Jump to content


Photo

Members Reproductions


  • This topic is locked This topic is locked
209 replies to this topic

#1 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:28 AM

Moderator Introduction: The Helmet Section of the USMF is meant to be a place to discuss helmet styles, models, modifications, history, markings etc. from a historical and collectors platform. However, we recognize that several members of the forum have attempted their hand at helmet artistry or reproductions and have posted them in the helmet forum. Others are very proud of purchased reproductions and want to show them off. However, these helmets do drift away from the intent of the helmet forum. At the same time, we recognize the need of having a place for those members desiring to do this type of artistry or those owning a reproduction, to have their helmets posted without taking away from the historically legitimate helmet discussions. The end result is that we have decided to merge these types of helmet discussions into it's own pinned thread.



hiya guys

this is my latest ebay purchased M-1 helmet as you can see it has a really nice post war repaint job (or should i say a rare in the field camo repaint :naughty: ) & an original chin strap :rolleyes: :lol: but apart from that the shell is an original MCCORD & the liner is a Westinghouse :thumbsup:

must admit its not as good as GAZZ's M-1 paint job :w00t:

i got 3 options on this

1, to leave as is just maybe try & change the chin strap & whack a cover on it

2, strip the shell to see if any original paint remains

3, keep the liner & get shot of the shell

any please enjoy ;)

http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0009.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0010.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0011.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0012.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0013.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0014.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0016.jpg

Edited by Bugme, 20 May 2010 - 11:57 AM.


#2 kjones5452

kjones5452
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,883
  • 2,305 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Alabama,USA

Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:50 AM

Hey Nick,
Cork looks real good,if that green color is not OD then just give it a good
spray job with some OD,put a leather chinstrap with the liner,slap it all together,
put it on a styrofoam head and you're in business.I wouldn't strip off the cork thats
already on it. :thumbsup:

#3 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:55 AM

well the thing is the cork's not original & the pic's dont really show how bad it is thats why im in two minds about what to do with it :D

#4 Corpsmancollector

Corpsmancollector
  • Members
    • Member ID: 5,339
  • 4,908 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:United Kingdom

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:04 AM

Nick, what's up with the chinstrap? Looks like a half decent repro to me, or am I missing something? If it were me, I'd give it a good spray with some OD paint and throw a net and some scrim on it maybe. Normandy glider infantry perhaps?

#5 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:29 AM

ok so heres some more pics of the chin strap & paint im loosing the light here so ive done the best i can let me know what you guys think as i thought they where pretty bad ?????

http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0017.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0018.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0019.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0020.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0021.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0022.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0023.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0024.jpg
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/nicknak73/SAM_0025.jpg

#6 kjones5452

kjones5452
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,883
  • 2,305 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Alabama,USA

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:47 AM

Yeah,looks as though the "J" hook side could shortened a liitle bit,
then restitched. I kind of see what you're saying about the cork,but
I still can't decide if I'd stripe it,mostly because I've never done it.
All I've done is repaint and recork one that hardly had any cork to
start off with.If you have a way to sand blast the shell,maybe you've
done it before,it might not be bad.I just remember when I tried to stripe
a liner,I woulda been better off tryin to sandpaper a lion's behind. :crying:

#7 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:56 AM

ive striped helmets before but i tend to do it to see if any of the original paint remained underneath not to strip it back to bare metal as i cant repaint it my self i tried it once & it turned in to a right mess :lol:

#8 king802

king802
  • Members
    • Member ID: 1,878
  • 2,481 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:England

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:58 AM

Nick,

Those Repro chinstraps come from an ebay seller in the States (cant think of his name). They are the best one's on the market, once dirtied and placed alongside an original set you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. the weave is spot on.

I would strip it and repaint and re-cork. Change the headband in the liner for an original and you have a nice late war liner :thumbsup:

Rich

#9 gaz232sqn

gaz232sqn
  • Members
    • Member ID: 9,558
  • 850 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK.

Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:12 AM

Hi Nick.

Personally I think you got a really nice combo there, yeah the finish on the shell is not original, I actually think it might be saw dust,I've seen one with this finish before,and passed on it, and regretted it afterwards.

The liner is absolutely tip top, and would look great in my "Neon lid", wanna donate

If it were me I would strip it right back,to the original first coat of paint ( undercoat ?) and, re-cork the shell.

But this is on the advice that I am re-corking my "Neon" beauty at present, I have sourced an excellent and relatively cheap source of, fairly authentic coloured paint recently, 15L of the stuff, from a military surplus yard.
And experimented with the colour,by mixing in a secret ingredient :naughty

Anyhoo, I like this combo,it's got character, and make's an excellent display piece,and in a sense the worlds your oyster with a shell like this,you have many options,open to you, enjoy :thumbsup:

If you do re-cork/re-paint, I'd love to to see the results ;)

#10 Bugme

Bugme

    ADMINISTRATOR

  • Administrators
    • Member ID: 1,726
  • 15,113 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Marsaxlokk, Malta & Wisconsin Shoreline

Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:32 AM

Some of you guys must be joking about leaving the cork finish... right? :blink: That cork is horrible! Strip the helmet and start over. This veteran lid deserves better than that mess that is currently on it. The repop straps are typical repop's so, you can go with those. But, PLEASE... get rid of that current finish! :yucky:

#11 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:53 AM

the other option i was going to go for was to put a piece of parachute silk on it as a cover for display purposes ??

#12 BOLO

BOLO
  • Members
    • Member ID: 1,885
  • 6,054 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:usa

Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:28 PM

the EXTRA HEAVY paint texture looks like the experimental MOSS camo, it was much thicker than normal

could use a net and some weathering, I like to spray a mist of water and throw dirt over it and use an old paint brush and dust off the loose dirt and it makes it look a little salty or gives it a battlefield used look.

Edited by BOLO, 13 May 2010 - 12:29 PM.


#13 man860

man860
  • Members
    • Member ID: 771
  • 1,292 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:West

Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:41 PM

I like option #3

Save yourself the time and energy and find a nice original rear-seam swivel shell with original straps. Sewn or clip-on.

I think the liner is the real gem here. It would be perfect for an early Vietnam setup. With a salty Mitchell or late Duck-Hunter cover....oh boy! :love:

#14 Grant G.

Grant G.
  • Members
    • Member ID: 11,015
  • 1,636 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Illinois

Posted 13 May 2010 - 12:50 PM

IMHO strip all of the ummm..... cork :rolleyes: off and start from the ground up. I would also restitch those chinstraps. :thumbsup: -Grant

#15 FIRE508

FIRE508
  • Banned
    • Member ID: 11,564
  • 126 posts
  • Location:Northwest Florida

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:04 PM

Nick,

Those Repro chinstraps come from an ebay seller in the States (cant think of his name). They are the best one's on the market, once dirtied and placed alongside an original set you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. the weave is spot on.

I would strip it and repaint and re-cork. Change the headband in the liner for an original and you have a nice late war liner :thumbsup:

Rich


Is JMurrey what you are thinking of? I bought some of his repro chin straps from his site a long time ago.

#16 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

well what i think i might do is when ive got a bit of time is to try & strip a bit of it to see what i can reveal ??

#17 kjones5452

kjones5452
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,883
  • 2,305 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Alabama,USA

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:09 PM

Check out this guy on Ebay and see what you think about his straps
327thgliderrider

#18 vinnie

vinnie
  • Members
    • Member ID: 9,552
  • 65 posts

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:10 PM

Now this is a project helmet! :w00t:
Remove all paint and look what's underneath it ;) If there's nothing original left, then you should repaint it :thumbsup:

Good luck and show us what the result looks like :)

#19 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:20 PM

Check out this guy on Ebay and see what you think about his straps
327thgliderrider


his straps look about the same as ive already got ?

#20 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:22 PM

Now this is a project helmet! :w00t:
Remove all paint and look what's underneath it ;) If there's nothing original left, then you should repaint it :thumbsup:

Good luck and show us what the result looks like :)


i will see how it goes but as ive already said my painting & re-corking skills are as bad as whats already on there :lol:

#21 Grant G.

Grant G.
  • Members
    • Member ID: 11,015
  • 1,636 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Illinois

Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:40 PM

i will see how it goes but as ive already said my painting & re-corking skills are as bad as whats already on there :lol:

Hey Nick I can give you pointers if you need some :thumbsup: -Grant

#22 aracin

aracin
  • Members
    • Member ID: 3,572
  • 235 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Pa.

Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:40 PM

If you want to strip it try spraying it with OD paint just to see how it looks first. Then if you don't like it strip it. One coat or two coats doesnt matter if your gonna strip it. But spraying it is a hell of alot easier.

#23 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:53 PM

thanks for all the advice guys its given me alot to think about :wacko: :D

@ kjones5452 i looked at 327thgliderrider stuff again this morning & he's got a nice aged version that looks pretty good im just have to get that one :twothumbup:

#24 NickD

NickD
  • Members
    • Member ID: 7,374
  • 3,033 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:UK

Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:55 PM

Hey Nick I can give you pointers if you need some :thumbsup: -Grant


hiya Grant

ive seen your post on how you re-corked yours & its kinda inspiring so ya never know :thumbsup:

#25 king802

king802
  • Members
    • Member ID: 1,878
  • 2,481 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:England

Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:06 AM

thanks for all the advice guys its given me alot to think about :wacko: :D

@ kjones5452 i looked at 327thgliderrider stuff again this morning & he's got a nice aged version that looks pretty good im just have to get that one :twothumbup:


Nick,

That's the guy i was talking about -he's changed his e-bay name. You can age your one's up quite nicely.

Rich


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users