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.
Dracul: general, not sure of the accepted minimum age, but I as long your parent/guardian is cool with it. Or even play with you. Forgot the user here, but at this year's Overlord last month, a father and his two kids were playing. I think they were 10 and 13.
Sept 2, 2014 8:38:46 GMT -5
HM3 Wallick: general- I would imagine, as long as your uniforms and equipment are period-appropriate.
Sept 2, 2014 11:09:22 GMT -5
general: Ok thank you
Sept 2, 2014 18:27:36 GMT -5
general: I have my own Finnish team and we all love the kar 98 so do any of you know if the spring version is worth and if not were can I get an affordable gas version
Sept 2, 2014 18:34:07 GMT -5
Dracul: Spring one is only worth it to use has parts for the BAR-10 mods. Where people take a BAR-10 and put it inside the Kar98. Their are plenty of threads on how to do that in the armory section of this forum.
Sept 2, 2014 19:18:55 GMT -5
general: Are their any gas versions for 160 to 170 dollars
Sept 3, 2014 23:33:45 GMT -5
Dracul: I think the cheapest Gas Kar98 is the Red Fire version, which is for 200 right now on AMS. I'd give a link, but it Airsoft Megastore's website is down for me right now.
Sept 4, 2014 10:12:54 GMT -5
Dracul: To be fair, you can get a DBoys Kar98 for about 100, and a VSR-10 for the same price new, and for used, I've seen stock ones go for like 60-70 dollars on user markets and boneyards.
Sept 4, 2014 10:14:23 GMT -5
general: Is this airsoft reenactment place in England or the US
Sept 6, 2014 3:11:29 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of us are in the US, but we got guys from all around. Russia, UK, Italy, etc etc.
Sept 6, 2014 20:24:24 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: This isn't a single place. its a forum for ww2 airsoft reenactors from all around the world
Sept 17, 2014 16:42:29 GMT -5
stuka: isn't there a specific ww2 for for the uk?
Sept 20, 2014 0:13:44 GMT -5
stuka: Also, not sure if it's in stock or not
Sept 20, 2014 0:14:09 GMT -5