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#1 72psb

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 05:59 PM

There are no shortages of TOP GUN "Maverick" helmets for sale. I decided to recreate a REAL American Hero's flight helmet.

Col.Robin Olds was a triple ace,WWII-Vietnam. On 23 Sept 67 he flew his last combat mission. This was officially his 100th mission,but actually his 152nd flown.

This helmet represents the helmet flown that day. 

No issued helmets were hurt in making this reproduction. HGU-26/P shell and visor cover,visor modified to look like an early version.Liner and avionics and other parts sources as used or NOS.

Any comments,questions or obscene gestures welcome.

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:02 PM

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#3 72psb

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 06:03 PM

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:26 PM

Thats a really nice helmet with a lot of detail ( like the mig kills on the back) and a great tribute to a 3 war USA ACE!

Great job!

 

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Edited by rooster77, 20 May 2019 - 08:27 PM.


#5 doyler

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:01 PM

Very nice recreation.I always liked the camo jet helmets.



#6 Blacksmith

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 03:56 AM

Typo on the date of his last combat mission? I don’t think we were flying combat missions in 1976, but then again, you don’t become a triple ace by sitting around. :). Great job on the helmet. How did you paint it?

#7 72psb

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 05:37 AM

Blacksmith,

You are right.1967 would be correct.Rattle can and airbrush. Migs hand painted detail.

 

 

Moderator note:  Date corrected above.  GWB123



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Posted 24 May 2019 - 04:33 PM

Looks really good Bob!  Wonderful paint job.  I really like it :)

 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:21 AM

Excellent job on the helmet...love it..great attention to detail.....took the liberty and posted the original next to yours...the helmet on display at the museum has the visor cover modified..I wonder when that happened..

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#10 72psb

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 12:15 PM

It was a fun project.Thanks for the kind comments.



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Posted 05 June 2019 - 07:50 PM

Now throw it in the trunk of your car with a few loos spanners and drive around for a month !

That will age it like nothing else.

Good job.

Very nice to look at.

 

PS 

The original has fluffy edges from the spray gun.

 

 

owen



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Posted 05 June 2019 - 08:46 PM

Owen,

This was my first experience with an airbrush. I get your point about the edges.I will do some things different the next time around.Still a lot of fun doing it.

Bob



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 03:53 AM

I think it is cool you replicated the chipping of the camo with the black paint underneath ...at least that is what it looks like in the pics



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 07:08 AM

Yep,Judicious chipping with an eXacto knife.



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 05:39 PM

Reglardless of my minor nit pic ..........

You have done a fantastic job all round.

!0 out of ten.

owen




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