To start, this is my first post on this forum, though I have been registered for some time. I have just spent a good few hours reading through this thread and a few others relating to Brodies. I must say that this thread in particular has really tweaked my interest!!
As a rule I specialise in Imperial German militaria, pickelhaubes, stahlhelms, etc etc. I have an interest in the great war that goes back nearly 30 years and spend as much time as I can "over there"
Amongst my collection, I have a `top half` dummy of both a British and American (Doughboy) with all the equipment etc.
You can all see where this is going I suspect?
I have been scouring the web for information about restoration parts for helmets for both these dummys, and I find this wonderful thread.
Currently I have a british version..HS 23, which I understand from this forum is likely to be an early (ish) shell. It has a complete liner and strap (sliding buckle with rubber ring, red stamp etc) It also has the applied steel ring. I paid £5 for it from a car boot sale over 10 yrs ago. The liner has been removed from the helmet completely and the shell has been blasted clean (not by me its as I bought it).and sprayed with grey under coat :/ Both bales are present, but the bifurcated rivots have been removed. I would love to restore the helmet to a state where I can display it with my dummy.
The second helmet is a doughboy type. It came with a batch of ebay stuff some years ago. It has no liner, no bales (rusted away leaving only the round rivots) It was sprayed a lovely gold colour, but some time ago I started to clean it with stripper and I estimate a good 80 to 90% of the finish exists beneath the gold. The steel rim has rotted away and gone. Despite all this, I feel there is enough of the helmet left to justify restoring it.
After reading this thread, I now know I can remake the bales etc. I have a good few years experience behind me, fabricating etc. My biggest issue is the steel ring on the doughboy. Im fairly handy at fabrication, but I dont have access to the type of tooling needed to fabricate anything like this. I can weld the finished article, but I cant make it. Is there a company that makes this part?
Also I see Granville (Dave) seems to have the secret of a close paint match for my British example. Can I probe a bit further for info on this? What colours exactly are you mixing? what sand was used by the British? Was it Ally oxide like the Germans or would kiln dried be more acceptable.
I intend to tackle the British helmet first, as it has a complete liner and after this wonderful thread I already have paid for the bifurcated land rover rivots!! I still need the copper rivot for the helmet liner. I was hoping someone could suggest a supplier of a good repo american liner, who may be happy to throw in an extra copper rivot with the liner.
Any info will be greatly appreciated Im quite looking forward to restoring a couple of helmets that dont involve hours of stitching and boot polish.
Sorry to ressurect such an old thread for my first post, but I really need the help to make a decent job of restoring these helmets. As I said, I collect Imperial German militaria, my knowledge of other aspects of Great war equipment is shaky to say the least.
Now Ive finally plucked up the courage to dip my toes into a new forum, I hope I can add as much as I take away. I will try to get some pics up when I work out how and that little grey man on the left needs some colour and some info adding I guess.