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Hello All,

 I have been seeing some helmets with officer rank attached to the helmets.

I see some say soldered, But the helmet is steel.

So how did they do it with out damaging the finish on the rank?

 

Semper Fi

Phil

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I think often a hole would be drilled into the helmet and the rank insignia attached like that. Obviously not every time and it was a case by case basis.

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I have a helmet that had a full bird colonel insignia attached with horsehide glue.  The insignia had long since fallen off but the glue and outline of eagle was still visible. 

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I once had a WWII m1 with welded-on captain's bars and I have a WWI m1917 with captain's bars affixed with hide glue. 

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21 hours ago, AZPhil said:

Hello All,

 I have been seeing some helmets with officer rank attached to the helmets.

I see some say soldered, But the helmet is steel.

So how did they do it with out damaging the finish on the rank?

 

Semper Fi

Phil

Phil,

 excellent topic.

 

marty

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Thanks Marty,

 It was the helmet that Patches posted that broke the camels back and I had to ask.

 I've done metal work. I know the heat required to braze and silver solder ,but the rank always retains its Silver/Gold finish.

Do they Heatsink the rank?? 

Not having an example to study I thought I would ask the expert here,

 

Semper Fi

Phil 

 

To hear some were glued is also an interesting method. 

 

 

 

 

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