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  1. Thought I'd add this illustration from a book of Panama uniforms, showing this exact type of helmet
  2. Here's something that just arrived, and already is one of my favorites in my enemy forces helmet collection. It appears to be a US liner shell, with a replacement suspension (no name tag on the webbing, folded edges under the A-washers, and unusual paratrooper yokes), and a 1983 contract US sweatband. On the exterior are two "Fuerzas De Defensa Panama" decals, and Policia Militar letters on the front in a very reflective green tape. Everything about this liner seems to be legit, from Panama receiving US equipment up until the early 80s, to the condition you'd expect it to be in 30 years on.
  3. Just saw my old thread was linked to here... Take it from me, it's not worth the effort. I gave up trying to strip the paint off mine and its in a worse spot than it was originally.
  4. Definitely not too many. I think I counted 5 or 6 online total. We know at least 100 were made.
  5. This is my favorite find in a long long time. It showed up online as a post-WWII Finnish helmet, but I remembered seeing a thread on another forum saying what this really is and jumped on it immediately. For those who don't know, sometime around January 1943 a small batch (sources say 100, but likely a bit higher) of German-style helmets was manufactured in Britain, for use by the First Canadian Army. The First Canadian Army had a small unit of soldiers who pretended to be German - for training exercises. This unit was filmed by the OSS for a film titled "Meet The Enemy (German)", where th
  6. You're welcome! And for anyone still unsure, on Windows (I'm on Windows 10, it may be different on older versions), just hit the windows key and type "camera" and open the app. If you have no webcam, it should default to the microscope. If you do have a webcam, just hit this button and it will switch. On Mac, open quicktime and select the microscope on this menu, accessed with the arrow next to the record button:
  7. With the USB microscopes, you can access them through your computer's webcam app. Just open it up and find where you can switch cameras.
  8. Really nice set, I love these salty netted helmets. This thread inspired me to take some new photos of one of my absolute favorite helmets in my collection:
  9. This is a recent find - the seller told me it was acquired in Taji, Iraq, at a Republican Guard base in 2004. It is a Polish WZ50 helmet with an Iraqi M80/03 net. There is plenty of faded Arabic writing on the liner too.
  10. I just bought this 4-hole chincup off ebay, and when I got it in hand I noticed the stitching was different from any other I owned. Rather than the two ends of the fabric being joined between the last and second-last rivet, it is joined at the end, and the bar-tacking elsewhere is much thinner than other chincups. Anyone know when this one would be from?
  11. I have the exact same one, albeit different brand marking, that I found at a thrift store new for $1. It has been one of my favorite finds. It is extremely useful for fabric items as well, you can see the makeup of the individual threads in cloth.
  12. The rat's got the donkey on a leash!
  13. Great site, thank you! Interesting part of history I never knew existed before.
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