have at the moment a M43 tunic/trousers set, and soon I will have a M40 Helmet. However, since I have no source of income, I need loaner gear. I would need lowboots and gaiters, leather belt and y-straps, and a breadbag.
Jun 29, 2014 22:08:55 GMT -5
unterfarbfuhrer: If it is alright, could I just use a East German canteen? Like I said, I have no source of income, so my hands are tied behind my back.
Jun 29, 2014 22:09:57 GMT -5
Jerry-ADK: Unterfarbfuhrer, where are you located?
Jul 1, 2014 12:44:40 GMT -5
patrickl29th: Do you use a m14 socom for a m1 Garand conversion or just a regular m14?
Jul 1, 2014 13:16:32 GMT -5
ssgjoe: Unterfarbfurher, what you could do is get an East German canteen than start to replace it with period correct stuff. First thing I would swap out would be to swap it for a wool cover, than a cup, then strap, and finally the flask.
Jul 1, 2014 19:20:29 GMT -5
Dracul: Ugh, I think I'm going mad. I can't seem to find that one reference thread that had links to the cheapest/cheaper US uniforms and gear.
Jul 14, 2014 8:39:57 GMT -5
patrickl29th: Dracul ATF has some cheap uniforms for there quality. I had my m1943s for 5 years and never had a problem
Jul 14, 2014 13:56:56 GMT -5
Dracul: Yeah, but I'm looking more for some of the gear. I forgot where I got my leggings, but I remember getting them for like 20 bucks and now I can't find any leggings for my wife thats under 40 bucks.
Jul 14, 2014 16:03:32 GMT -5