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I forget where mine came from... was about 135. I'll post pictures and find out where it came from if you want.

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Just curious how so?

my original has a very shallow dome that also isn't perfectly dome shape, but more oval

 

The originals I've seen always seem to mess this up, they make the dome round and too tall overall

 

When you compare up close you can easily see what I mean

 

when they advertise the helmets they take photos that don't really show this clearly

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Ive seen a couple on eBay but the color is way off along with the color of the leather. Depends what you want it for but I might just wait for an original to pop up, Ive gotten them before for $180-200 in decent shape. They turn up but not as often as they used to

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My concern was size. I needed a 7 1/2, and while you can occasionally find real ones, I highly doubt they're that big.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Yup thats definitely a deal breaker, all the ones I have owned are usually a size 6 ranging from 1/4 to 5/8

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my original has a very shallow dome that also isn't perfectly dome shape, but more oval

 

The originals I've seen always seem to mess this up, they make the dome round and too tall overall

 

When you compare up close you can easily see what I mean

 

when they advertise the helmets they take photos that don't really show this clearly

Ah ok, I also have the problem of needing one 7 1/2 :unsure:

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I will definitely get on the ball... My life can be sort of like falling down stairs, sometimes!

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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I have one of the ones made by WPG... it's great, no issues. They only have one size, but it fits my 7 1/2 head just fine. The ones IMA were selling look like c-r-a-p-ola in the pictures and probably worse in person.

 

https://onlinemilitaria.net/products/1939-US-M1938-Tanker-Helmet-New/

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At The Front makes a good copy of the tanker helmet. I use one for tank destroying reenacting. See for yourself if you like their take on the tanker helmet.

Hm I didnt know they made any. They seem to be sold out at the moment though, they also seem to be almost identical to the ones by WPG aswell.
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Hm I didnt know they made any. They seem to be sold out at the moment though, they also seem to be almost identical to the ones by WPG aswell.

I haven't seen WPG ones before but I'll have to take your word on it. I just looked them up on ATF and yes they do seem sold out at the moment (which is unfortunate but common on ATF). I don't know when they will be restocked which you can always ask but I do have to say that its a nice copy of the tanker helmet but be warned, the snaps on mine stripped from the back strap twice and I had to send it back (they customer service kept me from sending it back for a complete refund). I had to send it back twice to repair free of charge (apparently she told me the first time they sent it for repairs at their in house repair shop that they didn't check all snaps and the second time she said that it was a big goof on their end that they did not check all snaps). While this was really upsetting in a pissed off way, the customer service and repair made this helmet a very fine addition to anyone's armor impression and besides the big foul up on their end if your not in a hurry I would recommend the ATF tanker helmet.

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I haven't seen WPG ones before but I'll have to take your word on it. I just looked them up on ATF and yes they do seem sold out at the moment (which is unfortunate but common on ATF). I don't know when they will be restocked which you can always ask but I do have to say that its a nice copy of the tanker helmet but be warned, the snaps on mine stripped from the back strap twice and I had to send it back (they customer service kept me from sending it back for a complete refund). I had to send it back twice to repair free of charge (apparently she told me the first time they sent it for repairs at their in house repair shop that they didn't check all snaps and the second time she said that it was a big goof on their end that they did not check all snaps). While this was really upsetting in a pissed off way, the customer service and repair made this helmet a very fine addition to anyone's armor impression and besides the big foul up on their end if your not in a hurry I would recommend the ATF tanker helmet.

At least everything worked out fine, Im not in much of a rush, but thank you again. Ill be sure to message them.
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WPG has the best reproduction out there. ATF just sells the WPG helmets. That being said the WPG has some major drawbacks as they don't look really accurate, are goofy big, and are based entirely on the Rawlings pattern. They also use really cheap snaps. I was disappointed by what exists to buy so I ended up making my own based on the WILSON pattern and also for larger heads with US made mil-spec snaps.

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