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.
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Dracul: The MG-42 boneyard was out of stock....
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stuka: so you didn't buy it?
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Dracul: I did buy it, but they screwed up their in stock count.... I got a refund though. Turned it around for a CZ.30.
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Dracul: The flip side of this is that I don't have to worry about fixing it and should get it in time for OP '44.
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scarfy: I wish... A GBB Marushin M1 Carbine... Would appear in my hands.
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shiftysgarand: You don't want GBB Carbines... unless you
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shiftysgarand: are willing to pay a bunch for steel replacement moving parts
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matthew1943: My CO2 Marushin M1 Carbine has been working just fine. However, the downside I've run across is that finding mags for it is nearly impossible and very pricey. Currently I only have 1 Mag.
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scarfy: I just hate the sound of a Battery when firing.
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Dracul: Batteries don't make sounds. Unless you can somehow hear electrical currents.
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scarfy: you know what i mean, there's a distinct sound when firing an AEG, CO2 and GBBs don't have that
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