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#26 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:47 AM

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#27 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:48 AM

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:49 AM

DSC03920.JPG , i hope to get better at this as time goes buy. maybe i can save some old rust buckets for the future.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:07 AM

Nicely done Bill! If this is your first attempt at a restoration/preservation, all I can say is :bravo:

What was your method for applying the cork? I have a battered old rust pot I thought I would attempt a restoration on and was thinking of a wine cork and a cheese grater....but if you have a better method I'd love to hear about it...


Anyway, great job! Congrats!


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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:10 AM

That's actually really impressive. If you put the before and after of them together and told me it was the same helmet I never would have believed it.

#31 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:53 AM

thanks for the compliments. i enjoy this hobby alot,

#32 shouston

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:08 AM

Very nice restoration!

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:34 AM

Heck of a job Bill. That particular camo pattern always looks good on a helmet. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:53 AM

Good Job, a lot of patients and creativity!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:38 AM

THANKS AGIAN GUYS

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:57 AM

Nice work...and a good save Bill! You are getting better as these go along....this one looks very cool. :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:49 PM

Very detailed post-- really enjoyed the photos from all steps of the process. I'd say your restoration is quite an improvement from the state it was rescued in!

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:56 PM

An M1 helmet for a flower pot! That's why I frequent this forum, fellas -- to provide that softening, feminine touch to the hobby!

Seriously, though, it looks terrific. Good job with the JB Weld...

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:14 AM

Thats really nice you did good work Those were always a favorite of mine :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:57 PM

fantastic craftsmanship Bill! Keep up the good work.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:12 PM

Nice Work !

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:18 PM

What was your method for applying the cork? I have a battered old rust pot I thought I would attempt a restoration on and was thinking of a wine cork and a cheese grater....but if you have a better method I'd love to hear about it...

Not the OP, but I had some success by using a wood rasp to reduce a cork held in a vise. Once I had a pile of cork debris I screened it to rmove the big pieces and the dust. I made a shaker out of a plastic bottle with a lid and shook it over my helmet after I sprayed a wet coat of paint. Once dry I oversprayed about a dozen more color coats.
I've also read that crushed cork is available via model railroading retailers, but I was not able to find ant in my area. HTH

To the OP: NICE save!

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 03:22 PM

Nice work...and a good save Bill! You are getting better as these go along....this one looks very cool. :thumbsup:


X 2. Great work Bill!

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:24 PM

Really nice work!

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 05:23 AM

Bill

Very good work. If you want some advice, use finer grade cork and try and spread it more evenly, I do it by sprinkling small amounts with my fingers at a height so it falls gently onto the paint. Allow to dry and paint another coat of OD over this. Leave to dry a good few days and then sand down with fine grade sandpaper. Then paint OD again. This way you get the original 'flat' effect as the originals had. At the moment the cork on yours is just a little to proud. But I love the metal glue you use, does it dry like metal or is it indeed metal?

p.s. no chinstraps being added?

Mike

Edited by fallschirmjager, 20 January 2011 - 05:26 AM.



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