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.
brownien: I have a KJW M1911a1. It works great, but as with most green gas mags, they can only fire 12-13 rounds per gas fill
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brownien: You can also get CO2 mags for the KJW, and those will fire the full 28-32 rounds double stacked. The gun is compatible with both CO2 and Green gas mags
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Dracul: Might be a far shot, but does any one think this might be useful for a British WWII impression?
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Dracul: Nevermind, just looked into. Completely different from the 1937 field uniforms.
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stuka: why are some of the recent wtb/wts posts locked?
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SgtShaw: Hey Brownien, check your PM inbox
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FritzoftheMidwest: Hey guys. I airsoft in Wisconsin, so with this in mind, do I (A) Make a Bar98 or (B) Buy the PPS Kar98 With the cold climate here half the year, should I avoid gas altogether?
Nov 12, 2014 17:09:08 GMT -5
Dracul: You should avoid gas where you are, stick with the Bar98. I just left SoCal and to be here in Maryland, now I've actually gotten rid of a lot of my gas guns because this reason (as one of the good few reasons), haha.
Nov 12, 2014 22:43:02 GMT -5
FritzoftheMidwest: Thanks pal, I've actually lined up a discounted Dboys 98k for a base hopefully.
Nov 12, 2014 23:05:47 GMT -5
FritzoftheMidwest: Also- Dumb question but which jg bar 10 should i choose? I found a few from 60-120
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Jerry-ADK: get the best deal you can on one. If you found one for $60 get it thats a great deal!
Nov 13, 2014 2:50:25 GMT -5
aldrich: Hey Fritz! I am also from Wisconsin. There currently is a great WWII airsoft community out here and we would love to have you out at one of our events! The next one is planned for December 6th. Check us out at Midwest Ostfront Airsoft.com
Nov 13, 2014 20:12:08 GMT -5
FritzoftheMidwest: I've been interested in the 3rd PanzerGrenadiers for awhile now and hope to join them in the future, however the only qualification I meet atm is being 19 lol. Im going to drop many dollers before I will apply because I wanna look dapper of course!
Nov 13, 2014 22:01:32 GMT -5
FritzoftheMidwest: I may drop by if the opportunity presents itself and get to know some of the folks though!
Nov 13, 2014 22:02:29 GMT -5
aldrich: Depending on your size, I/we have extra uniforms that I lend out to newcomers until they can get their own stuff. You could also try an inexpensive "partisan" impression for the time-being. If you have any questions send me a pm, I'm glad to help!
Nov 14, 2014 1:09:17 GMT -5
CPL. Mills 2nd Rangers: I have some extra gear he can use if he comes to the December 6th event. Its a European great coat, I don't remember which county. I was going to convert it to look like a German one. It might fit him.
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FritzoftheMidwest: Thanks for all the generosity guys! I would have to build by Bar98k first. (no way I'm going to be that one guy with a modern weapon ruining the immersion)
Nov 15, 2014 16:49:07 GMT -5
SgtShaw: Has anyone heard from Nate (brownien) recently? I've been trying to get in touch with him for several weeks now but haven't been able to get a response
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