I always figured that it was the greasey subtstances from your hands, nature, and other things that made it have a sheen, but on the other hand, its one of my wild guesses . If it heps anyone, mine does have a sheen, original front seam swivel bale.
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Post by CharleyNovember on May 21, 2006 12:47:32 GMT -5
I got my information from Savoy not to mention he told me about the vasoline trick. Perhaps he will post and let us know what is up. The sheen wears down a bit after awhile but still a little shine to it.
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US helmets were (like so many US GI items) all over the map when it comes to uniformity. Some helmets were issued in a flat dull OD. Many were considerably darker as seen in color photos from the time. You can see period shots of a wide variety of shades within the same unit. The darker shade was issued that way and created a greater scheen then the flat OD. Often the helmet was used to heat water or even food so it blackened from that use. Netting was designed to reduce the scheen that either was on the helmet to begin with or formed over time. The bottom line is just about anything should be acceptable. The darker almost blackish green seems to be what you see the most in European Theater with the edges silvered from wear.
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The crate i opened was very flat and specled with little bits of cork mixed in the paint. I guess like 2nd bat said its really just how you want it to look, even though its a disadvantage, you can shine up your helmet and not look wrong.
i too have seen the flat originals ...but i've seen as many or more, that have almost a semi gloss look to them...from what i've been told by the few vets that had an answer on the subject,they got helmets that had been rubbed with what they described as "cosmoline"..the usual statement being that it was put on as a rust preventative for shipment. but as has been stated,helmets saw alot of different uses that would affect the finish...so would say just go with the krylon flat for cheaper field use or the rapco for the really authentic look. the helmets i've seen pics of here would go fine for field use.
the vasaline thing is just a less "smelly" treatment than the cosmoline...am i the only person that likes that smell...??
Post by Sascha Gusdorf on May 31, 2006 19:38:45 GMT -5
Hey sascha, whered you get your russian stuff?
As for as my Russian kit, I actually acquired it from one of my guys in my reenacting group. We, at 11th Komp "Der Fuhrer" have a whole lotta' guys in our unit; so, we split our group up at some of the Texas events and portray the Eastern Front. One of my boys had a few too many beers and pizza, got a little chunky around the butt area, and decided to sell his impression to me. As for acquiring a wonderful impression, I'd most certainly recommend www.collectrussia.com
Post by TommyGunner on Jun 10, 2006 14:03:38 GMT -5
Ok this afternoon I want to take some pics on the progress of my USMC impression, I unfortunetly do not have a photo account set up on the internet. Would someone be able to help me out in posting them?
"Texas" belongs in "Check my stiches.." imo, he usually portraits a British Paratrooper, with Denison smock etc, but changed to this quickly to blend more in with the "Commando" look for a 4 man mission (very sucsessfull imo! ) to find and knock out a German 2 barrel flack gun behind enemy lines.
(before the Br. Paras and US 82nd AB would land.)
The posing pictures was taken just before the mission, so they where a hasty bit of work.
The gun was borrowed (S&S No4), as was the bandolier.
My kit: *Cap comforter brown, wool. *Denim Battledress Blouse. (-42) *Australian "mustard" P49 wool battledress pants -52., but with leg pocket retailored to the front for a more "ww2" look. (will be degraded for "extra" pants when i get my denim battledress trousers.) *Gaiters *French "Rangers" buckle boots of current issue instead of SV or ammo boots. (atleast they look "ok" with gaiters.) *P37 webbing with pistol holster, in need of more "Blancho No3", missing is the correct vaterbottle with carrier, a more correct twin 45. magazine holder and of course a f/s dagger! *Toggle rope
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Post by TommyGunner on Jul 10, 2006 13:38:11 GMT -5
Alright there not the best for gear shots but for combate shots there great, but I should be getting some more from a friend, here are a few pics from the July8th event.
My gear: Helmate repro M1936 Suspenders repro Helmate cover 2 repro 3 mag Thompson ammo pouches repro USMC colt.45 holster repro USMC pants original 1942 Pistol belt original 1942 colt.45 ammo puch 2 original 1942 cantiens original 1942 haversack (not in pics) original medical kit and pouch
I had all my marine gear, just not the correct HBT it was army, but still the correct color and worked good for the game. Ill add some good overall shots when Ethan gives me the Photobucket link.
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