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Earlier this year I posted some pics of a chaplain marked helmet I found in the basement. For some reason I had put one of those plain green cloth covers on it about twenty years ago and forgot I even had it. A couple of the Forum members suggested the markings were tape residue and not paint. The more I looked at it the more convinced I was that this was the case. I recently came across some ancient "Red Cross" brand tape and decided to restore the helmet markings. Interestingly the adhesive backing was an exact color match to the residue on the helmet. Also the gaps under the crossbar matched the stencil effect on the original perfectly. Here's some before and after shots

 

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Lookin' good! I had a similar experience but mine was over-painted paint.

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You might consider using a little "artistic licence" to age the tape a little so it doesn't look too "fresh", in keeping with the age of the helmet?

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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You might consider using a little "artistic licence" to age the tape a little so it doesn't look too "fresh", in keeping with the age of the helmet?

 

Hmmm, are you suggesting artifakery?

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Hmmm, are you suggesting artifakery?

 

The tape, having been restored/replaced, has already changed the nature of the helmet. If it's on there to stay, personally I'd be inclined to just tone it down a little. Just sayin'! ;)

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Sounds like a "sticky" situation :lol:

 

I think it looks nice with the restored tape.Either way its a good looking helmet. ;)

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You might consider using a little "artistic licence" to age the tape a little so it doesn't look too "fresh", in keeping with the age of the helmet?

As indicated above, the tape is "vintage" and appears a lot brighter in the photo than it really is. It's actually an off-white shade with a yellowish tint. It also picked up a little soil and looks like a perfect match to the age of the helmet.

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