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corporal george
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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by corporal george » 26 Jul 2009 20:09

here's my helmet with some wire to stick the camouflage in

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hope you like it

greetings George

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by max1337 » 30 Jul 2009 20:13

are the after market water decals hard to apply?

dog green 1
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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 05 Aug 2009 19:39

My new M42 for my late war impression. 2nd pattern SS Decal. Textured finish using Aluminium Oxide. Sprayed with RAL 6006

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by nihil » 05 Aug 2009 19:49

You got some serious helmet painting skills :)

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 05 Aug 2009 19:59

nihil wrote:You got some serious helmet painting skills :)
Thanks :wink:

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by HansBeck1 » 05 Aug 2009 20:57

dog green, nice looking helmet.
Do you spray on the basecoat and then sprinkle the aluminum oxide onto it, then spray on a second coat or do you mix the alum. oxide into the paint?

Hans

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 05 Aug 2009 21:50

Hi Hans. This helmet was really east to do. I sprayed on a base coat and left that for 24 hours. I then sprayed a second coat and while that was wet sprinkled on the Aluminium Oxide. I have 4 different grades and went for one of the finer ones. When it was dried i rubbed the top of the crown and any other high points with sandpaper to replicate a bit of wear. It's surprising what a tough finish the Oxide gives and I had to use a coarse paper to rub it back. This also leaves some nice scratches in the paint work.

After that it was given 2 more coats of the 6006 leaving 24 hr's in between each. When they were dried I rubbed dry artists powder paints (Black and Burnt Umber) all over the shell with a soft paint brush. Next I gave it a coat of Satin clearcoat. When that was dried I added the decal, the beauty of the dry transfer type is you can really rub it into the texture od the shell . The decal itself then got 2 coats of satin overcoat, again leaving 24 hr's between each coat. I repeated the powder paints and gave the whole helmet 2 good coats of Matt overcoat.

Finally I use the oil from my skin and hair and rub the helmet with the palm of my hand (no rude jokes please :D ) to give it a slight shine. WD40 is supposed to be good to spray all over as it darkens the paint and also protects it from the elements.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by nihil » 05 Aug 2009 22:04

How well does it last in the field ?

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 05 Aug 2009 22:12

nihil wrote:How well does it last in the field ?
Don't know :D Most of the others I've done have been for customers who just want to display them. The Oxide though does give an incredibly tough finish so I suspect it should be OK. We'll soon find out as this is the helmet I'll now be using for events.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 25 Aug 2009 21:02

My Latest M38 Paratrooper helmet. 2nd pattern decal. RAL 7021 colour. I think this is one of the Indian Depeeka shells. I had intended to do more with it but a customer wanted one with little wear and tear.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by Erich Johann » 08 Oct 2009 10:00

nihil wrote:How well does it last in the field ?
Same question here.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by dog green 1 » 08 Oct 2009 10:19

Have worn my M42 to a couple of events now and its holding up well. Couple of scratches that have added to the effect. Paint and texturing seems to be tough enough to withstand being thrown around.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by Erich Johann » 08 Oct 2009 14:02

Has anybody used Pirschen's helmets in the field? And how do they compare to originals?

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by Grabenkater » 10 Oct 2009 17:26

Model 40 Quist 66

It has been painted with dark feldgrau and aluminum oxide and aged to show field use. There was a 1/2 inch hole in the top of this shell when I acquired it 2 years ago. The hole was welded up with a MIG welder and polished off to the original contour of the helmet....no one can tell where the hole originally was.

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Re: Show us your helmets

Post by Drew Maynard » 10 Oct 2009 18:10

grab- nice lid. i haven't been able to pick up aluminum oxide, so i'm running a test on two helms with silica sand, a nice fine variant. will post when finished
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