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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 15:00 pm 
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504 PIR, 2nd Bat, blue ankh.
Shell is a ABL converted to fixed bale.
I may age it later.

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WW2, McCord shell, front seam swivel, MP

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101st Airborne, MP, Swivel bale (M1-C).

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I also made the 82nd, MP version.
Swivel bale (M1-C), post war shell.

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very nice,

have you done a 101st pathfinder m1 yet?

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jeep111 wrote:
very nice,

have you done a 101st pathfinder m1 yet?

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Hi James
I know the 82nd AB, "pathfinder" one but a 101st I don't know?
Got a photo of a example?

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oh right, no such thing then

pm my good sir

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jeep111 wrote:
oh right, no such thing then

pm my good sir

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101st pathfinder= plain helmet
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These helmets are indeed excellent work and I know they're meant to look (and certainly do look) 'new', but for the 'aged'/well worn examples, I'd love to see some bare metal showing on the stainless steel rims as this is the case for a high % of used US helmets you see in WW2 photos :)

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You mean like this, Bob?

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That's what I mean :)
I think I read somewhere that the rim was made of a different metal and the paint came off quite easily, so after a bit of use, most helmets would have a bare metal rim.
(In fact in your photo just the edge of the rim is bare metal, whereas in many WW2 photos - after even longer 'in the field' - it's the whole rim itself that is bare)
I think that when most people refurbish a US helmet it seems too upsetting to 'spoil it' by rubbing a load of the paint off straightaway! :lol:

If you want a look that says 'I've just joined up and I've just come from the quartermaster's store to collect my gear' then that's fine, (also for a helmet as part of a museum collection) but if you want a look that says 'I've done my training and I'm now in the field' then get that rim bare!! :wink:

Just my personal view on this :)


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The early M1 rims were stainless steel, Bob, and the paint didn't adhere to it well, which is why you see loads of helmets with shiny rims. In 1944 it was changed to the same steel as the rest of the lid. The problem with restorations is that modern paint does adhere well to stainless steel, so you have to chip it off deliberately to get that "been there" look to it, which is what I did to that fixed bale shell. There is actually more paint missing than you think on that helmet rim, and it was copied from an original fixed bale.

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The 101 eagle helmet has a stainless steel rim from which I removed the paint on the edge.
You can see some highlights on the rim where some of the paint has been removed. But without bright sunlight its difficult to see. (see pic).
As Baggypants points out, the modern paint seems to stick better.

I have a large collection of WW2 front seams and although the edge itself is mostly shiny, there aren't really any with complete bare stainless steel rims.


About post war helmets, some have stainles steel rims but most don't.

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Looks good. Very nice restoration work. There is a special directory at My-hammer for restoration and any kind of repair work.


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Stoottroepen.
Dutch volunteers who joined the US troops in 1944-45.

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