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#1 Owen

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 10:47 AM

In the past, I have seen EBay auctions offering to retape and restore flight helmets.  Can't seem to find anything like that these days.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

 

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#2 72psb

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 04:45 PM

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:57 AM

Thanks!

 

Anyone else??

 

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 04:38 PM

As in sewing in new HH seam tape? I guess I have never seen a helmet so worn that the tape was toast but the body good. What am I missing?

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 05:49 PM

Dave,

I think (I hope) he was talking about retaping the reflective tape on Navy and USMC helmets.



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 08:27 AM

Correct, retaping the reflective paint and applying squadron designs.  Anyone else want to chime in ??

 

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#7 Homer J

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:15 AM

Check out these Facebook groups. Lots of former and current Navy and USMC PRs. Someone may be willing to help for a fee. 

 

https://www.facebook...ps/84391232749/

 

https://www.facebook...ps/36104306309/

 

https://www.facebook...s/315029328758/



#8 Niki

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:41 AM

Owen if you go to the facebook group flight gear collectors& collections.
They will help you with your questions.6

#9 AMT369D

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:12 PM

i recently taped this HGU-2 with camo to reflect that era late 70s early 80s.

Im a fan of overlap as it more reflects the squadron level taping from back in the day.

I purchase all of my Scotchlite 680 locally for reflective work.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:14 PM

mostly done in 1" strips

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:24 PM

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#12 hink441

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:31 PM

Very nice work!!

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 01:39 PM

and near finished..

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 02:31 PM

Wow! That looks amazing! Nice job!

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 02:56 PM

Wow! That looks amazing! Nice job!

 

Agreed; that's great work!



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Posted 16 October 2019 - 03:58 PM

Agreed I like that one alot..nice

#17 72psb

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 04:28 PM

Ready for a B-52 "Arc Light" mission!



#18 AMT369D

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:27 AM

Thanks for the replies. 

I'd like to stress that heat is the key to getting the camo sheet film to lay down and stick

nicely, although you have to be careful because too much heat will turn the stuff into shrinkwrap.

 

 

 



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Posted 18 October 2019 - 04:41 PM

You did a wonderful job on that USAF helmet!! Very nice work!!

I have taped a couple of helmets. Here is one that I did not long ago. The helmet originally had a terrible tape job so I made it a VA-35 helmet. VA-35 was my last A-6 squadron, the squadron was decommissioned in 1994. I don't normally tape helmets unless they are hopelessly flawed. Here are the before and after pictures.

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 04:43 PM

A few more pics. A fun project.

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:07 PM

Wow, that is very nice and I like the precision cut (no overlap) in the pattern layout for the tape.

Did you use reflective or non reflective for the graphics?

 

 

I did another early 70s APH (below) in 1"white awhile back and tried to follow the practice of that era.

as soon as I can get back to it, I'll be cutting the yellow Ltng-bolts and horsehead (Knight) emblem

for VF-302 - post Vietnam.

 

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:09 PM

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:12 PM

I need a good pair of grey ear cushions but black with have to do for now.

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 01:30 AM

Nice work on the APH helmet!

The black tape on the VA-35 helmet is reflective.

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 03:43 PM

Reflective black tape.

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