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Sgt_Rock_EasyCo

I took my Hawley's over to a friends house and we opened the GI Collectors Guide to compare to an original. He was shocked at the similarities. Paul has done such a fine job that you almost can't tell the difference from an original.

 

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skytrainjumper

I received mine the other day. The rayon sweat band from Normandy Accessory also arrived in time. I instantly put it in my front seam, fixed bales M1 and was speechless - what a beauty :love:

 

Paul did a great job and it is worth every pence!

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I received mine the other day. The rayon sweat band from Normandy Accessory also arrived in time. I instantly put it in my front seam, fixed bales M1 and was speechless - what a beauty :love:

 

Paul did a great job and it is worth every pence!

 

 

Thanks! Your feedback appreciated!!

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Sgt_Rock_EasyCo

Rather than spending 50 plus USD on repro sweatbands I just ante'd up the cash for two originals off of ebay. I'll take pic's. Original Rayon sweatbands snapped right on into the Costino Hawley without a hitch. Good sign as to how authentic his reproduction is. I'll take pics and post them asap.

 

Rock

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Rather than spending 50 plus USD on repro sweatbands I just ante'd up the cash for two originals off of ebay. I'll take pic's. Original Rayon sweatbands snapped right on into the Costino Hawley without a hitch. Good sign as to how authentic his reproduction is. I'll take pics and post them asap.

 

Rock

 

 

Look forward to it, I guess the credit for that go to Normandy Accessories.com, as thats who I purchase the Rayon from!

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pushingtheenvelope

Mr. Costin, These liners look great! Your detail to construction of this liner is very accurate and compares to the originals very well. By the way, I sent you a message.

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they are very good indeed. :thumbsup:

 

My only criticism would be that they seem to sit a bit proud all the way round the rim. On originals you only really notice them sticking out the front, otherwise a very good effort.

 

Rich

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they are very good indeed. :thumbsup:

 

My only criticism would be that they seem to sit a bit proud all the way round the rim. On originals you only really notice them sticking out the front, otherwise a very good effort.

 

Rich

 

Feedback noted. I'm working on the MK 3 at the moment!

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Latest version of the liner.

 

With 25+ now made, my processes of design and manufacture are improving. The brim has a slight more defined edge at the front (just like originals). I’ve also sourced a liner type that I think will also enable it to sit deeper into the helmet shell- this will be the MK4 Hawley repro!

 

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Just received a new supply of paint for the interior colour, this has been colour-matched even closer to my original infantry Hawley.

 

I'm hoping over the coming weeks to make another batch of Infantry and Airborne liners, having just taken delivery of a large batch of liners.

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Managed to source some liners that enable me now to fine tune the processes of making these repros. Even using standard liners, I’ve figured a way to allow the liners once made to sit slightly deeper in the shells.

 

The colour match on the interior is now closer to my original as I asked the paint shop to up their game a little!

 

I’ve now made, I reckon, in excess of 35 repros now..

 

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Do you ever stop to eat or sleep Paul?! These keep getting better. Going to have to add one of the airborne ones to my collection soon!

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Do you ever stop to eat or sleep Paul?! These keep getting better. Going to have to add one of the airborne ones to my collection soon!

 

Its not called "Costino enterprises" for nothing, within our company profile we have subsidairy businesses; Costino food corporation (making D bars) and then we have Costino Construction supplying crates for the war effort. Everyone has to do their bit! ;)

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Been working on developing the Hawley repro, this is now the MK4 version.

 

 

Changes/developments-

 

I’ve made the rolled edge match the original as closely as possible, its more defined as per my original. It adds another two hours work or so on making them, but I think it’s an improvement.

 

 

I’ve also spent time working on the copy liner to create the impression to that of a paper original, where the rivets are sunk in slightly.

 

 

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Rivets sunk in..

 

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Defined edge

 

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Interior

 

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Profile compared to original

 

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Feedback welcome, I can’t see much to develop on, other than making some that are slightly battle worn.

 

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Dang! Truly a work of art. Now to scuff the thing and add some dirt! Out of interest, how weather proof do you rate these Paul? My MK1 is holding up ok, was wondering if you'd had any other feedback?

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Well so far, nobody has raised any issues. I field tested one in the Ardennes in December with various weather types, rain, snow and sleet with no problems. Last week In Normandy with the dire weather- again no problems.

 

I do seal the liner with waterproof paint before I add cloth, and the glue I use is heavy duty so I guess this gives it a degree of waterproofing. (Not sure how original Hawleys held up in the rain etc when worn without an M1 shell).

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Im not into repros but I will admit these look great. You do good work! :thumbsup:

 

Thanks, I guess they feel a niche- I dont think it would be right to use an original, for those early war impressions.

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Well so far, nobody has raised any issues. I field tested one in the Ardennes in December with various weather types, rain, snow and sleet with no problems. Last week In Normandy with the dire weather- again no problems.

 

I do seal the liner with waterproof paint before I add cloth, and the glue I use is heavy duty so I guess this gives it a degree of waterproofing. (Not sure how original Hawleys held up in the rain etc when worn without an M1 shell).

 

Good to know Paul; that makes these a sound investment. I would urge anyone THINKING of getting one of these, to just go ahead and do it. They're truly awesome, can't wait to get an Airborne variant as soon as I can afford it! Still need a fix bail shell as well. AHHHH, they joys of this hobby!

 

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Good to know Paul; that makes these a sound investment. I would urge anyone THINKING of getting one of these, to just go ahead and do it. They're truly awesome, can't wait to get an Airborne variant as soon as I can afford it! Still need a fix bail shell as well. AHHHH, they joys of this hobby!

 

Poss

 

 

Cheers Possum!

 

I'm selling one on ebay ...right now!

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261047095822?ssP...984.m1555.l2649

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Nice helmet liners! What do you use for the rolled edge? Do you have a particular adhesive that you like to use for them for attaching the fabric?

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Nice helmet liners! What do you use for the rolled edge? Do you have a particular adhesive that you like to use for them for attaching the fabric?

 

Its rolled paper, and I use impact adhesive.

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