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
4th MP Plt. 2nd LT., 5th Rangers C Company SGT. 2nd NBB, 30th ID PVT.
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.
philb64: hi all, any tips on doing a cyma m14 to g43 rifle ?.....cheers
Jun 8, 2015 14:30:37 GMT -5
LϟϟAH1944: M14 to G43 is very hard
Jun 8, 2015 15:33:16 GMT -5
Dracul: There are numerous threads in the Armory section about M14 to G43 conversions. There isn't one solid method just yet unfortunately.
Jun 9, 2015 11:01:29 GMT -5
spcmann281: hey, Iv always been fascinated with WWII especially with the whole entirety of the ETO and well i've just come into some money recently and decided that I may as well start my collection. my first uniform i'm torn with I know I want a U.S. infantry uniform
Jun 15, 2015 0:04:46 GMT -5
spcmann281: what I want for my impression is not only for look but I want practicality behind it because well i'll be using it for hunting and camping and such but here in lovely central Maine it's cold that time of year basically I want to know pros and cons of the
Jun 15, 2015 0:07:11 GMT -5
spcmann281: Field Jacket OD (M41) with the M37 wool trousers and M37 enlisted mans shirt, service shoes and Dismounted leggings Vs heat comfort and wear of the M43 field uniform, and is it regulation to wear the service shoe and leggings with the M43 trousers
Jun 15, 2015 0:09:56 GMT -5
spcmann281: also How warm are the M43's actually and do you all wear them as a layerd system? i know the two buckle boots were common but I've got a thing for the leggings and TypeII service shoe
Jun 15, 2015 0:10:22 GMT -5
spcmann281: any answers hints tips would be much appreciated i'v had alot of family involved with this conflict on German and US. my self serving in the ARMY myself i would really like to get these right.
Jun 15, 2015 0:12:46 GMT -5
spcmann281: plus i got excited and the first thing i came across were leggings so thats what i'm building around
Jun 15, 2015 0:18:14 GMT -5
Abbot: I'm fairly certain the leggings were allowed and used thoughout the war... The infantry were not issued new gear as quickly as the airborne, so the service shoes were most likely used almost up to the end, but don't quote me...
Jun 15, 2015 8:40:02 GMT -5
spcmann281: excellet, thank you Abbot!
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704td: Will send you a PM
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