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  1. Ironman inspiration?! It has to be! 😁 What do you all think of the Model 8?! Thoughts? πŸ€”
  2. Yah, the Liberty Bell and Model 2 are also very cool, but the Model 8 is by far my favorite experimental. I hope my photos did it justice. Be well.
  3. Below are the Model 8 photos as promised πŸ™ƒπŸ‘ I welcome your comments. Thanks so much! I couldn't resist. 😁
  4. Kirby!!!! Hello sir. Thank you so much for your response. This is 100% the helmet you sold over a decade ago. There are distinct markings that match up exactly with the pictures you posted back in 2009. It's wild how prices on this helmet have fluctuated. I wish I was interested in one back in 2009 though. I'll say that much. πŸ™‚ Now that I have the helmet in hand it does seem that the paint has been altered. Unless of course, this example was one of the very first made by the Ford Motoring Company, and they were tinkering?! Wishful thinking, probably. Other than the paint alteration though this
  5. Check this thing out! It's in the "Battlefield Military Museum" in Gettysburg, PA. That camo paint can't be original can it?!?! This is the only picture I could find. I'd love to get out to Pennsylvania and see it in person but I don't see that happening anytime soon. The Model 8 is just too darn cool.
  6. Hey Hunt, I sent you a PM. I might never know who KLR (Kirby) is but some things just remain a mystery I guess.
  7. I'll be receiving the Model 8 on Monday but I just wanted to share something I found interesting. I stumbled upon the following: As you can see, the helmet I was able to secure, was posted here on this forum back in 2009 by "Kirby" (KLR). Seems that KLR hasn't visited the site since 2014 so is no longer an active member. The only thing is this... the gentleman I bought it from said he had it for over 20 years. Only problem is his name isn't Kirby. Hmmm. Something isn't matching up here. Well, anyway, I'll have the helmet in hand soon. If it's all legit I guess the back sto
  8. @aef1917 Thanks so much for your response. Makes sense that the original finish being gone would decrease the value. I also thought it a plus though that the liner was in such nice shape. Kind of a wash in my eyes. If another example did present itself, that had original exterior paint and the interior looked as good as this one, I fear the price might be out of reach. I would venture to say that I will at least break even with this example, if I was ever going to sell it and purchase an "upgrade", but I am very excited to have landed this one! 😁 I want to savor this moment! πŸ‘Through an exhau
  9. After much deliberation, going back and forth in my head what the right move was, I just finally said @#$% it and BOUGHT THAT DAMN THING! πŸ˜‚ If my dad were still here he would say, "It's only money son". Haha. It's being shipped out from east to west coast but as soon as it comes in I will be posting some detailed photos to share with all of you fine people. I thank you for the support and help along the way. MODEL 8 EXPERIMENTAL HELMET!!!! WooHoo!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒπŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ
  10. Thanks for the response! Yah, it's definitely the real deal. The smoothing, and stripping of the old textured paint is unfortunate (if that's what happened). The owner of the helmet did say the paint has a nice patina but it's smooth with no texture on the exterior. I think I might take a flyer on it. I just don't know when the next one will be available for sale. And even if one turns up, I'm not sure what the condition will be, and if I can even afford the price being asked/if I'd win the bid. Like a member from another forum I'm on said, they're extremely rare so buy it when you have the ch
  11. @rooster77 I agree it looks pretty sweet, it just doesn't "look" truly authentic, although I'm sure it is. I agree it would be tough to replicate. I did notice a bit of the textured paint on the inside. Nice eye! πŸ˜‰ Desirable in your opinion? I want to get other people's take on it before I pull the trigger. Thanks! @aef1917 That makes a lot of sense! The seller has many items that could be used as props in movie/theater productions and what not. He's just been a bit tight-lipped about specifics. Do you think if that's true, and it's been repainted or smoothed down, it de-values th
  12. Greetings all, I come today seeking some assistance on an experimental WWI helmet: The Model 8. From my research, I can gather that around 1,300 of these were produced by the Ford Motoring Company, they were never used in the war, and that few survive today. I see them selling at auctions occasionally but they are very hard to source. It seems the market value has dropped a bit over the years but it's still a rare, desirable piece. My question is to those that have some knowledge of the helmet, or better yet, actually own one. Before I go all in on a collectible item su
  13. I still watch all of these History channel shows (not sure why really), but they'll NEVER actually find anything. Maybe a rusty M3, or an old helmet, but billions of dollars in gold... no chance. I'm sure that knife was planted. All of these shows are scripted.
  14. Thank you! I agree, the collection will grow as the years go by. Hopefully, I'll still have some money for retirement. ?
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