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I was at a local flea market the other day with my dad and saw a few helmets sitting on a table. Most were beat up Vietnam helmets. I spotted a front seam helmet with original ww2 factory finish. The chinstrap

Are reproduction and so is the webbing in the liner. I bought it for $40, anyway I decided instead of buying vintage ww2 chinstraps and a new liner I would like to age them. Any ideas on how to age chinstraps and the webbing inside the liner ?

Thank you

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try posting this in the reenactors forum...

Bail, Loop... Potato, Patato...

 

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Sandy and crew, rest well my brothers,

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Are you 100% sure they are repro??

RIP Private Lester H. Scheaffer, 1913 - 1944. 29th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Regiment, Company F. Killed In Action September 12th, 1944 in France

 

RIP Sergeant Elwood F. Schaeffer, 1919 - 2001. 21st Engineer Regiment (Aviation) and 824th Engineer Aviation Battalion, attached to the Army Air Force in Iceland

 

 

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It is top-secret.

...and we try not to encourage fake aging since this type of fakery has been the cause of multitudes of collectors being duped into buying something less than original.

 

I have moved this to the reenactors forum, it does not belong in the helmet section.

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well... I prescribe dirt, oil... and fraying here and there...

Bail, Loop... Potato, Patato...

 

RIP to all the brave men who were claimed by the jungle.

Sandy and crew, rest well my brothers,

Hey blue, you were a good dog you....

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Wear it 24/7.

"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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Why? he will remember them as looking like they did 60 years ago. If you are reenacting, then it should look newish.

 

It's like the civil war reenactor who kept beating on his new reproduction rifle and letting it get rusty so "it would look like it was 100 years old."

 

(true story).

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You say the helmet still has a factory finish... so why beat up the liner??

RIP Private Lester H. Scheaffer, 1913 - 1944. 29th Infantry Division, 175th Infantry Regiment, Company F. Killed In Action September 12th, 1944 in France

 

RIP Sergeant Elwood F. Schaeffer, 1919 - 2001. 21st Engineer Regiment (Aviation) and 824th Engineer Aviation Battalion, attached to the Army Air Force in Iceland

 

 

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You say the helmet still has a factory finish... so why beat up the liner??

 

To be honest, I'm pretty sure the liner webbing is repo, but just thinking about it now, the shell of the liner has its original paint, is it possible that the liner was unissued and is brand new.

I have posted a pic of it on another forum and the members said the webbing looks repo.

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To be honest, I'm pretty sure the liner webbing is repo, but just thinking about it now, the shell of the liner has its original paint, is it possible that the liner was unissued and is brand new.

I have posted a pic of it on another forum and the members said the webbing looks repo.

 

Why don't you just post it here, it was probably reconditioned for use by a reenactor.

 

RC

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

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Looks repro to me. My question is why not save up for the real deal which will hold it's value? You'll have a hard time selling this if you need the money one day. Reeanactors usually buy new stuff and let it age with their impression anyway.

 

My 2 cents.

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Looks repro to me. My question is why not save up for the real deal which will hold it's value? You'll have a hard time selling this if you need the money one day. Reeanactors usually buy new stuff and let it age with their impression anyway.

 

My 2 cents.

 

Also looks repo to be because the material is so light, unless the guy took the picture with flash on. Like I said I never held it in my hands to know for sure, for all I know it could be an unissued helmet, but I won't know till Christmas, I will put my pictures up when i hold it in my hands on Christmas day.

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I don't think it's unissued. Among other things the J hook strap looks waayyy to long.

 

 

Both straps look abnormally long to me. I have seen that on repro chinstraps before.

 

As you can see below, ATF sells chinstraps that look very long to me as well, of course it could change when they are sewed onto the helmet, but IMO, it looks like the ones on the helmet shown above. And the ones on the helmet don't look to have been bar tacked, it looks more like hand sewing to me, but that may just be my monitor.

 

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