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    The Wisconsin Shoreline & Marsaxlokk, Malta
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    Always looking for Chaplain or Medical related helmets and uniforms

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  1. I want this one to be legit however, we have arrived at the place where fakes are so good, that a handful of down sized pictures on the internet does not give anyone a clear answer and has neutered any chance of anyone of us stating categorically that it's good or it's bad. An in hand inspection by an experienced collector(s) is really the only route with these.
  2. Some very nice picks for your first helmets, enjoy the field of helmet collecting. Now, speaking as the owner of Bugme Display Stands, you have this stand assembled incorrectly, those 4 felt pads are supposed to be facing down to protect the surface of your shelf. 🙂
  3. Honestly Dean, you did not say that this was for the inexperienced collector or those who might not know. It is informational for all of us and AEF1917 was just pointing out why there was no reason for it being marked "reproduction" since the double stamp is an obvious post war production thing.
  4. Not trying to be a wet blanket here but this could be an old USN Repair helmet also. The only way to find out, is to remove the gray.
  5. Great first helmet and as you have found, helmets are like peanuts, you can't stop with one.
  6. Bugme

    Remembering Bobgee

    I have had so many contacts with Bob and some good memories over the years. All I can say is: God speed Bob, you will be missed.
  7. I can honestly say that this is the most accurate example of what a reenactors helmet should look like. One in which 99% of non-collectors will think it looks cool and where 99% of helmet collectors will recognize that it is not the real deal. Kudos to the artist, he really did make it look fake. And yes, I am being sarcastic.
  8. Those pictures were huge and Marty could not upload them. He sent them to me. I resized them and have added the pictures here. It is now up to the Peanut Gallery to say what they think. To me, it is not legit for a myriad of reasons, the biggest of which is that there is primer under the OD and also, it looks like a euroclone.
  9. Back to the top for the 76th anniversary.
  10. Originally, these were intended for use in combat but, as mentioned, it just never really took off but, it did happen. Here was the intended look.
  11. Yeah, that may be a bit of overthinking but, OK.
  12. I disagree. If we are trying to preserve the look, then resewing, no matter what era thread you use, does not preserve the look. It makes it look like someone repaired it, which looks even less original.
  13. I suppose it would... if you want it to look like it was repaired.
  14. I would not have suggested superglue if it could potentially damage anything. Superglue works well, works fast, preserves the look of the "original" bartacking, does not damage the cotton, does not release after the repair is completed and is near impossible to see after the repair. Fabric glue is for lightweight fabric, as you found out, kinda like if you were making a dress. It is not for thick layered reinforced cotton helmet straps. In the end, the repair looks good and your happy.
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